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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Patrick is susceptible to Erica's seduction.


@Pahometowner But Patrick was still attracted to her, and attracted enough to kiss her eagerly before he stopped himself.


@Pahometowner, yes she did.


It's been a while, but didn't Erica murder her husband?


We may see Erica again because there was competitive tension between her and Lisbon. That may trigger a declaration from Jane when Lisbon tells him she's fed up with him and he can go to hell. As for the endless angst: Jane would have given up pursuing RJ long ago if RJ had ignored him instead of making him his cat-and-mouse toy. Now he's stuck. Jane wants life, not a Moby Dick ending. Capt. Ahab did not have a Lisbon to temper his revenge. Jane's angst seems mostly about the death of his daughter and his guilt for setting off RJ. He keeps Charlotte's tricycle, but no memento of Angela. Jane's hallucinations told him he is tired of RJ and wants to be with Lisbon. He knows RJ keeps him in fear of Lisbon being killed, so that fear and his romantic distance keeps her safe for now. Ergo, a secret declaration of mutual love would work. Nothing steamy, just loving affection finally admitted while the public stuff remains the same.


By the way.we will definitely see Erica again.She is very much in love with Patrick and it seems that he also feels attracted to her.Plus she is free....maybe she is one of RJ minions...who knows.
I could cope with erica but definitely hated kristina Frye!!!Hope we will never see her again.:))


Hi guys!Totally enjoyed your opinions about Lisbon and Jane's relationship.
They will be together but in the end I guess!You were right @estatica RJ already knows that Jane has something for Lisbon, when Lorelei told him"little bit in love with her"- and Jane knows that RJ knows guess is that he will continue being cold to Lisbon.i think that writers will pair one of them, I wish it would be Lisbon as her heart is a bit shaken,she needs some fun.Jane can sit and suffer in silence, amd maybe lose it sometimes when he is around her, and flirt with her, now that she is with somebody else.
They won't get together any time soon!!


I hope so Estatica!
my best friend, who also watches the show, doesn't want them together, she says they deffo don't have that kind of relationship and it would spoil everything for her. Ill ask her if she's changed her mind. I personally can't see how other can't see there's some potential there but we're all biaised of course!


The way I see it, even the viewers who are against the pairing will surrender at some point. In fact, I found that many non shippers, after the 4x24 finale, changed their opinions dramatically and now want them together. I think that, as long as it's done right and feels like a natural progression, most viewers will be on board with this ship. Whether they end up together in a happy ever after sort of thing is another matter entirely. But in my mind, the romance / acknowledgement of romantic feelings will happen, whether we want to or not.


@Entwife...AGREED......the ball is in the creator's court! I know Simon has Bruno's ear.....maybe he can help dig them out!

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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.