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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big time. my lizard brain takes over. rj doesn't know he feels this way.


@huisclothes - Love your idea. Either way. I think it would be a lot of fun if they did something like that. It would make a great Mentalist movie! I just think it might be a little too complicated for the TV show. And the only other issue I might have with it is that Kirkland seems almost hostile to Jane. Red John is usually more playful with him. In that last episode, he seemed more like an antagonistic rival. However, I admit it is possible that this represents a shift in RJ's thinking. This behavior could fit if he was tired of the game and no longer amused by Jane.


personal play-pretty?


@entwife duh. what do we need patrick for?


Yeah @huisclothes this new doppleganger has wandered far from his roots. What does he need Patrick for?


@entwife i must say i miss mom and pop rj. just a simple serial killer plying his trade.


@entwife i think you said it, to have control over dhs. powerful agency, no one's gonna f*ck with anyone who flashes that badge. can charge into any other enforcement agency and have them spring to their feet and salute. can start to interface with interpol, etc. international tentacles (sexy) for rj.


@pahmetowner yes,yes. saying "i'm a friend and i hope someone would do this for me." maybe the bad kirkland isn't so happy to be in this position. maybe the bad kirkland is actually a double agent. he works for hs or cbi or fbi and has been working within the rj operation and has gotten so close to rj that he was singled out as the golden boy who would get surgery and replace the real kirkland. --staggers around with lampshade on her head.


Okay. Real Kirkland from 10 years ago is dead. RJ killed him to take his place. The current Kirkland is a doppleganger, probably RJ himself, otherwise, why go through that much trouble? The purpose is to have the resources of a powerful government agency. I'm not sure why he wants that particularly. But at first glance your theory could explain Kirkland and what is happening. Kirkland wouldn't have to show what his relation to Visualize and the Ellston Farm is, either, so it has that bonus. But why? Why does RJ want to control DHS?


@entwife yes patrick calls it the lizard brain. there's a clue there.
anyway, i'm liking this the bit of crackpot thinking. good kirkland is replaced by nasty surgerized-to-look-like-kirkland rj minion. that minion knew lennon and got the seal of approval that the surgery worked when he ascertained that lennon didn't know him.

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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.