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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showed an interesting dynamic and game. And yes things are getting interesting now, we're getting different story lines of Homeland and the rest of CBI cracking down on Jane and now Lisbon and trying to get to the bottom of her, not goffy storylines like oh Lisbon was flirting with Kirkland. This was a very interesting Lisbon episode, we saw assertiveness from her with Jane we haven't seen in a couple years and we saw once again what a horrible liar she is(good lord that was awkward with her and Bertram/Kirkland). And we saw in a more transparent way the idea of Jane hiding information, manipulating Lisbon(30% info quote was powerful) and the impact it had on Lisbon. She definitely does feel like she's losing him a little bit. But in the end the big question for me is: Lorelei was signed on for 5 episodes, she is already dead? How are they going to integrate her into the last 2 episodes ?


This episode went against what we're used to seeing from the show. There was actual tension and uncomfortability between Jane and Lisbon, Lisbon looked mad, hurt, scared and whatever else you want to call it. This really was the dark side, this wasn't what fans wanted to see per se but it was necessary for the show. Jane was same old Jane much of the episode, in fact I was surprised he actually stayed in when Lisbon told him to, it was the difference in how Lisbon acted that you saw the show is going down a different road we've wanted to see for a while but haven't. And that quote at the end, "she had it coming", again not like the show at all to have the star say something so dark, but really that's just part of the game with Lorelei and him. He told Lisbon he felt something for her, and there was something non romantic about it, but in the end both manipulated each other(Lorelei in a surprising gnawing way of shooting the guy who could have revealed RJ and bailing on Jane) and it showed an interesting dynamic and overall game.

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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.