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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@ak Lisbon and Jane have been getting along very poorly of late. It may very will be that they will have some sort of major split that will be the catalyst for all sorts of danger. I look for the finale to be a blockbuster. I hope.


@watcher i could write substantive story that would carve a path to the fence post red john episodes and have them exist as they exist. couldn't any of us, really? it feels like we could spin some stuff about hafner and the list and volker in jail and brenda and lorelei coming back to rj after patrick set her free and kirkland having coffee again with lisbon that would have done wonders for the other eps. i truly don't get it. unless they've found that the majority of their audience will rise up en masse and demand bruno's head on a pike if they so much as mention red john in more than 8 episodes a year? could that be? writers can write. as much as you want about whatever you want.


I want to see a colder Lisbon from now on, maybe a little reluctant just to make Jane realize she is not to be played with....


@Pahometowner I can really see your point of view. Sometimes Jane seems emotionally stunted. Other times, he seems very worldly and even earthy in his understanding of all sorts of people. He seems able to relate to anyone he chooses, equally able to alienate anyone for any reason. Complicated guy. And we know almost nothing about what is normal for him in personal relationships because he basically has none and we have not been given much of anything about friendships he may have had in the past to go by. I guess the closest was his brother-in-law Danny. Extremely loyal in that relationship, sense of familial duty, even though Danny tried to screw him time after time.


@pahometowner. i don't see patrick as immature so much as damaged. kids who aren't properly parented can either become victims or become their own parent. that's what jane did. gave himself an education. married. became a good father. navigated the world very well. his gifts as a psychic he used to the fullest and certainly he moved at the highest levels of that so-called profession. would have been great if he'd used those skills in a more legitimate way but he was, i'm sure, impatient. needed fast results and money. no time to say, hmm what would i like to be? probably didn't occur to him to ask the question. that's a question for privileged kids. on the other hand, he loves to play, doubt he got much of that as the boy wonder. supporting his father from an early age. made him the parent of his parent. knew his father depended on him and probably felt guilt at leaving him.


so, just an opinion.writers have to work hard in order to make season 6 most memorable.They need to reinvent the show!oki patrick is wounded and desperately need to kill RJ!but what about Lisbon?I am tired to see her so, let's say, humiliated in the last season.My opinion is that he kinda uses her, she cares about her, in away, but she;s more like an instrument , he can find useful in his RJ chase.After all she is a good detective, working at CBI and he needs to be inside in order to find RJ.He lied to her and kept things from her,let's say he wanted to protect her.But it seemed Lisbon was very honest with him.I think she realized she is in this alone, maybe she feels too much, and he feels nothing.After all we all saw how he acted towards Erica.he was intigued.patrick loves to be challenged and puzzled.Erica is the kind of woman he cannot read.Lisbon is easy to manipulate.And he has been manipulating her since the beginning and lately, she is doing almost what he wants to.I think I want to see a more mean lisbon, maybe a cold Lisbon that suddenly realizes jane is a cone and starts dealing with the situation!!


@Huisclothes, I think they don't have enough substantive story. I feel that if you make a decision to have one story line that lasts the entire duration of a show (potentially 7 years in this case), then you damned well better have a lot of meat on that bone. If I thought the RJ story was well done, I probably wouldn't be tired of it. But I truly believe they are making it up as they go. I think they don't know who RJ is, or maybe only just decided this season. I think that's why there are so many RJ plot holes. If they tried to weave a little bit into every episode (which I agree is more effective than 1 RJ episode followed by several stand alones) then you need to have a real plan. I don't believe they do. That's why nothing comes of most "leads". Every season we should have gotten a few more pieces of the puzzle. That hasn't happened.


@huisclothes Showing them using the information would have been a great way to let us know Lisbon had told him!


don't need the scene of lisbon telling jane about hafner or jane telling lisbon who's in his top ten, just would be great if we saw them acting on this info. i get really upset when a whole episode goes by without some nod to the overall story arc. they did it in this last on,e behind the red curtain. without the kirkland/lennon/jane/nurse thread, i know i would think it was a dud. but that's just me.


I think a bit of the back story about Patrick could be that even though he is brilliant, charming, intelligent and all the other descriptives, basically he is emotionally about 10 to 14 years of age. Abandonment has a big part in it. Who knows the story of his mother....then pretty much forced to grow up in the carny with his father and eventually becoming a con man. I think he was attracted to his wife because of her motherly vibes, wanting the best for him, her wanting to get out of the life they led. I think he alluded to that when Lisbon listened to him say during the Erica episode, that he wanted someone who knew him and loved him anyway. Something like that. I know that emotionally challenged people are always testing.....are you going to leave me now, how mean can I be before you have had enough and will leave me. If he really does have feelings for Lisbon, and I think he does, coupled with this godawful quest to do in the killer of his beloved wife, there must be some pretty dark, uncomfortable and sad thoughts circulating in his brain right now. I couldn't help but notice the difference in the earlier episodes shown in a three part utube review. It had the five stars and Bruno H. Giving snippets of the characters mixed in with snippets of episodes.
I think it was named The Mentalist - Evidence of a Hit. Now the show is so much darker as it has to be. I wonder just how much darker it has to become before we see some of the old charm come back. If Lisbon thinks he is a keeper, even with his unreliable ways, she may be like his wife who I suspect loved him deeply, and like a mother, loved him flaws and all. I would hope we could see some of that but this is primetime tv, not a soap opera.

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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.