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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@Entwife - I agree, give it up!
@katempw - I agree, I really don't see the point of trying to hide feelings. RJ clearly knows already. Why else would Lorelei say that "little bit in love with her" line? Red John is the only person that could have told her that. This sees a little contrived at this point. Just go for it. Either one of them could be killed at any moment regardless of whether they actually sleep together. This isn't a Friday the 13th movie where the virgin survives and all the kids having sex get killed. (please don't hold my misspent youth watching horror movies against me!)


As much as I have been a fan of the darker RJ centred episodes, @Entwife you are so right. All angst all the time is not appealing and not sustainable. Too many viewers dislike any angst and watch only for the fun, lighthearted version of the characters. Must say I am missing that version myself at the moment. With the damaged intensity beneath the surface there too of course.


@huisclothes, -I've never advocated for the secret romance. Since Crimson Hat I've thought that the more he pushes, the more he goes alone, the more he takes other agents with him... the stronger the audience knows he cares. The super flirt kind of ended after season two, because he meant it when he said "people who get close... get hurt" at the start of season three. People who make him feel safe get pushed away. By the way, I think it is against her designed character to leave him. Not to say we won't see her display actions that suggest that she has walked away, but they will be for covert and protective reasons; she was designed to be the one of faith and resilience. He says I love you with rejection and she says it with still being there. It's enough for me.


@katempw I agree with you. After almost ten years of working together, even without known romance, Jane and Lisbon are very close working partners. Red John knows he could inflict crippling damage to Jane by killing Lisbon, period. The added bonus for him must be the sadistic pleasure of keeping Jane alive but too fearful to be in a normal human love relationship with her or anyone else, lest that murder be triggered immediately.


@Pahometowner This situation wouldn't sour me against Simon Baker or Robin Tunney at all. It could sour me against the writers and Bruno Heller for good they don't give a clear signal to relieve this near intolerable level of angst soon.


Hi all. Anticipation building for Sunday? Enjoyed all of your posts. General thought time: in TM universe, do you not think that Lisbon has a target on her back whether or not she and Jane are publicly a couple or let slip romantic feelings for each other? As the person with whom Jane clearly has the closest relationship, the person who means the most to him, with whom he spends the most of his time, she'd be RJ's natural first choice as victim. The one victim that would really damage Jane. And RJ is no fool. If there are feelings, subsumed or actively hidden, wouldn't he at least suspect given the objective facts (time together) and info he undoubtedly gets from followers he seems to have everywhere? So I'm not sure that hiding feelings truly would serve any great practical purpose from a protecting Teresa from RJ perspective.


Okay, not just withholding. Sadistic withholding. There's a difference.


Continued.....and make room for Lisbon. I do have to remember that the series is entitled The Mentalist and that the two characters PJ and TL have taken us on a lovely ride, for the most part. As Bruno H. Has's hard for the writer, character Not to fall in love with Robin Tunney. So who knows what may come. Whether he dies, goes solo or gets the girl, I will be an obsessed Simon Baker fan no matter what!


You reach a point where it's not angst anymore. It's withholding and that's all kinds of sadistic.


That's the problem as I see it @Watcher -- all angst all the time, sounds like a really bad TV channel. The way the writers have taken it, Jane and Lisbon can't dare to go flirty now, it's too close to where they really want to go and too close to breaking their resolve. So they're stuck. You can't sustain it. Yeah, it hurts the characters. But the viewers, especially the shippers, are in extremis and suffering along with the characters. A whole 'nother year of that? two years? @huisclothes Blue balls can last awhile but it's neither appropriate nor healthy way of life. You get release now and then. And if you like blue balls you get to have them again or something, or maybe you decide you like the long release after all lol. Some angst is good. 5 years is enough. Didn't Heller himself say they'd get together in season 5? And I think Robin said in an interview 5 or 6 years. It's time. Give it uP! ;-D

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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.