The Mentalist Review: The Hunt for Volker

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The hunt for Volker intensified on The Mentalist this week... and who knew that a "Little Red Corvette" would take him down?

The murder of Horatio was all the more brutal with Volker standing there watching. The man enjoyed seeing someone die. It didn't even have to be by his hand. It just had to be on his order. That kind of power really seemed to get him off. This guy's a serious sociopath.

Jane & Lisbon On The Run

This was a man who took out entire indigenous tribes when they got in his way. So he had no qualms about killing a little boy. I found it interesting that even Volker's paid enforcers knew that murdering a child was a whole different level of evil. One in which Volker had no problem descending.

I spent the entire episode silently hoping that Marvin was really still alive. Having Jane visit his mother was heartbreaking. Not only does he relate to kids, but he has such intimate knowledge of what this distraught parent was going through that it almost hurt to watch.

The chess game between Lisbon and Volker was only made more intriguing by Jane's involvement. Volker was use to scaring people. Poor Anabelle was shaking as she backed away from him and he loved every tentative step.

But Volker couldn't scare Jane. Another psychopath already took everything he'd ever loved. What's left to be afraid of?

And Jane's one of the few people who could shake up Volker's calm exterior as he called him on his bluff. 

This entire episode had some stellar moments. Lisbon has never been so accepting of bending the rules. She actually used intimidation tactics against a deputy district attorney and out and out lied to a judge to get a warrant. The Teresa Lisbon from a year or two ago never would have done that. 

When Clyde took that phone call from Volker, I knew what he was about to do and it still made me jump when that bus hit him. Even hired killers are scared of somebody.

And what did Volker have on Brenda?!? Not only was she selling out her team at the CBI, but she handed over a little boy to be murdered. Who was he threatening to make her grovel at his feet like that? Will we ever find out?

A couple of side notes…

  • How funny was Rigsby stealing Cho's old soda from his car? That man has no self control around food, or drink.
  • Please let Amanda Righetti have a healthy, happy baby soon. I miss Grace and I'm tired of seeing her behind that desk.
  • Shouldn't Lisbon have had that toy car bagged for evidence? I know Jane isn't very good with those things but I expect more from Teresa.
  • You had to love Volker running through the zoo smacking kids on the back of the head as he searched for Marvin. Too funny.

I loved that Jane got to return Martin to his mother although witnessing such things must still be bittersweet for him.

I'm a little sorry Volker's story came to a close so soon. It was fun seeing Jane and Lisbon team up against someone other than Red John and Volker was equally creepy. Then again, with Volker's connections and influence, perhaps his rein of terror isn't over quite yet.


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I forgot about the gaurd that Rebecca reconized deep inside a CBI corridor! The one that killed her. He was walking amoung guards that should have know each other. That corridor was packed with guards!


Entwife, don't you think this is a little more than suspicious?


HERE'S SOME MORE! Bertram-Cho and Le Raoche knowing Blake poetry well. Also what outsider could have walked into the CBI without keys and burned up a prisoner? You have to have a ID to get in the gate! Tell me this, why is Van Pelt such a dirt magnet? Why did Minelli really leave and right after the murder's too? The only people that don't show up anywhere is Lisbon and Rigsby.


anitraward1, I know. It seems like our trusty CBI team is living in a den of snakes!


WAIT! I forgot about Hightower being set up- come on!


Also 4 people killed-sure there is nothing going on here. I will be waiting to see the Red John simley face show up on a wall at the CBI soon!


Now that I think about it, look at all the dirt inside the CBI. Brenda, Rebecca and O'Laughlin. Ardiles with close ties-Dirty. Susan Darcy with close ties-suspicious and shot Wainright. Jane wandering in off the streets and getting his hands on a major case. What is going on here? Brett Stiles saying he was friends with a president. Jane works for the CBI but uses Stiles to get favors and information on people. Stiles-close ties-a monster. What goes on in that place, the CBI? Why isn't this being questioned?


hiusclothes that's a good idea!
dont have many ideas in mind right now but I'd be interested to read others comments!


Bonaduz I agree with you! it's so good to have a place where we cango a bit crazy about the series without having someone roll their eyes at us! I was wondering if RJ was hypnotizing his minions. because they all have the same words coming out of their mouth, that they love him, that he's a good man, that Jane is very much like him etc and they seem to believe that killing is actually a good thing, it reminds me of that episode where Rigsby get hypnotised and almost throws Jane from a building's top.
It's either that or he manages to turn them but how can he do that? hypnosis is a tool and they refer to it so often. wondered..


Hiusclothes the game sounds fun! I'm in! Like I said this Stuff is great fun and I am enjoying it a great deal!

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 12 Quotes

Do you enjoy this, Agent Lisbon? Wasting your time.


He gets off on this. Watching his victims die.