The Mentalist Review: The Ghoul at Sea

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"Red Lacquer Nail Polish" wasn't as much fun as I had hoped it would be. Perhaps my expectations were what left me disappointed.

Investigating an Heiress

The creepy, overgrown mansion had so much potential. Even the security guard seemed freaked out just being there. When Jane slyly told Lisbon, "Ladies first" as they entered the house worthy of a horror movie, I found myself hoping the CBI team would be forced to spend a lot more time there. Unfortunately that didn't happen.  

With the entire body burned to ash, the coroner began explaining how a human being can be turned into a fatty wax candle. When he proclaimed, "Isn't that awful" he had a strange but gleeful smile on his face. Jane was right. The guy was a ghoul. 

The investigation quickly turned to Elise's nephew. Although he wasn't actually guilty of anything, I disliked Curtis the moment he referred to the men and women at the Soldier's Home as mentally unstable war veterans. He didn't seem to care much for the place which made his turn around at the end hard to swallow.

Lissie Calhoun was the obvious red herring all along as we never got to see her. That almost never happens. If they kept talking about her, I knew she had to have some significance, although I didn't guess that she was the actual burned body until the end.

Jane was lucky he didn't set the whole darn boat on fire when he threw that lit flare into the cabin. Then out popped Elise Vogelson, who turned out to be even odder than anticipated. How could someone who dedicated her life and her family's fortune to helping veterans kill a woman who was a nurse in Vietnam as though she was doing her a favor?

From there, Elise out and out mocked Casey at how easy it was to gain her trust and manipulate her. No wonder this strange woman ended up alone for so much of her life. 

With all of its twists and turns, this story never really hooked me. It felt like a bunch of aberrant pieces that never quite fit together. 

Cho's attempts to push Rigsby into moving on from Grace were amusing. He certainly knows his partner as he asked Wayne in this The Mentalist quote

 So have you actually made any dates or are you just hesitating and second guessing yourself like you usually do? | permalink

No, Rigsby made the dates. He just didn't show up for any of them. How funny was it that they all looked like Grace?

I'm assuming it won't be long until we see him make another play for VanPelt, but won't that leave them with the same obstacle? CBI rules state that coworkers can't date one another. Unless they're willing to hide the relationship or have one of them transfer, they'll end up right back where they started.

Another favorite revelation was Jane's love of the sea and Lisbon's inability to see the appeal. Lisbon saw nothing romantic about sailing as she told Jane…

 Stuck on that thing in the middle of the ocean. It's like being in a prison cell with a chance of drowning. | permalink

Perhaps these two should stick to the beach.

With a Red John case looming ahead, what did you think of this serial killer-free episode?


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Very nice photograph of SB! Thank you. p.s. I told my hubby about the knight in shining armour! Shouldn't have... now he's full of himself and thinks the world of you. Finally someone who sees who he is..bla,bla,bla!! :-)) You made his day!


Hello KM! Yes he's got beautiful hands too.


Fingers crossed! I like Patrick Jane's face. The emotions he can express. The lines. The smile. The eyes. And, how he uses his hands. His shoulders are nice. Nice hair. Bum fine, my better half has a tighter bunda and I awake with it everyday.


maybe we should post this link on the mentalist writer twitter page? fr them to get ideas and inspirations from us (and make us happy with a good ending)


Good morning and thank's for the information. I even didn't forget about the daylight savings time! The critters were a bit shocked this morning, when I showed up an hour early :-))
Let's still hope for a new season!


thanks for the info KM, lets keep our fingers crossed!


I'm glad I did understand you properly. Just wanted to confirm :-)
And make that 4, I'm also very fond of PJ! My knight in shining armour - that'r right! Oh yeah! (have to tell him!)


Greetings all, --Happy day light savings time to all in Canada and the US. Some thought to keep in mind as we wait for May. Day light savings time regularly and consistently results in a reduction of television viewing, so lower demo numbers than last fall does not mean an episode was a true flop.
Morning releases show that both The Mentalist and The Good Wife are sitting on the bubble or renewal/cancelation can go either way. Usually TM has slightly better 19-49 demo numbers for ads than TGW. CBS owns TGW. WB owns TM. No syndication deal yet for TGW. WB holds the upper hand in licensing fee negotiation over CBS. Hence the bubble for both as far as the media knows at the moment.


well since that makes us three, what do we love so much about Patrick Jane?


aw Bonaduz of course you didnt offend me! I know you were teasing I mean now we kind of "know each other's humour".
I'm sorry for what you experienced, must have been rattled. So your hubby was your knight in shining armour! cute:-)

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 15 Quotes

If you hadn't mentioned the congealed human fat in the lightbulbs I may have had the stomach to stick around and find out. You're a ghoul.


Normally I'd be tempted to mock your superstitions but in this case I'm inclined to agree.