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'm 100% with Tomalak Geret'kal on the Grace situation. I thought this was a good episode and I really appreciated the twist at the very end, because the other solution was obvious in the first scene.


I too enjoyed seeing Jane with Trina, this is in true Baker style since I know how much he prefers being with his children than anyone else. Van Pelt behaved very well although I can't see her marrying O'Loughlin even though he was a football star. I hope Jane talks her out if it since he likes to butt in everyone's private life. Lisbon did a good job of showing the ambivalance of emotions cop/human being. I'm still waiting for Rigsby to man up.


Great stuff. But why do TV couples seem to always get married after knowing each other for no more than a few months even? This feels like quite a forced setup for Grace finding out that Greg killed Todd, and having to make a tough decision on what to do about it.

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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.