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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@estatica oh wow, that's the profound desolation version. So sad it's beyond tears of loneliness. Kinda has me in its grips right now. Feels like I'm bleeding as I walk the trail with this guy. Feel like I need Severus Snape to come and sing "Vulnera Sanentur" over me to staunch my wounds. Wow. It's a good one. Especially the end where he begs, "Set my body free." Oh ow. I couldn't get your link to play, some kind of restriction, but I found this one.


i've just came to this one of my favs......:) Rigsby's face again: Priceless!!!


I definitely not remember all of the characters, but CBI Ron is previously discussed.I remember in that episode, when the guys threw the party for Lisbon celebrating her 10 years at the CBI, he shook hands with her congratulating her....hmmm. Was it a sort of hint?...complicated.Hope Patrick will tell us his suspicions soon!


@Entwife that song is really fitting! Whenever I think of Jane (not the light, happy version), I always have this song in my mind:


I'm thinking. Those are at the top of my thoughts. I don't think Mashburn, but some may think he belongs because we see his name on the pages of Jane's notebook.


Who are likely to be on Jane's final list of the finale? We have seven suspects:
I think we will see at least a few of our popular suspects, e.g., Brett Partridge, CBI Ron, Ray Haffner, Det. Marco Francis, Oscar Ardilles, Bob Kirkland (maybe, unlikely), Dean Harken and Ellis Mars. Any suggestion?


Yeah @KM, my brothers were always looking for an excuse to touch my face and feel me smile -- right. Not in love, yeah. Just like the song link I put up.


Summary of Red John's Rules: Just as Jane narrows down the Red John suspect list to seven, Red John strikes again, and the victim has a link to Jane’s past. Laura San Giacomo guest stars.


Red John's Rules: Just as Jane narrows down the Red John suspect list to seven, Red John strikes again, and the victim has a link to Jane’s past.


@Entwife - OMG that song just catapulted me back to catholic boarding school many years ago with all the homesickness and heartbreak!!! Thanks a lot! ;-) OK all - I'm off 'til Monday. Babysitting this afternoon, than branding weekend at the ranch! Hopefully nobody gets hurt (last year we had a dislocated knee and a self-branding on the leg - not me! I'm careful!!) Have fun!

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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.