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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ahah well no it wouldnt be a terrible show but much more "cliffhanger" if they couldnt go on with their passion for some reason, or they'd have to hide, it would be exciting to watch too!


Hahahahahaha so true @Mimi, us shippers have our own slant! On the Jisbon doing it thing and then having to maintain distance and pretend it didn't happen for months and months, etc. I just don't think I could take it, friends, I just don't think I could take it. Put together a major arc, kill RJ, get 'em together and move on to a new life and new cases with lots of Jisbon! Would that be such a terrible show?


@rationalgal oh, such a great catch by you on hugging the bunny in Devil's Cherry. I got the big thump on that one, so touching. Of course that's what's happening! Now I have to see the whole scene again and enjoy it even more! Terrific to wake up to this morning, thank you. Ahhhhhh, what a show!


Well if it really is guessing lisbon says then janes response is really condescending even insulting. - of course we're seeing this out of context..
Maybe itll cause us to argue badly, lisbon wont let him treat her like this and he'll realise he went too far and will make it up to her sometimes..
We've never seen jane look at her and talk to her like this have we? With a hint of contempt..


oh that would be amazing!!maybe they still dont know themselves..goodnight!


last year, we knew in march. so maybe we'll have our answer after the next 4 week block of episodes. i'm going to turn in now. speak to you tomorrow.


I cant wait to be May to know! if only we knew it now, we could blow off steam a little bit. I feel like I'm holding my breath.


hi mimi
i am excited about the idea that tm may survive. no snoopy dance yet. but we will have a party. like all agree to toast at a certain time. but i'm getting ahead of myself.


I think it's right, Lisbon said guessing, funny how we all thought she said kissing!!! us shippers are hearing what we want to hear right? btw welcome to the new TM lovers!


hi all oh HC I love that idea! they do it because they're hammered or more probably because their lives are in danger but then have to ignore each other, pretend nothing happens but RJ knows.. would be amazing!
Let's hope for a season 6! ahhhhhh if they announce a new season we'll have a huge party on this forum!

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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.