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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dang auto correct -- that's supposed to be fic


@estatica Read your fix! Loved it of course, gives me a lovely crutch to lean on until they get there :-) Thank you for sharing it with us!


@huisclothes...thank you a lot. Yep, it is kinda cool to read and post some, but I could never keep up with you all. Thanks for making me feel so welcome. I do enjoy reading and laughing and getting drawn into the various theories.


@pahometowner dry-out for the obsessed and dirty-minded mentalist fan. it's a tough monkey to get off your back. i myself have relapsed three times.
my husband thinks i'm crazy but when i compare him to patrick jane (he definitely has the brains and impishness - though he's a dark haired boy), he melts a bit. can always get him to watch a new episode with me and sometimes i need him to help me with the plot because i'm so bewitched by simon i forget to pay attention. hard to find things in this life that rock our worlds a little. i love this site because i can let it all hang out with fellow tm-lovers. think we are both child-like and intellectually formidable. almost like patrick jane. i like having you here and hope to hear from you a lot.


one of the things that I noticed in the first series of Castle is that the female detective there calls her"partner" a Consultant who is very intuitive and solves a lot of mysteries and is a part of the team,,,,,,and even is thinking about offering detective Beckett a pony for her birthday......for me it was a big question mark who is who copying.....


@watcher they have no idea what they're in for. @katempw i'm definitely for holding on to the viewers. i thought last year's ending was dark but great. it had a little lisbon/jane love and degenerate sex with lorelei and violence and an almost beheading and an almost dismemberment. i think they're always looking to go where they haven't gone before so one could almost back into what would happen in the finale by thinking about what hasn't happened.


i've seen only a few eps from castle,but I heard that the couple is very famous and with a good far as I've seen,there are similarities, of course castle is more funny while mentalist is a bit dramatic.Don't know for sure for I haven't seen all the seasons of Castle...soo..


Omg dryout for the obsessed Mentalist fan?? How about smuggled iPad with access to amazon episodes? I would share. I think my better half already thinks I'm looney. He is patient but not a fan. I am ever on the prowl for updated info.
As he says about a lot of things....this too shall pass..... Gee, I hope not! That night this site was I tried to access it least two dozen times. Ok....going back to reading your posts. Just had a thought out of the blue. Remember in one of the Harry Potter books when Harry gets on the the movie they careened here and there.....great special effects. Maybe that kind of bus/van will pick us up. How exciting!


@huisclothes - I think with all of us there at one time, we'll soon corrupt the staff.


Hehe you guys are at it again. Naughty business. Fun to read. The idea of a rupture in Jane's and Lisbon's relationship while interesting is risky. Unless it heals quickly and before the season ends, I think it will alienate viewers. There are a whole lot of people out there who don't like dark Jane and are sick of the RJ arc. If they are left with that taste in their mouths for the summer, those fans may well ditch. They want light, charming Jane and Jane/Lisbon romance. Bruno and the gang need to satisfy those fans too. (Maybe skin, underwear and tender passion would do the trick @Entwife.) Not easy travelling both roads and maintaining the integrity of the characters and the story.

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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.