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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@KM I enjoyed Red Letter Day too, there was a lot going on, Lisbon and Jane were getting along, Jane was acting more comfortable in the team and partner role than I think I've ever seen him and there was a lot of Kirkland tidbits, with that fabulous ending sequence of his shadow and the window bars cast onto his photo recreation of Jane's board (totally enjoyed that). which Jane appears to have fiddled with somehow to maybe lead Kirkland on a false trail? Pretty exciting stuff. Kirkland's motivations are still a huge mystery to me, I couldn't begin to guess what he's up to except he seems to be after Red John, too. Not sure why he's so interested in Jane's board, because Kirkland obviously already knows who Red John is. So maybe it provides evidence for him somehow, or he just wants to know what Jane has figured out, see how close he is?


Hi guys,
I've been out of town. Just caught up. I found 'Red Letter Day" to be much more satisfying than it seem others of you did. There is more to glean from the incest storyline if you view it with TM's last episode involving incest "Redfern". I think that they do a far better job at reviewbrain illuminating the layers of the lasagna, than I could or there is space here to explain it.
http://reviewbrain.wordpress.c... By the way, TM performed the same last night as a repeat of Castle did in the demo, and better in total viewership by the early numbers. I enjoyed the repeat. Cheers!


@Watcher Thanks for the read and the comment. I know. That sofa has been in use so many years now, stuff is bound to have happened there! :-)


@Entwife - just read your story and left a comment. I really liked it! It makes me really glad that it's never been acceptable to sleep on the sofa in any of the places I've worked. ;-)


@HA559: I guess it might be seven suspects at the end of episode 21. You know, the last scene being Jane alone in his attic, looking at the list of seven names and thinking, then giving us that "I'm getting very close" smile. I want to believe LaRoche's dark little secret will play a role in it too, and there has to be a reason Brenda Shettrick appears in the episode. Remember the last we saw of her was when she fed information to Volker, so she's likely doing other bad things as well. Alternatively, the finale begins with Jane rushing to Lisbon, telling her he's got seven names left and he's about to go on a killing spree and needs her gun for the day, but then they catch a random case and forget about Red John ;)


(really didn't love it the first time)


I'm with you @rationalgal. Just finished Not One Red Cent and actually enjoyed it more than the first viewing. Kinda goofy and fun. The shoes, the lunch bet with Grace, her not nice note at the end and charming Jane-Lisbobn interchanges (power dating discussion was hilarious) ... lots to enjoy. Bonus: only a day until the new one!


I didn't like the story for this weeks case, before the reason for killing was given, I suspected that ending. Also there just filling less than 10 minutes of the red John story in each episode just to keep it going. Is it going to be 7 suspects left at the end of the season or is it going to be 7 suspects going into the last episode of the season?


Just watched the rerun of Not One Red Cent - the white shoes ep! Loved it! I tried to see what some viewers may not like about it. Well, it was just a bank robbery plot, solved with Jane's usual mentalist skills. So why was it such a great ep? Had to be Simon's acting ability. He made Jane so funny in such a subtle way, down to the last muscle twitch and eye movement and voice inflection. I really don't think any TV/film Simon is in can be anything but great as long as he has a significant role in it. That alone will transform a mediocre or poor show into a great one. He has been in some crappy films but he had only a small part in them, not enough to salvage it. Brilliant actor!!


@Entwife - you're very welcome.

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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.