The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read:VISUAL LIES) that is "TAKEN" too seriously.
Patrick Jane literally stumbles onto a vast international sex trafficking ring that leads the FBI on a manhunt to look for kidnapped "Brown Eyed Girls." I don't know which is more improbable -Jane's timing or the idea that Mexican smugglers would pose as a modeling agency to kidnap naive American girls and sell them to a "Mideast" sex market. The opening scene may have provided a clue as Jane was standing next to the "Home of the Wacko" sign. While the sign could have foreshadowed Jane stumbling into a real wacko who took a badly injured kidnapped girl shot trying to escape her captors to his house to "fix her", perhaps it was a sign the story itself was wacko. Yeah, sex trafficking is a major criminal activity around the word and American girls are victims, but to believe they are kidnapped inside the US and trucked to Mexico, there are enough "Brown Eyed Girls" there, don't you think? And how would the traffickers get them to their Middle East destination? It was plausible the hero's daughter in "Taken" could have been "taken" by the evil creep's yacht, but France is a lot closer than Mexico. As the premise was implausible, consider the impossible scenario that Jane and Abbott would head South to trick the kidnappers to come back North to retrieve their truck of women. Talk about a suspension bridge of disbelief, not to mention the Smokie and the Bandit gag, Jane was lucky he didn't get LOST.
It's All an ILLUSION
Jane appears to be a Sherlock Holmes 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 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: "The Mentalist" is obsessed with fire, as in half the episodes it plays a significant plot point. Items: Jane burns his Red John files with a bottle of booze. 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. Note the Auburn football game was playing on the bedroom TV in "Desert Rose. "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.
THE WILD WESTPHALL WORLD is OVER THE RAINBOW
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. Mr. Nguyen was LOST (also in the Westphall Universe) but was found in "Green Thumb."
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 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 the 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.
ROY G BIV - Green, Violet, Blue and the other colors of the Rainbow
"Over The Rainbow"
Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high there's a land I heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true
Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me Somewhere over the rainbow
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then oh why can't I?
If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow why oh why can't I?
"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.
Jane: Lisbuns, if you leave I will miss your green eyes but there are so many lovely brown eyed girls.
Read John "Seven"Come 11: my mental list of 7 scripts so you can dream along with me
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