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The Mentalist Review: Taking It Personally

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"Days of Wine and Roses" was more about Lisbon's hunt for Tommy Volker than the murder of the week, but let's start at the aptly named Oasis Rehabilitation Center.

The place was certainly an oasis, on par with many vacation resorts, offering ample opportunity for Patrick Jane to make mischief.

Jane Sneaks Around

Charlotte (aka Charlie's mother) was blinded to her daughter's addiction. She refused to believe Charlie would steal her ruby necklace. What she failed to realize was that an addict is capable of almost anything. I couldn't help but feel sorry for poor Maria, a character we never even saw on screen, who took the fall for the crime.

Jane playing the klepto was great fun, but it was even better when I realized that Cho and Lisbon were in on the scam. 

In the end, I couldn't help but mourn Charlotte. Her death really was a tragedy. She was young and could have turned her life around. But the one person whose job it was to help her was the one who took it all away. 

Joanne whined that her disease made her do it. Hopefully she can wallow in that self pity for the rest of her life in a prison cell.

But back to Tommy Volker...

Lisbon personally financed a second autopsy on Amanda Shaw. How much do one of those cost? The guilt over not being able to protect the girl was driving Teresa on a crusade that's as much personal as it is professional. 

And Jane noticed.

He knew that the gleam in her eye was either a break in the Volker case or a new lover in her life. I thought it was sweet that he hoped it was love as he said she deserved to find happiness. Jane deserves that too.

But Lisbon would be thrilled with catching Volker and with Grace's help she tracked down his enforcer.

Speaking of Van Pelt, I loved how they hid the actress' pregnancy this week. The rolling cart with file boxes on it was new and kind of ingenious. At least it let her get up from her desk. 

Just in case we forgot how creepy Volker was, he decided to visit Lisbon. In addition to his version of charming intimidation techniques he also told Lisbon, "You look good. You've been working out." The way his eyes roamed her body made me want to take a shower.

He was pushing Lisbon's buttons, hoping for a reaction and it was starting to worry Jane as he told her in this The Mentalist quote

Jane: I'm just a little worried he's inside your head and believe me that's not a good road to go down. Bad neighborhood. | permalink

And if anyone should know, it's Patrick Jane.

When it all falls apart, when Lisbon's only connection to Volker is gunned down in the street along with two innocent bystanders, Teresa plays her last card.

She ask Jane for help. Jane vs. Volker. Now this should be fun.

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Rationalgal if Lisbon was able to get Volker she would have done it already. She may or may not get involved with Jane's street tactics. She may just turn her head the other way. Jane owes Lisbon and he will jump at a chance to help her. As shown in the promo, Jane put his hands on volker. Jane never puts his hands on anybody in an aggressive manner unless he or something he cares about is threatened. Yes, I know he hit the guy in the head with a shevel on Red Rover, Red Rover. He needed to get fired and look crazy. If you remember right, Jane had to get Lisbon's help I'm the Crimson Hat.

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(continued) So perhaps the Volker thing will trigger Lisbon into doing something very Jane-like, very unethical, very dangerous, even outsmarting Jane in the mind manipulation dept. Suddenly Jane sees Lisbon in a light he can relate to and all ends well. She's a soul mate after all. Reminds me of the Willy Nelson song, Good Hearted Woman: "She's a good hearted woman in love with a good-timin' man. She loves him in spite of his wicked ways that she don't understand...Through tear drops and laughter they'll pass through this world hand in hand - a good hearted woman in love with a good-timin' man." Well, what can I say: If the writers won't give us a good ending I'll just make one up.

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Yeah, The Guardian was a depressing series, tho very well done. The Mentalist could easily end up as depressing. Jane sees no future for him other than either death or imprisonment, so he urges Lisbon to find love and happiness elsewhere and shuts off any sexual attraction for her. However, he has definitely been sexually attracted to no-good women like his former hustler self - the opportunistic bimbo Erica and the con artist Kristina. Remember Jane comes from a long line of carnival hucksters, was born and raised in that environment and actually does not know how to be anything but a con artist. Without his CBI involvement Jane would be right back to his roots. So he needs a good woman (like his dead wife, who also did share his carnval background) to keep from seeing the whold world as marks to be exploited. The only one around is Lisbon, but she has no romantic appeal because Jane needs that unorthodox anti-establishment vibe to turn him on. So perhaps the Volker thing will trigger Lisbon into doing something very Jane-like, very unethical, very dangerous, even outsmarting Jane in the mind manipulation dept. Suddenly Jane sees Lisbon in a light he can relate to and all ends well. Reminds me of the Willy Nelson song, Good Hearted Woman: "She's a good hearted woman in love with a good-timin' man. She loves him in spite of his wicked ways she don't understand...Through tear drops and laughter they pass through this world hand in hand - a good hearted woman in love with a good-timin' man." Well, what can I say: If the writers won't give us a good ending I'll just make one up.

