The Mentalist Review: The Broken Memory Palace

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"Red, White, and Blue" was a standard filler episode for The Mentalist. But an enjoyable one nevertheless. 

Jane's Memory Game

The murder investigation highlighted some serious issues facing today's military. The first was sexual harassment against its female members. The ability to file an anonymous claim certainly seemed to have as many drawbacks as advantages. In the end, if no one is willing to officially come forward, then the claim goes nowhere.

I really appreciated that Cho took the lead in this part of the investigation because he's the person on the team with a military background. As he was quick to remind Hawkins in this The Mentalist quote

The next time you ask someone in this unit to watch your back you might want to remember how you watched hers. | permalink

Considering one woman under Hawkins command was killed and another was sexually harassed, it appeared he needed to take a little more responsibility for what was going on in his unit. 

The other issue was the number of soldiers coming back with traumatic brain injuries and PTSD. I was amazed by Pete's battle to get through every day. 

Of course Jane was the perfect person to go to for anything concerning memory.  I was relieved when Jane finally got around to telling Pete about his memory palace. I felt like I'd waited the entire episode for him to get to that moment.

But Jane was great in several scenes, my favorite of which was when he thanked the soldiers for their service in his own very Patrick Jane way.

The other was when he hypnotized Pete so he could sleep. I loved it when Jane uses his skills for good instead of evil and, even though he tricked Pete, in the end it was for the greater good. Not to mention the poor man finally got some decent sleep.

The killer was such a selfish, arrogant, jackass. He thought slashing some innocent woman's throat was the appropriate response to having to pay alimony to his ex-wife.  Well, that and covering up his illegal prescription drug side business but off course that was his ex's fault too.

The best line of the night went to Rigsby who told the good doctor…

Look on the bright side. In prison you won't have to pay for dates. | permalink

After the drama of losing Lorelei last Sunday, what do you think of this week's The Mentalist? Sound off now and then take a look ahead to next Sunday:


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Ha ha....I had just made a comment and In my delirium thought it was only me. Well......not really, but I did wonder if the site died or something. I had just read a news release (fake, I'm sure) by a Canadian woman. Wanted to know if you guys had seen it.


@Entwife - last night I couldn't get on either and had nightmares about it! LOL I was already picturing a life without all you guy's funny comments!


Same here Entwife. I live in Seattle area. Had withdrawal symptoms!


Don't know what's been going on where you live, but I couldn't get on this site last night or first thing this morning, even on another computer. Appears to be up now.


I will mention no names, but the Canadian lady is at it again. Don't want to get held for moderation.


Looking at 1x19 now A Dozen Red Roses. I think they put this shot of Simon craning his neck up to see the guy kiss his wife -- it's sandwiched in between two shots of Jane just calmly watching the action. So funny!


And be aware Mentalistas that the NCAA basketball tournament may alter your Sunday viewing times, specifically for Eastern and Central.


I would assume that it was one of the snaps they took out in Paris. He could be well moisturized and/or a bit photoshopped. We are talking about the one where it says he is wearing Burberry and Louis Vuitton?


Haha -- Jane grins and calls Lisbon a control freak behind her back in 1x18 Russet Potatoes.


@KM - the photo on page 1, is it from that interview? It's very nice and he looks so young, very different from TM season 5!

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 17 Quotes

Jane: We have to go back to the crime scene.
Lisbon: Why?
Jane: I want a taco.

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