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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@ bonaduz,
At my children's school the language options are Spanish, Mandarin,, and Japanese. So they have had a year each of Mandarine and Japanese, but selected Spanish as the language they would formally test in at year 11 or 12. The eldest seems to have a knack for languages and tested at year 11, and she passed high enough to earn Uni credits. The youngest, my boy, does not seem to enjoy languages as well and likely test at year 12. And, my sister-in-law is Cantonese (from Hong Kong) and neither nephew wants to be truly fluent in either Cantonese are Mandarin. And will end up beautiful half Cantonese men who are fluent in Spanish at this rate. But, they are growing up in Los Angeles.


Hahaha! Second nose punch! The Thin Red Line. Det. Blakely lands one on Patrick.


bona that's what I was wondering, if they learned English or French, depending on where you live in Canada I guess.. That's good they're learning so many languages!


@Mimi - yes, I speak swiss with the kids, so they are able to speak with their friends and my family, when we go for a visit to Switzerland. Or course they speak english in school. And in grade 5 they started with french now also.
@Entwife - Jane with the little baby girl, sooo cute. He always smiles and coos at babies, but I bet inside it hurts him a lot! BTW: your stupid big feet keep following me around! :-D


Watching my dvds, still in the first season The Thin Red Line. It takes place in Davis, CA. Home of Visualize and the Orchid Lane house from TWBB. Interesting.


I'm watching Red Hot, Mashburn is growing on me, he's actually really charming! and his red sweater suits him.


bonaduz so you don't speak English with your kids? but what language do they speak at school?


@KM - yes, wanted to ask you for a while now, but keep forgetting. You said your kids study two languages. English and ??
I'm trying hard to get my boys to learn how to read and write german. They're not really enthusiastic about it. I speak swiss with them, but that is quite different. They speak swiss very good, but their spoken high german is 'p..poor'! At least they understand it more or less!
How did you start? Or do your kids learn the second language in school?


bona-glad your son is better!
I have seen that interview, I love how he's embarrassed with the sex symbol question, cute:-)


Lady, sorry

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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.