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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i ultimately agree that patrick shouldn't be out tom-catting. but i would love if they make the return of grace really crazy interesting. she and patrick have that great after dark relationship at the office. what if he woke up on the couch to find grace standing over him in the buff? he doesn't do anything about it. she's just offering in a sort of cultish robotic way. wouldn't it make the dynamic weird?


KM you are not odd (about Jane's character). You have it exactly right. Jane is basically a tragic figure with a charming overlay that hides his real feelings. A clown with a broken heart. He DOES NOT and WILL NOT sleep around! He may get tempted at times but he always recovers because his need for revenge and to redeem himself for his own unintended role in his family's murders is absolutely paramount and directs everything he does. He has been driven by this for 10 years and that's why we need some final eps that show how he recovers. We really have not seen the real Patrick Jane. All we've seen is the former huckster, the exploitive fake psychic, the current clown-with-broken-heart. Only one ep showed who he MIGHT actually be - the ep where he helped the military vet with his memory loss. We need more of that to wind up the series satisfactorily.


@km does it make a difference to ratings when people watch a live screening?


Interesting thing about the Saturday trial is that NCIS Los Angeles is the lead in. Word has it that CBS is not sure if it wants an all NCIS Tuesdays with NCIS, NCIS LA, and NCIS Red. With NCIS LA being weaker than NCIS in the demos it makes sense to choose LA for shuffle. So interesting. And, NCIS maybe a better lead in than TGW for TM? Time will tell.


Well now is the time of year that the networks play schedual shuffle with repeat episodes of shows that will be returning in the fall. In hopes of finding a 'better' home, or another graveyard to ignore any obligation to promote. CBS is no different. Elmentary was on last night, a Wednesday night trial. The Mentalist will be on twice this weekend. "Not One Red Cent" will be on at 9:00 pm (Pacific) this Saturday. And of course "Red Velvet Cupcake" will be on Sunday at its regular scheduled time. Hopefully there is nothing to preempt this weeks episode. Last week's "Red Letter Day" was shoved out of Prime Time and hence its numbers are down, but kudos to the nearly 8 million that watched it live till nearly midnight in the East.


Enjoyed the videos, KM, especially the Season 5 one. Thanks! So many of us writing our own little Mentalist fictions and fixes!


This is one of the fan video's I like. Hopefully you can see it. It was not put up so mobile devices can watch it, wrong platform. I saw it on the laptop the other day, but I've copied the link using my phone. Hope it works. I found it a good type of summary. Cheers!


It is creative @ creamy. Sorry I've never watched Elementary, so can't comment on it.


The end of that summary video has a creative edit . Lisbon said, "I love you, Tommy."


@KM very nice video!Thanks.And the final I Love you is just perfect!:))) after all why do we need CBS we cam make our own show!:))

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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.