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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it's fine HC you're entitled to say what you want, I understand how Estatica feels but it's ok, as she said, it was not a judgment, just that she didn't feel comfortable with it. night everyone I'm off!


yeah the epi is tomorrow for us and the night will fly by quickly! issue is, I might not have the time to see it before 2pm. we'll see, hope it is a rj episode indeed.


Entwife, we already talked about pointing fingers - and you my dear, of all people, are certainly not qualified to point! :-D I haven't paid much attention to this weeks spoilers, so I don't know what will go on tonight. @Mimi - thank you for your post earlier today (i-love-p-j-tumblr.) Nice short interview about Givenchy! Looks like Simon can't really believe, that they choose him! Cute!


ok. consider me rebuked. don't want to make anyone uncomfortable.


ahah Entwife now people will think I'm reading dodgy(obscene) stuff, but NO I wasn't, actually it was a tweet! yes a tweet someone sent to someone I'm following and his response was 'oh dear' so I figured out it meant what I thought it meant and was gross, some people don't have a life. not that I have one but come on I wouldn't write such disgusting stuff..


haha @bonaduz that's the problem -- too much idle time til the next episode and all our wondering and pondering -- it's fertile ground for making up stories. No telling what Mimi's been reading that has nozzles in it.-- I think her mind must be falling in the gutter. wink wink, nudge nudge :-D Of course I can't point because I'm already there half the time lol.


bona lol you crack me up! hc I had no idea it was a rj epi either YEAHH. I don't know about his kids, Ive never paid much attention..


is tonight an rj episode? is this the one with laroche?


@mimi hi mimi . that's a funny poster isn't it? displaying the golden goose.
a little girl would look like patrick. in simon's family, stella looks just like her father. claude has traces but mostly like his mother. harry? can't say he favors either of them. i can't see where that one is going. but there's something odd with him. something about that kid looks like he's a bit off the curve in some way.


Hi guys, Excited for tonight's episode hope its a good 1 should be good read its gona be a rj episode. Hope we get more info. Regards

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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.

Discipline always comes with a price.