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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@huisclothes - I would lie to him and listen in. Frankly, he lies to her so often, she should not even feel guilty about it. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. I think one of the reasons I have such issues with their relationship dynamics is they are the opposite of how I conduct my own...romantic, friendships, whatever. One of my life philosophies is "I'll play by any rules you like, but rest assured we will both be playing by the same rules."


question: short of in some way, declaring himself to lisbon, what can jane say or do to get her through her turmoil?


@watcher for me there would be two choices: tell jane i wouldn't listen in and not listen. (which is what i would do) tell jane i would listen in and listen. listening when i said i wouldn't is not something i would do. she should have had the balls to say, "i'm gonna do what i need to do. i have to hear what's going on."


I agree @Watcher, Lisbon had a professional duty to either listen in herself to an interrogation or assign someone else to do it, there has to be a witness. Although if I remember correctly, there was no recording of it, so she let that lapse. and, pinky shake on it has to be Jane to supply the needed fix to keep the relationship going -%-


@Entwife - my fear is you are right. And if the show actually goes 7 seasons, then there will likely be no Jisbon (if ever) until the last episode of season 7. Maybe they will be kind and do it one episode earlier. I sincerely hope we are wrong, because two more years of the status quo would be very painful, especially since poor Lisbon seems to suffer more and more each episode at this point. How much can the woman take? I think in real life, most women would have moved on a long time ago.


@entwife i think if jane could offer lisbon any words of comfort, anything, he would do it. but he can't indulge himself in that way. he did it with "love you" and it was one of the stupider things he's done. caused her terrible pain and embarrassment. the closest he can come to putting her above all others is to be more truthful with her. as truthful as he can be and still protect her plus maximize his chances of catching red john. so he stands there like a lump while his dear friend falls to pieces. he's not going to change his ways because his ways are, in his judgment, the best way to bring this horrible mission to a close. and the less hope she has that he will change his ways or be alive, the more strength he shows and the more he protects her.
would be so interesting if someone turned up who started getting way better results with the red john hunt.


@KM- See, I really believe the burden is Jane's. I don't think there is anything Lisbon can do to repair the relationship...she didn't cause the damage. Only Jane can fix things, but I very much doubt he will. RJ is his priority, and he is willing to let every other relationship, including his with Lisbon, fall apart forever if he has to. @huisclothes - that is true for all of us! However, in that case I believe it was Lisbon's professional responsibility to listen in. She is in charge and knows Jane has a conflict of interest. To not listen could get her fired.


@Watcher I agree, Jane was conning Lorelei and using seduction to do it. He was convincing to her. Talking about all this makes me realize how consistent Jane's behavior and what he's said about being there to catch RJ and he would do anything for that. It makes him a lot more predictable as a character. It makes me think that we don't get any real Jisbon until RJ is dead. I want more, a lot more. I despair.


I agree. I like the scene for the power dynamic, not for a seduction. I just hope that Jane's saying to Deandra that "she'll understand if you tell her the truth" is something he has learned is necessary with Lisbon. Lisbon recovers better if hurtful things, bad news, comes honestly. That might be hard for a con man, who has a history of not always being straight with her. He's obsessed and overwhelmed with RJ, and yet there is repair work to be done to his relationship with Lisbon. Not sure how much effort he will make. The burden may be hers.


You know @huisclothes I think you may be right about Jane just finally having to see the emotional fix that Lisbon is in, but also I see he also is forced to feel that his behavior is not really working and he is very close to being cut loose by Lisbon. The arguments in the car and at Orchid Lane being virtually identical, there was really no change in Jane's side of the argument to Lisbon, like he was repeating his points. The difference was in Lisbon who was falling apart and Jane had to really look at that for the first time. Makes me feel really sad for the both of them, but especially for Lisbon. Her compartmentalizing isn't working anymore. Jane is going to have to respond in some way that helps her hang on. If he cares anything about her, and I think he does. ooooooh, it's messing me up today.

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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.