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here's how they tied up simon's series, the guardian. nick fallin, an ambitious, brilliant, troubled young lawyer works in his famous father's law firm. nick is arrested for drug possession and sentenced to do three years of community service at a free legal clinic. in the final episodes, nick's boss at the clinic is diagnosed with ALS and leaves. the love of nick's life gets pregnant, finds out the child has down's syndrome, refuses to marry nick who then cheats on her. the board of nick's firm fires him. nick's father quits his own firm. nick and his pregnant sweetheart have a tentative rapprochement. he buys her and his unborn child a house. she refuses to marry him, refuses to have his name on the house and refuses to give his name to the baby. he winds up assuming his boss's job at the depressing, thankless clinic. nobody's happy. that's how i think we'll all feel if patrick doesn't sock it to red john.

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ok, here's my interpretation. yes, yes, yes, i understand that the intent was for jane to express concern for lisbon. but as i've said before, the writing, in my opinion, wasn't good. jane can easily combine wit and finesse with concern. but that didn't happen here. the writer made an attempt at wit and finesse and wound up with metaphors that were mixed and muddled. maybe that's just me. i give it a c-minus.
moving on, i wish volker wan't such a cartoon. guess they have only three episodes to establish him and dispatch him. but brett stiles had so much dimension after one episode. volker's a mustache-twirling disappointment. i also think jane can dismantle him without taking his eyes off red john. i do hope jane doesn't lose his taste for revenge. i want him to kill red john, bring him back to life and kill him again. don't think bruno would betray patrick -- or us.

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Also if Lisbon is in real danger and Jane realizes it, I'm not sold he'll start to not be as preoccupied with his Red John obsession and more towards her, thats not with his character, but in the interest of ratings which the show really needs, they might go with that storyline. Although--Lisbon in danger might be more about Red John later on(and Jane keeps Lisbon out of the blue with his Red John search for a reason)so him caring more about Lisbon and finding RJ might go hand in hand. Last thing--Lisbon really did screw up here, as antiaward1 described, she antagonized Volker to killing Amanda without realizing it and underestimated a man who killed an entire village. I wish maybe we could have seen how the rest of the CBI, FBI and judicial system reacted to it, maybe coming down on her, even though the one judge told her it's not her responsibility, in the real world, alot of people wouldn't feel that way. Imagine if that created more CBI-FBI rivalry or put Lisbon in hot water with those at the top of the pecking order.

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@rationalgal: Really interesting take the only thing is Volker is only signed on for 3 episodes and this is the last one-so he's not going to be the one in the end the theme is based around. But that is an interesting pt about Red John, its going to be harder to just suddenly kill him in the end considering they already tried that in season 3. Also the idea about Lisbon now being in real danger is a very good one and it connects to the Red John theme; we know Red John knows about Jane-Lisbon and his minions have actually tried killing Lisbon twice in previous episodes, maybe this Volker thing does relate to Red John in some way to show that Lisbon is in danger with regards to this situation and to Red John as well. I still tend to think Volker and Red John aren't related but I do think this idea that Lisbon is in danger is something we're going to see.

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JUST BAG EM AND TAG EM!

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SO DON'T LET THAT EVIL CREEP STEAL A PIECE OF YOUR SOUL LISBON, LOVE YOU, JANE. I used the Rosetta Stone, this is what he was really saying!

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Like Van Pelt said sometimes you learn things you wish you could unlearn or unsee or unknow. That knowing the evil hearts of some men is not worth the enlightenment.

The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 11 Quotes

Either you have a breakthrough in the Volker case or you're in love. Which is it?

Jane

I looked Amanda Shaw in the eye and I promised to protect her. I failed.

Lisbon
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