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'm pretty sure episode 21 will be a lot like Red Rover, Red Rover. Also, there MUST be a reason the episode recap says LaRoche has been hiding his secret for nine years. NINE YEARS. What else happened nine years ago, let me think....oooh right! Looking back, I feel season 5 has been the best season so far. I loved season 1 but now when you look at the episodes, we were given very little Red John. Season 2 was even worse, yet it had one of the best episodes of the entire series, His Red Right Hand. Season 3 we started getting more of the actual plot but the fake ending of the RJ story was a little too much for many. Season 4 sucked even with all the RJ stuff thrown in.


@katempw so am i. though i feel like the meal is almost over and i'm still hungry. this better be some great finale to sustain us all summer. last year's did. 'night.


I am ever hopeful and hopeless.


notwithstanding everything I just wrote, I still look forward to new episodes like a little girl, this week included :)


Here's the thing. It wasn't even an episode I like very much yet it still showed more depth and humanity regards the characters as they made their way through a goofy case of the week. I dislike whingeing about TM because I still love much about it. Highlights listed by @HC are those that I wait for each week. It's just that it could be and has been better than it is now. Perhaps in the race to find RJ it necessarily becomes more narrowly focussed. Just wish that they offered more flesh on the bones of each of the team and stayed truer to the characters as originally written in the sprint to the finish.


Yes indeed, the last episode was a bit cheesy:))) No substance and not even too much humour!Like something's missing but don't know what.It seemed that everyone was bored acting and tired of the plot.The writers definitely need a break to refresh the show.But also, maybe the budget isn't what it was.And indeed, the RJ storyline keeps the show on the track.Hope next season they will find what is missing.It started as a great series and this is how it should stay!!!!


@creamy maybe all of the above. i bet they get pressure to steer away from red john stories. i know many are bored with it, but i think cutting it down to almost nothing, is yanking on the piece of yarn that unravels the whole sweater. the whole thing has devolved to endless interrogation scenes conducted by cho or rigsby with a horde of uninteresting suspects - last sunday's ep being a good example of that. speaks to budget cuts. i should put those scenes on a clock to see how much time they spend with talking heads in a room.
always interesting to me that after an initial flurry, the only thing people discuss on this site are red john, every dimension of patrick's angst or patrick/teresa. the show should be about that. the plots are there to bring more texture and depth to those three things. that's a great show. not these dopey field trips to the wild west.


could also throw in a few more. little red book, red all over, and 18-5-4.


@huisclothes I agree with you.The poorest season of the mentalist wast the last one.Like the writers were on strike.Seems like nobody cared too much, since the ratings weren' too good this season.Could this be the problem?Financial difficulties?


@katempw let's hope they can get back the magic. i will never not love and watch the mentalist but more and more, it's a series i have in my head. here are the episodes that i think qualify for that series: pretty much all of season 1, redemption, red badge, black gold and red blood, red bulls, his right red hand, code red, cheap burgundy, blinking red light, red dawn, devil's cherry, throwing fire, fugue in red, ball of fire, red line, cackle bladder blood, the blood on his hands, blood money, red moon, jolly red elf, red gold, red queen, the red mile, every rose has its thorn, war of the roses, red rover, the crimson hat, the crimson ticket, devil's cherry, red dawn, red sails in the sunset, there will be blood, scarlet ribbons, little red book, strawberries and cream, red sky at morning, red sky at night. about sixty episodes out of about 120. a fifty percent success rate. and this year, only five so far. i feel like they're writing to a check list; writing scared. it's sad.

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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.