The Mentalist Review: Unforgivable Things

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"There Will Be Blood" brought back one of my favorite Red John minions. I expected to be thrilled, but that's not exactly how it worked out.

Lorelei Martins returned to beat the heck out of Julia Howard and I was surprised Julia's neighbors hadn't heard her screams and called the police. 

When the CBI team later watched Lorelei torture and kill Julia via nanny cam, Jane looked as though he might be ill. Was he feeling guilty for letting her go or simply worried about what Lisbon's reaction would be? 

Jane Confesses to Lisbon

When Jane met Lorelei and let her go, I knew he was in trouble. He told Lisbon he trusted Lorelei and Lisbon appeared horrified with the revelation. Lisbon's used to Jane snooping but that he went behind her back to find the second address and then didn't call her after speaking to Lorelei, that got her wheels turning.

Knowing that Jane slept with Lorelei - coupled with the fact that he admitted he trusts her after witnessing her commit murder - it may have eroded the trust Lisbon shares with Jane.

When Jane told Lisbon he only tells her about 30% of what he does, I wondered how much of the 70% Lisbon really wanted to know. But the one thing Patrick Jane has never lied about is that he will do whatever it takes to find Red John. That he was using Lorelei Martins to do it shouldn't have been a shock.

Jane's motives were clear but will Lisbon come to a point where she'll have to choose between Jane's mission and her job?  

Agent Kirkland's return made my skin crawl. His relationship with Bertram sent up lots of red flags. We know Kirkland is in Red John's pocket. Was his chumminess with Bertram a sign that Bertram's in Red John's pocket? That Bertram is Red John? Or simply another red herring?

In the end, Jane gave Lorelei what she'd wanted: confirmation that Red John murdered her sister. Unfortunately, she didn't hold up her end of the deal. Not only wouldn't she share Red John's identity, she shot the one other person who could. That was just cruel.

And what the heck was up with Homeland Security taking over the case and custody of a comatose Jason? Didn't we go through this already with the FBI and Lorelei? And why did Lisbon seem so calm about it?

Lorelei wanted Red John all to herself and she got that. Finding her body with a red smiley face above it wasn't a surprise to Jane or the audience.  However, hearing Jane mutter, "She had it coming" was frighteningly cold. 

Lorelei was one of Red John's more interesting minions and I was disappointed her run ended this way. More so because she seemed to have lost her intelligence and her innate sense of survival in her thirst for vengeance.

Now we're left to ponder if she managed to move the Red John story line forward in any significant way besides the knowledge that Jane had at one time shaken hands with Red John. What's your take?  Are we any closer to finding out the identity of the dreaded Red John?


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Morning all! Just checking in quick before 'Family Day'!
@Mimi - thank you for your link! Nice pictures to start the day :-D
@Entwife - agree on the feet myth LOL! I loved your 'he would never be able to hide that monster! hahaha hilarious - but true! But then, right Mimi, you never know...!
@ani1 - NO way he could hide such a dual personality for 10 years! I mean, Wainwright had a dergree in psychology for heaven's sake!
@Watcher - hang in there with us, it's just a show (even though, if somebody 'normal' reads us, they might think differently!! :-)
@Meh - pages ago I made a comment about Jane not beeing able to walk streight after Lorelei's death. Like he was pushed around by tidal waves! Even my 'not a TM fan' husband picked that up!
Have a great day all - see you on the other side - hope it will be fun tonight!


Also I think besides regret and guilt, Patrick also felt very angry about the situation and it came out most when he said, She had it coming.


Ani I agree with you on how it can't be Jane, doesnt make sense unless he is having hallucinations but it would be such a crap scenario in my opinion.


@Meh While She had it coming may have been a cold thing to say about Lorelei, it was a warm thing to say to Lisbon although I think it shocked her. It was a way for Patrick to say, I am not on Lorelei's side, I'm with you. I don't think he said it out of hatred for Lorelei not living up to a deal she never made of identifying RJ. I think he said sorry to Lorelei because he was honestly, as a human being, sorry she had paid with her life, guilty for that because he had a big part in how things turned out by getting her to go after RJ for his own ends. He may have been sorry she had to pay the price, but I don't think he was sorry for using her to attain his ends. He never loved her. Yet he was so affected by the calamity of events or his big hope being completely dashed or just the emotional strain of the whole thing, including his newly altered relationship with Lisbon--that he couldn't walk straight. He's in the middle of a maelstrom just beginning.


And I too think it's a pity that Lorelei left the show so soon. I expected more interactions between her and Jane. The writers might find it difficult to write without having to reveal too much about Red John. I am not a fan of saint or by-the-book characters. They are too boring for me. Lisbon is unfortunately both. So I can never feel what many people feel about her.


I didn't think for one moment Jane saying she had it coming was cold at all. Didn't we all secretely think so without saying it out loud? And he did say I am sorry first before saying what's on everyone's mind. I like the observation among one of the early comments that he could't walk straight lines, showing how shaken he really was. This was the same broken Jane trying to cover how broken he was by saying something opposite. I never disliked him for one mini-second and don't think I could ever dislike him. Patrick Jane is the same damaged hero with quick wit and charm, acting anti-social most of the time and sometimes even like a total jerk. It's this whole package of Patrick Jane that made him the most interesting character on TV.


I never liked Lorelei either and I feel Jane made the right statement to Lisbon, however cold it sounded. She did have it coming! If Jane can make that statement then he knows if he persues Red John the same way, he will have it coming as well! If the woman who slep in his bed could not kill him, he surely needs to rethink how he will persue Red John in the future.


I said basically the same thing awhile ago. I said they could end the series like the movie dream house. I'm still with you on your points!


Watcher, I like what you said on page 3. That would give Bruno the perfect out and satisfy the viewers. Kate, I agree with what you said.


@anitraward1 - I agree, there's just too much against Jane being RJ now. Maybe in the beginning they could've got away with it but certainly not now. I still think if they want to cheat us then they've got a perfectly good way of doing by having him in a mental institution and all the team being doctors/nurses/staff around him and he's been living in his own fantasy world since his wife and child were murdered. That, at least, would be more plausible - I'd hate to see it, but it'd still be plausible. Bit like Life on Mars (the UK version!)

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 16 Quotes

Lisbon: That makes me an accomplice as well.
Jane: Only if you look at it like a very persnickety lawyer.

Lisbon: I have to learn that trick.
Kirkland: Which?
Lisbon: How you speak without actually saying anything.