Friday, February 12, 2010

Review - The Mentalist Season 2 Episode 14 Blood in, Blood Out

We've know Cho had a sketchy past, but there's never been more than the occasional hint. We knew he was in juvenile hall, he'd done some crime, and wasn't a boyscout. Last night's episode gave us the definitive answer to his past. Cho was part of a gang called the Avon Park Playboys, shot the gang leader, KS, left the gang, and joined the Army, which put his life on the right path.

Not all are as lucky, and some simply get left behind. His former best friend, David Sung, is found dead. The first half of the episode is spent with Cho and Jane revisiting Cho's former stomping grounds. It's obviously a misdirect, and the gang wasn't involved at all even though they pull guns several times. The real killer isn't David's boss who was used to catch the real killer, a cleaning guy.

The episode was nothing special except it allowed us to see into Cho's life and focus on a character that rarely reveals anything about himself. He has a girlfriend who I assume is the daughter of the woman in one of the season 1 Red John episodes. It was nice to see Cho more often, and I would like to explore more into his character. Jane played a minor role and the rest of the team did even less which was a good change.

Score: 8.8/10


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