DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
NICE car. And — hello! — nice mentalist. Or whatever Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) goes by these days. Cop? Not quite. He’s pulling up at the latest crime scene tonight just as Grace Van Pelt is getting berated by amr Liu for not going after those hooligans rigorously enough. I love her name, Grace Van Pelt. Wasted on a cop though, she should be a furrier. She explains to Patrick Jane that Liu owns the building that has the import/ export business on the first floor. This could be a euphemism. Mr Liu’s scared, Patrick Jane instantly discerns, because he’s a former mentalist. And when we get upstairs we see why. There’s a dead body, which in itself is perhaps a reason for an amount of jit- teriness, but there’s also a feather in the bloke’s mouth. Too camp for a gang, Jane says when Cho suggests it’s gangrelated. Cho thinks everything’s gang-related. But they’re in the middle of a clothing factory, so it’s no big stretch to figure it out.
But gee isn’t he all smiles when seconds later he finds the murder weapon, a pair of dressmaker’s scissors. The vic-
Looking good: Simon Baker tim, it’s lovely symmetry really, was a failed fashion designer on the verge of a comeback. High-end clothing, something went bad, he had a public meltdown, the cops sit around and look at footage of it on the internet while Patrick Jane finds his killer. The end.
There’s also a Red John sidebar, a very significant development, which is the main reason for the episode, if you’re keeping up. I admit, it’s hard to keep up with any of it. The last time I watched The Mentalist was on a Sunday night, not a Wednesday, but no matter, here it is and Baker’s looking good. That’s basically all you need to know. The show itself, not quite as hot. The Mentalist Channel 9, 8.30pm