The Mentalist “Flame Red” 1×09

Ep: 1×09 Flame Red
Reviewed by: csiAngel and _useyourwords_
Ship rating: 8/10

This episode opens on Jane literally playing mind games with Lisbon, which leaves her rather flustered (see Shipworthy Scenes), then the team heads out to investigate a suspected arson attack.  Lisbon remains quite flustered, smiling and watching Jane a lot.

Their victim was a member of a National Guard unit and when another former member is also a victim of an arson attack, they realise there is a connection to a death three years earlier of another member.  Jane figures out that the two victims, plus a third man, murdered this man three years ago, and that someone is exacting revenge now.  When he plans to use the third man as bait to lure the current killer, he and Lisbon are drawn into a conversation about vengeance – which, naturally, leads them to talk about their differing opinions on how Red John should be dealt with.

Jane plants a trap that results in him and the third man being trapped in a burning barn – and, as he didn’t tell Lisbon that he was planning  “an idiotic stunt” (to quote Cho), the back up he expected were waiting outside arrive slightly late.  However, Jane and the other guy manage to escape, and Rigsby catches the arsonist.

Jane and Lisbon return to the home of their first victim, and Jane tries to offer the daughter some words of reassurance, including the fact that revenge is for fools.  He then encourages mother and daughter to hug.  He and Lisbon step outside, where it is pouring with rain.  Lisbon is hopeful that his words to the girl mean he has had a change of heart regarding Red John, but he insists that his words to her were nonsense.  They both know they’re never going to agree; they share a look, then they hold hands and run to the car in the rain.

Shipworthy Scenes

Jane is playing mind games with Lisbon

Jane: Are you ready?
Lisbon: Yeah.
Jane: Feeling awake? Mentally alert?
Lisbon: Yes.
Jane: Fantastic… Okay, I want you to imagine a screen between you and I.  On that screen, I want you to project a basic shape. Like a square, but not a square.  Got it?

Lisbon: Okay.
Jane: Lock it in.  Now I want you to project another shape and put that shape around the shape you have.
Lisbon: Okay.
Jane: Excellent… Here’s the fun part.  Now concentrate and project that onto the back of my mind.  Look right here. Open up your mind, and send it to me… Okay, now I’m starting to feel it.  It’s a triangle inside a circle.

Lisbon: Nope.
Jane: It’s not?
Lisbon: No. I was thinking of an octagon inside a rectangle.
Jane: Liar.
Lisbon: All right. All right. You got me.
Van Pelt: Pretty good, huh? He got me and Rigsby the same way.
Lisbon: How did you do that?
Jane: Oh, that’s nothing. That’s just the calibration key to real mind reading. Now I have access to all your innermost thoughts.
Lisbon: Oh right.
Jane: I’m serious.
Lisbon: Okay, so what am I thinking right now?
Jane: You’re thinking, ‘I am so glad Jane is joking around and he can’t actually read my mind’.
Lisbon: No.  Well, actually, yes.  But not for the reason you think.
Jane: What reason do I think?
Lisbon: Never you mind.
Rigsby: You’re blushing.
Jane: You are blushing.

(Cho gives information on a case)
Lisbon: Let’s go.
(Jane and Lisbon share a smile)


After the interrogation of Machado, Jane decrees that Machado should be let go.

Lisbon: Two notes here. We already have plenty on him: One, armed assault on Cho and Van Pelt,  and two, a barn full of fire accelerant.
Jane: Well,  the assault was self-defence and the accelerant was a plant… Only two?
Lisbon: Actually, no.  Where do you get off giving orders in the first place?  I say who goes and who stays, not you.
Jane: Well that’s fiery, but calm. Very good.  Why don’t you try it with a more forceful hand gesture? Like ‘I say who goes and who stays, not you.’

Lisbon: I’m serious.
Jane: So am I.  If he’s in here, how is the killer gonna get to him?
Lisbon: He could be the killer.  Even if he’s not, we don’t want the killer to get him.
Jane: Yes we do.  Machado is our bait; he’s our tethered goat.
Lisbon: And too bad if the bait gets killed?
Jane: Well, yes.  That’s why you use goats and not babies, or virgins for that matter.
Lisbon: Machado’s not a goat.
Jane: Well, you’re right.  He’s not actually a goat.  He’s goatish.  He deserves to suffer a little.

Lisbon: Nobody deserves murder.
Jane: Machado helped burn Dave Martin alive out of greed.
Lisbon: Jane, we’re officers of the law.
Jane: You are; I don’t care about the law.  I care about justice and justice says Machado deserves to suffer.
Lisbon: That’s not justice, it’s vengeance.
Jane: What’s the difference?
Cho: What do you want us to do with Machado, boss?
Lisbon: Let him go.
Cho: Really? Like, let him go, let him go?
Lisbon: Really, like that.
Cho: Okay.

Jane: Trying some reverse psychology?
Lisbon: You talk tough. Maybe it’s time you learned that there’s consequences.  If Machado gets hurt, it’s on you.
Jane: Fine with me.
(Jane moves to leave the office, but stops.  He turns back.)
Jane: We’ve never discussed this, because I thought it went without saying, but when I catch Red John, I’m gonna cut him open and watch him die slowly, like he did with my wife and child…  Now, if you have a problem with that, we should talk.

Lisbon: Then let’s talk.  Because when we catch Red John, we are gonna take him into custody and he is gonna be tried in a court of law.
Jane: Not if I’m still breathing.
Lisbon: If you try and do violence to him, I will try and stop you.  If you succeed in doing violence to him, I will arrest you.
Jane: I understand.
Lisbon: I hope you do.
Jane: Well, I’m glad we talked.  I had no idea you were so bourgeois and conventional on the issue.
Lisbon: Mmm.


After Jane tells the victim’s daughter that revenge is for fools.

Lisbon: So.
Jane: So.
Lisbon: Seems like this whole thing changed your mind about Red John.
Jane: It does?

Lisbon: ‘Revenge is for fools and mad men’.
Jane: Yeah, that was rather good I thought.  Total nonsense, but quite good nonetheless… Shall we?
(They hold hands and run to the car in the rain.)

THE END (except for these cute pics)

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