The Mentalist 2.18 Aingavite Baa (2010, Light Crime Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Creator: Bruno Heller
Simon Baker: Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
Rosa Evangelina Arredondo: Dolores Brinton
Gil Birmingham: Markham Willis
Sean Bridgers: Ranger Tisdale
Tracy Middendorf: Jane Doe
K.T. Thangavelu: Doctor
Wes Studi: Joeseph Silverwing
Aunjanue Ellis: Madeleine Hightower
Co-Executive Producer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Writer: Erika Green Swafford
Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.18 Aingavite Baa (2010)

6/10

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The Mentalist 2.07 Red Bulls (2009, Light Crime Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Creator: Bruno Heller
Simon Baker: Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
Terry Kinney: Sam Bosco
Rey Gallegos: Raoul
Dominic Hoffman: Hicks
Seana Kofoed: Mrs. Kent
Art LaFleur: Louis Earlen
Meredith Monroe: Verona Westlake
Marissa Skell: Mia Westlake
Vincent Ventresca: Duncan Weaver
Gregory Itzin: Virgil Minelli
Co-Executive Producer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Director: David McCoy Barrett
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.07 Red Bulls (2009)

Bosco and Lisbon are assigned to team up together when their cases overlap. Lisbon has the five-years-dead body of a kidnap victim while Bosco is handling a current kidnap with a very similar modus operandi. Bosco is dismayed to have Jane on his team while Jane sees an opportunity to prove himself and perhaps assist Bosco on the Red John case.

6/10

Fun episode with the police even doing a bit of detection (Lisbon gleans the vital information from a retired cop) and Jane pulling out an improbable stunt ("I’ve got expensive stunts if you don’t like the cheap ones.") to trap the guilty. The macho posturing between Bosco and Jane is fun and there is an exciting interlude for Rigsby and Van Pelt (after the action sequence, she ostentatiously doesn’t return his "I love you" but the physical contact of a chastising slap is probably the next best thing). Again, no objectionable explicitness and a light touch are keeping this show highly watchable.

This Mentalist, The episode contains gun violence.

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The Mentalist 2.02 The Scarlet Letter (2009, Light Crime Drama ) – 6/10 TV review

Creator: Bruno Heller
Simon Baker: Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
Terry Kinney: Sam Bosco
Christian Clemenson:
Paul Fitzgerald:
Treisa Gary:
Paul Michael Glaser:
Mary Pat Gleason:
Fay Masterson:
Josh Stewart:
George Wyner:
Daniel Zacapa:
Gregory Itzin: Virgil Minelli
Co-Executive Producer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Director: Charles Beeson

Mentalist, The 2.02 Scarlet Letter, The (2009)

Jane investigates the death of a political aide who was rumoured to be having an affair with her Senator’s husband. Meanwhile, somebody’s moved Jane’s couch in the office by a few centimetres.

6/10

The only thing with this show being consistently pleasant and untaxing is that there simply doesn’t seem to be much to say about it. The concluding gag (SPOILER Cho and Rigsby are holding up a corpse to make it look like he is spilling the beans) is good fun though. What this is, after many years of waiting, is a suitable replacement for the likes of Columbo and those other mild but entertaining seventies crime shows. They are not horrible, they don’t contain explicit or objectionable material, there’s no bad language and it features a cheerable hero putting bad people away. It’s the kind of thing that can be earning money by being repeated for the next fifty years on a Sunday afternoon and, frankly, you wonder why they don’t make more shows like that.

This Mentalist, The episode contains adult dialogue and unpleasant scenes.

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Lie To Me 1.11 Undercover (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Tim Roth: Dr. Cal Lightman
Kelli Williams: Dr. Gillian Foster
Brendan Hines: Eli Loker
Monica Raymund: Ria Torres
Writer (Creator): Samuel Baum
Kevin Tighe: Fletcher
Currie Graham:
Tim Guinee: Alec Foster
Sean Patrick Thomas:
D.B. Woodside:
David Warshofsky:
Jason Beghe:
Martin Papazian:
Consulting Producer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Writer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Director: Seith Mann

Lie To Me 1.11 Undercover (2009)

Lightman tries to determine if a pair of detectives are lying in the near-fatal shooting of a young man but finds there is much more at stake than he could have anticipated. Meanwhile, The Lightman Group are being sued for their role in losing the funds in the Joseph Hollin case (in Depraved Heart).

7/10

Poses an interesting moral dilemma: should you allow a definite miscarriage of justice to go ahead if it might prevent a possible catastrophe in the future? The resolution to the Alec Foster affair storyline turned out better than expected with SPOILER him having a cocaine problem and the woman being his support contact but Tim Guinee has already added another slime-ball to his entirely resistible gallery of ne’er-do-wells.

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Lie To Me 1.04 Love Always (2009, TV) – 6/10 review

Tim Roth: Dr. Cal Lightman
Kelli Williams: Dr. Gillian Foster
Brendan Hines: Eli Loker
Monica Raymund: Ria Torres
Writer (Creator): Samuel Baum
Tom Verica:
Sean Patrick Thomas:
Tim Guinee: Alec Foster
Brian Tee:
Co-Executive Producer: Adam Davidson
Executive Producer: Steven Maeda
Executive Producer: Samuel Baum
Writer (Screenplay): Tom Szentgyorgyi
Writer (Story): Tom Szentgyorgyi
Writer (Story): Steven Maeda
Director: Tim Hunter

Lie To Me 1.04 Love Always (2009)

The whole team assist the Secret Service at the wedding of the son of a South Korean Ambassador when news of a possible political assassination is discovered.

6/10

Monica Raymund is certainly proving an irritant (oddly this would disappear once she started wearing her hair down, amazing) but the show is working. Just a single plot this week and while I was hoping that SPOILER the bride did it, there was plenty of entertaining hidden truths to reveal before finally getting to the real assassin.

This Lie To Me episode contains graphic gun violence.

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