The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES) that will dawn on Patrick Jane. In "Red Dawn," mourning becomes Patrick Jane.
Dr. Linus Wagner: Everything you told me, Mr. Jane, is total fiction, isn't it?
Is it a coincidence the Mentalist "Red Dawn" episode is on the same week the remake of "Red Dawn" the farce premieres? Bruno Heller reveals the reality of "The Mentalist" that must be dawning on viewers with even half a REVIEW BRAIN: It's all an ILLUSION. For those lucky enough not to have seen "Red Dawn" the movie, it's the most unrealistic storyline in the history of Holly-weird. The original movie is about the invasion of the USA by Cubans and Russians and the teenager Wolverine resistance in the Rocky Mountains. The remake has North Koreans invading the USA. It is appropriate the film is released at Halloween, as it figures to be referenced with another farce, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." The American audience will turn out to see it - such a gullible bunch. Hey, they believed the lies about the Iraqi WMDs. As if the Iraqis or North Koreans or Cubans ever posed a threat to this country, Heller likely named The Mentalist "Red Dawn" episode to make a point that it is just as unrealistic. (NB. "MALAKOFF DIGGINS" anagram = FAKING FILM GOADS. And what becomes "Emmit Cox"? Is it all a wet dream or a fairy tale?) Pay attention, people:
1. Patrick Jane walks into the inner sanctum of CBI looking like a homeless bum and no one reacts other than a CBI-er, "Can I help you?"
2. Lisbon politely tells Jane that the Red John investigation is confidential but five minutes later offers him to look at the files, supposedly to assuage him from filing assault charges against the angry Irish cop (are there any other kind?)
3. Lisbon later suggests Jane use his special skills to identify the killer, now so suddenly unafraid that Judge Dillinger could ruin the CBI.
4. The Tarot card ruse Jane used to catch the killer made as much sense as the Cuban-Russian invasion of the USA. So the cop cops to the killing because he had a guilty subconscious? Speaking of a guilty subconscious: Jane: "Alcoholism, a terrible thing."
Catch the Arnold Schwarzenegger photo on the wall and Lisbon's dig: "We are supposed to act professionally at all times." Also, loved the Dillinger name of the judge; lets us know who the real criminals are. BTW - Nice house, Judge.
The Mentalist-Westphall Connection
The Ford Explorer Lisbon was driving had CA license plate number 2SAQ321, which also appeared in "LOST." As "LOST" had a connection to the Westphall universe, then the plate connects "The Mentalist." Mr. "Dos Santos" was also the cop in FRINGE, which also has a Westphall connection.
Who's a Lyin'? Jane or Mar-tinsS
Jane: Perhaps we can see each other again.
Lorelei: That’s not up to me.
Jane: Oh, you have no say in it?
Lorelei: None at all. It’s very "Westphall."
Jane: I don’t follow you.
Lorelei: I do what Red John tells me to do.
RED JOHN - He is Mar(chen):
The German term "Märchen" stems from the old German word "Mär", which means story or tale. The word "Märchen" is the diminutive of the word "Mär", therefore it means a "little story". Together with the common beginning "once upon a time" it means a fairy tale or a märchen was originally a little story from long time ago, when the world was still magic. Jane's pursuit of Red John is a fairy tale. The truth is Red John is Patrick Jane's imaginary evil twin, his "perfect symmetry" alter-ego (Jane/John), Professor Moriarty character in a Tommy Westphall" imaginary world like "St. Elsewhere's" snow globe and "Life on Mars" that is the dream state of Jane. NB. The fake Jane character in "Red Moon" where a corpse was found in a burned car was named Ellis Mars (El - He is Mars). As Jane says, pay attention, people. In our present day Grim fairy tale the greedy Pigs are the real danger to US, the one half of one percent who can't get too fat. TV is the way we learn these fairy tales, whether it is the Iraq WMDs or the trickle-down-your leg theory.
Moral of the story: Fear the Wolf at your foreclosed door but it is the FOX on your TV that will kill you. Tune in and Tune out.
Ellis Mars: The mind is a powerful weapon. It can create reality.
By now it must Dawn on the viewer that it is not bad writing but Heller's attempt to push the envelope of the "suspension of disbelief" past the level of "RED DAWN."
Jane appears to be a Sherlock Homes super-sleuth character but in reality is a mental patient with a cracked eggshell who suffers from paranoid delusions due to feelings of extreme guilt in the deaths of his wife and child who were burned as he was (CBI = intensive burn care?) in a horrific car accident involving a driver named Tanner when he failed to stop at a BLINKING RED LIGHT - hence the RJ symbol - while he was driving intoxicated and spends his days watching TV shows, which generate his ideas for the delusional episodes. "The Mentalist" is obsessed with fire, as in half the episodes it plays a significant plot point. Out of the Frye-ing pan into the... As Kristina Frye discovered, when you get too close to Red John, you get burned. "Tiger, Tiger burning bright, they were "Au-burned." In the "Red Mile" episode Jane arrives at a crime scene outside Auburn, California. Shouts from Alabama football fans of "Roll Tide" first appeared during the Alabama-Auburn Tiger game in 1907. Curiously, a corpse was found in a burned car in "Ruby Slippers," in which Jane discovers the identity of Fifi Nix, like Jane's Phoenix, has risen from the ashes of his past life. In "Red Dawn" Jane is given a desk next to a fire extinguisher that is there, then it's gone, then it's there again. Fake Red John read all about it - catch the fire-y headline on the front page of the newspaper Tim Carter was reading before Jane shot him. Red John appeared to Jane in the burn mask.
Red Face to Face
Mentalist in a Box: The characters of Rigsby, Cho, Van Pelt and Lisbon are also Jane's creations ala the "Wizard of Oz;" the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and Dorothy in reality are the assistants and doctors at the mental hospital and the RJ minions are Jane's fellow mental patients. In the final scene Jane confronts "Red John," and in an homage to "OZ" awakens from his dream state to realize the true identity of.
The Man with Two Names - Red John's alias is ROY Tagliaferro (read: "cut iron"). The ROY CUT IRON anagrams are "court irony" and "you r citron." How ironic that Jane, the court jester who arrives at the crime scene in his Citroen, a master reader of how others' emotions control them, was a prisoner of his own. In the End the Mentalist was on the mental list, a prisoner of his own device.