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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@creamy have never seen castle. is it like the mentalist?


maybe castle will help jane with red john while lisbon and becket have a drink and talk about the frustration of the job :))))))))


att: entwife, huisclothes, watcher, pahometowner please pack a small bag with toiletries and a change of clothes. a robe, slippers and summer weight strait jacket are optional. pahometowner, as this is your first time, be advised that no mentalist dvds are tolerated at the center. the van will honk twice outside your house. be prompt as there are many stops that must be made en route.


wish they hadn't killed lorelei, bosco. no reason not to leave lorelei out there. talk about making it up as they go along. the writers could have her swoop in whenever they needed her.
wish they had killed kristina, wainwright (wait a minute, they did kill him -- re-watched red is the new black last night [still can't access red john's footsteps] - wainwright was a simpering weasel.)


Yes, ak, I agree that RJ is not just one person. He is an organization (sort of like - speaking of structure - the pope is one person but runs a global organization - best comparison I can think of at the moment). You just can't have this wholesale infiltration of law enforcement and minions galore at your beck and call without an organization. This is not your typical serial killer situation. Maybe started out that way 25 years ago but it has grown. We hear the voice of RJ, but who knows whether he is the real leader or just the special odd voice like a trademark, just as the smiley face is. The voice and smiley face are the organization's public persona. Someone or some many are behind the curtain. We won't know the ID until the curtain's pulled away. Who will do that?


maybe Rj is not only one person......I think he is like a guru or a leader, worshiped and adored by his disciples.He has a strange magnetic,evil influence on them.


stuck on duck, are we? *honking sniggle snort*


yeah. duck mouth. reprisals. days of reckoning.


What also went through my mind is - let's say RJ knows Jane from way back when already. RJ also worked as a carnie but wasn't as good as Jane, always the second choice at everything etc. Didn't Danny mention, that NO WAY, the boy wonder doesn't make mistakes! And that Patrick never complimented Danny on anything? Maybe RJ was watching Jane all these years. Maybe RJ liked Angela as well, but she went for Jane. And then Jane rants about him on TV and RJ snaps! I know, doesn't explain how he became a serial killer, just musing...!


@watcher & entwife yeah, discipline, punishment. serves him right.

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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.