The Mentalist 6×01 – “The Desert Rose” – Recap
Season 6 of The Mentalist starts exactly from where we were left at the end of Season 5: Jane and Lisbon have just watched a video in which Red John (via Lorelei Martins) reveals a list of 7 suspects:
1 Bret Stiles
2 Gale Bertram
3 Ray Haffner
4 Reede Smith
5 Robert Kirkland
6 Sheriff Thomas McAllister
7 Brett Partridge
One of these men is Red John.
How could Red John have guessed Jane’s list of suspects?
“The Desert Rose” recap:
Jane appears shaken, and Lisbon is scared too, because for the first time she sees that Jane doesn’t really know what to do next.
The two though are called by Bertram because there is a new case. Unfortunately, due to a Jane’s scheme gone bad, a SacPD officer is killed. Bertram has to send them away from Sacramento, as SacPD is crearly enraged with Lisbon.
Jane and Lisbon are therefore sent to a second crime scene, in Salton Sea. The skeleton of a man has been found in the desert. And guess who’s there waiting for them? Forensic investigator Brett Partridge.
Jane and Lisbon talk again about Red John and what they should do with the informations they have. Lisbon would like to tell the team (Cho, Rigsby and Van Pelt), so they could help them investigate the suspects. Jane instead thinks that no one should know about the list, because knowing about the list means to be in serious danger. Jane also admits he doesn’t know what to do, and admits that Red John will probably kill again.
Later the same night, Lisbon (without telling Jane first) takes a decision and calls Van Pelt. She reveals the seven names, and she asks Van Pelt to put a GPS tracker on the suspects’ phones, to track their moves.
When the team gets involved in the new case of the skeleton, and they arrive in Salton Sea to solve it with Jane and Lisbon, Jane immediately understands that something’s off. He talks with Lisbon and Van Pelt, and he understands that Van Pelt knows about the list.
This scene is particulary important. We have Jane and Lisbon arguing over this delicate situation. Lisbon tells him that she has to do something, she can’t just sit and wait until Red John kills someone else. Jane doesn’t agree, telling her that Red John will know about the GPS tracker and will use it against her. This was a powerful scene, amazingly acted by Simon Baker and Robin Tunney. What made it even better was the presence of Van Pelt, who looks completely lost.
Lisbon decides to go back to Sacramento, leaving Jane and the team behind to solve the “case of the week”. Jane discovers that Van Pelt has told Rigsby about the list, and Rigsby has told Cho. So now the whole team knows about the 7 suspects.
Later, we see Lisbon in her office, receiving a call. Someone’s in distress and her unit is called to step-in. Lisbon realizes that Brett Partridge’s location coincides with the address provided. She calls SacPD for backup, but they seem to take their time responding her request.
Lisbon then hears a noise coming from inside the house located at the address provided. She has to do something, and she decides to enter the house.
This is a particulary chilling scene, made even more chilling by the wonderful music composed by Blake Neely.
Lisbon discovers that Partridge is indeed inside that house. He is fatally injured, and manages just to whisper two words: “Tiger, Tiger”. (from the poem “The Tyger”, by William Blake. This is the poem Red John declaims to Jane in Season 2 Finale).
Right after, Lisbon is grabbed from behind. Red John has taken her.
Meanwhile, Jane arrives at the CBI. He has called Lisbon many times to try to talk to her, but Lisbon never answered her phone. Finally, Jane’s phone rings. The call is from Lisbon, but as Jane answers we can hear Red John’s unmistakable voice, telling Jane that “Teresa can’t come to the phone right now. Can I take a message?… No? I’ll tell her you’ve called”. Jane’s face is frozen in horror.
The last scene shows Red John paiting his signature smile all over Lisbon’s face. Lisbon appears unconscious. What will happen to her?