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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Well, this is proof that you are all very nice people! Thank you, I mean it. But I know the writing sucks and my vocabulary is really limited, so I struggled a lot just to make it readable. It served at least to help me cope with the lack of new episodes and to share my personal view of where they stand now (of course, after Lisbon asks him if he wants her to break in, that's just wishful thinking on my part :D) Mimi, I'd love to read your story! I didn't know you had wrote a fic too! :D


@estatica - oops, to fast on the submit button! Thank's for your story, I really enjoyed it. Keep writing!


@estatica - ditto to everything you said! But I understand that there are a lot of people that see it different and the writers have to try and please everybody. Not an easy task! But hey - we have some great writers here and can make up our own storyline! Just have to figure out how to convince Simon and Robin to act for us :-D !! And how to pay them too!! LOL


hi all
havent read all the comments but saw Estatica started writing ff! I wrote one a few months ago, KM read it.
Estatica, will read your ff later, promise!


Nice work, estatica. I enjoyed it. I hope you keep writing.


Wow, this round of held for moderation is serious. Wonder if the site's blocked for now. Really enjoyed Breaking In, @estatica. Just keep writing!


Oh, Entwife! You left me reviews! *bounces* Here's your chocolate bribe! :D I have probably seen Castle a few times, both actors have wonderful chemistry, so I'm happy to hear at least that ship sailed. I think the writers on the Mentalist have made both Jane and Lisbon such lovable characters, and complicit with each other, that made any unpleasant exchange between them really difficult to watch. I understand angst is needed and it is a natural progression to the plot, but I miss sunny Jane. I miss teasing/flirting with Lisbon, I miss the interactions with the team. This sounds like blasphemy, but at this point, knowing Red John's identity isn't as important to me as it was before. I just want to see him reconciled with the team and Lisbon.


that last bit for @creamy also I would add that TM has driven me to obsession and blogging boards. Castle has not.


@ak I watch Castle regularly and really enjoy it. Definite similarities, consultant from a completely different world provides unique perspective to crime-fighting team, comes to be a partner to the lead detective, love and angst build over at least 3 of the 5 seasons. But they had their costars consummate their years-long attraction in an explosive and wonderfully made episode at the end of last season, and have worked that relationship into the story line in a natural, enjoyable way. Taking away the sexual tension has not at all taken away the pleasure of seeing Castle and Beckett together.


I feel the same way @huisclothes and @all -- so much fun to spin theories and opinions with an ever-increasing mob, and especially to go riotously off the rails once in awhile!

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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.