The Mentalist Review: Lisbon In The Box

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"Pink Champagne on Ice" brought us another acquaintance from Jane's past- and one more punch in the nose. Patrick should really be more careful with that pretty face. Didn't he take a clocking to the kisser in one of the last episodes?

But as much as I liked revisiting Jane's questionable past, I found Jack the magician to be one of the least intriguing of his former cronies. Of course Jack had fallen on hard times and it showed in the cheesy casino magic show. Honestly, they couldn't give away enough watered down drinks to get me to sit through that mess.

Obviously Jack hasn't kept up on Patrick Jane since he had no idea what had happened to him in the 16 years since they'd last met. How exactly do you start that conversation? My wife and child were slaughtered by a mad man. How have you been?

Casino Bound

I figured Jack's assistant was the killer almost from the beginning. I almost couldn't blame her, though. I'd be desperate to find the cash to dump that awful magic show and get out of those cheap costumes too. Okay, maybe not desperate enough to go around shooting people, but you get the point.

Grace has been getting the best crazy suspect interviews of late. This time, it was Trish claiming she had a conscience because she at least felt bad about killing people where Ryan had no moral compass because he just didn't care. Somehow I don't think the victims with the bullets in them could appreciate the distinction.

The casino heist storyline was a bit of a surprise. Seemed like someone had been watching a little too much Ocean's 11, yet somehow Jane got the CBI team on board. I loved the team banter after Jane's pitch. In one of the many entertaining The Mentalist quotes, Cho and Rigsby remarked:

Cho: He said trust me.
Rigsby: Always a bad sign. | permalink

The heist did leave me with one question: If they needed the head of security's key to get into the hallway with the safe and Jane had one of the cronies return the key while they were breaking into the vault... how did they get back out without the key? Didn't security lock that door when he made his second round or did I miss something?

But the bigger looming question of the night was why was Cho bringing Summer flowers? Romantic gesture or lover's spat? Talk about teasing your audience. I want the back story.

All in all it wasn't one of my favorite episodes this season. We didn't see much of Lisbon, although it was fun to have her pop out of the box. With only a few more shows left before the season finale, I'm expecting big things to come.


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You have have it on the worse time slot:
It would get better ratings through the week time slot:
That why NCIS does so good:


It just seemed really cute that the whole team was into the heist! x3
btw, could anyone tell me what was the words that Jane said to Trish at the end & what it meant? That actually puzzled me. >.< Sounded something like, "Blind mo", anybody?


Loved the trick with the mirrored paper.


I'm thinking that the head of the CBI {whats his name} is a "diciple of red john? i mean its the perfect position for someone like red john, you got jane right under youre nose without him even noticing, right?


I enjoyed the episode. I was surprised that Cho just told Rigsby that the flowers were for Summer and that he brought them into the office. I guess we have seen the end to his pain killer addiction. I don't think its really that easy to get rid of, but it is Cho, so who knows. I hope we see more of him next season. I thought I saw a wedding ring on Rigsby's hand in one of the shots. Now I guess that was an error on the actor's part, because Rigsby was turned down when he proposed. I also hope that Red John will be there to haunt us during the finale and keep us in suspense over the summer break.


Below par but there was some good banter. I didn't recognize Acovone but it was cool seeing Judge again.


Wasn't the best episode, but I really thought it was great to see how Jane could have been a very good criminal. The way he organized the heist was incredible and impressive. He really is a great character ! Can't wait for the season finale, hope RJ will be a part of it.


The key was only required to get INTO the secure areas. They didn't need it to LEAVE. They were already inside and could open the door themselves.


I loved this episode. Great to see Jane having fun as a break from his recurring heartbreaking scenes of pain and loss. He does both SO well! I loved how Simon Baker showed that basic childlike aspect of his mentalist character in his enjoyment of his friend's magic show. Being still a carney at heart, it didn't matter how cheesy it was. It was childlike fun for him. This series has everything - comedy, drama, suspense, deep philosophy, a subtle sophistication, great writing and superb acting. Loved how Lisbon has come around to just going along with Jane's mysterious plans, no questions asked.

Sue ann

No, the main thing for me about this episode was seeing the two Star Gate folks there, also. I was so pleased!

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The Mentalist Season 4 Episode 19 Quotes

Mentalist. Big talkers, no skills.


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