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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Is it possible we have turned into MENTALIST and not know it yet. I was talking with my daughter the other day and I knew exactly when she changed what she was thinking. The expression on her face did not changed. I asked her if that happened and she said yes and laughed! I told her it was because I watch the Mentalist so much! I think we have developed a new skill set that we are just becoming aware of. SPOOKY! Also I think we can predetermine a set of circumstances and accurately predict the out come. We need to now put these skills to work for ourselves to figure out what the writer's are thinking and not the storyline they are presenting us! This could be why they change writer's so frequently because the writer's can leave clues based on his or her writing style. There could be something in the storyline itself that has been missed. Emotion and attachment to the character's can be blinding.


I think we have anaylized this show so much, we are able to see things that the writer's and creator never expected us to see. We may be seeing the mistakes as well. So could it be possible that at certain times we notice their real emotions instead of the ones they want personified on the screen? I know that in certain episodes they seem to be better than usual or less then usual on screen and I have a tendcy to pick up on that. It would be comparable to being around someone you know really well who trys to hide something that is going on with them and you pick up on it. Even if they never tell you the truth. We have gone far passed being just your average viewer.


Hiusclothes, saw your post. There is a hand cuff key on the end of that pen, you can clearly see it.


I found this on a blog, it proves a lot of people don't see anything between them two
seewhatsinyourheart: blooddrippingstrawberries: carolka55: Am I the only one who doesn’t like this couple? I see them as best buds or bro & sis…but nothing more. Sorry…I just don’t see it. That’s cool. Not everyone does :) But I encourage you to rewatch the seasons again to… Amen to that. They are 70% responsible for me to become the strongest anti J/L. 30% because I don’t see it no matter how I look at it. I can easily ship Jane with ANYONE ELSE!


I'd love that Huisclothes, I rally want the 6th season to be different from the other seasons.
Good night!


perhaps lisbon would find herself incorporating many of jane's skills into her work. maybe she's allowed to ask him questions by text and he replies but with rj watching him so he doesn't give any clues of where he is. would be great to make rj more sympathetic. and finding jane becomes their exclusive pursuit. we get to spend a lot of time with red john. what could be better. maybe red john has such an insight into the kiler mind, that he's amazingly helpful at finding killers. going to bed now. speak to you tomorrow. .


hi all
Welcome Pahometowner! every theory is welcome too! I'm not fond of the theory that Patrick is RJ because like Huisclothes said it would be like sleeping with a man for years and realising he was a killer all that time. I think if they pull that out, I'll never watch TM again from that day. I'd be gutted to say the least. Huisclothes, it would be fun if RJ caught Jane but what would the show look like? I mean the case of the week?


@watcher. 'night.


@huisclothes- I hope we do get something clever and diabolical. We'll find out in the not too distant future. I'm off to sleep. Good night


@watcher we did get nothing from her but that handshake thing. but i grew to love her and her lovely demon smile and how she pulled patrick around by a little ring through his nose. and the fact that she made him sexual again. and she was perfectly cast.
i so hope a collective groan doesn't emerge from all our lips when they give us the big list-reducing clue in the finale. i want to gasp and think how clever and diabolical.

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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.