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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Yes. I have a strong desire to 1) hug, and 2) swat his bunda with a hearty "Out of neutral, love!"


I tend to see Patrick the same way @KM. That if he saw Lisbon move into a relationship, he would back away, not declare himself. And for the reasons you cite, a basic self-loathing and sense of unworthiness. He can overcome this and it's about time. If he would allow himself to feel the full power of his love for Teresa, Patrick would be at her side fighting for his chance with her. It's so sad sometimes. But mostly I just want to kick his butt and say get after it, boy!


Well, finding out that you have competition for the one you desire has been know to have positive results. But, I could see Jane backing further away if Lisbon was involved with someone else. There is that equal part self-loathing that Bosco mentioned, that may make him feel undeserving of being blessed with love and a family again. Keeping Lisbon at arms length serves two purposes, because it protects her from RJ and it protects him from ever having to risk grief in loving her. Plus, her dating someone else would be helpful, in that it would help keep RJ thinking that she is not a treasure to Jane. Unless the someone else works with/for RJ and then it provides easy access to Lisbon in more ways than one.
There is a sad fan video, well done, where Jane kills himself.


ahah love that expression of yours "tail wagging"! yes I know the scene in DWP! mmmmmmmmmm makes me want to watch again!


@mimi don't worry. my tail is wagging too so i'm making lots of typos.


@mimi you're right. that was a perfect "spin her into your" arms scene. watch what he does with anne hathaway in the street scene in paris in the devil wears prada.


oh YES HC that would be so MUCH fun! or not.. we'll be chewing at our remote control!!


dont mind my mistakes im hyped up and dont read again before posting.


@mimi what if WE learn who red john is but jane and company don't? would make an fascinating dynamic for the show if the audience has more info than the characters for an episode or two. i like this one.


KM thats nice!

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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.