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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@rationalgal while it's fun to hug the walls of the labyrinth, i'm starting to agree with you. hence, my decision that i don't care if rj is a place-maker like cbi ron. as long as it's thrilling and shocking and an earned ending that's emotionally satisfying, i'm ok with it.


@ecstatica i'm with you on the dr. kidd thread. i think she grew more attracted to jane (she was established as being not in touch with what people's inner motivations were: why the victim studied woodpeckers, why she herself might study murder among primates, that the dept was a big happy family.) so it makes sense that the stirrings she felt would suddenly surface and make her come to jane. and that's why she hasn't yet checked for a ring. now from the point of view of jane, maybe he did have reason to avoid a murder expert or maybe he wasn't too interested. and the lorelei ep didn't mean he's ready to move on. but he wasn't confused and upset as he was with erica or kristina. he was comfortable with the boy/girl stuff and deflected sonia with a "you're too kind" smile. back to jane and lisbon. that office is their little domicile. neither would admit it. but as jane said in fugue in red, "we're working toward it."


I interpreted that Dr. Kidd in this episode wasn't particularly relevant to the whole plot. I figured she was just interested in Jane because he is brilliant and attractive and solved the murder in front of an audience. I don't think she even knew about his past. Realistically speaking, she would have noticed his wedding ring, but I think the writers conveniently made only notice it in the finale exchange, which served two purposes: 1- Jane isn't interested in being romantically involved (whether it's because of Red John or because he already loves Lisbon, or maybe a bit of both) and 2- he is perceived by some women as a "good one" that is taken (which I think it's how Lisbon sees him as well). What I found really cute is that in his next scene he can be found patiently waiting for Lisbon to help her and to flirt with her a bit. It's as if he declined Dr.Kidd's offer because he would rather be with Lisbon :D


Continuing my quest to ID RJ and why we can't do that: There was (is?) a house in CA, a tourist attraction for its cobbled mess of carpentry. The woman (with health problem) who built it had a psychic tell her she would not die while the house was under construction/remodeling. So she had carpenters build anything all the time. Stairways and doors led to nothing, walls and windows were put anywhere. An architectural but extremely fascinating mess. Of course, she died with the carpenters still pounding away. Just like The Mentalist. Great story with plot lines going every which way, no obvious goal in sight, anything to stall off a cancellation. When RJ is ID'd it will not make sense, but it will be dramatic and entertaining, just not something we will ever make sense of.


@mike h just replayed the sonia and patrick end scene. she doesn't mention anything about lunch.
@mike h, entwife, and km sonia says "i felt so powerless. i mean, what can you do in the face of death? you're not powerless, you act." very much "what a may-un, sigh." was she referring to him investigating murder in general in which case she was complimenting him on doing his job or was she referring to him pursuing the killer of his family? if it's the latter, then she knows all about patrick. so how does the wedding ring figure? is she hoping for no ring and therefore a signal that he's now available? doesn't make sense if she knows the ring is a symbol of his obsession. in that case, all the good ones are taken would be a pretty grisly thing to say. so i think this was a lady being interested in a guy. that's just me.


... there was a title for 5*20 yet.


I made an error, they started 5*19 this morning. Karl Sonnenberg's snap looks a lot like the set from HBO's Deadwood. I don't know the title. I was confused, because others were asking him if their was a title or working title for 5*20 yet.


Yeah, my take and purpose for posting about her books was 1)that the subject matter of the books was not what you would expect a biology/scientist to be writing about and 2)that I'm thinking that Patrick refused her offer for lunch because he had found out earlier about these books she had written and did't want Sonia to pry into his background. Since Patrick has had previous romantic interludes, I don't think he would have turned her down if it wasn't for those books.


Thought of another reason why it makes sense that Sonya would seek RJ/murder info/insight from Patrick rather than he seek it from her. Her expertise is based on academic research and study. Jane's is based on real life experience through his family, which victimized and traumatized him also. And his real-life experience as a consultant with the CBI, both on the RJ case and many other murder cases. Oh yeah, in addition he has his own personal skills at understanding perpetrators and solving a crime, as well as real life familiarity with investigative procedures. I believe Sonya would see him as a uniquely valuable source of information that would breathe a whole new life into what she is studying. Not to say Patrick couldn't learn from her, but the real push would be from Sonya I think. Maybe she wasn't all that interested at first and didn't know much about him, but then she googled him or something, then came running. lol


@entwife. yeah, strange episode. especially with dr kidd, i could never see how she got there from here. not a great episode. i mean, i'm always so starved at this point, anything is welcome but i'm always stuck wondering "where is this going?' answer: it's not going anywhere. like most of these free-standers, there's less here than meets the eye. @km. so they started shooting episode 20. 8 days shooting. what may well be the third episode from the last. of the season or the series. wonder where the locations are?

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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.