The Mentalist Review: High Times

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"Panama Red"  had a few high moments but this episode of The Mentalist left me shaking my head more than once.

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The most shocking moment was having Cho run into a very pregnant Summer during a raid with the Rapid Response Team.

I'd always liked Summer's quirkiness although I never believed she was a good long term match for show.  Bringing her back eight months pregnant with another man's baby just felt odd.

If her fiance Marshal had been a really great guy, maybe I would have felt differently but in the ten seconds that we had to meet him he came off as a bit of a jerk.  Then to find out he's the jealous type and that he doesn't know anything about Summer's past…well, let's just say I had been hoping for better for Summer.

I suppose they were looking for closure for Cho by bringing her back but in this instance, her return left me asking why they bothered.

Was the point to get Cho in trouble with the Rapid Response Team he's only been involved with for an episode or two?  When Agent Wade said she couldn't trust Cho all I could think was that she obviously didn't trust his judgement either.  He came to her first and told her Summer was his former CI and that he believed she wasn't involved yet Wade insisted on charging her anyway.  In my opinion, she didn't leave Cho a lot of choices but to go around her.

Rigsby was funny this week, even if he came off a little meaner than usual.  Apparently he's not a fan of any of the women in Cho's life.

I couldn't say he was wrong when he told Cho he dodged a bullet when he let Summer go but it came off more than a little snarky.  He also commented to Agent Wade in this The Mentalist quote

If you're with the Rapid Response Team shouldn't you be sliding down fire poles, not hanging around here for 30 minutes? | permalink

Ouch!  Maybe he felt threatened that Wade was stealing his partner but he certainly made it clear he didn't want her hanging around.

The death of the botanist was mildly interesting. I found it amusing that Jeremy was so naive about his moonlighting work for big pharma.  When you cash their check (or in this case, several checks) they own your property and can do with it what they want. 

I enjoyed Jane's fascination with the puzzle box but I wished it had gone somewhere more interesting. 

My favorite part of the entire episode was Jane hiding Lisbon's keys in the box with the hope of watching her struggle to open it only to have her pull out a hammer and obliterate the thing in under ten seconds.

Jane: You keep a hammer in your desk?
Lisbon: You only think you know everything about me. | permalink

So very, very true.


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Panama Red is the highly ever rated episode of The Mentalist , improved screen play and narration.


With all due respect to "Me", but the story of Red John continues because Bruno Heller wants to continue. Simon Baker is not who decides what happens in the series. Heller (Learn a little earlier) in an interviews of 2008 said JANE was mostly dark. And "Red Sails in the Sunset" is one of the highest rated episodes by fans on IMDB and in any other forum. And with all due respect to you but do not know anybody.
And if the audience rating was low is because it happened almost at 11:00 pm ..


Yes, and he grabbed that rifle and fired it even tho he was portrayed thrughout the series as almost deathly afraid of guns. (He seems to have gotten over that, seeing how readily he planned and gunned down Timothy Carter, believing him to be Red John. Patrick Jane is such an intriguing character. His moral views are not exactly mainstream but they are fundamentally sound and honorable. We see their development from his childhood need to compromise his innate values through his continued compromising by remaining a fake psychic despite his wife's pleas to quit, through his intense guilt for that as a cause for her and his child's deaths, to his need now for redenption through achieving justice/revenge. He seems to need to keep the moral order of his life in balance. Amazing character development. I have never seen such character depth in any other TV show.


rationalgal, I also think Jane would choose life. And he has also shown that he would sacrifice his chance to catch Red John in order to keep Lisbon alive. When he shot that Tanner cop guy who was drawing on Lisbon, he threw away a link only one step away from RJ.


Thinking about how The Mentalist ends and whether it will be tragic (as in Moby Dick) or happier, I went back to Season One, which sets up the entire plot line. In the finale, Jane dismisses any value his life has if his death means catching Red John, and Lisbon says, no, he would choose life. The end scene has Jane walking by an orange tree, plucking an orange and peeling it. I always wondered that that meant until I remembered a speech by Robert G. Ingersoll (19th century famous orator). In it, he said, "So, let us suck this orange of life dry, so that when death does come, we can politely say to him, 'You are welcome to the peelings. What little there was we have enjoyed.'" Jane reade EVERYTHING, so this may indicate he really does value life and will not sacrifice it needlessly just to get revenge.


Thanks Huisclothes, I'm really not a TV watcher, I watch The Mentalist and the news. Good news! TV Guide showed that the show was picked up for 2013. I hate that they have this break. I love working out the clues on this show. Bruno Heller could do another show with this cast. I would love to see this show do a movie. I think it would be a box office hit!


I think Bruno Heller should redo this whole thing, using the same basic plot, and make it into a major blockbuster Oscar-winning movie. The creativity, writing, acting, and directing talent are there in abundance! Sheesh! It is SO good in so many ways!!!


@anitraward1 and @rational gal. enjoy your comments.
I am terrified that cbs will cancel the show. i don't think they'll pull the plug without giving bruno warning so he can wrap it up. it will diminish the quality of my life and i know that's true for a lot of people.
the mentalist is a tragedy. to solve this pesky red john thing and move on would be like hamlet avenging the murder of his father and going on the clean up the mean streets of denmark. as jane would say, "doesn't play quite as well." the show is funny and charming because it's so sad and dark just beneath the surface. "without dark, there is no light"


Yes, this story could go in so many different directions! It is probably useless to try to figure out where the writers are actually taking us. I just hope we get to find out. CBS is not showing even a rerun of The Mentalist tonight in favor of running several episodes of the "Survivor" series. Wouldn't put it past CBS to just cancel The Mentalist cold. They care nothing about the quality of a show, that's for sure, just want to muck around with this and that new series to see how much money they can make. Barbarians!!!!


Remenber the words CREATIVE LICENSE!

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 10 Quotes

If you're with the Rapid Response Team shouldn't you be sliding down fire poles, not hanging around here for 30 minutes?


You're high as a kite right now and I can guarantee you that's against company policy.