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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Hc ermm I would say nonow is not the right time. Sorry for my typo am on my phone


Entwife I knew there was something wrong with sleeve mixed up with leaves..
I understand you would feel embarrassed it's ok.. I read some Very erotic ff the other day .. well you know where I am if you change your mind!


ok. answer these questions quick without thinking. under the current story conditions in tm, could patrick seduce lisbon? could lisbon seduce patrick?


hahahahaha @huisclothes Almost missed the connection in your reply to @bonaduz. I know we've both refused treatment at the Nice Women Rehabilitation Center. More fun that way. :-D


It's so funny though because you must have thought I was kind of crazy. I read elastica the first time and never gave it a second read and I never saw anyone saying I mispelt it..
Thanks for the compliment!
Bonaduz I love your story how nice of simon! Thanks for sharing!


@Mimi Hey, while we're talking English proficiency great use of the idiom "up your sleeve!" Okay. I'm confessing to you that yes I do write things down, well really only a couple things, well, and a few other jots for future development, when I finally get too frustrated with the slow or no movement on the Jisbon relationship in the show. I feel no requirement to build a plot, that's not the point of them. It's mainly personality, reasonable excuse for structure and setting, just enough to support the action which is all I'm interested in for Jisbon purposes. My meanderings, though, are far far far, that is very very far, even way way way too far, that is supremely far too lascivious to share. I'm not kidding. I would be so embarrassed.


@bonaduz the hood of his citroen.


No worries Mimi. I think it's funny that most people on the web misspell my username. Maybe it's because it's not English, so people just fill the blanks in their heads and end up typing what makes sense to them :D p.s. I think your English is very good!


OMG estatica sorry I didnt read your nickname properly god im pissing myself laughing because of how stupid I was I mean elastica doesnt mean anything but anyway..


Oh wow, thanks for the compliment! I tend to write English as I was taught at school, so it's hard to use colloquialisms or slang in general. I do understand the meanings when I read you guys, I just never know how to use them adequately myself. @mimi I always find so funny when you call me elastica instead of estatica! In Portuguese, the first means elastic, while the last (the one I use) means static. :D

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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.