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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hello my friend!
thank you, will watch those:-) cant remember them so surprise surprise!!


'Morning all!
Entwife: Totally know what you are talking about. It's snowing, it's cold, I'm sitting at the computer working and tell myself: "No!!! You're NOT going onto the TM site!" But hey - the flesh is weaker than the mind, right??
KM: You are soooo bad - got me going on that video! Thank's! Lifted my winter blues! Your analysis of the Lorelei finger cutting scene is great. I have these thoughts in my mind but can't always find the right words. I like this site, because people a very well spoken, I can learn new words every day and everybody is generous and polite. Thank you all!
Mimi: How about S3/15(Red Gold) and S3/18(The Red Mile) as a start? A bit of a different side of Jane specially 3/18! I like it.


can anyone give me a season and epi number for me to watch? cant choose..


I understand, I guess forums encourage this. but as long as we don't cause anyone harm, it's ok innit?
I found this board through a simon forum actually, someone mentioned here saying the discussions were really good and so I felt interested to know more, now I'm more on here than on the actual forum.


OMG, KM. Love that video! Thanks! Don't need no percolator, it'll boil my coffee for me! ;-) You know, I didn't used to be this bad until I came to this board. Had an interest, good show lots going on in it, loved to look at Simon, and Jane & Lisbon, thought I'd find someplace talking about the show, get some clues, insights. Stumbled here and got fed super-food! I was a little bud. Now I'm a dinner-plate dahliaI guess that's good. hahahaha


ahah KM she'll choke on her coffee!! good video :-)


heh I like it "obsession-worthy"
yes there should be clones of him!


@ Entwife,
Just in case you want a little song to hum with your morning ritual.


Yes, Mimi, and I got it bad. But the man is soooooo obsession-worthy!


hehe Entwife you like that clip don't you? I love the devil's cherry epi, it shows how Jane loves Lisbon. it was a funny epi too with the gnomes..

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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.