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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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@huisclothes, -Sometimes it is sheer will, or some miracle of grace, that keeps a person from surrendering to death. I'd rather have Patrick have something to hope for to spur him to fight surrender. Without that he runs the risk of being a dead man walking. Just my opinion, but I don't think his character would be less interesting with a seed of hope in his breast pocket. It might not be a dream he can hold for himself, the seed might need Lisbon to carry it. Something like Frodo and Sam. Frodo carried the burden of the ring that was consuming him and Sam carried the dream of the return to home. Even when they thought they arrived at their end, Sam held the hope and helped Frodo to hang on a little longer, because finally without the burden Frodo could begin to remember love, home, strawberries and cream..

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@watcher definitely i wanted him to sleep with lorelei again. anything to see that side of him and since lorelei was a red john girl, i had no problem with her - wasn't jealous as i might have been with erica or kristina (shudder.) and would love to see eventually see him with lisbon but i think to stay true to the character, he has to deny himself love and probably after lorelei, sex.
think it would be terrible for him to declare himself to lisbon and say we'll have to wait. think that would be the height of self-indulgence. even if it cut him to pieces, he'd have to let her go off with another man who could offer her a real life. he has nothing for her. he has no future and should act accordingly. if, for some reason, he or lisbon should trip and divulge something -- think lisbon would be better (patrick can't fail here), it would make for some great tv.

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Cont'd-----> It's true that Patrick without so much anguish might not be quite the same character, but how could he be uninteresting? And who could really want interminable anguish for him? Taken, spoken for and no argument, unavailable to anyone else. But isn't he anyway, really? And wouldn't I love seeing his sexuality finally and unmistakably unleashed with a woman he actually loves and adores and who feels the same way about him! I don't think these changes could actually alter who he is. He would still be dedicated, maybe even moreso, to getting Red John. I think it is true that if this resulted in the death of Teresa, Patrick would be able to stand life no more. He would be truly a lost soul and a changed character. The risk is deadly if he does or if he doesn't declare. It gives Lisbon and Jane both reason to work together as total partners to finally take down Red John. That is why he and Lisbon must win and why they will win, IMHO.

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@rationalgal - maybe I just have a strange way of looking at things, but I would hate for them to do what you suggest. I think that would be one of the most selfish things Jane has ever done. He knows Lisbon loves him (I can't imagine he is in doubt after Orchard Lane), so he tells her "I love you, but can't be with you now, so please wait until this is over. I have no idea if we will ever catch RJ, or if I will die doing it, but wait just in case. If in 20 years I still haven't caught him, and then get hit by a bus, you will have wasted your life. But at least I kept my options open and made sure you didn't find happiness elsewhere." Honestly, it would be much kinder to leave her a letter she would only received if he dies.

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@huisclothes - I'm surprised to see you say that. Weren't you the one who wanted Jane to sleep with Lorelei again? I thought you wanted him to have a little fun at the time. I'm sorry if it want't you (or if I misinterpreted), I know somebody wanted that at the time.

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Thinking about your post @huisclothes, I have to hope there's so much more to Patrick than his suffering. He adds to it constantly by denying himself a real life in the name of his revenge quest. I understand the quest really, he's drawn into something that no one else seems to have the skill and drive to do. He feels unworthy of anything else of real substance except his consulting with the CBI. It gives him a lot of pleasure and I think it also relieves some of his guilt and unworthiness that he can do something that really helps people and that his colleagues admire and value. But it's not actually true that he's unworthy. It's in his mind. He's brilliant and capable. He has a wonderful sense of humor and of fun, a tenderness and caring that comes out in all sorts of ways, a fierce sense of how the vulnerable should be protected and bullies to be dressed down and shown for what they are. Declaring himself to Lisbon doesn't take away any of that.

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wonder if i'll like patrick as much if he's declared himself to lisbon -- or anyone. he's a lonely, driven man who's pursued his goal without much human comfort. his nights must be horrible and lonely and haunted. he can't really think about a future or any happiness. he's the perfect fictional hero. if he starts to have something to look forward to (lisbon) it won't be as poignant as if he's doing this for reasons that, at this point, exist only to him. charlotte and angela are long gone. he's sentenced himself to this tormented, arid life. that's what makes him so ineffably appealing.

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@rationalgal Totally and completely LOVE your plot idea! I think it could really work. You're right. It wouldn't make it easier to wait for them to actually enter a life together. But it would give us a surety that we don't have now, a view of that love that we see and hear for ourselves, and it can't be denied. It would be as big a token to us as Jane would be giving to Lisbon, and Lisbon to him. I would give anything to be a witness to that. I hope somebody that can do something about it is reading your post! Because us shippers are dyin' out here.

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Loved reading all of you guys' excellent insights to Jane's and Lisbon's characters! Fascinating!
Here's one idea for getting Jane and Lisbon together before finding RJ: Jane mentioned off and on that he wants to tell Lisbon something but is cut off by the situation. Now he is close to finding RJ and knows he could die. Doesn't want that without Lisbon knowing how he feels. Has a talk with her. Says he needs to let her know something, but it's a door he has refused to open. He will open it now because his future is so uncertain, but then it must be closed again and locked until his revenge against RJ is achieved. Tells her how much he loves her and yearns for a family life with her. Then says that door now has to be closed and she is never to refer to it, ever. She asks to be let into that room for a moment, since it's hers too. We get a great Jisbon scene. Then Lisbon leaves and that "door" closes for both of them until RJ is caught and killed. But not it's easier for us to wait.

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Peter Gabriel's version is absolutely phenomenal. The one I posted was by Arcade Fire, which I personally like best (maybe because I'm a sucker for Arcade Fire and completely biased whenever they are involved) I found an alternate link with their version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... It's amazing how brilliant the lyrics are and how each version almost feels like a different song and still retain the same powerful feelings. @creamy I love that scene! :D

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.

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