The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read: Visual Lies) that's easy to tell.
Dr. Linus Wagner: Everything you told me, Mr. Jane, is total fiction, isn't it?
In "Red in Tooth and Claw" Patrick Jane demonstrates his amazing memory skill using storyline imagery to burn the killer of a brilliant student, Linda Parfrey (read: fairyland rep), who was attracted to a moth. It is amazing how Jane concocted that story by just looking at objects, reminds me of Verbal Kint aka Keyser Söze of the "Usual Suspects." Jane also demonstrates his skill at cards by revealing the poker face of his boss to let Grace Van Pelt get a free ride to the "White Hat" - also a convenient time for her to give birth. Jane appears to be a "Wizard of Odds" in poker but he's really the joker in the deck.
Stuck on the Yellow Brick Road - Anyone else notice the Mentalist writers have been on this road before? The museum was the focal point of another episode, poker games have been used by Jane to win money for good causes, and even the comic banter between Rigsby and Cho - the Cowardly Lyin and the Tin Man without a heart is getting old. Hopefully, the series is not coming to an end. If the series is an homage to "Oz," then "White Hat" Van Pelt is the Good Witch and "Lisbuns" is Dorothy, which leaves Jane as the Wizard of Odds. The question remaining: will Jane find his "Ruby Slippers" to find his way home? Of course, if The Mentalist ratings don't improve, the show itself may be "Over the Rainbow.
The moral of the story in "Red in Tooth and Claw" - don't play with spyders, kids.
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 with the remote 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).
Burning Clues: 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.
Total Fictional Recall: 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.
. Shaking hands with Red John
Drink Scotch Whiskey all night long and die behind the wheel
UPDATE: As the first episode of the sixth season of the MENTALIST has been revealed - "The DESERT ROSE" - perhaps Bruno referred to a song that Sting made famous. The lyrics will burn in your imagination and perhaps provide a clue about Patrick Jane's:
I wake in pain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand
I dream of fire
Those dreams are tied to a horse that will never tire
And in the flames
Her shadows play in the shape of a man's desire
This desert rose
Each of her seven veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this
And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing's as it seems
BLOOD and SAND
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.
It takes a toll on my soul,
Because I'm starting to believe the lies you strung with red,
Is it all just a game?
One day I'll heal and I'll be covered in scars
And never forget why did it all fell apart.
When you finally came clean about the lies and the games you played from the start!
-Red in Tooth and Claw
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 and our need to let go of the past, 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: Don't look behind the curtain, people. It will shatter your illusions.