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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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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Hey, anyone know what ep. CBS is showing of TM on Saturday April 20 ? Supposedly "Not One Red Cent" - the bank robbery episode.

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@Guest - sorry, no idea!

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Hey, anyone know what ep. CBS is showing of TM on Saturday April 20 ?

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OK - it's ordered! Looking forward to see it Huisclothes.

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good to know HC, will watch it then!

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Thank you Huisclothes - I'll go on amazon right now and order it! :-D

Huisclothes

@mimi it's about an over-extended investment firm. about very complicated subjects but all discussed in conceptual terms - so no prior knowledge necessary.

Huisclothes

one more thing re: margin call. the writer/director is the son of a guy who was a major player at a big investment house so it's very well researched. having dealt with a lot of these types -- it had the ring of truth to me. a very taut little film.

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oh ok thanks HC I thought it was about the subprimes crisis and the stock market bubble. it's so abstract to me.

Huisclothes

@mimi do see margin call. it requires no financial expertise at all. none. just a perfect little drama. all the actors, lots of great ones, give stellar performances and the script won many awards. margin call also won best ensemble cast at the independent spirit awards. you can find video of simon as one of the people accepting the award. doesn't speak but it's one more chance to see him.
simon plays a big honcho and looks fabulous as a slick super successful business man.

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.

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