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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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 »

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*spoiler alert* - Episode with fantastic premise that stays short of its potential
2 May 2011 | by (Munich) – See all my reviews

I'm all for this episode with one of the best premises: the guy who sees all can't see. It stays true to formula with the usual amount of incredible happenings, but because of the good premise, it works better than the others, which for me explains the high ratings.

One thing hurts in this pot: The Blindness should have been psychological. (Not wanting to see any more when someone gets killed through him), not just caused by blood clots. Jane experiencing temporary blindness when under stress could have been a nice element to pick up and repeat when the chase for Red John increases in tension in the coming episodes and seasons. Great character building potential that is lost here.

Then there were two little weird things: -Rigsby observes Jane in length as Jane drinks Rigsby's tea. Why do that unless you mixed something into it. Just "picky Jane likes his tea a certain way" seemed a weak motive for the long stare -During Janes client session flashback 1, he empties both water glasses into the sand. Just anger or did he mix something in it? That remains unclear as well.

Then there was a moment where Jane was unusually dumb: In the client flashback 1 on the beach in Malibu he explains: Your mother forgives you" And the woman replies: "But I did everything for her". So Jane's bluff didn't work. The clever Jane would have come back with "She forgives you for not living your live but wasting it on her", instead of just looking dumb into the camera.

And something that really bothered me about the otherwise great collapse of Jane at the mid point: It raises the stakes, but there is no story reason. His earlier memory of being a jerk to one of his clients could have been a start point for a little flashback sequence of 3 or 4 '"Jane as arrogant mentalist" scenes (including his TV appearance leading to his wife's death), showing him making arrogant hand gestures etc. Then the last cut of him seeing his wife, the moment that drained all arrogance from him. That, and then him getting up and then collapsing. That would have been an exceptional emotional moment. What a wasted potential in this scene.


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