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,
Stop looking, love. CBS is not going to spend a cent they don't have to on The Mentalist. Sure they might tweet the promos, but no money will spent on television promotion. They need to sell The Good Wife. It is up to The Mentalist to survive on its own. They treat it as a stepchild, all shows that belong to other studios find this to be true once they enter syndication and start earning their owners money. Syndication dollars seem to be the driving force of CBS.
As to who they could move to Sundays? Elementary which is a marginal success.. Person of Interest another Warner Bros. owned show that is seeing more syndication interest than their darling TGW. Odd thing is POI/ Elem. and TM on Sunday could net CBS good ad dollars. And TGW and Blue Bloods would fit better on Fri; same age demo. But that requires rational sense.


@entwife just catching up on your posts. had forgotten about sam bosco. guess patrick never told teresa what sam said. and we don't know all of what sam said. probably never will. yes, jane has to kill red john or ensure that he is killed. even if rj's shot dead, just to be sure, patrick should walk up and drive a stake through his heart. does patrick have a stake, a gun, a swiss army knife on him? how about a cyanide capsule that he jams up rj's nose?
of course, now rationalgal has my tail wagging about a sixth season. i'm ok if they find red john or identify him or something momentous but still have to catch him next season. though i'd be happiest with jane being completely thwarted yet again -- i love the rj thread so much and think it's what elevates the series. oh. and i still would love red john to take jane. like for the first 3 episodes of season 6. and lisbon rescues him.


@rationalgal re: patrick's arrogance. the phrase, "pride goeth before a fall" has been trotted out on this site a few times. i keep feeling that the handshake thing may well be the instrument that leads patrick to outsmart himself. he was so proud -- really congratulated himself on what an amazing feat he'd performed -- when he took lisbon through the math of how many people he'd shaken hands with.


rationalgal re: a sixth season. wow. they don't call you rationalgal for nothing. sounds like good thinking. makes me recall the les moonves article where he said the world shouldn't expect many new dramas from cbs this fall. let them stay with tm and tgw.
btw, as many of you know, my hub is a video maniac. as we were watching a movie, my eye kept flickering to the tiny tv he has on the end table where he was monitoring the televised universe and therefore controlling space and time. cbs was on without sound for two hours. they did three extended promos for the good wife. mentalist - zero. kind of outrageous.


@entwife yeah, patrick jane, f-ck, yeah.


@watcher if i can have patrick, you can have walter. he's definitely a fun guy. and jane is tall enough for all practical purposes. :D


Your logical thoughts make sense and give me a good feeling for a 6th season. May it come true! I also like your season 6 outlook - sounds awsome! But, as you said, who knows what the writers have in mind! A lot of them are men, and as we all know, they think a little different at times :-D
Jane is deffinitly getting annoyed at things, including himself. 10 years he spent hunting this lunatic that keeps outfoxing and taunting him! Jane thinks he's the smartest in the room - always! But this doesn't add up with RJ. It must humiliate and infuriate Jane. I hope though, that he can acknowledge his feelings for Lisbon (to himself and to her) and not go the other way and push her away with glib remarks and hurtful behaviour. (I wish that for my own romantic heart as well as for Jane - he deserves some peace and joy)


More thoughts: Jane's increasing harshness may be due to his increasing discomfort with his obsession. He wants to be rid of RJ! NOW! He yearns to get on with a better life like what he had with Angela, and that life includes Lisbon. Black Cherry made that extremely clear. His problem is his arrogance, thinking he's the only one who knows anything. He is starting to recognize that may not be entirely true. ("Come here, partner.") I expect that season 5 may well end with Jane and Lisbon recognizing how they feel about each other and determining to work as a team to get rid of RJ once and for all. Of course, RJ would find out and go after Lisbon, setting up season 6 for a lot of suspense and drama as Jane and Lisbon try to survive RJ's jealous attacks, outwit him and finally bring him down. Seem like a logical outcome, but since when do writers care much about that?


OK, back again. Hard to keep up with you guys. Wonderful observations! I tried thinking of this cancelation thing logically and concluded they will go 6 seasons. 1. I read that Simon got a 3-yr $30 million contract with CBS at end of season 3. 2. Bruno and writers are too talented and bankable not to have scripts ready for a brilliant finale. 3. No time in this season to wind up the series in any coherent way. 4. CBS has to have SOME programming on Sunday night. Why not keep TM and TGW, since they have had high ratings enough to maintain that sufficiently for generous ad revenue. What would they replace them with that would be better? So they ride out the series through season 6, giving them a chance to establish other dramas in the Thursday spots.


Never mind my silly question. Of course we know a storm is coming with 5*16, and @Entwife and others have noticed a bit of ruffled feathers in the promos for 5*15. I really need to get more sleep. Alas miles and miles and miles and miles...

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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.