The Mentalist Review: Poker Anyone?

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There seems to be a poker theme in The Mentalist season 5 - and "Red in Tooth and Claw" kept it going. With this many bluffs and turns, who needs Red John... or is it all just a metaphor for the game the infamous serial killer has been playing with Patrick Jane?

There were so many wonderfully funny and mildly flirty moments tonight that I hope I remember them all.

Rigsby's Class Trip

First, who would have guessed that Lisbon would pass out over flesh eating bugs? She's probably witnessed hundreds of dead bodies in various stages of decomposition but the bugs were particularly gross. The best part was the Patrick went to catch her as she fell. I don't think he even saw that one coming.

Jane did a great job of dissecting the subconscious of the scientists based on what they chose to study. As he told the doctor in one of many great The Mentalist quotes

 Nobody picks what they dedicate their life to by accident. It says something. | permalink

From the dark thoughts of primates to the tenaciousness of the woodpecker to... moths? Deciding to spend your life studying moths should have been a dead giveaway but then again I've always been annoyed by those particular flying creatures.

Paul killed LInda over a moth. Yes, I know it was about his career and losing his job and blah, blah, blah, but he stabbed a women in the neck to steal her moth! That's simply pathetic.

Linda's colleagues were all out for themselves. Megan enjoyed watching her pain, Paul was insanely jealous of her success and Sonya was only happy about Linda's successes because she felt it made her look good. Linda worked with some really horrific human beings.

I've always loved it when Jane visits his memory palace and this was no exception. It's one of those quirky Janeisms that I've grown to enjoy.

I also loved that Jane brought everyone gifts from the museum shop, but did he bring something back for Lisbon? The gifts sparked one of the funniest conversations between Rigsby and Cho that we've ever witnessed.

Rigsby: How can you like Triceratops more than T-Rex?
Cho: T-Rex are losers. Little arms. It's chicken with teeth. | permalink

And it only got better with Cho calling out Rigsby on his feelings for Grace. Cowards don't get to say goodbye when they want. If Rigsby wants the girl it's time to man up. Of course the best he could do in that moment was watch Cho walk away and mutter…

Rigsby: You date pregnant hookers and your dinosaur eats grass. | permalink

I couldn't stop laughing.

Even with all of that, the best was yet to come. I found it ironic that Jane put on his white hat and rode to the rescue to get Bertram to authorize the funding for Grace's White Hat training. He's always had a soft spot for her. 

Then Jane used his wedding ring to ward off the doctor's advances and it's not the first time he's done that. I suppose keeping that ring on comes in handy from time to time.

Of course, the best scene of the night was having Jane challenge Lisbon to some poker using gummy dinosaurs. Any fans of Castle would remember a similar scene from season one, but it's taken Jane and Lisbon to season five to get to that level of flirting although it makes it no less fun to watch.

Here's to more funny, flirty episodes of The Mentalist in our near future.


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@huisclothes I've seen the new episode. I'm over on the new episode page.


have you guys seen the new ep? i just saw it.


I'm with you, @bonaduz! I want to see Red John's dead body! And I don't want a troop of Red John alter-egos waltzing off into the sunset singing Happy Trails either. I want one dead body. And I'd like to kick it if I could! :-)


@Rationalgal I would NOT be happy with a disembodied voice beeing RJ! That would not be satisfying in any way!


@bonaduz she didn't have to tell jane about the liaison with mashburn. jane knew and she knew he knew. in jolly red elf, when they were looking at the murdered santa's apartment, jane said, "we all have our secrets, don't we?" but that would be the best thing about mashburn. him doing it with lisbon. so i wouldn't hate it as a resolution. but they have a lot of pipe to lay before the end of the series to make it work. that's why i think it'll be someone more everyday. what if red john is lorelei?


If RJ is to be ID'd as a real person, Mashburn is the best bet. However, he could also never be shown as a real person, remaining a shadowy representation of the death that is in everyone's life, as the good and evil, predator and prey, light and darkness that is essential to existence. Jack the Ripper was said to represent evil incarnate and he was never caught - just disappeared. Red John may do the same. Listen again to Timothy Carter in the S3 finale. He is channeling RJ - tired of it all, wants to get on with his life and do something worthwhile - urges Jane to do the same. In this case, some minions will die in the end, there will be closure (Carter Id'd as the actual killer of Jane's family) and all we will hear is that disembodied odd voice saying farewell.


i don't like mashburn as red john and i don't dislike him i think there are reasons to think so but i don't feel like it's him. right now, i'm into the rj as a total cipher whom they can infuse with any backstory, characteristics or motives they'd like. i also don't care that much. my needs are for it to be dramatic and emotionally satisfying and that there be the promise of some sort of sexual congress between patrick and teresa. my needs are simple.


@bonaduz I don't remember her ever telling Jane that. What an interesting scene that would be! I kinda think that's something she wouldn't tell anybody.


Did Lisbon ever mention to Jane, that she had a one-night-stand with Mashburn in any of the S5 eps? I've seen them all only once and can't remember.

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 14 Quotes

Bertram's suppose to be this real smooth player but he loses a couple of hands of poker and he has to bum everybody else out.


Nobody picks what they dedicate their life to by accident. It says something.