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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patrick kills red john. patrick and teresa do it. teresa disappears. a wolf howls across the frozen lake.


@rationalgal. really? patrick will pet teresa by the end of the season? even if they get a season 6? i'd love them to make a mistake. to do it because they're completely hammered or they think they're going to die. then they spend all next season not being able to make eye contact. oh....and she gets pregnant. as young frankenstein said, "IT COULD WORK!!" that would be jumping a whale.


gotcha. i saw golden boy. bad script. self-consciously shot. you find yourself paying more attention to how everything's framed than to what's happening. handsome guy who's trying to do a tough guy accent and just winds up sounding tongue-tied. definitely appealing to a younger audience than tm. the guy's a kid and the idea is he's this smart, brash, ambitious wunderkind who winds up in seven years being the youngest chief of police ever. the whole thing is done in flashback. and his sister is a bad girl he keeps bailing out of trouble. so it's a perfect adolescent fantasy. he knows more than all the adults who don't understand him but not so much that he can't learn from his crusty but benign older partner.
i think girls could like him. couldn't compare to the pilot of the mentalist.


@ huisclothes, No news. It was a joke, I was pointing out that the star of Golden Boy might attract the same women as Simon Baker and CBS is trying so hard to attract Mentalist viewers, that maybe Les thought his wife might crush on this British import and loose her Simon fondness. Poorly made joke on my part.


Maybe TGW needs more promo than TM, which CBS might feel has enough of a dedicated audience that they can afford to put their promo bucks on a more needy show. Keeping old standbys on Sunday night would make sense while they see how the new shows are doing. Then they can bring back the tried and true shows if necessary. (Did I miss my calling as a TV producer? Hmmmm. Didn't we all?) As for Jane and Lisbon. Just look at Black Cherry again. Look at how Jane loves and cuddles the rabbit! That rabbit represents Lisbon! Jane is hallucinating the truth to himself - that he has to get rid of RJ soon so he can get on with loving Lisbon. Look at him with that rabbit! Good grief! Jane wants to hold Lisbon like that so badly! Clear as can be! I'm thinking it will happen at end of season 5.


@km what do you know about golden boy? is there news there?


@km please do remind me. i'm slowly learning this and must be smacked with a rolled up newspaper. seriously, i appreciate you taking the time to straighten me out. also regarding the ctv promo. i think jane is horsing around when he says "what do you take me for?" also when he says about guessing, "you should try it sometime." a zinger. but lighthearted. then he says, "i'm off to pursue red john."


@ huisclothes, Sounds like CBS has a small grinch size heart or Les's wife was not enchanted enough with Golden Boy. And, I'll stop reminding you if you wish? My heart is that I don't want CBS stealing anyone here of any drops of joy. And, CBS is an arsehole that stinks. Joy is too precious to waste. Less CBS and more Patrick Jane.


@km yeah, you're right about promos and syndication. you'll only have to explain it to me, like ten more times, and i promise i'll get it. though my hub, he who must be obeyed, has just pointed out that he saw a tm promo earlier in the evening.


@ Rationalgirl,
I like your 6 season idea. I'm sure I will be overjoyed if they give us 13 episodes, more would be grand. But, 13 would allow them to give TGW 13 more in hopes of getting greater syndication interest by getting them to 100+. Both shows could then be retired. And, this would open up an entire hour for CBS to air either a new drama or two new comedies. CBS has two of their work horse comedies backing out in '14, How I Met Your Mother and Two 1/2 Men, and they will need to find replacements.

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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.