'The Mentalist' Recap: Beauty and the Beast
Thursday, February 02, 2012
On this week's episode of The Mentalist, the CBI team falls into the fickle and strange world of high fashion. Can Jane's powers of observation break through the thick facade of people who look down on the general public? Let's find out!
Trouble in the Bay
This week the team is sent to Oakland to investigate the murder of Wyck Theissens, whose name drips of the pomposity of some high society polo player. Wyck was a former Couture fashion designer was trying to make his big comeback in the warehouse of a shady renter named Mr. Liu. My Liu claims that the teenagers that Wyck employed are the culprits. Cho says that a gold feather was found in Wyck's mouth, and Jane soon discovers a secret room full of high fashion dresses.
As Jane goes out to find the rascally kids that worked with Wyck, our old FBI friend Agent Darcy is still working on the Panzer murder and trying to learn more about Red John. It looks like this is one case that Jane won't be able to shake off with his sly smiles and winks.
The Usual Suspects
Jane finds Wyck's young assistants, but they were arrested on the night of the murders. No, they aren't hardened criminals. Instead they are art students how decide to rage against the machine at the Occupy protests in the city. How topical of you, Mentalist! It turns out that Wyck was working on a new line to re-launch his career, but in the meantime he was making knock-off dressed for Mr. Liu. Damn you Liu! It's people like you who create extremely high markets for fashion and electronics! Not only is Liu looking more shady, but he has also disappeared.
Lisbon and Jane then go to speak to a couple of guys who were responsible for Wyck losing his fashion street cred a few years earlier. (Is fashion street cred a thing? If not, it is now.) These men are Guy Duval, who had an argument with Wyck the night before the murder, and Junior Acosta, who released an embarrassing video of Wyck bad mouthing people. Not John Galliano-Nazi embarrassing, but still bad.. Duval claims that he was fond of Wyck and his work, and Acosta said he had no reason to kill him. Acosta then proves this point by pulling a knife on Jane. Not a good way to get out of a murder rap my friend.
The next person on the list is a creepy photographer named Tony Redgrave. He is clearly inspired by real-life professional creep Terry Richardson. I just realized that I've mentioned Couture, Terry Richardson, and John Galliano in one review. I don't know if I should be proud of my vast fashion knowledge or be embarrassed. Anyways, Tony is busy photographing a distraught model named Sasha who started her career with Wyck. Terry creepily denies any wrong doing so Lisbon and Jane moves on.
Meanwhile, Darcy is still on the Red John case and interviews a random morgue worker about Jane and Roslyn, the blind girl, about coming in to check a body. This character seems really inconsequential, so I predict bad things. She follows this up by talking to Roslyn, and starts to realize the obvious that Jane is a dirty liar.
Cho and Rigsby get a bead on Liu due to his phone. It seems The Dark Knight is real and the police are truly watching our every move through our iPhones. They find Liu in the compromising position of being held under water by the Chinese mafia. Liu is pulled up for air and says that they are just having one of those strange parties that you can only find on Craigslist.
The take the men into their office and Cho starts to interrogate them. I'm guessing that Cho was picked because of his great interview skills and not because he is also Asian. It turns out that the Chinese mobsters have diplomatic immunity and are let go after Jane gives them the test of looking at the feather that was found with the body. They do not react so he says that they are not the killers.
Return of the Red
Jane and Lisbon go to each suspect that they interviewed and show them the gold feather. One by one they all act confused that Jane is showing them a feather. Jane's final stop brings him to Creepy Tony's palace of teenage horrors. Tony is unfazed by the feather, but Sasha, who must be involved in the longest photo shoot in histoy, freaks out and tries to run. She is apprehended and taking back to the office where she admits to killing Wyck because he found a younger model to wear his dresses. This is a totally reasonable excuse for killing a man.
Just as the case is wrapping up Jane gets a call from Roslyn, saying that Roy, the man Jane believes is Red John, is at her house. Jane and Darcy go there together and find Roslyn alone in the house. She said that Roy is gone, but they find the guy from the morgue dead in the closet. I knew he was goner. Good night sweet morgue worker, we hardly knew ye.
It looks like Red John is back and starting to wreak havoc once again, but we'll see if the story picks up steam anytime soon. It is nice having two weeks in a row with episodes that aren't interrupted or followed by five weeks of nothing.
(Image courtesy of CBS)