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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so funny huisclothes, but you got it, now I'm depressed


if the wild west and the broadway bound are the subjects of two shows, it sounds like we're veering in just the direction i was dreading. next are the gynecologists (actually might like that), the dry cleaners, the civil war re-enactors and the self-flagellating monks. have we done beauty queens and senior citizens?
maybe this is what research tells them they should do -- the costume drama of the week. the only people who care about the real themes of the series are us and maybe, the writers.


@entwife pixie-sticks. hysterical.


Episode 5.19 will be called "Red Letter Day". Written by Michael Weiss and directed by Guy Ferland.
It will revolved around a murder of the owner of a Wild West Theme Park in the town of Percy. nooooo.


Episode 5.18 will be called "Behind the Red Curtain". Written by Erika Green and Eoghan Mahony, directed by Chris Long. This episode will feature a murder that interrupts a musical production preparing for Broadway. We will meet Deandra a once popular diva with a drinking problem, Alec the Shows manager, Bran the Musical Director, Jacinta the shows publicist and Polly, the murder victims foster mother. can't believe it is about a red curtain. i was hoping that red john was going to open the robe a bit. rats.


oh, I was referring to Lucy and the football in Charlie Brown. She always wheedles him into going for the kick and then pulls the ball right as he's kicking. Tease. I think it must be the first four in a row in the season. But that doesn't jive with KM's list of titles. March 17 is missing. And what if there's football or baseball or golf or pixie-sticks or something?


@entwife also says the next two episodes are called red letter day and red and itchy. they don't give dates.


@entwife what's a lucie?


@entwife exciting. is this the first 4 weeks in a row in this season?


@km yeah. behind the red curtain. exciting. but watch, it's about the ballet or caviar. i'll kill myself.

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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.