The Mentalist – Season 6 Episode 12 – The Golden Hammer Review


We’ve seen a little switch up of late, and it still feels a little different. Rigsby and Van Pelt are still very much a part of things, in their own way; having now opened their own digital security company. Jane and Lisbon are now partners, and obviously that shakes things up a bit. Even though she used to be his boss, she never could quite keep him on a leash.

It was refreshing to see that even though they’re now prisoners working for the FBI, Jane is still very much himself. He’s up to his old tricks in this episode, running off and doing his own thing off radar. This was a nice touch, and one that I hoped would happen.

ImageI’m glad they’ve changed things up, because the Red John storyline was getting a little stale (at least up to the end of Season 5). It’s testament to how good the characters are that the show even survived that long, but Season 6 has been one of the best seasons yet. In TV you can either evolve or die, and sometimes even trying to change things can signal the end, but I feel good about it.

Now that Red John is gone (at least, it seems that he is) things are no doubt going to feel different, and they do. Since the show returned from hiatus it’s been more about setting up the ways things are going to be, and inevitably the way the rest of the season will play out.

Jane suspects their victim is linked to espionage, and Lisbon goes out on a date, which indirectly leads to what’s coming next. Remember Ardiles?


He’s freaking out because someone’s watching him. Lisbon isn’t convinced but recommends that Ardiles speak to Van Pelt and Rigsby, which he does.

They uncover what’s actually going on, and find out it’s not just Ardiles that’s in trouble. The episode ends with the revelation that it’s not just Ardiles that’s in trouble, and it’s going to be interesting to see how the twist at the end of the episode plays out.

A good episode to turn the heat back up a little, and things are simmering along nicely now, and for the first time in about three years, I’m looking forward to what the rest of the season has to offer.

The Ninja


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