Thursday, April 05, 2012

"The Mentalist" covers high school themes

The drug "ecstasy" [MDMA = 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine] appears in the "Something's Rotten in Redmund" episode of The Mentalist, as does a high school production of Hamlet. Jane searches the high school for the bad kids.
[As to repeated themes on CBS, the "Identity Crisis" episode of "Person of Interest" did an ecstasy lab, last week [March 29]].

A good line: Ecstasy, that's for amateurs.

Another: Patience, grasshopper.

Another: Laertes has mono.

Another (describing a baby): More like Mao Tse-tung.

As to chemistry, a high school student (Martin) has set up an MDMA lab in his basement. [Safrole from sassafras is a precursor to MDMA.] Martin convinced his parents it was a high school science project. But, Martin was also a victim of high school bullying. Martin was making MDMA to become popular.

Jane paints (in blue) Snyder Sucks, in the boy's room. Snyder finds out. But, Snyder learned about the painting via unauthorized security cameras. Snyder: strictly speaking they are not 100% legal.

Jane gets to play the ghost. He does so in Australian. My hour is almost come. A tale of murder most foul. [And then details of the actual murder under investigation.] Sorry we had to close early. Pretty much everyone dies. Principal Snyder has cameras in the bathrooms. Illegal yes. Immoral, you decide.

And the drama teacher was having an affair with a high school student.

***In the real world:

"Adding video surveillance technology to the school campus is an innovative way to make Penn Manor an even safer environment for the students and staff," said Donald Stewart, superintendent of Penn Manor School District.


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