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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Im watching the come here partner epi, ohhh I get shivers the way he says, even whispers come here partners and you see them sneaking into the room, if there was not a scene next,you'd think they're gonna jump at each other.. ok maybe thats what I want to see..


oh yes they should do that in season 6! like ok this season we get closer to RJ but not that close as to catch him but sthg's going on between jane and lisbon, sthg more obvious, because one of them has been in danger in the last episodes and so the other showed great distress and consequently their feelings (one or the other) but they were interrupted and later Mashburn is back, he surprises Lisbon at the office, as Jane doesnt show any sign of love/doesnt hint on what happened before, Lisbon decides to go for Mashburn, more as a resignation though.. and what if Mashburn is RJ


@ Mimi and Bonaduz, Thank you.
@Mimi, love the profile picture. We looked a lot alike when young.


huisclothes! good to see you!
I love your scenarios! would be fun if it ends following one of these. I don't know what I'd prefer as an ending/pre ending.


yeah. it would be great if mashburn came back and lisbon was swept into his life. not being around for jane. he discovers he really misses her but can't interfere with her life. she leaves at five and has a life.


@mimi i would't discard hafner. he was in little red book in season 4. so there's some continuity for us at least. and it makes sense that visualize/red john would do anything to break up the winning team of jane and lisbon. also, it's a great way to hurt jane. she's his best friend among other things.


I think they should make Washburn return from his little trip (well by now he's returned to the US) and make him call Lisbon so they shack up together and we'd see how Jane reacts around this. also she's always been single, I'd like her to have a bit of fun..


hi mimi here's a few of my latest delusional endings to the season/series. interesting how each one changes the entire dynamic of the story.
jane is in a coma and lisbon kisses him on the lips. lisbon is in a coma and jane kisses her on the lips.
red john kills lorelei and frames jane for the murder.
jane harbors lorelei and is implicated in her killing spree.
red john takes lisbon.
mutilated body is found and all think it's jane's.
jane fakes his own suicide. all think he killed himself. red john thinks he's dead. kind of a huck finn story.


could Hafner be RJ? cant remember what we said about this?
I think he cant because he wasnt in the first seasons right?
cos he offers Teresa a good job-if he were RJ, he could do that, seperate the two, make Jane suffer, he gets closer to her.. abuse her, kill her eventually..
ok no not plausible...


which is btw so lovely!

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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.