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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Watcher, guess you are right. Not my cup of tea, but...! And I agree also with you and estatica: It's not only about his family anymore. As you say, it's probably in the distance now. It has been 10 years. Maybe it sound a bit harsh and it's probably different for each person, but the saying: Time heals all wounds is not so far fetched. The pain will get smaller. We most certanly all can confirm that in some way or another. So his burning disire to avenge his family keeps him going. That takes a lot of strenght too - to be at that level all the time! Hard to imagine. I don't know if I would have the drive!


Something I've always wondered: how old was Jane when he got involved with Angela? The show never makes it clear, as far as I can tell. But it almost sounds like they grew up together...both carnies, it was their dream to escape together. If that it the case, then he probably never had a chance to be a womanizer (if we assume he never cheated on his wife, and nothing in the show indicated that he did.) Angela may have been his first, in which case his fugue personality was odd indeed. KM's theory makes a lot of sense if this is the case.


Your view of Paddy makes sense, KM. I too think the wedding ring is a reminder to Patrick of his family, not only of their loss and that he hasn't taken down RJ, but the ring, as a symbol of a promise and vows, reminds him of his promise to them that he would avenge Angela and Charlotte. In a way, it would make him a mark, not to avenge them.


@estatica - I agree that his ring is not just about his wife anymore. In fact I think that it probably represents (in this order) 1) his quest for vengeance 2) his guilt over his role in their deaths and 3) and I think it is now a distant third, his love for his family.


@bonaduz and estatica - I think some women like the challenge of attracting a married man. And others who are not looking for a relationship, like the fact that a married man is simple and uncomplicated - just sex, no drama. It takes all kinds.


@bonaduz just read your comment. As a woman, I'd have to agree as well, but unfortunately, and this has been demonstrated, that guys wearing wedding bands on different social settings actually have the tendency to appear more attractive to women vs guys who don't wear any. I am unsure why that is. Sad, but true :/


I have to go to. I have to get ready for work! See you all tomorrow!


His wedding ring didn't have a meaning when it came down to Lorelei. In the episode Crimsom Hat, that is the finger lorelei was going to cut off!


I'm off to bed (I live in Portugal)! I just love reading all comments, it really makes me think about different scenarios and possibilities! Also, it's a fantastic substitute for a week without a new episode. Have fun everyone! :D


Hi there! Jumping in on the conversation: Why would a wedding ring be a tool to "get over on women"? I don't get that. If I see a man that is interesting to me but wears a ring, I'll back off rather than move foreward. But that's just me. (even though I dare to think that most women act like that)

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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.