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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oh that's interesting! and your kids? what are they going to study at uni?
yes I couldnt find glitchy in the dico!


@KM and Mimi - Glitchy? New word, not on Google translate :-) but I know what you mean. Thank's for the info!
Oh my son is better already, thank you for your good wishes! It couldn't have been that bad, he's already fighting with his brother again - kids bounce back so quickly. I admire them! He's not one to stay in bed anyways. Not enough 'action'! It's getting harder every year to keep up with them *sigh*
I saw an interview with Simon Baker the other day, where the Ladie asked him, if it ever gets old to be called a sex symbol. He answered: 'No, but I will eventually!' Made me smile :-D


@ Mimi,
No. I was pursuing a career in medicine. Even as far as studying at medical school. My degree is in biology and chemistry, and I ended up a molecular biologist working on 3 genes on the HIV genome. But, my husbands career required me to walk away because we moved out of state. So then I did domestic violence counseling and mediated a support group. I nurse is an honorable career, but I never reached it. The proper term was an emergency medical technician, I was certified for emergency rooms and ambulances.
And, glitchy is far more colorful than defective or malfunction. :-)


KM so you're a nurse?


@ Mimi, It happens. My sister-in-law is the same way and so that task falls to my brother. There are things that squick him and she covers those. But, we all have things. I don't like trimming people's nails, especially toes. But, you could bring sick or injured people into the emergency room and I could do it all. Including be there so they didn't die alone and then see them to the morgue. Teddy will leave me with the same steady hand. Just not a pedicure. :-) @ bonaduz, I hope your son feels better soon. And if its contagious, that he keep it to his sweet self.


oh glitchy! a new word!


Bonaduz, me too you just have to go backwards and post again it happens to me too..


@ bonaduz, Our darling Mimi thinks the system is glitchy. I think she's correct. It has happened to her and our Entwife too. Try clicking back and repost. Give it a couple of tries. If that won't work, close the window and start fresh. Tis annoying.


KM so he's holding on! I guess it's because of all the love you give him! well some people develop phobias regarding vomit because of traumatic experiences, although it seems silly, it does happen, all phobias are 'silly' though especially when you are not experiencing it, it's hard to understand why the person is freaking out. My mum developed it and was freaking out when we were kids and being sick, I guess I absorbed her fear as I feel the same now. It's not just that I think it's disgusting, I just can't handle it and feel so anxious. Hope your son will get better Bonaduz!


@KM - this 'held back for moderation' thing happend to me too! What's up with THAT? I didn't write anything out of the ordinary!

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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.