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Red Lacquer Nail Polish 

The charred remains of a socialite are found in her mansion, and CBI discovers that several people were fighting over inheriting her fortune.



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Episode credited cast:
Grace Van Pelt (credit only)
Lance Reinhardt
Cayce Robbins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lissie Calhoun
Alex Wiley
Building Manager
Curtis Wiley
Elise Vogelson
Amputee Soldier
Chaplain Johnny Griffin


Eccentric heiress Elise Vogelsong's corpse is found burnt to a crisp, beyond positive identification, in her grand beach mansion, where none of the many valuables seems stolen, except a famous medal. Dr. Lance Reinhardt, who hides a dubious past, was treating her for early dementia, or helping someone fake that. Her cousin Curtis Wiley, an artist, was fighting for control over the family foundation, which mainly finances a veterans home, run by chaplain Johnny Griffin, from which a wife and volunteer, Lissie Calhoun, is missing. Rigsby meanwhile is depressed about Van Pelt having left, tries to follow Cho's advice to start dating but makes a mess of Internet appointments. Written by KGF Vissers

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3 March 2013 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Undeveloped Episode That Adds Nothing To Overall Plot line
3 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching Red Lacquer Nail Polish, the first thing I wanted to know was who directed it? I couldn't find one listed. During the showing, I felt like I was watching an old episode from Dragnet. The direction and camera work was choppy, static and uninteresting with quick cuts from one character to another with little attention given to reaction from others in the show. The dialog was dull and uninspiring. "Just the facts ma'am, just the facts."

Good actors played meaningless characters with no depth. The story was far too predictable with no surprising twist in the end and it added nothing to the overall Red John plot line. The scenario with Rigsby made him look pathetic and incompetent. The characters didn't seem to know what they were doing or why. None of Jane's special talents were used to solve the case. Lisbon was uncharacteristically out of touch even though the clues were obvious.

As a big fan of the show from the beginning, I was very disappointed. Even the title of the episode didn't connect with the story. I have to wonder if this one was just filler to complete the season's lineup? It felt thrown together.

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