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 The good witch Glinda scene pops into my head when I think about Jane initiating that kiss. I kind of imagine him like he was there, getting into some real feelings and tenderness rather than the usual banter. Of course he would have to stick around and get the job done this time!


sorry, meant to type @estatica, not @estatic


OK guys, I think you're even more coockoo (or however you spell that) than I am :-D! I have to show my husband these posts, maybe he'll believe me then! LOL (no, better not, he'll hide the router)
I also think that there wont be a lot of words. But actions sometimes (or most of the time) mean more than words, right? And I also second, that Jane HAS to initiate something this time. I mean, what's up with this guy? Lets the women always lead?


yes Kate me too these are among my faourite episodes! I sometimes think about the show, because when you're into it, you kind of forget it's just a show, meaning they all have their lives etc obviously but then I think that even in real life they do work together day in and often day out for another job and differently but still together all the time. odd when you think about it.


@estatic I agree. It's time for Patrick to step up and take the initiative and be clear about it. Doesn't need a whole lot of dialogue but the statement of love needs to be very clear and her acceptance of it, she doesn't even have to say it back right then. I don't think he needs that from her in the immediate moment anyway, he more needs to be a grown up and come clean about his own feelings. Absolutely nothing passive like Lorelei-- that would be horrible! Jealous Jane would be great-- he deserves every bit of it! A little kissing is ok, but I don't want to be in ANY doubt very soon after that their relationship is fully physical. And I want to see enough of that to know it's real. Aren't I demanding? But this show has put its viewers through a lot and we deserve a lot of consideration in return. IMHO


@mimi I love your scenarios. I think for Jane to get from self-absorbed obsessed Red John pursuer to someone capable of a two way romantic relationship with Lisbon, it would have to be Lisbon who is injured. So Jane is forced to admit to himself the depth of his feelings for her and realise the potential cost of his actions and all he could lose...but perhaps that is the easy and obvious route. I'm sure the clever writers could figure out how to get from A to B with Jane as the injured party. I admit that from a warped frisson perspective I'd prefer it to be him. Bloodshot, Fugue in Red are among my favourite episodes. :)


Elastica I second this! I also want Jane to take the first step! Thanks Etnwife, I'd never heard this word before.. ahah I bet you have been watching Book of love. I liked a few scenes in this movie, like when they kiss and pass an ice cube onto each other's mouth. It's quite crude sometimes, I was not fond of it.


oh and I also want TM merchandize like a huge poster of the smile face with them on the background or sthg, like a cinema poster to hang in my kitchen. I want to tea cup too but I wouldnt drink in it as it is too small but would be fun.


Mimi, a hiney is a rear end.


Even if it doesn't happen, what you guys posted was definitely fun to read! If there is a hospital scene, I also hope the one hurt this time is Lisbon. We've seen her visiting him twice already, so now it's time for Jane to worry about her. From what we've seen of the show and how the writers set up romantic scenes, I don't expect a big speech on how much one loves the other (thank god, I think I would choke on my popcorn at that point). I think it will come down to a few, but very carefully chosen words. And I want Jane to be the one to fess up and initiate the kiss. If somehow Lisbon starts kissing him first and he passively accepts it like he does with Lorelei, I think I may have to shoot him. We need to see Jane take matters into his own hands and sweep Lisbon off her feet. Oh, and while I'm dreaming, I hope we get to see a bit of jealous Jane in today's episode! Jane seething at the thought of Lisbon and Kirkland would be awesome.

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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.