The Mentalist 4.9 “Red Shirt” Review
This episode was titled ‘Red Shirt’ and if there was any thing it said it was that just a little thing like the color of the clothes you have on you can make a whole lot of difference. In the case of Jake, one could say with hindsight now that he put on the wrong top and got into the wrong vehicle but how could he have known any better?
Grace did not do much in this episode but the line she dropped when Dugan was hitting on her in the office was golden. She played a small part but she gave it a big moment. And the way she told him that he killed her last boyfriend and wasn’t ready for a relationship now scared Dugan enough not to even doubt her for once.
Cho’s back pain was exacerbated with the tackle he made on suspect. He then had to take more of those pain killing pills and with the way he has been taking them it could turn ugly later. No one knows how he will react to it later but the only good thing that can be seen for now is that he is getting more screen time.
Rigsby really didn’t show much care for his buddy Cho on his back pain. He first chastised him for risking his pack with the tackle and in the same breath immediately switched to his love life while Cho was still in pain. He could have at least shown more care than with the selfish way he handled the matter. And what they are not noticing now especially as it has to do with how Cho is dealing with the pain may come back to hunt them later.
As for his love life, he got angry at his attorney girlfriend whom he had asked to help put him through some sample question and answer time with an attorney as he was preparing to appear in court. He got angry when she started asking about his family and past life. Why he got angry is any body’s guess. May be he is upset about his dad’s criminal past but how that would affect him in court is still left to be seen.
He later apologized after leaving her at the park. It really does look as if Sarah should really ask herself where this relationship is heading.
Lisbon and Jane seemed to have been the one that really had fun in this episode. Lisbon took charge of the case and took exceptional joy in having a whole bunch of mobsters brought in, including a bartender. She took pleasure in telling Al Green how his enforcer decided to switch sides. As for Jane, he got to find the footballer that was thought to be dead alive and well and not chained up some where but in bed with two ladies.
He also managed to play with Martin’s head when he convinced him that he could speak with the dead. Fans got to know what scared Martin. The episode was really interesting. Fans got to see Cho and there is something about Rigsby and the way he is handling his relationship that suggests that it is not going to last.
Now it may actually stabilize in the future but the way he reacts now is not showing that he is on top of the situation. The way he left her at the bench in the park did not suggest that he has the patience to work the relationship but Sarah does come out to be more matured and if she keeps her cool long enough it could help smooth things till. Rigsby begins to come around. But fans don’t know what the writers have in mind but they will get to eventually see it.
The only other thing is that the new boss is different from the rest. They are typically bossy but this one is more laid back and is quite a refreshing change.