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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This should be Jane and Lisbon's theme song.


Love the blind scene. Wanting to feel someone's smiling face is such 'sibling' fun. Brothers and sisters everywhere bond like this. Not. Love how being blind made him brave enough to touch the very face he sees nearly everyday. Great cover. @creamy- Thanks heaps.
@Stephanie- Thanks heaps. They both live or they both die. No other option. Glad people who are followed by TM writers tweet the" both live or both die" to them. Unforgivable to leave one alive without the other.


I just loved the look on Rigsby's face!!Waht's up Boss??? He was like: What is going on here????? FUnny!!


That's a really fun scene @creamy. Patrick really hams it up with the blind thing, waving side to side like he's vibing up Stevie Wonder or something. Lots in that scene with an excuse to touch Lisbon's face and Rigsby looking askance at what's going on and then Lisbon just walking off, leaving Patrick to wave in the wind. This is what I mean by TM being an essentially lighthearted and funny show. Cracks me up all the time.


@creamy - ahhh, the blind Jane! Why oh why must Rigsby interrupt right then???


Agree with all of you! NO KILLING!


@Stephanie - thank you for that post! Can't wait...! ;-))) @Huisclothes - definitely one of the best scenes so far! The whole pilot is awesome though. Color, intensity, flashbacks and music. They really put a lot of work into it!


That would make a great plot twist @Stephanie. Kirkland pressures Lisbon, turns her against him, she goes to Jane to work with him and around Kirkland. @huisclothes I can't see any way out for Jane and Lisbon either. They just go on like this until Red John's dead. Oh, the pain! It would just be excruciatingly sad if Lisbon brought out the hammer and Jane acted like he had no feeling for her. I would wail for days, cry for weeks and bet tearful for months. Well, maybe not quite that long, but you get the idea.


I don't want any of the team killed.Rigsby is a father, Van Pelt is full of life, Cho is Cho and is funny.Patrick and Theresa NO WAY!!!!I would totally hate them!!!

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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.