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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@entwife i read that during world war II when the yanks were in britain, they were very successful (sexually) with women becase in british culture, it was up to the man to put the limits on the physical relationship. women depended on men to not go too far. american guys operated under no such code so there were lots of pregnancies. just something i came across.


If that happened and Lisbon seduced Jane as an onslaught from an emotional storm that was cracking her facade, basically against her will, she would be acting from a point of weakness and that would be really unfortunate right now. She does not need to be the weak, needy party in this seduction. Jane needs to take the initiative in order to actually add strength and build a balanced health into the relationship. It could still work out because Jane would step up and see to her and things could be repaired from there, but I'd rather not see her forced to that. She's had to endure enough of his passive rebuffs. It would be terrible to see her put herself out there again, because she could no longer hold on. Really terrible.


@entwife. you couldn't be more right. and beautifully said. aches to read it.


@huisclothes Benefits of sleight of hand *snicker* love it Still thinking of your statement, "can't even begin to think of him putting the moves on her right now." Me neither, as "would" instead of "could." As mental exercise, if he decided to, she would be toast in his toaster! It's a lot easier for me to see Lisbon as seducer at this point. In her emotional state it would be an onslaught, nothing subtle. In TWBB, she was showing the emotional strain big time. Jane was wooden, holding on easily to the habit of their normal relationship, maybe for her sake since she was obviously at the edge. He was gob smacked I think by the cracks in her facade at Orchid Lane. Maybe one reason he was so quiet, anything except quiet, marked attention would risk shattering her facade completely.


@entwife then lisbon could understand the full benefits of sleight of hand.


@entwife. it is a fun topic.


@rationalgal love your reply. just asking who had the stronger chance of taking a flyer at it however premature and inappropriate. as you may guess, i think patrick's character is appropriate and perfect.


@rationalgal That is so true. I hope you're right and the chase does ease up soon. Five years of the chase is enough. Catch the damn psycho already and let us see what the rest of the story looks like.


Yes @huisclothes I do think either one could do it. Whether either one would at this point, well no. But purely as a mental exercise . . . Jane could not refuse Lisbon. If she finally broke and started kissing him, communicating that kind of love and need for him, he would give her everything he had. It might be against his better judgement. He might deeply regret it afterwards. He might distance himself and avoid any situation where it could happen again. All sorts of undesired consequences could happen. But in that moment, when her feelings were open and unmistakeable to both of them, I don't think he could or would lie to her and say he had none, I think he would return them, against his better judgement even, in order to let her know she was not alone in her feelings. I like this topic! :-)


@rationalgal I really like your reply, couldn't have put it better. I agree, they're already into each other, no seduction is required. But Red John needs to be resolved before they can really act on it. :)

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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.