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 feel like RJ is saying to Jane "well, i wanted to retire and devote my time to wine tasting, but if you insist on keeping the game going, I wouldn't want to disappoint you, so OK, let's play. But be careful what you ask for... "


@watcher maybe he does want to retire. he treated the panzer murder as a lark. he couldn't have seriously been angry at what panzer said, he just wanted to come out and play with patrick. certainly his stalking of darcy had the same quality. the wainwright murder was a taunt at the cbi and fbi -- and he knew wainwright had fired patrick and been a detractor of patrick within the cbi. lorelei's murder seems like the first in years where he's really put his heart into it. though she was arranged like the sleeping carny beauty for patrick's sake. he made it about the death of red john's and patrick jane's mistress.


@pahometowner - I think that would be a great ending, but I can't imagine CBS doing it. If this was on cable, absolutely. CBS is looking for safer endings. I expect we'll get a typical happy ending...Jane kills RJ, somehow does not go to prison, and is finally happy. the end.


I think the only way RJ would interest me for another season is if they revealed him to us in the season finale but didn't let Jane know. Then if in every episode, the very last scene would be a RJ scene showing us a glimpse of his life - interacting with minions, going about his business in his public life, showing us how he keeps tabs on Jane and team, etc. Similar to the Alexa Schultz/Kirkland scene in Red Dawn. Just one scene unrelated to the rest of the episode. That could interest me. But is they are just going to have one RJ dedicated episode out of every 5 or 6 that would bore me.


@pahometowner that is so intense i'm actually a little queasy just thinking about it. i think it's outside the tone of the series but that doesn't mean i'm not gonna think about it. it would really destroy all the wonderfulness that is patrick. i mean he would be ruined in retrospect. like living with a man you love and finding out he was a murderer the whole time.


@huisclothes - you're right - it is all centered around Jane. I really wouldn't call him a serial killer at this point. He is now just a criminal killing to cover up previous crimes. Seems he was serious about wanting to retire.


@watcher. yes, of course, you are right. so that's 37 without the farm guys or wainwright.


@husiclothes. Yep. He would play both parts right up to the end when the personalities are integrated. Gruesome, eh?


I'd love to get info about the 2 or 3 victims killed between red dawn and the pilot. we assume those were investigated by jane.


@husiclothes - in season 2 he also killed towlen morning and the reporter that interviewed kristina frye, and there were 2 snuff film students, so that adds 3 more in season 2 for 9 total

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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.