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The Mentalist Review: A Heated First Kiss

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"At First Blush" was full of strengths and weaknesses, ranging from the trusted bond that's formed between Jane and Lisbon to Kimball Cho's slow slide down the road to addiction.

Let's start with this: I loved how Jane first observed Eve. The run in her stocking, the missing button, the fear on her face. She answered one question and convinced Jane she was innocent and then he couldn't let it go. 

That's the great thing about Patrick Jane. He has his flaws, but deep down he believes in right and wrong. He wants to see justice prevail.

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What was even better was that Lisbon had his back the entire way. She even took the heat from the DA. Yes, Jane originally had to steal her sandwich to get her attention but once she saw that he was serious she was all in.

It wasn't all that long ago that Jane would have had to jump through a lot more hoops to get her on board. The trust between these two just continues to grow.

Did anyone else take note of Jane's lesson in lying? Liars are more likely to overcompensate and not contract their verbs? Really?!? I'll have to remember that the next time I'm trying to spot a liar, or tell a fib.

The murderer wasn't a shock, of course. The husband appeared so guilty at first that I knew he was too obvious - it had to be the partner.

What I did find amusing was when Eve told Amy that she had to reveal the truth in court. Right, because the woman who bludgeoned a man to death and framed you for it suddenly feels the overwhelming need to be truthful?!? But this was TV. She did, indeed, make a confession.

Back at the CBI, Rigsby finally noticed that Cho was popping way too many pills and said something too him. It's about time. His partner's in trouble. I don't know what the answer is but Cho needs help from someone, soon.

Will Summer be that person? When Cho said he'd wire her up for the undercover sting, I had to smile. Too bad we didn't get to see that scene.

But when Summer got hurt, Cho was scared and angry. He's normally so good at controlling his emotions, but not around Summer. It was so cute when he admited to liking her and in her small shocked voice she said, "you do?"

Then she kissed him, resulting in as much heat as happiness. But the best part was that when Cho's brain registered what was happening, he kissed her back.

We got a much needed break from the darkness of Red John this week. I love the story but a little goes a long way. Jane and Lisbon's friendship felt stronger than ever and Cho was feeling the highs of love in an elevator and the lows of pain and addiction. Who do you think will be there to save him?


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Great. Jane/Lisbon and Cho/Summer were fun to watch. The DA was an ass but I think he was coming around with the nickel.


What impressed me is seeing how some real teamwork is developing between Jane and Lisbon - and even with the rest of the CBI team. I expect this may be leading up to the final conflict with Red John, which requires all of them to work together. Jane seems to be done with working alone, and that is very good.


A break from Red John? Yeah because hearing about it once or twice a year is just way to much right?


Yes, lite and fun to watch... I wish they closed the Red John scenario and go somewhere else now.


Hey, correct me if i am wrong, isn't kimball attached in previous seasons? i've not seen him separated from that korean woman, so what makes of this now, an affair?


Great episode. I love how Lisbon trusts Jane and the whole team helps him get evidence. I never thought of the partner as the killer. I loved Cho and Summer kissing. I hope she can hlep him with his pill problem.


So glad to see Jane getting the respect he deserves. It's about time. I love to watch the gears in his brain start working, or do they ever stop? Wouldn't it be interesting to see Jane and Monk solve a case?


"Then she kissed him, resulting in as much heat as happiness. But the best part was that when Cho's brain registered what was happening, he kissed her back." Is this the first time ever on TV that a white female-Asian male romance was shown? I have never seen it before and I am over 50! Wish they would get one of the Asian actors to Kiss Laurie German in Hawaii Five 0.


I love summer and am so glad her and cho like each other. Overall a great ep and case, red john is not always needed