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 enjoyed it, @bonaduz! And thanks for leaving a review, my first ever, I didn't anticipate how exciting that would be and how much fun to put a story up! You all are just so encouraging!


@Entwife - LSHIAPM is what you said the other (zombie)-night? well ditto! Your story is fun! Thank you for sharing!


@creamy - that's also one of my favourite eps.! Thank you for reminding me. :-)))


Entwife - those videos are sooo cute! Yes, he's still a baby there but have you ever watched old videos of yourself when you were 20/22? Isn't it hilarious?? When I was 13/14 we used to hang around the soldiers that were stationed in our town and I remember thinking of them as "real" men! Now when I go home and see those 20 year old soldiers I think: 'Oh what babies!!' It's all relative!
Now I'm going to look for your ff! Later...


@creamy That may just be the scene I'd have to choose if I had to pick one from the whole series so far. I love it! Besides the nose punch, so terrific, there's the stress on Jane's face as he's waiting for Harken to show up and he takes a little too long. Sheer bliss! Thanks!

I just loved this scene :))))) especially Cho.He is such a vortex of emotions.LOL :)))


Hahahaha It's the white shoes episode!


My gosh, look at this doll baby! Clip 1 Clip 2


Well everyone, I have to say that ALL of the TM eps have been great IMO. Actally, only some have been great, the rest have been outstanding! Maybe I've been watching too much TV over the years but the least great TM ep far exceeds anything else on TV. (OK, maybe there have been a few eps of "House" and "Bones" that have been as good as the great TM eps, but that's it.) I love season 5 because of the mood and increasing depth that tells me things are going to start breaking in terms of characters and plot. No problem with the social message/no RJ eps. Loved "Ruby Slippers" and think it should have gotten an award from the LGBT folks. Still makes me cry at the end. Can't even start to appreciate other shows now - they all suck in comparison to TM. It's TM's depth, underlying meaning, compelling story and great acting that get me in EVERY episode. Does not mean I am not fussy- it means I am!


p.p.s. It's just a little one-shot.

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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.