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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Glad you enjoyed the picture in my head as much as I did @huisclothes. I thought maybe I'd just gone too far that time.


hi everyone
thank you all so much for the nice comments, you cant imagine how good it feels to read them.
Bonaduz-promise there'll be more action in the next one!


@watcher yes. in 18-5-4, the wife of the math genius kept his finger so she could open the safe. just re-watched if it bleeds, it leads.
because of all the scheduling stuff because of sports, i don't have the entire kirkland introduces himself to lisbon scene. but he flashes his badge and just says, bob kirkland, homeland security. he also says to lisbon, "we don't know each other." interesting turn of phrase. then it cuts off. as i recall when he does shake patrick's hand, patrick says, "do i know you?" kirkland says, "no, but i know you, mr. jane."
then in behind the red curtain, he asks lennon, "do you know me? -- or is it, "do you recognize me?"
my point being....nothing. just interesting.


@huisclothes - maybe the New Kirkland kept and preserved the thumb and eyeball or Classic Kirkland. He might carry them in his pocket so that they are available when needed.


@entwife doppelganger in altogether of excitation? that post of yours is the gift that keeps on giving.


look at patrick's face when he looks at kirkland during their first conversation at the hospital. so intense. that slight smile. he looks demonic. and very fetching.


@entwife wait. what? homoerotic red john doppleganger jumping on jane's sofa? that's the best ever!!!!


@entwife don't know what kirkland's position is. will take a look at if it bleeds, it leads to see whether he says it. the working stiff end of things has always been my issue with a guy like cbi ron. doesn't seem like much fun for red john. at least kirkland has more independence and mobility.
the eyeball and finger prints and stool sample routine could be a problem.


@Entwife - good points. I assumed he us just a special agent. I believe that's how he introduced himself. I never heard any mention of being head of anything.


@huisclothes Exactly what is Kirkland's position in DHS? He's not the Secretary, that's a cabinet position. He's a departmental head of some kind? Or is he just an agent, the head of a team hunting RJ? I don't think we're ever told. But if he is doppleganger RJ he gets power but he also gets the responsibility and hassles of the office, whatever it is, the bureaucratic bs, the meetings, chewing out from his supervisor and bosses, etc. I just don't see RJ in a position like that. What about background checks, and now all of a sudden his eyeball won't let him in ops and his thumbprint won't scan anymore. RJ doesn't have the tolerance for it I don't think.

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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.