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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Mimi: you're welcome! Glad you enjoyed it.


I can't see Rigsby as the bad guy. He has a violent nature, but as Jane also said in the episode where he was hypnotized, he is also compelled to protect women, which is the reason why the woman that hypnotized him was convincing him to be violent against the men she wanted. I'd say Rigsby is the opposite of Red John. He is easily manipulated (as opposed to being manipulative), he loses control quickly (while Red John always seems to be in control) and he exposes his feelings without even realizing he's doing it. Plus, as Cho said, he is a terrible liar.


god if it's Rigsby, I'll be gobsmacked! I know it could be him but still, don't think so.
also what about the shake hands stuff then? ok Lorelei could have lied..


And remember when Rigsby was hypnotized -- Jane always says you can't be hypnotized to do something that's not in your nature. Rigsby was easily manipulated to try and kill that NLP guy and then, in the next moment, to try to kill Jane. While I don't totally agree with Jane's statement, it is his statement and therefore a working premise for the who. So, Rigsby has murder in his nature, by Jane's own estimation.


@hc thanks for the info about Devil's Cherry director. I rarely pay attention to that, unfortunately. Zisk did a terrific job!


Good points, @huisclothes. Makes it kinda spooky about Rigsby. Still drinking my first coffee. Wondering dully if he has ever given himself away or clued us unknowingly.


btw Bonaduz thanks for the epi suggestions! 3*15 was an epi I only watched once I think and I loved it! :-) KM we don't owe anyone any explanation of why we like to come here and have light fun. (regarding someone's comment). I'm sorry to hear about your health.
I do believe we need to be sidetracked from hard situations/moments we're going through and if it means spending time here saying how Simon is hot, then be it! that doesn't make us shallow.


wow so interesting guys! Ani love your theories! I also love that episode, one of my favourite, so deep and full of symbolisms. thank you for the video! argh amazing ad!


simon directed red sails in the sunset. (my favorite this year.)
randy zisk directed devil's cherry.


love devil's cherry. like all the best mentalist episodes, it's put together like a swiss watch. interesting what you're saying about rigsby. i have been babbling about the genetic component of murder -- remember my crackpot "stiles is rj's father" theory? and my disappointment that dr. sonia kidd's expertise didn't give us some clues about the urge to kill? well rigsby actually is the son of a killer. laroche found this very significant. don't have an opinion on jane giving him the claw and certainly the hallucination/dream was jane communicating to himself. as they say, the dream is constructed to keep the dreamer asleep. if the symbols cut too near the knuckle, you wake up. of course patrick was drugged and couldn't wake up. one more thing, in crimson hat, rigsby is 34. 25 years ago at the elliston ranch, he would have been 9. "some kid painted the face." don't think it's him but this is fun fun fun.

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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.