The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES) that fools no one but himself.
Linus Wagner: Everything you told me, Mr. Jane, is total fiction, isn't it?
Jane: From the INCEPTION
PRISONER of his own device.
"Pay strict attention to what I say because I choose my words carefully and I never repeat myself. I've told you my name: that's the Who. The Where could most readily be described as a prison cell. But there's a vast difference between being stuck in a tiny cell and being in prison."
In "Not Worth One Red Cent" Patrick Jane walks in another man's shoes and burns the phony "Inside Man" behind it all. (See B.S.) "Red Cent" pays homage to Spike Lee's classic "Inside Man" as both tales are about a bank robbery with a twist - payback is a bitch - and at the heart of both stories is an engagement ring. In a NUTSHELL the Clive Owen mastermind wants to cause pain for Mr. Case, a Nazi collaborator who hides his stolen diamonds in a safe deposit vault on 20 Exchange Place in lower Manhattan. Owen leaves a Cartier ring as payback to sick the cops on the real criminal. CASE CLOSED. In "Red Cent" the mastermind behind the murder of the bank officer, the "inside man" robbery accomplice, is his spurned fiance CASEY TRENCHARD, who keeps his ring. The difference in "Inside Man" is Clive's character doesn't kill anyone and gets away Scott-free but the spurned bitch in "Red Cent" has to pay in the end. Jane solves the case by "hot reading" the "Usual Suspects" and by his deduction the phony safe deposit account name "Hudson" probably did not stray too far from the killer's identity, who lived in Newburg, NY. (NB. the bank robbery ringleader was found at the TRAIN YARD.)
Cracking the Jane/John Illusion
In each TM episode Bruno Heller plants an incredible event that should alert the viewer with half a REVIEW BRAIN to question what the hell is actually going on. It was an amazing coincidence that Jane was nearby having his shoes "re-souled" at the time when the bank robbery went down, particularly as his proximity was not necessary to solve the crime. "Not Worth a Red Cent" could be the writer's assessment of the feckless accomplice but it could be telling about another phony identity. 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. 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.
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).
"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. 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
Inside Man: " But inevitably, the further you run from your sins, the more exhausted you are when they catch up to you. And they do. Certain. It will not fail."
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: Lisbuns, the Where could most readily be described as a prison cell. But there's a vast difference between being stuck in a tiny cell and being in prison."
Read John "Seven" Come 11: my mental list of 7 scripts so you can dream along with me
"DRAGON STAR Logline: Code-cracker tracks a serial killer who returns after seven years to terrorize his hometown. Tagline: You can go Holmes again. The second greatest story ever told. DRAGON_STAR_-_Final
“MIDNIGHT RIDE” Logline: Garage band cruises a small Pennsylvania town on a stormy night that changes the course of rock music. Tagline: “She loves you and you and you, yeah, yeah, yeah.”
"DIVE" Logline: An American naval officer is forced to pilot a Colombian cartel submarine loaded with cocaine into San Diego harbor. But there's something else on board. Tagline: Sub-text: Hidden between the lines.
"COLUMBIA ROADS" Logline: US embassy investigator discovers Aurora prophecy that threatens civil war in the US. Tagline: All Roads lead to Columbia. Download -COLUMBIA ROADS-
“FACESPACE” Logline: CIA Deep Throat recruits a conspiracy writer to stop a mind control op using social networks. Tagline: Who is like FACESPACE and who can defeat it? Download FACESPACE 7-21
"SPYDER AND THE FLY" Logline: A black op team gets caught in its web of deceit. Tagline: "Come into my parlor said the Spyder to the Fly, but who was the Spyder and Who was the Fly?"
"THE 11 O'CLOCK NEWS" Logline: Two bloggers, Richie Scalia and John Scott, get in way-over-their-head trouble. Tagline: Hindsight is 2021