The Mentalist Review: Jane Pokes a Fish

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"Blood and Sand" had Jane poking and prodding the island locals in search of a killer. That's certainly nothing new.

But when he and Lisbon took a long walk on the beach and then he invited her for a spot of tea, it almost felt like a romantic moment between the duo. If only there weren't a dead body washed up on the sand. Pity.

Just a Day at the Beach

There was something about seeing Jane surrounded by butterflies that was both peaceful and a little wacky at the same time. Somehow it just fit the man, didn't it?

Jane thought the deserted island was intriguing. I'd say it was creepy, with everything closed and not a soul in sight. Well, unless you headed over to Parker's boatyard.

Jane did his best to instill paranoia into this already isolated group. It didn't take much. The island was full of loners looking to escape the real world for a myriad of reasons. You'd think living in a small, close knit community like that would keep you safe. What were the odds that they had two murders living among them?

Back at the CBI, Van Pelt was having a difficult day. She dumped coffee on the social worker and punched the guy who hit her. Honestly, I couldn't fault her for either action. But when your boss receives two complaints within an hour, you know your day isn't going well.

Grace was on edge. She's been having trouble coping, whether she'll admit to it or not. It's become a question of when it will come to a head, not if. How bad will it be when she breaks?

So Rigsby's dating a spunky public defender. Eh. I didn't really care. I think both he and Grace have moved on and she's got bigger issues to deal with than Wayne's social life.

I desperately wanted more of Cho in this episode. There wasn't enough of his great dead-pan lines, I'm sad to report. Couldn't we get a peek at Cho's love life for a change? Come on, The Mentalist.

Returning to the murder investigation, I liked the twist of the peaceful butterfly enthusiast stabbing someone 18 times. You just never know what someone is capable of.

This was not one of the better episodes this season. Other than feeling for the lonely foster child, I thought it was a little dull, although the last scene certainly caught my attention. Who do you think Jane was throwing that flower into the sea for? What was his message to them and in the end, did it make him feel any better? 

Let the guessing games begin, TV Fanatics.


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The Mentalist Season 4 Episode 5 Quotes

Jane: Beautiful isn't it?
Lisbon: For a crime scene, yeah.

I'm just poking at you. It's awfully instructive.