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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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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Non RJ shows just don't get at you the way they once did. Go back and watch those case of the week's from season 2 and 3. They were so riveting, really different types of plots and showing characters in different ways, lots of hostility, controversy and always drama. Now, really for the past 1.5 yrs, non RJ episodes have just been so laid back. Really, to put it frankly; not much happens. These fun little scenes are what drive the show, not Jane's interactions with criminals, CBI drama with Hightower/LaRoche/Minelli, wild cases involving clowns, Jane getting tortured, Mashburn types or Jane getting drunk. Only fans who really invest time in the show can most appreciate them. We either see super serious cases(Rigsby's dad, Volker) or we see the lighthearted laid back style where not much happens. There's no equilibrium and the storylines of the crime of the weeks themselves have dried out. What we're left with when there's no RJ is a nice fun show. But it's not something exceptional and it's not at the caliber of what it was a few years ago. That's unfortunate even though I get excited every week to watch this show.

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I will say this though; watching this episode was a little depressing because this show just gave you the feeling of one that seems to be winding down. When a show starts focusing on different sides of characters like these all at once when they usually haven't done any of it in the past, that often isn't a great sign. And ultimately it speaks to this; the show is just running out of things for its plot. That's why the focus on character interaction amongst CBI and those fun scenes. And most of all, that's why the went back to the well with the Van Pelt-Rigsby connection(which if one of the actors hadn't hinted at coming back later in the season in Nov would have shocked me). There really is no reason for it other than what else does this show have it can go to? Everything is running now based on Jane's charm and aura(which is why we saw him in more of a teaching powerful role tonight), but there's only so much you can ride that for. Non RJ shows just don't get at you the way they once did. Go back and watch those case of the week's from season 2 and 3. They were so riveting, really different types of plots and showing characters in different ways, lots of hostility, controversy and always drama. Now, really for the past 1.5 yrs, non RJ episodes have just been so laid back. Only fans who really invest time in the show can most appreciate them.

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This one the case ended with 7-8 min left. That's unseen before with the Mentalist, they really wanted to focus on some smaller storylines and show character development. That was surprising. I'm also surprised they went back and tried to connect the Lisbon poker storyline from earlier(they actually showed the scenes from that October episode at the beginning). Again, showing Lisbon's character development and a different side of her is good. And seeing that from Betram was also really fun. I'm a little surprised they brought back Bertram as much as he did. Remember he fits the RJ criteria of being someone we saw more than once in the first three seasons. He's not RJ, but he in some way could easily relate to the story line and the fact they've kept him throughout the story arc is something to perhaps watch for as well as how they tried to show something about his personality and make him more than just a CBI gungho by the book leader.

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Well there were some unique scenes to say the least, this episode had a different feel than other ones. Lot more jibing, interactions between the team(Van Pelt-Lisbon, Cho-Rigsby, Jane-Lisbon Bertram-Lisbon Jane-Bertram). All of these were big parts of the story. It just had a different feel with lots of sarcastic lines(Rigsby's "you date pregnant hookers" was the line of the night). The show really tried focusing on character storylines. It's really interesting they decided to pull the Jane turning someone away with the wedding ring and having that women make that line about natural selection. They've done it before, just not sure why now exactly, probably just for fun and coincidence but we'll see. The case itself was about as light as we've ever seen. 1) There was very little about the process of finding the killer, it was much more about the characters and showing the mentality of the school. 2) Almost all episodes the case ends with 2-3 min left with one final scene. This one the case ended with 7-8 min left. That's unseen before with the Mentalist, they really wanted to focus on some smaller storylines and show character development.

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Oh my gosh this episode sounds amazing! I can't wait to read peoples comments about it. We won't get to see this episode for another five weeks yet :(

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.

Lisbon

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

Jane
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