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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would love to be shocked. some generous application of the wide duck mouth.


I think we'll see some underwear of passionate love in the last episode of the last series, if any........please writers be kind to us all and add some more sparks !!!!


I would love to see either/or/both/and an overt split and them doing it. However, I would be shocked to see either this season. I really hope they shock me.


I always vote for do it already @huisclothes! -%- -%- -%- But I'll suffer (and I do mean agonize) over a split for a dynamite (and I do mean superlative) reconciliation later, and I mean I want to see some skin, some underwear and a tender passion that has turned Patrick Jane completely loose to physically adore Teresa Lisbon in a way that honors all her pain and sacrifice! And I can't wait two years.


or they should do it and then split. @entwife i'm thinking about crimson hat and there will be blood.


So, did the writers have a purpose in giving us so many similarities in Crimson Hat and TWBB?


I agree.I split up between them would be...refreshing and challenging.let's see what might happen!!


@entwife either an overt split or they should do it already.


@entwife i think an overt split between jane and lisbon would be very interesting. this has never happened before. she's never turned her back on him. never not been there for him.


You know, we had the same out of control Jane in Crimson Hat, too. He was all arms and legs, having to be held back from getting to Lorelei as she was whisked away in the elevator. So many similarities it that episode and TWBB.

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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.