Synopsis: Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) works a case with the team, and is angry and horrified when he is informed at CBI by Supervising Agent Virgil Minelli (Gregory Itzin) that they have been removed from the serial killer Red John’s case. Special Agent Sam Bosco (Terry Kinney) steps in to take over, and there is instant animosity between him and Jane. Special Agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) has a history with Bosco, having been a close colleague as well as his subordinate for many years a long time ago. Jane is frantic to get back into the loop, and crosses numerous boundaries to get back there, including planting a listening device in Bosco’s office. Jane is incapable of sharing the Red John case with anyone, and as it is it took ages to let Lisbon in on his hunt, though she is not as much a part of it as she would like to think.
Lisbon is skiving her counselling after having thought she was going to die and then watching Jane kill Sheriff Dumar Hardy (Michael Mosley). Lisbon is anxious about letting people into her life, and matters do not improve when Lisbon is in the crosshairs when her prints show up at the murder of a child rapist. Bosco takes over investigating Lisbon, who cannot remember where she was the night in question. Jane, Special Agents Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti), Kimball Cho (Tim Kang) and Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) all get deeply involved with saving Lisbon, and make many enemies within the CBI on their way.
Sam Bosco has Jane thrown in prison when it comes out that Jane had his office tapped, and the teams are once again at odds. Lisbon is so angry with Jane, who went to jail instead of resigning from the CBI, as per Boso’s suggestion. The men do not seem to be getting along any better at all. Jane beats the rap, though, when Lisbon begs Bosco to release Jane, and threatens to expose a mistake from their past. Jane and Bosco sort of make amends when they are thrown together for a case, and through all the snipping and fighting, they end up understanding something about each other: Bosco is damn good at what he does, and though Jane is not a cop, there is a reason the CBI keeps him on – he has a fresh perspective, and an uncanny way of uncovering the truth. The two reach a mutual agreement to move past their differences, and Bosco lets Jane have the information that they have on the Red John case.
Van Pelt and Rigsby finally cross over the forbidden line and start a relationship with one another, and they are terrified the office finds out as it is against regulations. Lisbon decides to let the matter slide, pretending she knows nothing, just to ensure one of her agents does not have to leave the unit. On a murder investigation one morning, the team returns to CBI Headquarters, Patrick on his way up to Bosco, who would like to share new Red John information with him. Upon arrival, however, they walk into a slaughterhouse: Bosco and his team have been shot to death in the CBI offices. Bosco is the only one that is barely hanging on, and is rushed to the hospital immediately. The case becomes a priority, though Jane is insistent on investigating the case that they initially started with. This directly proves Red John was involved in both the shootout as well as the case of the morning.
It seems that Bosco and his men were on to a mistake from Red John’s past. It may very well be his only mistake ever, and he is now coming back to clean up the mess. The CBI is raw with emotion, and Virgil Minelli gets very angry with the press vultures. Hunting through the case brings some sad information to the fore: Red John has infiltrated pretty much every branch of law enforcement, etc. Bosco’s secretary, Rebecca (Shauna Bloom), is in cohorts with Red John, and does his bidding blindly. Red John wanted Jane to have his case back, and in so eliminated all competition. Rebecca dies in custody (though not at the hands of any of the cops), and Bosco speaks to Jane frankly – find Red John, kill him. No court, no jury, no conviction, just kill him. Jane takes this to heart, and Bosco passes away.
The CBI is not dealing with the loss of so many agents slaughtered in their own back yard, and the universal coping mechanism seems to be just not talking about it, not giving it any credence. Also, Minelli has thrown in the towel, and everyone seems to be taking that rather hard. An episode takes us to flashbacks of Jane’s past, and how he got into the whole “psychic” thing, and how he learned to perfect his talent, as well as show how his character developed over the years, resulting in the arrogant psychic that mocked a serial killer.
Someone else’s big boy toy
Jane meets an eccentric billionaire, Walter Mashburn (Currie Graham), who is overly interested in Lisbon, and desperate for a new thrill that money can evidently not buy him. Jane gives him the satisfaction, and the two seem to get along very well, and crack me up the entire time. Cho gets pulled into a personal drama when a childhood friend is murdered, and he will not help seeing as he thinks it is gang related, and he has broken all ties and left that in the past. The whole team gets involved when Jane will not let it go that Cho will not help, but after he and his girlfriend are attacked at his home, he is on the warpath.
The CBI finally gets their new boss, Madeleine Hightower (Aunjanue Ellis). She seems pleasant enough, but points out soon enough that if Lisbon cannot keep Jane in check, she will get rid of Lisbon, not Jane. Jane is the asset that she is not prepared to lose, but she is over the tomfoolery she knows comes with Jane. This gets awkward when Jane makes it clear that he will do what he likes, but that he will leave just as quickly should anything be done to Lisbon, and that when she is under duress and unhappy, it affects him. Hightower seems to make some arrangements. With her there, things change heavily. Hightower gives Van Pelt and Rigsby the ultimatum: either they continue their relationship and one of them leave, or they call it quits. Van Pelt ends the relationship, leaving a wake of heartbreak and bitterness behind.
Jane meets his newest adversary who seems to have ties to Red John, charismatic cult leader of Visualize, Bret Stiles (Malcolm McDowell). The two spar constantly, and Stiles is smart, throwing his weight around. Hightower backs Jane, and this causes some friction in the balance of power. “Psychic” Kristina Frye (Leslie Hope) returns to help Jane on a case, and again the two are not seeing eye to eye. However, Hightower thinks it may be time for Jane to take a woman out to dinner, and he takes a stab at it. However, their tension skyrockets when a Red John impersonator sends a video to the CBI documenting a slaying. Kristina is very quick to offer her services, while Jane is just as quick to make sure that Hightower rejects them. The case brings the real Red John to the fore, and before Jane knows what has happened, he sees a news broadcast where Kristina is speaking of Red John. Jane has made that mistake in the past and lived with the guilt and anger ever since. He insists that she be placed in custody, though she feels she is safe from Red John. She is snatched from her home right from under the CBI’s noses, and they cannot find her. Meanwhile, Jane uncovers the secret of the false Red John, which brings him into direct contact with the real Red John, who swoops in to save Jane, quoting The Tyger by William Blake. He also informs Jane that Kristina send her love. Jane does not share this information with Lisbon or any other member of the CBI. His latest obsession begins.
Best Episode: His Red Right Hand / Redline
Worst Episode: The Scarlet Letter
No way like a baseball to revisit your past
Rating: 8.5/10. This season was very good. I thoroughly enjoyed Bosco, even when he was being a total chop. He was a good man. This show illustrates how extremely well Red John is connected, and how futile Jane’s attempts seem. I do think that Jane is a great adversary, if anything. Bosco’s death shocked me quite a bit, I didn’t expect them to really kill him, and least of all not so soon in the season, it was madness. No matter how brief his appearance, Bosco was a brilliant character to watch. This season breaks in to the character’s pasts a bit, and it appears that everyone on the team is incredibly messed up from something, with the exception of Van Pelt, who seems predominantly normal in comparison. It was so sad to see Minelli go, he was awesome, and his relationship with Lisbon, Jane and the team was always a source of amusement for me. Hightower is alright, but just not the same flare, though she has other aspects that are highly admirable. Rigsby and Van Pelt had such a brief taste of their relationship, it was rather shocking and sad. Cho remains an all time favourite, even with his past gang relations, they find a way to make it both amusing yet dramatic at the same time. Overall the show was again great because it had all the right elements at the right times that just pulled this off without a hitch. This show has a second solid season entry, well done!