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 yes, he really isn't affronted at all. I think he's more affected by how she just refrained him, since he was itching to get into trouble. Would anyone other than Lisbon be able to touch him like that and get away with it? That is why I see both of them as Jane once described men and women: men are toasters and women are accordions. He would have to play Lisbon very carefully in order to seduce her. And lets not forget, he already tried to seduce her once with sleazy moves in Fugue in Red and she shot him down. She'd just have to touch him and he'd be done for it. However, I don't think they'll try to seduce each other. If something romantic happens, it will be in the spur of the moment, after some life threatening situation or something like that.


They've already seduced each other. They love each other. The crap from their pasts and the RJ problem are holding up the action. Once that barrier comes down, they will admit their feelings and act accordingly. The "accordingly" stuff is being held back because the cast and Bruno have said "the chase" is what's exciting, so we've had a chase since the series started. I predict it will ease up considerably at the May finale. Also, I have to say I approve of Jane's character and behavior 100%, whether it seems good or bad. I love him just the way he is. It fits the character's background perfectly. Jane could not act differently without destroying the integrity of the character he has created. His behavior is rational, given who he is.


actually, jane could pull one of those "work with me, teresa" bits and she would play along and only realize what was really happening when he had her blouse off. :D


@estatica the scene you're referring to is in pink tops at the crime scene when the cop refers to jane as a circus performer (i think). jane says to lisbon that he thought she would stand up for him and she says he should do it himself. as he starts to head over there (what's he going to do, kill him with sarcasm?), she pushes him back as if to say, "steady, big boy." he knows she's right and i think he's just faking being affronted by the guy.


@entwife so you think they either of them could make it happen? interesting. i don't think she could seduce him on a bet. and it would be incredibly uncomfortable because he'd have to turn her down. can't even begin to think of him putting the moves on her right now.


Too damn dark....This used to be my favorite show. But "Unforgiveable Things" just crossed the line for me with the opening torture scene. I don't mind a touch of nightmare, but I was also looking for some depth from the past of the various characters, plus some eventual uplift. (Like Lisbon's idealism rubbing off on Jane somehow.) My spouse and I aren't so hot on this show anymore.


I think both could seduce each other easily! Not that any of them is willing to go there at the moment because of the implications, as we already discussed. The thing is, they would probably go about it in really different ways. Jane would premeditatedly think of things to say and do to get her off her guard. He would plan something. He got her a pony for her birthday, he buys jewellery, etc., he always sets up elaborate schemes to get on her good side. Lisbon would never try to seduce him with schemes. In fact, I can't imagine her making a move on any guy: the guys are always the ones that try to seduce her. But if there were no inhibitions or fears of being rejected, I imagine she would simply shove him against a wall / grab his jacket / put her hands around his neck and kiss him senseless. And he would definitely reciprocate in kind. :D


teasing me about Jisbon seductions, that is, just kidding, I think about them all the time


@huisclothes If either one decided to and really poured it on? Absolutely. They're way too far gone. Stop teasing me lol


@entwife re: the center. they'll never take me alive.
ok, i think patrick could seduce teresa, like tomorrow.
but teresa couldn't seduce patrick.
not saying either of them wants it but if i had to call it, i would say she is his if he puts his mind to 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.