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The Mentalist - Episode 6.05 "The Red Tattoo" - Review

NOTE: Please be advised that English is not my first language.



I must admit. Every Sunday I watch The Mentalist, I'm tempted to change my theory about Red John again. Anyway, my money are always on Raymond Haffner.
The episode focus on him, so I'm gonna concentrate on Haffner.
First, I've noticed how almost every Red John suspects seem to have their own phobia; in episode 6.03, McAllister looked like he was afraid of heigh, but he climbed the roof to save Jane, who was falling down. Here, Haffner seems scared when he sees a spider walking on the wall. Lisbon and Van Pelt, who are right in front of him, look a bit surprised. I'm still wondering if there's an insider clue into the spider and what does it mean for Red John.

While he's shown giving Lisbon compliments - "Teresa, lovely as always." and "I do really like the idea of working with you again, Teresa" - I can't say Haffner has the same attitude toward Jane. I think he kinda hate Jane because he screwed up his career in the CBI, that's why he quit. He's certainly arrogant with Jane and it's not a case that he warned Jane about some "comeuppance" to come. He works with Visualize, he knows things, and since he seems to be - creepily I'd add - fond of Lisbon, he makes her clear that Jane not only bothers him, but also a lot of powerful people, including Red John. He may be the serial killer or not, think whatever you like, but he also has some hidden agenda just like Kirkland had. In the end, Haffner knows Jane is getting close to Red John, so he doesn't want him on his path.
Speaking of Kirkland, is everyone wondering why no one care too much about his death? With Jane and the rest of the team solving the case, Rigsby receives a very important file about the former Homeland Security agent. Will this be revisited in future episodes? I think so. As Bruno Heller said earlier this season, if you miss an episode, you miss a clue.

I'm gonna spend some words about Rigsby and Cho. Of course, the happily married Rigsby can't see his best friend alone. His last love interest didn't end up well. While investigating on a murder, Cho meets Kira Tinsley, a blonde girl just like Summer was, at the gym. She seems like an ordinary girl, until Jane realizes she was sent by Red John in order to get closer to Cho and spying on the CBI. That poor girl doesn't know what she's just done, when Red John knocks on her door and brutally attacks her.

There's no time for Jane and Lisbon to save her because she's lying on the floor, seriously injured. But she has the time to whisper in Jane's her who did that, "tattoo on his left shoulder. Three dots." Here we are, that's another clue! The smirk in Lisbon's face says a lot of possible things. She's glad they're finally getting closer to Red John, but I assume she can smile for a moment, because we all know, when the whole story will be over, she's gonna end up hurt.

Before ending this review there are still unresolved question to answer. A member from Visualize was killed. But, where is Bret Stiles? Nobody seems to have seen him. How did Kira see the tattoo? After what you've seen in this episode, do you think Haffner can cut off from the list? I guess we have to wait next week.
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