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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Estatica, I personally feel that Lisbon has had feelings for Jane for a while now. It's funny though, because although we know Jane thinks she's attractive, we have no idea how she finds him (well of course we guess but it was never explicit).
It's more the way she looks at him sometimes and also, as we identify with her and (at least I) love Patrick Jane, we can't see how she couldn't love him.


Yes oh how cute would their baby look like! Usually little girls look after their dad and boys after their mum..


@Mimi I know it feels odd to me, too. But her clock is more critical than his right now, huh?


Lisbon freezing her eggs sounds odd but the clock is tickng for her!


Yes he looks like he knows someone is taking a pic.. Poor him hes hassled everywhere he goes, that's the price for being do damn handsome!


But it would be a smart idea for Lisbon to put some eggs by, just in case it takes awhile for them to get to that point.


Hmmmmm. I don't think Lisbon wants children without love and husband. More like @rationalgal said, they both want love and family. And most likely with each other. And I think the writers wouldn't send Patrick to prison. That would be as harsh as killing him. @huisclothes It would be like the Dynamic Duo! I think we'd be amazed at what Lisbon could come up with to get RJ. I wish they would just get 'er done.


omg @mimi that lucky girl, with Simon Baker sitting behind her on the plane, and she got a picture! ~~~swoon~~~


ahhh HC thanks I hadn't checked my emails yet! that's a great surprise, you'd want to take it off the wall and vbring it home :-)


@huisclothes - sorry, that practical thing is a hard habit to kick. I'll try my best though! Sure, the babies would be pretty, but so would Cho/Lisbon babies. I personally think mixed race kids are often extremely attractive...nature loves diverse gene pools. The only issue (here's that damned practical side of me again!) is that Lisbon / Cho babies would probably be very short. Maybe Mashburn would be a better choice if she wanted a tall one. Too bad she can't mix a little Jane with a little Mashburn and a little Cho- take what she likes from each.

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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.