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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@huisclothes -I'm glad they killed Lorelei. I had issues with that story line, but I won't rehash them again. I couldn't stand her, and poor Lisbon has suffered enough because of her. I do agree they handled that whole thing badly. We got the only clue (the handshake) from her in episode 8. That's it? As much as they built that story up I really expected more. They missed an opportunity. Oh well, I'm still glad she's dead.


@huisclothes - I love your idea about RJ taking Patrick - the clubhouse roast beef dinner is the perfect touch! We've got to get you a job writing for them.


@watcher i'm still liking the idea of red john taking patrick and keeping him. most of each episode takes place at red john's....condo on a golf course. no, red john's palatial somewhere. patrick can't escape and is forced to participate in some rj style hi-jinks. some in which he almost is killed by lisbon who unknowingly shoots at him. also, every weekend, patrick has to put on a dinner jacket and eat that awful roast beef dinner with red john at the clubhouse.


@watcher checks and balances like the two houses of congress. i do think they are giving us way too little story. maybe they don't have that much? i wouldn't mind if we didn't make progress on rj if the stand-alones were better. but i will admit i will never leave the show. but i do feel like the frog who falls down the well. one inch up three inches down.
i hate that they killed lorelei. why? what was the point? what action will jane be compelled to take because of this? we wait all season for her to show up and she doesn't tell jane anything and red john offs her? like bart simpson says to homer when he reads to him from the raven, "twas the wind and nothing more." "ya know what would have been scarier than nothing? ANYTHING!"


I do remember that union song. And I can now imagine RJ in that golf cart. I have a feeling that image will stay with me now so thanks for that!


@husiclothes- I hear you - I'm one of the people that doesn't believe Lorelei fooled him in Crimson Hat after all. But I already kind of think they are idiots because they seem to ignore certain clues. At least it would mean we get progress every week in the story and it would break the pattern of get close and have everything fall apart leaving them at square one again. But they won't do that. The spoiler seems to indicate he will just have a slightly smaller list at the end of the season. I'll just have to see what we get in the finale. I don't expect much before then. I don't want to go. Somebody has to be here to criticize Jane when you lavish praise on him!!! LOL


@watcher "look for the smiley label when you are killing a boss, crook or spouse." 'member that union song?


@watcher just flashed on the image of rj owning a condo on a golf course and riding around in his cart all day.


@huisclothes - if he has to do it, he is going to give it his full effort. Even in retirement, the man takes pride in his work. The smiley brand means quality. No shoddy, made in China stuff will do.


@watcher i've been a real booster of the audience knowing stuff the characters don't. all great stories are about who knows what when. but the identity of rj would be tough to pull off. we might feel like jane and co were idiots. when you think about the fact that many on the site couldn't think about the idea that patrick could be fooled by lorelei in crimson hat, it might destroy the dynamic to have him not in on such an important joke.
anyway, don't go.

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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.