November 18th Episode Spoiler
“Red Moon” is the next upcoming episode of The Mentalist. This episode is directed by the star of the series, Simon Baker. A local astrologer, Ellis Mars, joins up with Patrick Jane solve a triple murder involving two policemen and an EMT’s fiancé. The secret buzz on the spoiler forums is that a something is going to happen at CBI that will cast suspicion on the investigation team. “Red Moon” will air on Thursday November 18th at 10pm Eastern (9pm Central). Bold and the Beautiful fans can catch Heather Tom who will guest star as Marva, a witness.
December 9th Episode Spoiler
On December 9th, actor Pruitt Taylor Vince will arrive as Agent J.J. Laroche. Laroche is the head of CBI’s Internal Affairs. Patrick Jane will meet his intellectual equal. Laroche has many triggered quirks, devoid of charm and in all just socially awkward. Fans may walk up to their television sets to check out the neat thing he is going to do with his eyes. Pruitt has a condition called nystagmus. This condition causes his eyes to move involuntarily. Laroche will have a reoccurring role in 5 to 6 episodes this season.
You may recognize Pruitt from his recurring roles on Deadwood and Murder One,.
Who is Red John?
The forums are buzzing with all sorts of theories on who could be Red John, the nemesis of Patrick Jane. One theory is Red John could be Brett Partridge. Patridge is the the forensic specialist from the first episode and the season 2 finale. Patridge and Red john both have a weird nasal sounding voice. Patridge’s character is underdeveloped despite, making two appearances on the show. The two cases he does appear in, involve a bogus Red John. Patridge’s job is to get close to crime scenes which would lend an alter ego the ability to investigate a criminal trying to imitate his work. The Mentalist writers can be quite thorough and complex. They could re-spin and say that he was there from the beginning.
Another theory is that Red John could be Patrick Jane’s father. Jane once referred to his father as a con artist. He also stated that all the great con artists are sociopaths. It would be interesting to see an earthly Luke/ Darth Vader spin on this where Red John and Jane face off and Jane has issues about having to kill his own father. Red John seems angry at Jane and loves to taunt him. The anger could go way back in history as resentment for his leaving. Yet Red John has not harmed Jane, but did murder his wife and daughter. The note left on the door of the murder scene read “Your lovely wife and child”. Jane often referred to his daughter as his child. He never says little girl or daughter. Perhaps the use of the word child was inherited from his upbringing.
Who do you think Red John is?