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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also what I wanted to add is, I guess we see the show through our individual prism-according to how we feel, what we have experienced etc.. I've been a "too nice" person all my life, I would be stomped over by others, taken for granted, not so much respected at times and I see everyone as "good" meaning even the most evil people on earth I'll still find sthg good in them and so I'm learning to respect myself more and impose myself more, but percieve the show with my prism so I see Jane as a good person and can easily zap out the rest of him that is not so lovely. dont know if that makes sense. and so if I were in the show I guess Jane would pick easily at me, I'd be the perfect victim. Although sometimes Lisbon also lets him stomp all over her! too nice!!


@ Watcher,
I agree you said it better. Specifically the tipping to the negative. His obsession is not an excuse.


KM and watcher, yes well under that angle I quite agree with you. About wainwright I totally forgot they never mentioned him again!
I tend to get stuck with the nice things he does rather than the bad stuff. but ok I have to agree he can be a son of a b*h. I guess I'm biased.. right off to bedx


@ Mimi,
I did not see your correction. We are mostly on the same page about Jane's selfishness. But, I do think that I may see Jane as being more selfish then you do. He takes a little too much pleasure in hurting people to be only selfish with regard to RJ.


I think Jane is very selfish. I like him much less than I did in earlier seasons. While he has suffered greatly, that doesn't give him carte blanche to do whatever he deems necessary to catch Red John without worrying about how it hurts innocent people. Lots of people have suffered great personal tragedies. Most of them don't do the types of things Jane has done as a result. He doesn't worry about how his actions impact the careers of the team. He doesn't seem to even care that Wainwright is dead- at least they have never shown us that. He lies to Lisbon constantly. He really is not a very good friend most of the time. I'm not saying he is evil. He does have redeeming qualities and can be kind and generous-when he wants to. I'm just saying that lately I see the scales tipping to more negative qualities than positive.


Was it a KISS, a peck on the cheek from a grateful family member of the victim, or a blown one? It could be that Lisbon has had it with some cocky behavior he exhibits right before the scene. Or is he pushing her again? We'll need to see. It will serve him right if Lisbon gets involved with someone else, but I think the writers will play that card with Wayne and Grace again. I'm off to class. Cheers.


@ Mimi,
I have to say that I disagree with you. People are neither an either or an or, they are both. Jane is both selfish and compassionate. And, sometimes his compassion is rooted in his selfishness. Other times his selfishness is his only means of kindness. At times he is truly beautiful and at other times he is really ugly. Sadistic and cruel Jane is ugly. Jane made his living, pre CBI, manipulating and lying to his "patients" for fat checks. He went on TV and angered Red John, his selfish puffed pride resulted in his wife and daughters death. Jane had Lorelei released from prison for selfish reasons. What about justice for Wainwright's family, she share responsibility for his kidnapping and death? And, in 5*16 she is kills a woman. And, Jane shares in the responsibility for the woman's death. Red John brings out his selfishness because he is obsessed.


Sure could be Vanessa Ray, too @KM, much lesser character judging from her place on the list. Hahaha. Just had a little scene run through my head, must be a lot of women's fantasy about Simon Baker. Alone in the elevator with him. Just get a nice kiss -- and he cooperates. Only the scene is like a no-further-comment inside joke about women swooning for Simon Baker only it's Patrick Jane. And Lisbon doesn't like it. Am I completely insane? Is the thought the insane part, or repeating it in public lol?


My thoughts exactly @Mimi. Not only did Jane not look nice when he said it, Lisbon didn't look like she took it as nice either.


sorry my typo meant he chose RJ over the others

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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.