Dr. Linus Wagner: Everything you told me, Mr. Jane, is total fiction, isn't it?
Patrick Jane shows a serial killer that crossing Red John is as deadly as crossing a "Blinking Red Light." The (re-run) "Blinking Red Light" episode was an homage to "Twin Peaks" packed with allusions from the opening shot of Patrick Jane changing a flat tire in the San Fran Twin Peaks district and the twin peaks of the TransAmerica building and the California Center in the background. Jane investigates the San Joaquin serial killer, whose first victim, Molly Maier (anagram A Memory Ill), is a young blond Laura Palmer-type. SJK's latest victim is found murdered in Golden Gate State Park. The state park venue could be another fairy tale excuse for the CBI to claim jurisdiction, as the San Fran homicide squad, in reality, would tell Lisbuns to get her pretty ass back to Sacramento. Jane and Lisbuns interview Molly's hysterical mother, a deadringer for Laura Palmer's. In contrast to "Twin Peaks" where "Bob" did it (note Bob is also the name of the store Rigsby and Cho visit), Molly's father didn't do it but he, like Leland Palmer, loved dancing. Jane suspects a blogger, James Panzer, who lived near the victim is SJK and sets him up in a "Karen Cross" TV interview to cross Red John. Panzer's hubris mimics Jane, saying that the SJK killings were the work of a genius and Red John by comparison was a "common sociopath; lazy, sloppy, delusional", and becoming so absorbed in building up SJK's image that he was unaware that he was making the same mistake that Jane belittled Red John in a public forum. Panzer paid for his hubris with his life. Shortly after the television appearance, Panzer was found murdered in an alleyway, with Red John's trademark Smiley Face painted in blood on the wall near his body.
As in "Twin Peaks," Panzer's victims were women aged 16-20. After abducting
them, he would neatly bind
them with wire around their wrists and ankles, take them to an abandoned
warehouse and kill them by slitting their throats slowly and
deliberately with a sharp instrument. The bodies were then dumped,
face-up and still bound, in some random public area. His calling card
was putting small objects from the dump site, such as pebbles, pieces of
glass or bottle caps, on their eyes. And about those owls...
If you think "Twin Peaks" was a puzzle, David Lynch has nothing on Bruno Heller. Heller has pushed the envelope in the "suspension of disbelief" in each episode of "The Mentalist." This may explain why the San Joaquin killer dropped his victim next to the biggest suspension bridge built at the time. What is the point Heller makes with the "Twin Peaks" and "Mentalist" connection? In the "Twin Peaks" final scene we discover Laura Palmer was killed by her father, who didn't mean to but was possessed by spirits. In the final scene we discover Patrick Jane had a hand in his daughter's death but didn't mean to as he too was possessed by spirits.
FIRE WALK WITH ME
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 CROSSING AN INTERSECTION, hence the RJ symbol, while he was driving intoxicated (Patrick Jane anagram is "Captain Jerk") 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).
Jane burns his Red John files with a bottle of booze. "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 IRON BOWL 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. Jane: It's not my fire.
RED LIGHT 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).
Ellis Mars: The mind is a powerful weapon. It can create reality.
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 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.
Shake Hands with Red John
½ oz. Johnnie Walker Red Label
1 tbsp. orange juice
½ oz. sweet vermouth
½ oz. fresh cherry syrup
Orange peel for garnish
Add the Johnnie Walker, orange juice, vermouth and cherry syrup to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until cold and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with orange peel.
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 IRON-ic chains to the past. Until Jane leaves his OLD LIFE BEHIND, The Mentalist is on the mental list, a PRISONER of his own device.
Jane: Damn, that's a good cup of tea.