The Mentalist: Season 1, Episode 16

Bloodshot (17 Mar. 2009)

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Patrick is temporarily blinded by a bomb blast just before the CBI are called in to investigate the murder of a stock-broker.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dan Hollenbeck
Robert Lynch
Lauri Medina
Terry Andrews
Jill Lamont
Carol Gentry
Dr. Fuller
Mark Daviau ...
Club Kid


CBI gets another bomb alert, this time real, with a message 'Are you smart enough to find it?'. Jane does, but too late to save James 'Jim' Medina (44) handcuffed next to it, his front marked 'You're next'. The explosion blinds Patrick for a few days. Medina, a stockbroker, got hate-mail from ex-colleague Terrence 'Terry' Andrews (46), an ex-state bodyguard, now Hype nightclub bouncer. Jane discharges himself to take charge, brilliantly observing and manipulating. He finds a link with Medina from his scam-medium past clients. Grace's date proves problematic. Written by KGF Vissers

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When everyone is exiting the building after the bomb threat is called in, everything outdoors is dry. Then when Jane and Lisbon cross the street to go to the other parking lot, everything is all wet, as though it had just been raining. See more »


Teresa Lisbon: [after pinching Jane] I'll do worse if you don't stop mouthing off to people who are trying to help you.
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8.4? Seriously, people?
17 December 2009 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

At the time of writing, 93 people (excluding myself since it takes time for the vote to register) have rated this episode 8.4 out of 10. Well, it's not. *Really.* I'm a fan of "The Mentalist" and this episode is way overrated by a small bunch of hardcore fans who seem unable to rate it objectively (even though rating episodes is just as easy as with movies, an average IMDb user has yet to start regularly rate every episode of every series they watch like I do). I'm hoping that as time goes on, the rating goes down. Meanwhile, I'll just vent my frustration by pointing out some of the problems here.

First: The bomb. How convenient that Jane finds it *just* early enough to receive the "message" but too late to save the man next to it. A gorgeous explosion doesn't save this set-up from implausibility.

Second: Van Pelt's new interest Dan. What a player he must be! Though he is a raving lunatic, he manages to get Van Pelt interested in him. Jane's comment in the end that Van Pelt hails from a state known for its gullible women doesn't save this set-up from implausibility.

Third: Just playing time in the middle section to make the episode full-length, wasting such actors as Rick Worthy (Battlestar Galactica's Simon) and the seemingly ageless Tamlyn Tomita (where has she *not* guest starred?) in overlong scenes.

Four: Dan could have been waiting that the working hours end and maybe he conveniently sees that Lisbon and Cho also leave. But what a handy coincidence for both things to happen at the same time!

Five: When Van Pelt hangs up on Lisbon, Lisbon doesn't seem to realize that something is wrong, yet though we are shown the following events roughly in real time, which takes 5 minutes of screen time, she miraculously arrives just in time to save the day!

Six: The shootout between Dan and the guard locking the place up: maybe a minute later we see an unconcerned guy driving past Dan when leaving the parking lot. Is he deaf? Even more shooting follows, but the man's inclusion in the scene is just pointless, since he serves no purpose. I wonder if the writers had Dan leave both the guard and the man in the car alive on purpose, since his beef is *only* with Jane, or was it unintentionally logical when pretty much else is carelessly illogical?

Seven: The clichéd interrupted kiss. Sure, nobody walks in when Dan is beating the crap out of Rigsby, but when the poor man is about to receive some comfort for his pains, Overused Cliché #565 (made that up) naturally manifests. C'mon! This is the new millennium, can't writers everywhere just stop using that?

Bottom line: standard, middle-of-the-curve professionally executed but poorly written episode. We deserve better.

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