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The Mentalist Review: A Different Life

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Who hasn't thought about a different life? Almost everyone, and Teresa Lisbon is no exception. 

"So Long, And Thanks For All the Red Snapper" had Teresa running into an old love with Patrick Jane at her side. I'm sure she would have planned that differently if she could.

Jane & Lisbon Investigate a Surfer's Death

Greg, Lisbon's ex-fiance, now has a wife and three kids and I couldn't help but wonder if Teresa looked at their family and thought that they could have been hers if things had gone differently.

But then again, Greg's life certainly wasn't paradise. Greta cheated on him with a surfer dude. That had to hurt.

I was really hoping to learn more about Lisbon's past in this episode, but we got very little. They were 17. They got engaged. He felt Teresa lied to him and Teresa broke it off. That's pretty light on the details overall.

But Jane was right, Greg was never the guy for Lisbon and even she agreed. I could only imagine what Lisbon was like at 17 but Greg said she looked strong and happy now. I'm sure the motherless 17-year old dealing with an alcoholic father and a bunch of wild brothers was anything but content.

I loved it when Jane called her intense and particular and then gave her examples of each. Wouldn't it be great if Teresa found someone who appreciated those qualities in her?  Hmm…

One of my favorite moments of the night was watching Jane chase crabs on the beach. For a man so haunted by his horrifying past, it's such a treat to see him act like a kid sometimes. Not to mention he was seriously cute.

But if Lisbon was revisiting lost love, Cho was losing his current one.

I've loved Summer and I've enjoyed that we've gotten to see a whole different side of Cho since he's been with her, but I knew it wasn't going to last. Summer's simply too reckless. She lied too often and too easily and we won't even get into the drug use. As Cho told her...

 I'm a cop. How did you think this was going to go? | permalink

She's got a huge heart but that didn't stop her from breaking both hers and Cho's.

What this storyline highlighted was what an incredible man Kimball Cho is. Most guys would have walked out on Summer as she sat there crying, high on cocaine, having just lied and stolen drugs - but not Cho.

He calmed down and came up with a plan that gave Summer a second chance to get her life back on track. It just won't be with him and, sadly, that's probably for the best.

All in all the case of the week really didn't hold my interest. Chasing the treasure seemed silly but Lance's answers were amusing. He said he only wanted to talk to Jay. Well, did he usually do his talking with a hammer? And he was shocked that Jay wanted half the treasure.  Umm.. the guy did haul it up from the ocean floor for him. Was wanting his half really such a shock?

In this The Mentalist quote, Van Pelt put it most succinctly…

Lance: I don't know what came over me.
Grace: It's called greed. | permalink

So were you a satisfied or disappointed with Lisbon's lost love? Do you want Summer back? Only two episodes left this season. What do you want to see from The Mentalist?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I like the Summer/Cho dynamic and would like to see her come back. Why not have these two opposites attract, it makes for great story possibilities? I laughed at the post above that said an Asian man and white woman aren't acceptable to the audience. Hooker, okay. White woman, no! LOL! Maybe Cho
should hook up with a black man. Anyway, I happen to like the Summer/Cho storyline and hope she'll return.

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The case was boring. The characters very boring. The interaction Greg / Lisbon boring. Only joking Jane / Lisbon got show and rhythm.
Lisbon seems very real and authentic when it acts with Jane. With other characters Lisbon seem cardboard and tremendously boring. The Mentalist can do better: previous episode written by Daniel Cerone was much better.

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George, you are so wrong. Why would the audience not appreciate Cho dating a blonde hooker. He did the right thing though, it had to end, they were a bit too volatile together. This episode was a bit humdrum, not Ashley Gable's finest although it was her last. Santa Marta, the location of this ep was the same as in the first season where the other surfer (girl) was killed, which she also wrote. I love Rigsby, not so jittery and happy in his new role. VP is also becoming a person of her own. This was lighthearted and leading into the next 2 eps whicch are going to be grueling.

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Sorry, hit send before I finished. Something I loved about this season's episode 'Cheap Burgundy' is it captured everything I love about watching the two on-screen together: it showed their trust, loyalty, I love how they missed each other (we'd been missing them together too, so that was sort of perfect), how when Jane needed her she dropped everything and went to him, how when they were on the phone and she said she was busy there and he knew she'd come anyway asanford her he'd see her when she got there and she hung up smiling. All of their scenes that episode were absorbing and fun-they steal the show when they're together. Anyway, this is my inept way of saying I think the guy for her should be Jane, whenever they decide to develop it more, they have gold on their hands with those two.
Agree with the person who said it's one of the best shows on T.V. right now.

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Wanted to add why I agreed with Jane: She's giving, protective, empathetic, always trying to fix things, strong, loyal and smart. Which makes me think that's the great thing about her and Jane together, he's everything she's not in many (not all) ways. He's charming and smooth instead of blunt and direct, he's adventurous and child-like sometimes and fun a lot (Those are some of my favorite things about his character), while she's the mom-like, by-the-book person who had to grow up too soon and lost a lot of her childhood. The way they contrast is so beautiful to watch together, these two characters compliment each other very well and what one brings out in the other is always fun to watch. It's fun watching Jane tease her and get under her skin and make her blush. She shuts everyone out, but she can't shut him out because he's so perceptive and so he gets to her like no one else can. That's the sort of guy a girl like Lisbon should be with. Something I loved about this season's episode 'Cheap Burgundy' is it captured everything I love about watching the two on-screen together: it showed their trust, loyalty, I love how they missed each other (we'd been missing them together too, so that was sort of perfect), how when Jane needed her she dropped everything and went to him, how when they were on the phone and she said she was busy there and he knew she'd come anyway asanford her he'd see her when she got there and she hung up smiling. All of their scenes that episode were absorbing and fun-they steal the show when they're together. Anyway, this is my inept way of saying I think the guy for her should be Jane, whenever they decide to develop it more, they have gold on their hands with those two.

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I agree with a lot of this review. The case was alright. I wish we would've gotten more info on Lisbon's past. Though I realize there was a case and the whole Summer/Cho thing to deal with that took a lot of time too. I did find it interesting that she's strong now and she wasn't back then. And as for Jane saying Greg, the dependable, solid one wasn't her type - I totally agree with that. The Cho/Summer Stuff was all beautifully done and I was sad to see her go because she brought out a different side of the stoic Cho that I liked seeing. On the other hand, I could see why it needed to happen. I also thought Lisbon and her ex had good chemistry; Robin and the actor who played Greg did good capturing that. Overall, the Cho/Summer stuff, getting more info on Lisbon's past (though again, I wish there had been more), and her and Jane bantering and the two solving the case together were my favorite parts of the night.

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I love Jane. He's the only funny character on the show. Paradoxically he's the most dramatic and complex.

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I believe that Cho's breakup with Summer had more to do with many in the audience not approving of an Asian guy dating a white woman than anything else. Although according to Pew such couples are the wealthiest in America, and their children are among the smartest on average, they are not universally approved in this country.

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I'm not sorry to see Summer gone. Cho is a great character. Jane was socute chasing the crabs. I liked Rigby so goofy about his new baby. The best show on TV.

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Gotta love this show just to watch Jane every week. Cho is the real hero of the show though
and I'd like to see him happy but I love his straight faced monosyllable answers, you can always count on him to do the right thing.

The Mentalist Season 4 Episode 22 Quotes

I was feeding him and he looked up at me with those big, adorable eyes...and then he barfed.

Rigsby

Do you have any tea, because this could take a while.

Jane
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