The Mentalist Review: An Odd Little Town

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It was a "Red Letter Day" on The Mentalist, as the oddities spread from the town of Percy, California to Jane's attic. The latter had to do with Agent Bob Kirkland.

Jane's Wild West

Lisbon and Kirkland shared the most uncomfortable cup of coffee I've ever witnessed. What's the opposite of chemistry? Repulsion? Teresa looked as though she couldn't flee the scene fast enough. 

Just when I thought Kirkland couldn't get any creepier, he did. As Jane and Lisbon mentioned in this The Mentalist quote

Jane: Don't you think it's odd, Homeland Security's fascination with a California serial killer?
Lisbon: Everything about Bob Kirkland is odd. You can add that to the list. | permalink

But it just got odder. It was no surprise that he had his agents break into Jane's attic to see what he had on Red John... but what was his purpose? Was it to let Red John know what Jane had on him? Is he actually Red John and just admiring Jane's handiwork? I'm really not sure.

Percy, California turned out to be just as odd as the man who owned it. When Hollis snarled at his son that he should have known Julianna was his sister, I could completely understand why he snapped and killed him. What a horrible nightmare.

The best part of the Wild West setting was that it allowed Jane to sharpen his skills and relive a bit of his carnie days. I could only laugh when Jane told Kevin that his magic sucked eggs. It seemed so odd to hear those words come out of the normally more eloquent Patrick Jane.

Another highlight was allowing Rigsby to use his arson skills to crack the case of the cabin fires. It's always nice to be reminded that there is a smart investigator behind that Wayne Rigsby blank stare.  

Even better was having Cho call out Rigsby for being dense when it came to Grace.

You're still in love with her but instead of telling her you bought her a plant. | permalink

That about summed it up. Of course the moment Wayne got the nerve to tell her how he felt I knew what was coming. The new boyfriend walked off the elevator.

Do you think Duncan will be another Red John minion? Perhaps the next Jack the Ripper? Married with a secret family? Knowing Grace's luck with love it could be all of the above. 

Does Wayne have a chance with Grace? What's your theory on Kirkland's end game? And what will Patrick do now that he knows his fortress of solitude has been compromised? Tell me your theories before the next The Mentalist.


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So glad you made it back safely @bonaduz!


@huisclothes I think Jane's aim with cutting witticisms would always be off. Witticisms would go right over the zombies' heads lol!


I'm back!!! Safe! Oohh @Entwife - your tin foil hat idea came too late, but I made it without it! But now I'm almost dying from laughing! What the zombies didn't do you might accomplish! ROFLMHO


jane has to kill the zombies with cutting witticisms. all to the head.


@bonaduz In case you're not sure how to make a proper tin foil hat, think Jiffy Pop. Needs to cover the entire cranium, with a bit of an antenna-looking twisty spike at the top. The spike is what makes it so dangerous in a thunderstorm.


@bonaduz I recommend a tin foil hat to keep from broadcasting your brain buzz to any zombies that might be lurking. Not to be worn in a thunderstorm, however.


@Entwife - A great ending to the Red John arc.


@Entwife and @Watcher - dang it! now you have me all worked up with your stupid zombies and I still have to go outside and feed the horses - and it's getting dark....and there is no light from the house to the barn...and my dog is a complete coward that will NOT protect me from zombies!!! Hopefully Jane with his sword will be there to protect me! ;-) So, if you never hear from me again....


Jane could figure out, after many failed experiments, how to calm the zombies down, teach them a little vocabulary, give them some self-relaxation skills, do a little zombie-consciousness raising (hilarity ensues) until they begin to see Red John for the slaver he is. Of course if they won't relax, Jane would have to chop their heads. Or Lisbon blow them off with her hand cannon. And, well, if the zombies attack it's all out carnage. Finally, they turn on RJ of course, and being the sniveling bully he is, he wets his pants and runs away. But the zombies catch him and eat his brains, no problem. At long last the zombies will seek a more peaceful existence which for them is to go back to their cozy graves for a nice long snooze, where they can dream their zombie dreams, forever.


@Entwife -I like that idea! And yes, it was hc.

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 19 Quotes

Jane: Don't you think it's odd, Homeland Security's fascination with a California serial killer?
Lisbon: Everything about Bob Kirkland is odd. You can add that to the list.

Jane: They argued.
Deb: How do you know they argued?
Jane: He is dead.