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 with you Watcher about Jane. I questioned his behavior awhile ago. Yes, he's cute and charismatic but if you look past that you will see a very dangerous man. Jane is apt to do anything to get Red John including getting himself hurt. He is actually manipulating the CBI for his own purposes. He does not really care about catching criminals,. He does it because he has too.He said so in the episode Redemption.


thanks, bonaduz. i am dauntless. i have no daunt. :D


@Huisclothes I love your enthusiastic take on Patrick Jane. Nothing can throw you off the path - just like the man himself can't be thrown off his path! Go huisclothes, go!


in the first few seasons, we were young and virginal and hadn't really been around the block with patrick. he's developed. we've seen more of him. more good things and more bad things. like any friendship. the last thing i want patrick to be is a nice guy. it's a drama. he's a larger-than-life hero. huge tragic things have befallen him and he is fighting back on the same scale. other people who've had such tragedies befall them are not the man or woman he is. that's why we watch him. he ain't joining no support group. he went mrs. rochester crazy and now he's out and loaded for bear. he deserves to be arrogant. he's magnificent. he adds life to the team's existence and teresa's existence and to our existence. i root for him. exceptions should be made, are made, and will be made for him. i'm thrilled to have a hero like him on tv. or anywhere. a man who fights to the death with charm and intellect. f-ck yeah


@Entwife, I think you're right. He really did not seem like the fun, teasing Jane in those promos. He seemed like a jerk. Of course, the promos are often very misleading and taken out of context so we'll have to see how the scenes actually play out. But the "you should try it sometime" line just seemed peevish any way you look at it. I think he is darker now. Honestly, I don't like this version of him nearly as much. I really miss Jane from seasons 1-3. That was the show I really loved.


@Watcher, what you said about Patrick "I'm just saying that lately I see the scales tipping to more negative qualities than positive." Given our discussion about Patrick's apparent peevishness in the US and CTV promos for Red Lacquer, maybe he is going more negative, and we are beginning to see the darker side of Patrick like Bruno Heller said we would this season.


Watching Red Letter about human trafficking, Kristina's in it, Hightower tells Jane K likes him, they should date. Anyway, there's a seen, I guess it's the hotel bar, Jane goes in before Lisbon, standing in wait, an asian woman at the bar gives him the eye and pats the chair next to her, he goes all bashful and shakes his head. Lisbon walks up at that moment, says accusingly, What's going on? Jane acts like he just got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, sheepish and guilty, kinda mutters Nothing. Very different dynamic about a similar incident than what we see in the CTV Red Lacquer promo.


yes watcher I agree, that's also why some people see things going on between Jane and Lisbon that others interpret as friendship gestures for ex. We also see what we want to see.. but I do agree he can be selfish, that is for sure and it's quite a big part of his character but what I see in him is more good stuff than bad stuff, that's all I meant. When I think of Jane I first think, a broken man seeking revenge to finally stop surviving and instead start a new life, a generous, smart and funny guys who... can be very selfish in getting what he wants-collateral damage.


@Mimi - we all view things based on our own experiences. It's human nature. It's also why it is always so interesting to hear other people's opinions. It gives us a way to experience the world through a different set of eyes. I think it is kind of fun, even if it does make me wonder at times why everybody doesn't see things the same way I do! LOL


so basically what I meant was I'm the kind of person who forgives easily and tres to understand others, why they did that and so excuses for them, instead of being mad because they did a bad thing.

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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.