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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Yeah, @bonaduz I think there's definitely a homoerotic component to RJ's attachment to Jane. Not saying at all that he wants a full-blown homosexual relationship with him, but I see it like you mentioned the sadistic sex-offender vibe. He wants control of Patrick that way. Yeah, hahahaha, grunge Patrick ;-/


Hey all! I have to say, the longer I think about it, the more I see @huisclothes homoerotic theory. RJ definitely "loves" Patrick, is probably as obsessed with him as Jane is with RJ. He toys with Jane and keeps showing him how superior he is. Then this creepy petting motion at the S2 finale. RJ's motives regarding Jane are all about power and humiliation. Something you would expect of a sadistic sex offender. Don't know, if the writers would go that way though. It's a little bit too HBO! @Entwife - Many pages back you guys were talking about Jane's hygiene in the S4 finale! (I was laughing sooo hard reading it!!) I have to defend Jane. We don't know, if he didn't get up after that little kiss we witnessed and told LM that he needs a shower, right? Maybe she thought that was a good idea and joined him....! Lots of fun things to do in the shower... ;-)


I think both are in their 5th season. Castle has done a spectacular job with the ongoing romantic relationship of their two co-stars. Just sayin'.


which show aired first? The mentalist or Castle......haven't seen too many episodes of Castle, but both shows are so similar at some points.Of course I love The Mentalist, no doubt , but I wonder who copied who?


yep, makes sense,Lisbon is in his way to Patrick.maybe he wants Patrick to be the next RJ.They are much alike, as Loreley said.I think RJ admires Patrick and considers him one of his equal, in a creepy kind of way....


or I should say, WILL see Lisbon as getting in the way of Patrick coming to him. The sicko whack-job.


@ak I definitely think Lisbon will become RJ's target at some point, totally scary. I don't think he likes her. I think he likes Patrick, wants Patrick to join him and sees Lisbon as in the way, preventing it, a distraction to Patrick's real destiny with him. The sicko whack-job.


I wonder, do you think Lisbon will be a target for Rj in the future?maybe RJ even likes her?creepy!!!


what sublime punishment ;)


@huisclothes - maybe that can be the way she disciplines him. For every lie or omission Jane commits, he has to serve 10 minutes of "duck mouth time". Considering that he admits he only tells her 30% of what he does, the result will be him becoming her slave every waking moment of the day very quickly. It has the added benefit of keeping him out of trouble.

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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.