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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@anitraward1 I saved the page that had your symbolism on it the last time we talked about Devil's Cherry a few weeks ago. I just looked it over and really can't add much. To me the most important part was Charlotte, from his subconscious, was actually speaking Jane's own reality. I really loved that, it was so coherent. Are you thinking of a certain part of the symbolism you talked about? Does it make even more sense to you now?


A minion!


Contined-then we see Rigsby go after Jane for being a know it all and toying with him. While all hell is breaking out, Van Pelt realizes that she should have known it was Rigsby all along. Then.... a flash back, to Van Pelt's childhood! A unveiling of her tragic childhood, the revealing moment that she realizes that she should not have hidden her life from herself and others. That her own self loathing caused her to choose the men that she did. And then! and then! Back to the brawl!


Do you mean Rigsby as a minion or as Rj?


I could just see in the end Rigsby breaking down to his British accent and going crazzzzzy in the CBI bull pen after Jane plays with him for awhile! Jane, hinting but never really saying that he thinks it's Rigsby. Jane psychologically breaking him down over the course of a few episodes. All the while you see Rigsby's transformation to his true self!


You know, as I watched it again for the umf-teenth time, I got to thinking that, wouldn't it be something if one of the people in the CBI inner circle was a Red John Minion! It would explain how Red John was getting all of his information. Now let's take Van Pelt for instance, she seems to have a popensity for attracting no good men! Every last one of her men were creeps! And let's take Rigsby for instance, he is easily manipulated and thus a really good candidate for.... oh let's say hypnosis and your basic brain washing technics. In the Devil's Cherry, the spanish maide gave Jane a eagle's claw and told him it would help him find who did this. Jane gave the claw to......Rigsby!


Now I want to know what you all thought about the symbolism in The Devil's Cherry!


I'm off yeah!


@ rationalgirl,
Me too! Tis a delicious piece of fiction. I'm grateful for every episode.


I have to say that Ruby Slippers was one of my favorite episodes. Still makes me cry every time. I aired it for a group of DVD watching friends, mostly guys, mostly straight. After we watch a DVD (we do a mix of many topics) we discuss it. After this one there was dead silence for a couple of minutes and I could tell they were so emotionally engaged it was difficult to speak. Then there was Jane's face at the end. Just so compelling! Deep pain over his loss mixed with joy for the young man. Beautiful acting! It's one of the reaons I love The Mentalist. There are a lot of deeply human, emotional and philosophical ideas presented. Lots to think about. So it's not coherent, so what? It's commercial TV so we have to expect that.

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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.