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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my favorite thing about Lisbon is when she gets ready to cuff somebody, swaggers up and says real tough, "all right, sir, hands behind your back."


I remember this period during the last three-week TM desert. The doldrums.


@Watcher Ha! Sounds just narcissistic and evil enough to explain RJ!


@watcher i like this very much. will turn it over slowly in my pea brain.


@huiscothes & entwife - Since you guys like your homoerotic theories so much, I created this one just for you: Maybe Red John knew Jane before he murdered his family. Either a case of unrequited love from his carny days (or if you want the raunchier version, maybe a guy Patrick "experimented" with in his youth, then dumped when he had fulfilled his curiosity and gone back to girls), or some male client that went to Jane and tried to seduce him. Now, RJ decides that if he can just get rid of that pesky family, in his grief and loneliness, Patrick will finally succumb to RJ's advances. Turns out Jane is more resistant than RJ thought, but he is patient and creative, so the game goes on. Hope you enjoy!


my favorite thing about lisbon is that she wears flats and doesn't show cleavage even though she's as beautiful as any of those trollops on other police dramas. taste is everything. thank you bruno.


And they won't even give us a little Jisbon?


I just have this horrible network TV picture on of a homoerotic RJ doppleganger in an all-together of excitation chasing Patrick around his living room sofa. Half of America would drop over dead. The rest would go psychosomatically blind. Could be good lol


@watcher might be fun for rj to play with menacing jane. stroke his lapel. have him thrown out of places. all a game to rj. as patrick said to mashburn (mashburn!!!), nothing much excites you any more, does it walter?


@Estatica and Mimi - great job on your stories. I thought they were really well written. Certainly much better than the average fan fiction!

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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.