History Series / TheMentalist

24th Apr '16 5:01:37 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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13th Apr '16 6:18:34 PM caivu
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* SerendipitousSurvival: In one episode, a former football star is presumed dead when a bomb explodes in his car. However, the agents then discover that the man is still alive. The man is a notorious womanizer and he kept a apartment within walking distance of the bar he owned. On the night of the bombing he hooked up with a female fan and they snuck out to have sex in the apartment. His assistant was tasked with moving the car and was killed by the bomb.
15th Feb '16 2:20:45 PM ObsidianFire
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* ClassReunion: The subject of an entire episode in season two, where the AlphaBitch pulled off one of the [[KidsAreCruel worst high school pranks ever]]. Jane [[GenreSavvy singled out the suspect]] by having Rigsby pretend to be the [[ReunionRevenge victim of that prank]]. The episode also provided a CrowningMomentOfFunny: Jane accidentally talking the all-grown-up nerd into [[WhosLaughingNow a brawl]] with the JerkJock and his posse.

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* ClassReunion: The subject of an entire episode in season two, where the AlphaBitch pulled off one of the [[KidsAreCruel worst high school pranks ever]]. Jane [[GenreSavvy singled out the suspect]] suspect by having Rigsby pretend to be the [[ReunionRevenge victim of that prank]]. The episode also provided a CrowningMomentOfFunny: Jane accidentally talking the all-grown-up nerd into [[WhosLaughingNow a brawl]] with the JerkJock and his posse.



* GenreSavvy: In "Strawberries and Cream", Jane makes a presumptuous remark about how the situation will turn out. This is the norm for him throughout the entire series--Jane being extraordinarily Genre Savvy at any time of day--but, since this is the third season finale, of course the con of the episode is being played with much higher stakes. Accordingly, the tension of the moment is high, and, instead of just rolling her eyes like usual, Lisbon points out how arrogant Jane is being. "Pleeeeease don't say that, nothing is foolproof... and stop being so confident! It makes me nervous." Those who saw spoilers for season four know that Lisbon had the right idea. Within five minutes of the season four premiere, Jane will be in jail for homicide and there will be no evidence of Red John's cellphone (with the call to O'Laughlin) or his gun. Acting extra confident in the season finale with the villain Red John--who has proven time and time again he's immensely more clever than Jane--was not Jane's brightest move, but Lisbon got it.
24th Jan '16 12:41:02 PM aye_amber
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->'''mentalist''' /'men-tə-list/ noun. Someone who uses mental acuity, hypnosis and/or suggestion. A master manipulator of thoughts and behavior.

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->'''mentalist''' /'men-tə-list/ noun. Someone who uses mental acuity, hypnosis and/or and / or suggestion. A master manipulator of thoughts and behavior.
10th Jan '16 3:23:00 PM StarSword
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** Agent Kim Fischer transferred to Seattle to take care of her sick mother in the season seven opener "Nothing But Blue Skies".

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** Rigsby and van Pelt leave the series during the post-{{retool}} TimeSkip, opening a computer security company and starting a family. They come back for a brief "old enemy returns" story arc early in the retool, but don't stay in the main cast.
** Agent Kim Fischer transferred to Seattle to take care of her sick mother in the season seven opener "Nothing But Blue Skies".
10th Jan '16 3:20:36 PM StarSword
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* TheProfiler: Jane's core tactics involve getting into the criminal's heads and using it to solve the crimes. One notable example is "The Red Barn", where he deduced the killer by noting which of the suspects had the most familiarity with the Red John logo, which appeared in the barn in the episode.

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Jane's core tactics involve getting into the criminal's heads and using it to solve the crimes. One notable example is "The Red Barn", where he deduced the killer by noting which of the suspects had the most familiarity with the Red John logo, which appeared in the barn in the episode.



* PostScriptSeason: With the death of [[spoiler:Red John at Jane's hand]] and the CBI disbanded due to a DirtyCop scandal, Seasons 6.5 and 7 {{retool}}ed the show, moving part of the cast to an FBI office in Austin, Texas and moved over purely to a BodyOfTheWeek format with no overall StoryArc other than the Jane/Lisbon {{romance|Arc}}.



* PutOnABus: Whatever happened to Kristina Frye?
** Summer. Though press releases confirm she will be returning not too far into the upcoming season.
** In "Panama Red", she returns, noticeably pregnant and engaged to be married. She also shows that she hasn't got any brighter, needing Cho to get her out of legal trouble when she is caught among members of a counterfeiting syndicate during a raid. In the end, she gets married and moves with her new husband and moves to Seattle.

