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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omg, another reply from that wonderful actor! *drops dead* "I would love some specific recommendations!I know almost nothing about Portuguese wine. Eager to learn." Good thing I know a thing or two about wine. The bad thing is that I'm feeling a bit drunk with all the excitement.


That would make great sense @huisclothes, it works!


@watcher re: in the buff. hilarious. my hub and i are laughing. i just flashed on the image of lorelei making a quick video of herself as red john is breaking down her door. she almost reveals rj's name but then all goes black.


@estaticia, So happy for you, too.


@Estatica- thanks, that's reassuring. I had no idea Bradley Whitford hadn't appeared in the press release. What you're saying makes sense considering that. This actually makes me feel a little better. Although maybe I'm a little too wrapped up in this show if the possibility of Lorelei being alive annoyed me that much.


@Watcher I do believe she is truly and utterly dead. The main reason for me to think this is that she appears in the credits. If they wanted to really surprise us, like in season 3, they wouldn't show her in the credits, which is what they did with Bradley Whitford. And this means that even we don't get Corrigan or Gaston or others in the credits, it still doesn't mean they won't show up in the end.


True re video recording it would make more sense to exact pinpoint, then to leave a clue for further solving the puzzle. Unless she made it before she had RJ's involvement with her sister's death solidified. Or it is about the person who helped her find out that her sister was being abused and had tried to take refuge at the women's shelter. I have no idea.


@Watcher Maybe Lorelei does reveal Red John on the tape, but Kirkland has it, or maybe he recorded a videotape in his interrogation of her. Maybe just not all of it will be show to us? I dunno. Kinda clunk on that one.


@estatica It's not pathetic, it's a thrill and I'm happy for you!


The only problem with the video theory, is why would she not just reveal who RJ is? We know the season will end with 7 names. It seems a little silly for her to leave a tape that doesn't just narrow it down to one. I really hope she's dead.

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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.