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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Mentalist "Red Velvet Cupcakes" Review

The Mentalist in a nutshell: It's all an ILLUSION (read: VISUAL LIES) that cheats no one but himself.

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

In "Red Velvet Cupcakes" the cheating love doctor should "heel" himself.  Patrick Jane suspects a radio therapist with a foot fetish murdered his lover/client who loved to make Red Velvet Cupcakes and had the "highest arches he ever saw."  After eliminating the Usual Suspect - the husband ("KIPMAN7") had an alibi as he was spotted at a 7-11 in Tahoe at that time cheating with his personal trainer - Jane convinces Van Pelt and Rigsby to air their love problems on the air to get the love doctor to show he is the one in need of therapy.  The therapist's wife, who killed the cupcake maker, interrupts the therapist's private heeling session with Van Pelt and threatens to put an end to Van Pelt and the therapist to stomp out his cheating ways. Of course, Lisbuns, Rigsby and Jane were listening and arrive in time. In the end Rigsby and Van Pelt get back together again.  Jane tells Lisbuns that he thinks everyone, not just cheaters, have something that flips their sex switch, whether it is a foot fetish, sexual dominance or some other fantasy. While Lisbuns put her foot down on the idea, perhaps Jane revealed something about himself, that he also likes to engage in fantasy:


Moral of the story: talk therapy really works!

 

Scrambled Eggs:  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  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. 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 WEST-PHALL WORLD

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. 

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 

.   Shaking hands with Red John


 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.

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.

           Drink Scotch Whiskey all night long and die behind the wheel


           Call me Deacon Blue

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

                                                                                  

                                             
  
Jane: Lisbuns, in my fantasy you play this detective in tight jeans and we endlessly sexually tease the audience.  Speaking of my fantasy,  Read John's "SEVEN" COME 11,  my mental list of 7 scripts so you can dream along with me 


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