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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also now we know how she made her way out of the show because of her pregnancy, I wondered how they were gonna bring that out and also I'm quite surprised they are digging out their old relationship, they havent talked or mentioned it for seasons and suddenly Cho comes up with it. I wonder if she'll come back before it ends and I hope she's got nothing to do with RJ and wonder if at one point she'll get back together with Rigsby.


I loved when Cho called Rigsby out on Van Pelt, but then I love Cho


The interactions between the characters reminded me of the early episodes (1st season, I'm thinking, but maybe 2nd season as well) -- so I thought of it as more of a throwback than something new. Back before the heavy RJ story arcs, hints dropped, and all, the cases were, if not lighter, more of a framework for the team's interactions. I liked/like that -- but then I've personally never been much of a fan of mini-series or long drawn-out-over-multi-seasons story arcs!


It was an excellent episode. I don't think Lisbon will ever beat Jane at poker. I'm glad Jane helped Grace go to her advanced computer class. The show has always been about the team and their interactions and I love it. I enjoyed Rigsby and Cho and their dinasaur argument. Jane was great figuring all out. Everyone should stick with the show and keep watching.


hey absolute!
I also was very disappointed at this, I thought we'd see more of tha fainting scene and like you I was like?? didnt we see her faint in the promo shoot? anyway I saw it coming when the guy opened the tank, I knew they'd cut right after the fainting for the Mentalist theme song. I don't think he turned the woman down because he wanted to play poker with Lisbon, he just didn't fancy her or he's still the same, cuts himself out. yes another two weeks, it's ridiculous!


I think they like to play a lot with our the promo of the episode they show Lisbon passing out and Jane trying to catch her...well? well? well what? Nothing! we got nothing more than we could see in the promo. Even less than there is in it: we don't even see Lisbon fainting anymore, just Jane. Ok,fine, I'll get over it...It's just that I had imagined/hoped a whole different scene :-D. I like the fact that Jane pretended he was married to turn that woman down. I'm sure we'll all agree why he did this right? He prefers playing cards with his Lison...;-) @mimi: Yes I agree, it was strange seeing Lison lying on the couch! This said,it also shows that they're not really "killing" themselves at work LOL: lying on the couch, buying dinosaures, visiting museums, playing this must be very tireing at the end of the day ;-) Tell me if I'm wrong: will we have to wait two more weeks again to see the next episode? As Lisbon says it at the end of 5x13, and with that same expression on my face: "I have enough of this"!


"You date pregnant hookers and your dinosaur eats grass." I laughed so much. The case was standard but the relationships shone.


I liked the show also because of the interactions between the characters. I loved the bertram/jane interaction and also rigsby/cho's argument over rigsby love for VP, made me chuckle.
The dino metaphor was fun,it definitely added to the show.
What stuck out for me was how Lisbon was different, isnt it the first time we saw her lying on a couch? it was like they had swapped places, her and Jane, she sounded more laid back than usual I think.
The show was shorter than usual and the crime solved way before the end as well to give room for more interactions between the characters. The last scene was good, I never have enough of them being together.
The only thing I miss is Jane's curls!


I loved tonight's show! It is so interesting to see how Patrick is somehow changing in front of our eyes into someone much more serious, someone we do not know that well. He seams to be absent minded,lost in his thougts or even sad as if becoming more true to his inner self or maybe suspecting something, or even both. Lisbon on the other hand, totally oblivious to his transformation, maybe be even too cheerful is changing somehow ever so slightly into Patrick and shockingly starting to lay down on his couch, while he is sits at a table holding papers in his hands. The last scene with the cards when Patrick implies winning over her might be nothing, or not. Definitely, something is going on!


THIS is how you do a perfect standalone episode. Tons of character interaction (Jane and Cho, Cho and Rigsby, Jane and Lisbon), a fun new world & case, the carrying on of a longer storyline (the poker), return of a favourite guest (Bertram), lots of character development/moments and much more. Loved it.

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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.