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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@estatica make that a minority of two. I adore Baker as the Jane character over any other. You put it so well. As for Mr. Darcy ... mmmm nuf said!


besides, I have never been interested in a man's behind, ok it was fun to see Simon's but I'm also much more thrilled at the idea to go deeper into the Jane's character than Simon's rear end.


Oh Mimi, I hope you didn't take my comment the wrong way! I was just teasing! In no way I wanted to offend anybody. I know we're not crazy, just romantic fans :-) Many years ago I was stuck at the end of a 80km long lake in the canadian wilderness with my then 'not yet' husband! There was a little log cabin without power. So candlelight and campfire it was for 3 days, while the wind blew too hard to get back in our little boat. There was only one sleeping bag, that we had to share and food was running out as well. I admit, I was getting a little worried, but he took the lead and got us through this without hesitation! These were the three most romantic days in my life (so far). So I hope to get a bit of danger, uncertainty and romance in this show soon!!!


God you guys crack me up! Elastica "like a deer caught in the headlights" LMAO
I can see her face.. yes that's right, if I were her I'd hold him tight and never let him go.


@estatica Your analogy to Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy is quite apt! Another character, and actor who breathed that character into full life, that I adore! I have to admit, I wouldn't mind seeing Colin's hiney somewhere, maybe I have in another movie, but that is a sidelight to the character he brought us and if I have seen it I've already forgot it. You're right, it's the same with Patrick Jane. Simon Baker has made that character into as real a person as Firth's Mr. Darcy. The fact that I stumbled on pictures of Simon's hiney that defy the known rules of human anatomy, in my probably poor experience lol, is an enjoyable sidelight. Watching Baker's Patrick Jane become "undone" or unbuttoned by love for Lisbon is every bit as wonderful as watching Firth's Mr. Darcy become undone by love for Miss Elizabeth Bennett. And much better than a few hiney pictures.


Elastica, total sense! feel the same about him!


@katempw yes, I can see how it would happen! Both look great in that scene! Now that I've thought about an unbuttoned Patrick Jane, I just remembered his unbuttoned state in 1x03 at the beach. Yeah, they could go for that look again for the first kiss. Jane and Lisbon physically exhausted from fighting bad guys. Jane reaching out to Lisbon, making sure she isn't hurt, hugging her (and for once she doesn't look like a deer caught in the headlights) and then just kissing her for good measure. Oh crap, I think this thread has been a bad influence for me :p


If we are crazy fans, it's the show's own fault. When there's so much restraint, things tend to explode. I know I'm in the minority here, but I'm not particularly interested in seeing Baker's behind in other movies. Baker is a beautiful man and wonderful actor, no doubt, but his Patrick Jane is like the equivalent of Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy. He's a dreamboat inside a riddle wrapped in a three piece suit. And Baker is just a real man, he can't compete with a legend like that. So at the end of the day I'd trade a thousand naked pictures of Simon Baker for an unbuttoned picture of Patrick Jane. Or one where he kisses Lisbon. Does this make any sense? :D


Bonaduz, why do you think we're crazy? I think that with his wife Jane was different, I believe he was the kind of man to take the lead but then backed off for the obvious reasons. So here, with Lisbon, as he knows she loves him and when the time is right, he will take the first step for sure, it'll be like a rebirth of his own person., stepping out of his old life with RJ and entering a new one with Lisbon


Oh wow. Pilot episode. Never saw that picture of Patrick and his two girls on the hall wall before. It's lovely. So sad.

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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.