Patrick Jane discovers an ex-gang member has more morals than a disbarred lawyer and cutthroat real estate salesmen, a real killer combination. Cherry-picking his way through a golf course crime scene, Jane deduces the victim, ex-gang member Lem McVie, was leaving his OLD life BEHIND because "he had a new credit card and driver's license." In addition to leaving his "cherry on cherry" OLDS BEHIND, McVie's cufflink is missing and Jane deduces it was left behind at the actual scene of the murder, as it couldn't have been at the bottom of the water hazard where the body was found because the crime team drained the pond LATER and didn't find it, and it couldn't have fallen off in the SUV or in the process of being carried to the car and...well, you get the point. (Speaking of LEFT BEHIND, check out Noah checking out Lisbun's.)
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.
Burning clues: 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. Note: Jane's eggshell blue car - a vintage 1972 Citroen DS 20 that Warner Bros., producer of "The Mentalist" for CBS, had in its inventory. It was used in the 2008 movie "Speed Racer." For "The Mentalist," the car was shipped from Germany and painted eggshell blue (it was originally red).
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 RED JOHN - The Big W - Johnny Walker RED.
The Man with Two Names - Red John's phony identity 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 (IRON-ic) chains to the past. Until Jane frees himself from the chains to his past, the Mentalist is on the mental list, a prisoner of his own device.