The Mentalist Review: "18-5-4"

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Last night The Mentalist really brought it!

18-5-4 Scene

"18-5-4" had everything we loved about this show - yet, we must say, we could have done without the uber creepy clown that killed Noah in the beginning! Did you check out his face? It almost looked like an evil clown version of Chucky! Which did give us nightmares! Yes, I am a bit of a scaredy-cat! Especially when it involves clowns! They give me the super creeps!

We LOVED having Fisher Stevens guest star last night! His character was witty, smart, and cunning - literally the perfect opponent for Jane. Plus, he has high up connections and tons of money. We really hope they bring him back for at least another chess game!

Fisher Stevens on The Mentalist

The ongoing chess game had to be our favorite part of the episode - the two of them just ranting off chess moves in their heads really showed us the level of genius Jane is! This guy really is a great package - not only is he incredibly gorgeous, but smart too! We knew Jane is a smart guy, but last night he really brought his A game!

Oliver was also quite the comical character. He brought a good amount of crazy humor in to lighten up the show. We liked that Jane was able to piece it together that Oliver wasn't going to Brazil, but was at the beach. Each week, we try to piece the puzzles together with Jane and we were right about this one too!

We do have to admit we were a bit stumped on Daphne being the killer. We really thought that when they caught Tolman and brought him in for questioning - it was case closed! Good thing Jane, like in his chess game, is always one step ahead!

This was one of our favorite episodes all season - but we really are missing more Red John action! With only a couple more episodes left - are the writers going to wait until the season finale?! That's just plain mean!

What did you think of last night's episode? Did you know that Daphne was the killer all along? Leave your thoughts below - we love hearing from you!

Follow the jump to read a few of our favorite The Mentalist quotes from last night - and please let us know if we missed any!

Jane: You are the queen of my heart, Grace. | permalink
Jane: Alert the quantum lords. | permalink
Lisbon: Its funny how well you two got along.
Jane: Well, I have the same amount of trouble with those pesky quantum lords. | permalink
Oliver: He's not my dad. He's a cyber clone sent by the Galactic quantum lords.
Jane: Oh them. They are always up to something shady. | permalink
Jane: Enough Mr. Tolman. Tell me the truth or I will pop ya.
Annika: Don't even think about it.
Jane: It's soft. It's just a hand. Just a hand.
Tolman: Annika, put the gun down.
Lisbon: Why do you have an armed body guard, Mr. Bundte? | permalink
Cho: We are like the FBI only more conveniently located. | permalink


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Yeah! that's why i thought the episode was named after (¿why the hell?). But when i readed about R-E-D... we know wich one is the coincidence and wich is not


Isn't it odd that the illegal move in the chess game happens almost exactly when the episode is at 18:54, which happens to basically be the name of the episode... :D


Oh great, i readed your post after i posted my question. It seems like we'll never be able to watch the entire game between them.
I thought, during the episode, that they maybe wanted to reference some famous chess game, like a bobby fischer match (he's kinda familiar with jane in some way, i think). But no.
But cool research! haha. Can i have your email? We can play some chess... i would start with pawn to E4! (cos im a chess-noob)


I noticed it too and I have my Chess guru look into that missing move as mentioned before, there were a few from Jane's opponent which were not given and I assume that was the one which is crucial , or else it was an illegal move and when he announces that he wins after 3 more moves he is cheating.


Hi, does anybody followed the game between jane and the man? at 18:54 aprox jane takes the bishop... isn't there a knight in the middle? its an illegal move? or did i missed some moves before? cheerss


@Dan - Good job figuring that out! I knew it had a meaning and making it spell Red made sense. One of those right in front of your face things I didn't see. Thanks!


@janeandlisbon seriously?? lol Rigsby arrested his wife :O where did you see it?


I am trying to reproduce the chess gambit on a board but a few moves were not orally given so I have to plod through, opening move was a real odd one but very much Jane. Clowns are not my favorite, however creepy was needed. A bit of Hitchcock with Capra thrown in. In two weeks, you will see Red John reappear in a very interesting manner, since the season is ending, the last two episodes will probably come together and gut-punch all of us.

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The Mentalist Season 2 Episode 21 Quotes

(Looks at all the clowns) At least they are all crying on the inside.


Jane: Did the killer take the finger?
Cho: Looks that way.