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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@interesting. wish you were.


@MikeH- Sorry, but if your post isn't about how cute Simon Baker is, and how everybody must love him, the bored housewives on here won't have much interest in responding. About your question, it makes sense that she had some interest beyond the romantic. Even if you don't believe Jane is Red John, he is the foremost expert on a major serial killer. And that is a big part of her career.


@ huisclothes and Mike H,
Also wondered about it.


@mimi odd is unexpected, surprising, different. weird is odd but more unsettling, even supernatural.


@mikeh thank god, someone else brings this up. i had been anticipating some fantastic story turn triggered by dr. kidd's expertise since i read a two-line description of the episode a month ago. right after red barn where we see the seeds of red john's insanity and we discover the visualize connection, they announce a woman with this field of study and then they drop it? wtf? certainly any biological or anthropological component to murder, anyone who understands the human predilection for murder could be enlightening -- and a great plot twist for god's sake. i was flabbergasted when they dropped it. perhaps she'll come back. how the hell could patrick jane leave that stone unturned?


Mikeh hello!
I didn't find him strange and believes she asked him out because she fancied him but who knows.. HC mmm yes RJ must be furious by now I believe esp with everything that happened.. maybe he even knows jane helped her escape. Can I ask, what is the difference between "odd" and "weird", is weird more British English?


hello. re: lorelei and the finger. what was interesting to me here was that red john asked her to cut off fingers. MEMBERS. freud would have a picnic with that one. that was a tea-cup dropper for me. back to my dog-eared homoerotic theory.
lorelei was so rushed and, i think, so scared, and desperate to please red john, that she didn't think much about it. perhaps he was already pissed at her for not picking up on patrick's scam earlier herself. the writers chose the ring finger because it's the most resonant choice for the audience but lorelei just wanted to be a good girl and get out of there. her apology to patrick, i think, was a risk for her. who knows how red john would take that? that she was breaking ranks with him and sympathizing with the prey? he might be very angry.


Just to get back to this episode :), I'd like to bring up the ending of the last show and Dr. Sonia Kidd. I think it's really interesting that the two books that she wrote were Natural Born Killers and Evolutionary Roots of Murderers. When she asks Patrick out for lunch, is it a just romantic thing or does she have some alternative motive? The obvious answer is that she was just interested romantically in Jane (with the remark about his ring, etc.).... but it's hard to get past her writing those two books for someone in her profession. Did Jane refuse to have lunch with her because he knew she had written those two books? I'm not necessarily a big RJ=PJ theorist... but I do think this adds to those who are. Anybody else notice this or have some thoughts?


yes I agree Bonaduz, I liked George Clooney when I was younger. Yes Simon deserves to play in good movies, hope he'll be offered some nice roles in the future.


I watched "Up in the Air" the other day, with George Cluney. And I thought: Would love to see Simon Baker in this role. Or "Meet Joe Black" with Brad Pitt. Or even "Witness" (one of my fav. all time movies) with Harrison Ford. Not that these actors weren't great in the films, just something like that I would like to see SB in. He is so good at communicating without words, it would be awsome to see him in a big, quiet, emotional, deep role. Here we go again Entwife: Obsessioin-worthy! Great word and soooo true!LOL,LOL!

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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.