The Mentalist Review: Daddy Dearest

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As Jane said at the end of "Blood Feud," he'd rather regret taking action than regret taking no action at all. Did The Mentalist make the right call when he put Rigsby in the position to take his revenge and is that actually what Rigsby did?

I was thrilled to see Agent LaRoche back. His contentious relationship with Jane and the CBI team has always been entertaining. This time there seemed to be an added edge of intensity to their exchanges.

I've never felt much sympathy for Rigsby when it came to his violent criminal of a father. Perhaps I was too harsh but I've always believed that Wayne didn't know when to walk away and let Daddy fend for himself, especially when covering for him put Cho's career in danger. For once this storyline made me feel the pull of family ties.

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Although his father's reasoning was warped, in his own way he loved and respected his son and took some pride in the man he'd become. Of course when things even hinted at getting emotional he quipped that he could have drowned him at birth. 

Surprisingly, the entire exchange had Rigsby showing his father pictures of Ben. It made me sad to think how little family Wayne had to share his son with. And as horrible as the man's death was on his child, in the end it may have been for the best. Daddy was only ever going to bring Rigsby pain and trouble and the thought of him getting close to little Ben was frightening.

Speaking of Ben, that baby was adorable but it was the scene at the end that got to me. Rigsby sitting alone in a room, rocking his son as he grieved for his father was simply sad. He'd killed his father's murderer, whether out of intent or sheer circumstance we may never truly know. And more importantly, he had no one to share any of it with. 

Jane's set up of the town drug runners was mildly amusing. Not the best The Mentalist has to offer but it's always fun to watch Jane spin a tale and move those around him into position like pawns on a chess board.

A a fan of the long cancelled show The Unit, it was great to see both Max Martini as Moss and Michael Irby share the screen once again. By the time we saw Moss in his second scene with Grace I had pegged him as the killer.

The final conversation between LaRoche and Jane was definitely the highlight of the episode. These two have such a love/hate relationship, yet there appears to be a grudging respect there, even when they fall on opposite sides. Only LaRoche would be smart enough to figure out exactly what Jane had done and why. 

I also loved that Teresa's first instinct was to protect Patrick from LaRoche and that his response was not to let her do it. These two will always have one another's backs.

So was Jane right to give Rigsby the opportunity for the closure he himself may never have? Should there be a Rigsby/Grace reconciliation? Are you glad the story of Rigsby's dad is finally over?


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Sue ann

THREE: It appears that the actor who portrays LaRoche has lost weight. Good for him -- he should be much healthier. I was somewhat concerned about his weight before. In addition, the thinner LaRoche is more menacing. Not so much the bumbler. (No more mental pictures of Oliver Hardy, in those voluminous suits he had.) Unlike many of the other higher-ups in the department who've crossed swords with Patrick Jane and come out minus body parts or careers (aka Reed Diamond's character), LaRoche has learned from their encounters. It makes him a more worthy antagonist. I'd also like to see inside the Tupperware container ...


This episode seemed to be going nowhere interesting, but then what an ending! Jane had actually set things up so Riggsby could get the revenge Jane knew he would seek but without legal consequences! It just floored me! Jane's moral views may not be Standard Model mainstream but they are deep and pure. He did what he had to do to save his friend from prison or death. Loved watching Jane's face as he realized LaRoche had his scheme all figured out, relieved that LaRoche couldn't prove a thing, and suddenly wondering why LaRoche could be so mentalist-savvy at such a high skill level. . . The Red John level! (Jane's face can replace pages of dialogue!) Loved that Lisbon instinctively knew LaRoche's accusations were true and moved to protect Jane immediately. Anyone notice Riggsby's remark that the baby's mom has left him because of him faking his death in Season 4 finale? Have the writers ended that romance? Does Riggsby have sole custody? Seemed like it, but that would be odd.

Sue ann

TWO: I mentioned before that I knew an individual who murdered another person in revenge. He told me of it, in a sober way. It mattered to him that he had killed someone, but even more important to him was that this person would be killing no more people. He was satisfied with what he did. I doubt that in the intervening decades since his disclosure, that he has changed his mind about that. I'll never know. But he discussed the situation with me some four years after it happened, and he had lived with it quite well. I think that Rigsby's character will be written as being satisfied with his actions, too. However, I believe that LaRoche was correct to cite Lisbon for permitting Rigsby to be there at all.

Sue ann

I watched it in the new time slot, but I am retired, and can stay up as late as I like. I agree that Sunday night is a lousy time to place this program, and it probably will kill it. Viewers have become accustomed to no new programming to speak of (broadcast TV) on the weekends, aside from Desperate Housewives, I guess. I know, I still do not associate it with Sunday, and it was just happenstance that I checked the TV Guide and saw it. So, to answer Christine, Yes, No, Not especially. Rigsby deserves better than that idiot Grace. She has no discrimination in men. I found Rigsby's father's arc interesting.


Totally agree. I love this show but this Sunday time slot sucks.


This time slot is killing the show. It came on at 10:55 EST. On a Sunday. How many people are going to stay up on Sunday until midnight to watch this show. Ever watch what the networks put on after the news. Junk. And the junk pile is where this show will end up because of the time slop it has. Everyone who loves this show should write to Leslie Moonves and insist that the time be changed to another day.


All of the characters seem conflicted -- Cho and his confidential informant and his old neighborhood pal, whose message he didn't return; Grace and how gullible she is with guy after guy and her telling someone she shot her last boyfriend; and Lisbon, the rough tomboy and all her brothers, and her being a cop's cop type, meaning totally loyal to her partners, past and present, and to her team, as LaRoche pointed out; and, of course, Jane is the most conflicted.


Rigsby is an interesting character -- some, anyway -- an over-compensating boy scout type who was brought up to be loyal, even to the father he's over-compensating for ... so that he would try extra hard to be the good father his father wasn't, but still find himself paraphrasing the "Michael Corleone says, 'Hello,'" from Godfather 2. I don't think he killed the guy our of revenge, but really did kill him in the course of doing his job. He really was shot at! And, to me, Jane had to set it up because it's Jane's foundation, the bedrock principle upon which he's built his life since RJ.


Looks like Lisbon and Cho were complicit in Rigsby's action as well. A runner with a gun takes off and Rigsby is so far ahead of them that it looked like they started in another county?


Actually I like that this show gives all its performers an episode or two to shine since Jane remains the star overall. I'm glad Rigsby got closure,and see his getting revenge as a lucky break, no one made the killer shoot at him even when he was down.Rigsby would have been just as happy tossing him in jail. It doesn't matter that Rigsby Sr. was a criminal in the past, the more it became obvious that Huff was an innocent man, the more it was clear that his father wasn't shot while committing a crime. As it turns out he was with Huff to protect him against someone threatening to burn down his perfectly legitimate business. I'm glad someone who'd shoot at two people,killing the unarmed one, in hopes of starting a turf war so he could become the only crime boss is dead- jailtime sure hadn't reform him.

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