The Mentalist Review: Grace Under Fire

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Grace Van Pelt was at the center of "Blood for Blood."

It seemed odd that she would walk the perimeter of the safe house when she was the only agent guarding the father and child. Shouldn’t there be another CBI members that stays inside? Things definitely didn’t look good for her when she couldn’t recall whether she locked the door.

Questioning Van Pelt

And that’s when Agent LaRoche of Professional Standards turned up to investigate her. I’m beginning to like LaRoche. He’s just so ominous. He asked Van Pelt if she was feeling anxious. Anxious? Whenever he questions one of our CBI agents, I feel as though they are about to slowly roast over the seventh circle of Hell  His presence is truly intimidating.

What bothered me more was Greg’s input over dinner.  He was encouraging her to wear a wire and rat on her co-workers for LaRoche. His reasoning was that these were her colleagues, not her friends and one of them may be a murderer. I know he’s FBI, not CBI, but what happened to loyalty? These aren’t just colleagues, these are her partners. She puts her life in their hands every day. 

Someone did murder Todd Johnson and that person should be caught. But those who are innocent would never trust Grace again if she went through with this plan. Greg’s behavior was peculiar enough to make me wonder if he had something to do with Todd’s death.

Meanwhile, I enjoyed Jane’s interaction with Trina. Maybe it’s because he lost his own daughter or perhaps it’s because he never talks down to kids, but I always like the way Jane handles children. He appears much more comfortable with them than with most adults.

Lisbon’s struggle over whether or not to arrest Trina was valid. Personally, I’m with Jane on this one  I think she's been through enough, but as a law enforcement officer Lisbon took an oath to uphold the law. That said, I was still happy she let the poor girl go and I adored Jane’s gleeful expression when she did.

Overall, what do you think of Van Pelt’s engagement? Is Rigsby heartbroken? Will we see a wedding? Do you think there's more to Greg than we’ve seen? Sound off now.


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I've thought for a long long time that O'Laughlin is Stiles' inside man in the FBI.

Sue ann

I agree with Fi. Craig's comments to Van Pelt were unpleasantly reminiscent of the kinds of comments made by those repellant males who try to separate their womenfolk from all outside friendships and contacts, the better to totally control them. Nothing he said during the entire episode varied from this attitude. There is either something really wrong with him, or the writer did a very poor job of portraying a normal person. What he said is not the kind of thing which an intelligent lawyer would say, nor the kind of thing a non-possessive lover would say. Somewhere I read that they don't plan to put Rigsby and Van Pelt back together again. I would rather see both characters stay, and if they portray California law correctly, the only way for that to be is if they are not together. Stop and think, guys! If you want them together, which one do you want to leave the unit? I also did not see Simon Baker discuss Jane's love life. Considering what Red John did to his wife, and what happened to Frey, whom he only dated once, I would think Jane would be smart enough to realize that he had best have no love life until Red John is caught or killed. It puts the women at risk. Red John does not want him happy, and will prevent it. That seems logical to me, as to why he does not move on. Jane also is an emotional cripple, probably due to the disfunctional way he was raised. It is not that easy for Jane to have an adult relationship. He reminds me of Adrian Monk in that aspect -- surprise that he ever managed to have one in the first place, rather than wondering why he does not have another love in his life. He usually treats other people as objects put there to amuse him. He has no adult relationship with any member of the unit. He seems to come closest with Cho, who has the least emotional investment in him. Jane really is a rather unpleasant individual. If anyone treated me the way he treats various characters in the episodes, guests and regulars, I would slap him the way the mother of the little girl did last season. I think the reason he gets on so well with children is because he is still an emotional child himself.


I have already come to the conclusion that Kristina is somewhat related to R.J. How else could she know so many details since there is no such thing as psychics. Did anyone watch the news after that last episode, apparently Simon Bker discussed Jane's love life and I missed it.


The Mentalist episode like always was awesome ...and some people have debated about who is Red John and I've come to an understanding that either Kristina Frey is Red John or someone close to her is because in the first episode in which she comes on the mentalist ,she takes Jane to the side and tells that his daughter never woke up during her murder could she know that at all


Poor Rigsby! But this wedding won't happen. I don't trust Craig. Something is wrong with him.


I was so shocked, when VanPelt told Rigsby about her engagement. It´s not fair, that only VanPelt moves on, and Rigsby is still in love with VP. And I don´t like that craig dude. Grace belongs with Rigsby! Rigsby was so devasteted when she learned the news, i dont know how grace could do that to Rigsby. Did she loved him at all? I noticed also, that VP didn´t say "i love u" to craig, but i guess that doesn´t mean anything since théy´re engaged! i did not see that coming!


For god's sake- do people who post here actually watch the show? His name is CRAIG not Greg.


Yancy Butler was the star of a show called WitchBlade if that rings any bells. I liked her in this episode. Also liked Jane with Trina. Baker is a natural with children and it comes across on the screen. If Greg did kill Todd then that means he's involved with Red John. We'll see where that goes.


The aunt's actress' name is Yancy Butler, I had the same thing! She has aged but I know her form somewhere although reading wiki did not ring a bell...


who was the guest star in the episode that played the aunt on the episode Blood for Blood on February 10, 2011. I can't remember her name and what she played in before. Thank you Lori

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The Mentalist Season 3 Episode 14 Quotes

Jane: Did you know that Nevada is both the marriage and divorce capital of the nation?
Lisbon: They should put that on a license plate.

Lisbon: Sweetie, it's all right. We're with the CBI.
Jane: I know it sounds made up but we have a website and everything.