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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oops forgot to add, we all switch to discussing the new episode right after its review is posted. ostensibly the topic changes to that episode but it zigs and zags after a day or two. nobody's an enforcer here.


@pahometowner ooh, washington state. so beautiful.
the way it works is that christine orlando, the writer for tv fanatic will usually post her review on monday. if you post earlier when there is just a summary of the show, your comments won't be part of the main thread. so search tv fanatic with the name of the episode. if you see no review, come back in a few hours. the people are respectful and there are some great thinkers and really good writers. so what's your absurd theory? i usually post at least one a day.
hope this helps.
i have friends who like menty but no one who's into it like me so this site is great for me. welcome.


BTW I don'th live there any more. Moved to seattle area.

Avatar is Port Angeles. Wa. I was so stuck in a posting name. I like yours and others so much better. A question....when a person posts here do you usually stay on the same page as it were and then change when the new episode comes? I tried it on page that had a few words of explanation from a producer on the series. Not much traffic there. I put out what was judged to be an absurd theory. Was just letting the juices flow. Not well received lol. Have just been trying to find my way around the site and soaking in all the posts. Really helps with my obsession regarding Simon B. and The Mentalist. Keep going and I will keep enjoying! PS at lunch today I discovered three people who follow the show. This was face to face. Husband was courteous and let us three babble on.


@pahometowner yes. it's the desert island syndrome. when you've been around each other that long inhabiting this hunt-for-red-john bubble, you develop deep feelings, some of them romantic. can't be otherwise. it's biology. aside from the fact that their desert island has a very comely population. what town in pa?


You know a lot of time passes that we have no knowledge of. I am of the opinion that things have happened between them in the 10 years that they have been together. To keep the show floating, only tiny bits, like bones, are tossed out to us. This satisfies both the fans who wish for no more than a platonic relationship, and the rest of us want to see them as a couple.
I just don't believe that in the ten years they have worked together, nearly blew up together (more than once) to name just a couple, Patrick's nearly drowning, and other near fatal incidents, that there isn't a tight emotional bond there that has had a sexual flavor in it somewhere. Obviously, we are not meant to know about it but gees, sometimes they act like an old married
Couple. The episode about Patrick's near drowning (i guess he really was dead for a bit because they did perform CPR on him)
Really spoke to me about Lisbon's love for him and of course Devil's Cherry where he says that Lisbon knows him. Anyway I can easily imagine that something has already happened. I would be curious to know what Bruno/Simon think about what might happen to two people working in this intense, life and death situations for ten years in the real world. I know he is damaged goods, but so is she. I guess the shipper me wants to think that they have shipped together. Could someone tell me how the word shipper was coined to mean a couple?


About Jane's mother. Obviously he had one, but she must have died when he was born or soon after or possibly ran off, with Patrick's father saying she died. He still wears his wedding ring, indicating an abiding sense of loss. Jane feels no sense of loss or it would have shown in his face when he talked with Dr. Wagner. He knows of his father's loss, so perhaps keeps his own wedding ring on because his father set the example of showing ongoing loss. Could it be that Jane's mother was one of Red John's first victims? But his father won't talk about it? I'm hoping the incoming Irish psychic knows something about Jane's family history and can shed light on what could be an important clue to understanding the RJ plot angles.


Now about Jane strangely escaping from jail with all his clothes: Obviously the writers dug themselves out of a hole. Jane starts to explain it to Cho, then the scene fades and we get no answer. Reminds me of a Star Trek Next Generation ep where the crew ended up back with the crew of the original Star Trek in which the Klingons looked normal. Worf, in full current Klingon makeup, was asked to explain the massive change in appearance. He just muttered, "We don't talk about that." More writers digging themselves out. Also reminds me of a cartoon: Student physicist covers blackboard with equations. Near the end he has written "Then a miracle occurred." Professor says, "Perhaps you should be more precise here." Let's hope the RJ mystery will not end like this.


sorry. that's "y'all"


@rationalgal I find I don't try to talk too much to people about TM. Most indicate they enjoy the show but are not caught up in it. I subject them to very little of my own indulgence because their eyes start to glaze over. It's like talking computer to someone who barely knows it. You lose 'em fast. My friends like that I have someone else (ya'll) to hash these things out with. They can feel happy that I'm happy with it. Just don't drag them too far along. Like that.

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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.