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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@watcher my feelings are different about teresa listening in and have created some pain for me but i don't wish to change. i always behave up to my own standards. hold on to my self. i will not stoop to conquer. i find that most relationships that rely on machinations don't work no matter what. i've always believed the old saw, never do anything you wouldn't want printed in the new york times. she should have told him she'd listen.


Cuba libre for me! We're having spring in Texas. Good drink for spring.


Triple pinky shake!!! -%- -%- -%-


@KM Not necessary, I do the same thing all the time. But if you insist, I'll take the scotch :-)


@Watcher and Entwife,
I owe you guys a Pepsi, Coke, Scotch, Bourbon.... I just made a comment redundant to both of yours.


@Entwife - I agree completely. You stated it much better than I did.


@ huisclothes,
It could be as simple as saying "Do you want an honest answer or one that gives you deniability." He might need to look her in the eyes and tell her he understands that he has been untruthful, and that he has been giving her mixed messages, and none of it has been good for their partnership. Then tell her simply, straightforward, and honestly that he is sorry and that he appreciates that she has been someone one he can count on, because he has not always acted as someone that she could count on. No confession of love required. Just an honest acknowledgement and apology. I'm not sure the writers will give us anything resembling this.


@huisclothes Jane may not have to declare himself openly to Lisbon, but there's so many ways he can support her emotionally if he would focus on it just a little. It wouldn't take much to feed Lisbon and keep her going at this point. If he loves the woman. Then he has to find a way to come through, that's what real adult love is about. As far as I can see, what she really wants from him is the truth. Okay, well she has the truth about his actions and intent about RJ. Start giving her the truth about what he's trying to do, give her that much a trusted part in his mission. Maybe mention his thoughts about when RJ is over. There's a million small things he could say and do that lets her know she's thought of, valued and make his stark life worth living. But he's got to focus on her long enough to feed he a little, and regularly, so that she knows she's already an important part of his life. Is that really so much?


@huisclothes- he doesn't need to declare himself (of course, we all would love it if he did), but he could change his behavior. Actions speak louder than words. I think that is one of the problems Lisbon has. Jane said he loved her and constantly tells her she can trust him, but his actions don't seem consistent with that. He could stop lying to her, increase that 30% of what he tells her to 80% (I'm not asking for perfection). Stop being snarky and mean and pissy with her. Stop acting like an ass. Even if he can't act like a man who loves her, surely he should be able to act like a real friend. That would repair a lot of the damage.


I agree the burden is his. It isn't her character's nature not to smooth things. You could say it is a coping mechanism left from her childhood. It is also a people skill. Her loyalty and faithfulness are both her greatest strength and greatest flaw. I think it fits her character to put in 95-98% of the effort. I see her character as serious enough about her feelings to make Jane dangle, but not enough to burn a bridge. She sees the best within him. And, she does not, perhaps subconsciously, wish to see him follow her father's journey to the grave. She will help him. Any separation won't be permanent from her side. She is Jane's. It is who she is written to be, in my opinion.

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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.