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The Mentalist Review: "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"

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With a captivating guest star, The Mentalist gave us a villain worthy of Jane. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" brought us Morena Baccarin as Erica, the grieving widow turned murder suspect. 

Morena Baccarin on The Mentalist

Baccarin had a special quality. She was somehow both bold and ethereal. The effect was bewitching, making Erica an intriguing match for Jane. Erica was able to read Jane, empathize with his plight, and match his manipulations. It's rare for Patrick to find such a challenge.

Regrettably, Erica wasn't perfect and neither was her crime.

It surprised me that she baited Jane openly while he lie on the sofa. She all but admitted her guilt. Up to that point she had continually insisted that she was innocent. I suppose arrogance was Erica's fatal flaw as her greatest desire became proving to Jane that she'd won.

Of course, she was right.  Despite Jane's best efforts she still hadn't completely lost. Erica's a master manipulator and most people won't see through her the way Jane did. I hope a not guilty verdict will bring Ms. Baccarin back to The Mentalist sometime in the future.

When Jane and the CBI conned Erica into believing that Peter had committed suicide, Jane made mention that it was her husband's body in the body bag. Seriously? The CBI is now pulling out corpses from open cases and wheeling them around town in order to pull off Jane's cons. 

There wasn't much to comment on for the back stories. Rigsby going undercover just came across as silly fluff. The best part was Grace blowing off the sleazy guy who was hitting on her. Grace is more fun when she's being forceful.

I liked how she got the little yappy dog to quiet down too.

In the end we got to see Lisbon viewing Jane's matchmaking video. As he answered those questions it just drove home how much he loves and misses his wife. I honestly don't know if he will ever recover enough to move on. Do you?

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Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Sue-ann

I don't think it is safe for Jane to move on. If he tries, as with his aborted date with Christina, Red John will most likely take out the next woman with whom he tries to have a relationship, too. Red John wants to punish him, to make him suffer. He will not tolerate having Jane happy, moving on. Previously I have seen Morena Baccarin in Stargate SG-1 television and movie, commercials for the series "V", and Firefly. She really is brilliant, and she does an excellent villain. I would hope that Erica is wrong, and that the jury is not as stupid as she expects it to be, but I do not have a lot of confidence in television juries. She may indeed be back, but it would be wise of her to commit her crimes outside Jane's area of activity. He got her. Very interesting episode -- well done.

The Mentalist Season 3 Episode 19 Quotes

Anything to stop you dating your co-workers.

Cho

Talk to me when your ex-husband remarries someone ten years younger and two sizes smaller.

Kim
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