The Mentalist Review: The Alien Lizard Vibe

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That nurse wasn't kidding. Agent Kirkland definitely has an alien lizard vibe to him. It's as if we spent "Behind the Red Curtain" waiting for him to rip off his mask and show what he was hiding underneath. 

Rigsby is Thrilled

Though Jane has obviously had his suspicions of Kirkland, does he now know he's an agent of Red John? And, if so, can he convince Lisbon?

Kirkland injecting the IV almost made me feel sorry for Jason. The poor guy just woke up from a coma to remember being shot by Lorelei and then had his life snuffed out a moment later. He was still so weak and helpless from his injuries there was nothing he could have done to stop it. 

Lisbon was the one who confused me in all of this. She seemed more than happy to hand their one link to Red John over to Kirkland. Was she that worried about her career? Was she actually not suspicious of the creepy federal agent? I was at a loss to the reasoning behind her apparent naivete. 

But the best part of the entire episode was Jane enlisting LaRoche to help uncover the scheme of the nonexistent investor. It was awesome watching these two complex, quirky characters work together as Jane cajoled him in this The Mentalist quote

Jane: You spend your days chasing paperclip thieves. When do you ever get the chance to nail a killer? | permalink

If LaRoche isn't Red John (and I hope he's not), I'd love to see him help Patrick take him down and I beg the writers to give us more of these two in the future.

Jane seemed right at home at the theater. I'd guess that actors are a bit similar to carnie folk. They're all putting on some sort of a show. 

Jane sitting in the back of the theater listening to Deandra sing was just so him. Lisbon walked right by him and never saw him there. 

Deandra's story was downright heartbreaking. That her colleagues gossiped about her drinking while she was really suffering with multiple sclerosis was depressing. That she was reunited with her biological daughter only to have her permanently torn away over a silly financial scheme was tragic. 

Lastly, the beautiful Grace Van Pelt was back at the CBI and it's been far too long. Now the question becomes: will Rigsby find the guts to make a play for her?

Were you surprised Kirkland took out Jason? Is Lisbon being naive and do you think Jane now knows that Kirkland works for Red John?


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I would hope Jane wouldn't have been stupid enough to have unprotected sex with some tramp who just showed up on his Vegas doorstep, but if he did, that presents RJ with even more gleaning opportunities. This homoerotic thing is kind of fun! Not sure why I resisted drinking the kool-aid for so long


And RJ is in the p**sy where Patrick just was, must have been RJ heaven!


ok watcher. do your worst. we can take it. :D


absolutely @huisclothes and with her fingers under his nose the whole time. Lordy, what a twisted picture that is. But entirely in the realm of reality for a controlling narcissistic sadist with a homoerotic attachment.


@Entwife- I'm not really a dip my toe in to test the water kind of girl. I prefer to just jump right in to the deep end. You guys converted me. Now you have to deal with me splashing around in your homoerotic pool. Be careful what you wish for... :D


@watcher f*ck yeah. she went right back to rj. and he wanted details, details, details. (speaks to my theory that my rj wants that kind of intimacy with jane. once again, his shrink would drop his or her pencil upon hearing about him sending lorelei). what a terrible violation of patrick. rj knows everything there is to know about him -- sexual preferences and god knows what else. bet rj wanted to do it with lorelei right away.


OMG! @Watcher when you chew on the homoerotic thing, you go whole hog! ROFLMAO!


@hc - I wonder is RJ was in Vegas at the time of the Lorelei/Jane liaison. I wonder if she went straight from Jane's bed right back to RJ's. And thinking back on that marvelous hand sniffing conversation from a while back, I wonder if RJ did any "gleaning" of his own.


@rationalgal rj is indeed a narcissistic son of a bitch who stroked patrick to be condescending and regulates patrick's sex life and romantic life to be controlling. but if i were rj's shrink, i would make a note to probe the issue of homosexual feelings in the future.


Entwife, I liked your remark about the show being so much about the human condition. That's what makes it so profound and appealing. Lots of depth here, even if wrapped in commercially necessary plot lines that don't conform to normal human relationships. And as for the homoerotic stuff, no way! RJ's fondling and cozy talk with Jane is strictly condescending. RJ is a self-centered prick who needs to control everyone around him. He is convinced he is superior to the entire human race. It's the pat on the head treatment. I hope the ending has Jane making RJ look like an incompetent fool as he realizes he is about to die. And yes, can we please have some sign of love between Jane and Lisbon. It's there, just show us a bit of it. A sweet hug, a tender kiss, a word of endearment. Story doesn't make sense otherwise.

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 18 Quotes

Lisbon: If you must break the rules, break them on your own time.
Jane: When am I not on my own time?

Lisbon: You're playing with fire.
Jane: There are worse things to play with.