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Monday, January 7, 2013

The Mentalist "Days of Wine and Roses" Review

"They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream." - "They Are Not Long"  by Ernest Dawson

The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES)...just a drunk dream.

 Dr. Linus Wagner: Everything you told me, Mr. Jane, is total fiction, isn't it?

In "Days of Wine and Roses" Patrick Jane finds it takes a thief to catch a thief and an addict to know an addict. Charlie Coates, a model in rehab, is murdered in a park in the Tenderloin district of San Fran and the CBI claims jurisdiction in the case, apparently no longer needing convoluted reasoning to justify its actions. Jane quickly deduces the model was going to see her lover because "she shaved her legs."  Jane spots a drunk playing chess who is drinking  Ehrich Single Malt Scotch, quickly deducing the drunk couldn't afford such a rich beverage and obviously took the model's wallet to pay for it. The trail leads to the Oasis Ranch and Jane eventually tricks the murderer, a therapist who stole the ruby necklace that Charlie stole from her parents to pay off her own addiction debts, into revealing herself.  In the meantime "Lisbuns" continues her fight to bring down Tommy Volker, a psychopath international businessman who is drunk with power. 

What's in a Burning Name?

 PHOENIX BELL, not to be confused with FiFi Nix in "Ruby Slippers," was attempting to raise himself from the ashes of his addict life; CHARLIE COX "charcoal ties" -  sought forgiveness from her parents but was burned by the therapist she trusted. Got "MILK" ?  "Lisbuns" tries her luck at the Big Shot Poker Game to get a search warrant for Mr. Milk, Voelker's hired gun, but craps out when someone burned Milk, who was found murdered next to the train track crossing, a dangerous intersection.

What is the point Bruno makes in yet another episode alluding to dreams within dreams, crossing dangerous intersections, boozing and fire-y drive-by endings?  As several of The Mentalist episodes are homages to famous films, let's not overlook the obvious: "Days of Wine and Roses"  is a drama illustrating how the unquenchable lure of alcohol can supersede even love, and how marital communication cannot exist in a house divided by one-sided boozing.

RED LIGHT

 

Perhaps it is the story of Jane's life. 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).


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

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Mentalist in a Box

  
 Drink Scotch Whiskey all night long and die behind the wheel



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:  Lisbuns, I like Lemmon with my tea when I READ John's "SEVEN" Come 11

 
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