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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I agree but he is willing to kill and we've seen that before! Huisclothes, I really love his character but I still like to know exactly what I'm looking at. Jane goes into a whole other zone when it comes to Red John. I think that is the very reason he leaves Lisbon out of the chase because he knows how low he is willing to go. He can't take Lisbon because he is willing to go Hell to get Red John. That's why he told Lisbon not to chase Volker on his terms because Jane knows how dirty you have to get to get a monster!


I agree that most of the time Jane does a lousy job of treating his friends (Lisbon, Cho, Rigsby, and VanPelt) as anything but tools. He's the worst with Lisbon. Part of that could be that he takes her for granted, in much the same way that we all are prone to take those we love greatly for granted. We deeply trust that they are safe, have limitless forgiveness, and amazing powers to not reject us. By the way, I looked at the TV Guide poll and it's 39% in favor cancelation and 61% in favor of renewal. And a few angry Psych fans weighing in.


The fact that Patrick may be at turns be crotchety, pissy, selfish, driven, manipulative doesn't change his corresponding turns of intelligence, loyalty, consideration, tenderness, or protectiveness of Lisbon -- and none of it changes my passion for this character.


@anitraward - you are right. He is dangerous and he will do anything to get Red John. OK, he is not willing to kill Lisbon, but he thinks it is justifiable to repeatedly hurt her, lie to her, etc. That's not cool. And that's not how a friend acts - and certainly not how a man who loves her (if he does) should act.


I love his character but you can't see the whole Jane if you don't see that side as well.


Cont. that she knows that he thinks himself lucky, fortunate, blessed to have her in his life.


@huisclothes - You always stand by your man. I love your loyalty! I guess I'm just not the type to say exceptions should be made for him (at least not as many as have been.) He is a great character though. I know we discussed this before. I still say I would take Mashburn over Jane. All the charm and none of the negative traits. Plus, he's much taller!


I do love the character of Patrick Jane. I really don't want him tamed. I also have a soft spot for Theresa Lisbon. In its own way my life mirrors her fictional life. Not the Glock owning part. I don't want Lisbon's character being treated like a tool to achieve the destruction of Red John. She's part fierce and part good girl pleaser all wrapped in her own armor. I want to think that should @huisclothes example of the CBI catching fire, that the golden boy would not let himself be carried out. And, that he'd fight like hell to make sure that she was out first. I want to hope that despite his faith that he can protect her, that he is aware of the small wounds he inflicts on her on a regular basis. I just want to hope that Jane's selfishness with respect to Lisbon is not blind and he does consider the cost she is paying with her career and even her heart. That he really knows that she loves him with eyes wide open to all his failings, faults, et cetera. And he makes sure she knows that he feels lucky.


Add knocked unconscious in Red Sky in the Morning to the list of nose-punchings, head injuries and blindings that have happened to Jane since joining the CBI. That makes six in the nose, and now four (I think) head bonks and one blinding.


@huisclothes f*ck yeah!

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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.