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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 think chasing the rabbit represents his desire for Lisbon.


well this was kind of interesting about an eagle claw in a dream: "An eagles claw in a dream will be drawing your attention to something you are doing spontaneously of a spiritual nature without the remembrance of when or how you learned it." It's interesting because Jane forgot what he did with the eagle's claw, didn't he?


I got Lisbon-she was the maid who represented St. Teresa. I don't know what Cho represented. But Rigsby being give that claw adds a whole different dimension to Rigsby. It wasn't by mistake that all this happened. These are the puzzles that the show present that I think we need to figure out.


So, one thing that hits me is the rabbit is found in the big covered pot. He's afraid to open it at first but he does and is charmed by what he sees, takes it out, tries to hold it but loses it when he gives Rigsby the eagle's claw. Chasing it leads him to the garden gate and his daughter.


I want to know what you all think, your take. What I saw after watching it again, was Jane also working on the Red John connections as well. What I thought was could Cho, Rigsby and Lisbon be symbolism's too. I found that they were. I will continue to work on their roles in his hallucination.


I want to know what you all think, your take. What I saw after watching it again was Jane also working on the Red John connections as well. What I thought was could Cho, Rigsby and Lisbon be symbolism's too. I found that they were. I will continue to work on their roles in his hallucination.




Entwife, yes! the simbolism was also Jane trying to figure out what was going on with Red John!


There is too much dirt in the CBI, I can see this scenario playing out! Rigsby! He just seems like a likely candidate! I can see! Yep! Rigsby! Rigsby and Van Pelt! Van Pelt and O'Laughlin! Van Pelt and that lawyer! Van Pelt and Stiles! HuH? She's batting a hundred here folks! Yep! Rigsby!


I can totally get that Jane handing the eagle's claw to Rigsby almost immediately having received it, and then forgetting what had happened to it, was pretty strange. He handed it to WR and dropped the rabbit in the same act.