Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Mentalist Season 4 Finale

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Contains spoilers

In the season 4 finale of The Mentalist, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) apparently heads for another fall, "after another failed attempt to defeat Red John, Patrick Jane hits rock bottom, finds a lover and shoots one of his own." This is another two part episode and this extract is from the episode 4.24 The Crimson Hat. (The title for 4.23 is Red Rover, Red Rover. 'Crimson' as a colour has already been used in an episode title for the show, Crimson Casanova (this would have been a more appropriate title for this episode) but The Colours: all usually shades of red have been repeated quite a bit in titles.) The finale airs on May 17, 2012.

Anyway, back to the synopsis - This doesn't really give much away and still leaves open many interpretations as to various scenarios. "Shoots one of his own" could mean one of the immediate team members, though it's difficult to perceive this as actually being Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney), Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), Cho (Tim Kang) or Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti). Even in his Darkest Hour, can't really picture Patrick actually shooting one of them. On the other hand, he could do exactly that, since it doesn't mean they could be fatally wounded. There's also Gale Bertram (Michael Gaston) or Luther Wainwright (Michael Rady) as these could be more likely as shooting Vics, particularly since Betram's been around a while now and there's never been any definite 'closure' surrounding him one way or another and Patrick did suspect him as a potential Red John in the season 3 finale (Recall his "tyger, tyger" quote. What became of that?)

As for Wainwright, well, it's a similar position with him. We don't know much about him, but he was so ready and willing to hand over everything they have on Red John to FBI Agent Susan Darcy (Catherine Dent). She could also be referred to as "one of his own," if we don't stick too closely to The Wording of the summary. Then again another possibility is the concept of "one of his own" meaning family; his brother-in-law, perhaps.

The Mentalist has cast Entourage actress, Emmanuelle Chriqui in the season 4 finale. She plays "a mysterious new woman in Jane's life who may be too good to be true," states TVLine. As Loraliei Martin, Emmanuelle has been cast to also appear in five episodes of season 5.

As for Patrick finding a lover, that always seems to rear its head and disappears. He has never wanted to get involved with any woman romantically and when he tries, bad things happen. Like Red John. "Dating" Kristina Frye (Leslie Hope) was put paid to, just as well, didn't like her. She wasn't relationship material, for starters. As for Darcy, he doesn't seem to be interested in her, though she has "great legs" in his opinion. Then there's Erica Flyn (Morena Baccarin). He is attracted to her, the sly devil! (That appears to be more lust than romance.) He allowed her to kiss him and kissed her back and he looked to be milking that for everything he could. He probably wanted to feel what it's like to be 'close' to a woman again. Yet she's more of a seductress and a manipulator.

Not forgetting Lisbon, there's oodles of chemistry but them getting together could completely change the dynamic of the show and affect their working relationship. Lorelei will be the lover, which could be dangerous, especially if Patrick has hit rock bottom. He won't be thinking as cool, smart, always one step ahead of everyone Patrick, and his thinking process would be all over the place. Here's hoping she's no Red John acolyte or groupie. Also wouldn't like to see him be intimate with her at once. But "takes a lover" suggests exactly bed action. Oh and what's the betting that Red John May remove her from Patrick's life permanently?

I put it down to Erica. She was a 'corrupting' influence in his life, in my opinion. Since that episode 4.15 War of the Roses, Patrick appeared to be secretly happy she escaped; that will lead to more confrontations in future episodes. But you know Patrick's scheming and contemplating a cunningly, sneaky plan when he sits in that attic room, cup of tea in hand. Then all manner of schemes run through his sharp mind which No One is able to read or decipher, not even our Lisbon in all her wisdom.

Patrick needs to move on, but not if it changes him and messes with the Patrick Jane we know and love, and not if his decisions are made in the wrong frame of mind and won't allow him to get some meaningful happiness in his life.

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