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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@Neha, good point.Indeed Season 5 was most revealing, we learnt a lot, even if some episodes weren't too exciting.I agree with you, Jane is sure about Lisbon's feelings, but is frustrating that we are not really sure about his feelings!Maybe in Season 6 we'll find out more about this!


I don;t know why but I have a feeling that we will see Kristina in next season.She thinks she's dead but I think Jane stays in contact with her.....she knows a lot, so he will try to fix her...and maybe who knows...


@estatica hmmm 1x07 is now another episodes have to watch. There are a lot of them. My summer is going to be full of them. That reminds me how much I HATE Kristina frye! I really hope she doesn't come back.


Guys, I just saw 1x07 (Seeing Red) again and now I'm also growing suspicious of that lover Jeremy Hale , the guy who also slept with Kristina and the victim. It could be nothing, but when he met Jane, there were some interesting interactions between them. Also, his shirt was red, he's about the same build as Baker and a killer smile. He's an artist and is known for seducing women. Hmm. *Adds another guy to her already long list of suspects*


Brunson last year before the season started that this season is going to be darker, sadder and is going to tell us a lot about RJ. I think it did all of that. I just wish the filler episodes had more depth to them. I am a way season 5 is the best season, in that it gives us little rid bits of RJ every now an then, Jane/Lisbon relationship is taken a leap. Jane now is sure of lisbons feelings. Also in s5 we got to know where Jane stands in his subconscious about RJ. Devils cherry is my favorite episode in the season! It's brilliantly written and everyone did an amazing job. So for everyone who's been following the show since the beginning, this season is not the best, but definitely the most revealing and exciting. It is for me.


Season 5 is very similar to seasons 3 and 4, with a bigger focus on Red John than in the first two seasons. In the first two seasons you barely remembered Red John exists, you always had a dozen random episodes between the real ones and you'd hardly remember who the hell Red John is. Sadly, though, seasons 3 and 4 ended up not progressing the plot at all. Season 5 seemed to be getting somewhere and we do we have real clues now(Red John's Visualize connection, which everyone had guessed already) but I'm not really hoping for too much from the last three episodes. I think things will be more or less reset once again in the beginning of season 6.


Morning guys!
@Huisclothes - now worries about 'Margin call'! I'm sure that I'll like it. @Feint - S5 was darker, gloomier and way more serious than the first couple of seasons for sure! What do I prefer? I'm not sure. I think S5 was (or is) a logic continuation of the show with - I do admit @Huisclothes - (too) many episodes that where shallow. But all in all I just enjoy this show so much more than any of the others on TV right now, or in the recent past! I'm happy that there is a S6 with (I'm sure) at least some great episodes.


@huisclothes: I just really like the fact the Red John plotline is progressing properly(although it's still not going anywhere) and it's not constantly forgotten for months. I liked the season premiere, Blood Feud(one of the better fillers!), Red Dawn, Red Sails In The Sunset(far from amazing but not bad either), The Red Barn, There Will Be Blood and ironically, Behind The Red Curtain. I liked Red Letter Day too for the Kirkland parts, and I was happy to see more of Jane's 'magic' even though the episode was rather weak. I pretty much enjoy every episode with even the smallest clues on Red John or just progress with the case. I feel seasons 1 and 2 should've been more like this one so more people would actually care about the RJ plot.


@feint interesting that you liked season five. which eps were your faves?

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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.