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Whatever happened to Kristina Frye?
** Summer. Though press releases confirm she will be returning not too far into the upcoming season.
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Summer, Cho's prostitute informant who has a WillTheyOrWontThey with him. In "Panama Red", [[TheBusCameBack she returns, returns]], noticeably pregnant and engaged to be married. She also shows that she hasn't got any brighter, needing Cho to get her out of legal trouble when she is caught among members of a counterfeiting syndicate during a raid. In the end, she gets married and moves with her new husband and moves to Seattle.
4th Jan '16 4:37:13 AM Folamh3
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* WeddingRingRemoval: Jane continues to wear his wedding ring long after his wife and daughter were murdered by the SerialKiller Red John. After tracking down and killing Red John he continues to wear the ring, only removing it in the last episode, as he's preparing to [[spoiler:marry Theresa Lisbon]].
19th Nov '15 11:25:08 PM Fireblood
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** In another, [[Series/{{Heroes}} Noah Bennet]] is arrested for killing his wife's murderer, but so is another man--the latter had beat him with a blunt object after trying to warn the guy to stay away from his girlfriend, unsuccessfully; Noah, having pulled strings to arrange this guy's release on fake new DNA evidence just so he could kill him himself, discovered the body and shot it repeatedly in a rage as he arrived there to commit the murder. Both were let off because it was unclear who actually killed him--if the other guy had or if he had merely knocked him out before Bennet arrived and shot the body. The fact that Bennet could have been busted for conspiracy to murder and attempted murder (which might have got the other guy too) slips the mind of the prosecuting attorney.
19th Nov '15 11:18:17 PM Fireblood
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The end of "Red Carpet Treatment" takes pains to show that revenge really is sweet and worth it, even if you have to invest years of your life, spend lots of money, and risk life in prison to get it.
19th Nov '15 11:05:53 PM Fireblood
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** The season 4 premiere takes the cake though; Jane has murdered a man he believed to be Red John, and he is let off because he convinces everyone that the man ''was'' Red John. In fact, this and later episodes frequently say that if the guy ''wasn't'' Red John Jane is going to prison for the murder. In RealLife, whether or not the man was Red John should be irrelevant--Jane committed murder, and admits to it, with numerous witnesses to the crime. He should go to jail regardless. The only possible way out is if he was found [[InsanityDefence temporarily insane]] thanks to confronting the man he believed to be his wife and daughter's killer, but that is unlikely since he was illegally carrying an unlicensed gun (specifically to kill Red John), and had announced repeatedly to colleagues and others that he was hunting Red John not to arrest but to kill him. On the flipside, the question of whether or not the man ''was'' Red John should have been irrelevant--the issue would be whether Jane ''thought'' he was with fair reason, and he can reasonably (and truthfully) claim that the man he killed both pretended to be Red John and knew things only Red John would have, and was an accomplice posing as him, which means there was fair reason.

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** The season 4 premiere takes the cake though; Jane has murdered a man he believed to be Red John, and he is let off because he convinces everyone that the man ''was'' Red John. In fact, this and later episodes frequently say that if the guy ''wasn't'' Red John Jane is going to prison for the murder. In RealLife, whether or not the man was Red John should be irrelevant--Jane committed murder, and admits to it, with numerous witnesses to the crime. He should go to jail regardless. The only possible way out is if he was found [[InsanityDefence temporarily insane]] thanks to confronting the man he believed to be his wife and daughter's killer, but that is unlikely since he was illegally carrying an unlicensed gun (specifically to kill Red John), and had announced repeatedly to colleagues and others that he was hunting Red John not to arrest but to kill him. On the flipside, the question of whether or not the man ''was'' Red John should have been irrelevant--the issue would be whether Jane ''thought'' he was with fair reason, and he can reasonably (and truthfully) claim that the man he killed both pretended to be Red John and knew things only Red John would have, and was an accomplice posing as him, which means there was fair reason. Here, at least, they appear to think the jury will refuse to convict him if it's Red John he killed (with reason-he was previously acquitted for killing a ''different'' man he mistook as Red John) since they'd be highly sympathetic to him as Red John murdered his family. This is jury nullification, which, though legally iffy, does occur.
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