The Mentalist Review: The Love Doctor

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Turns out Wayne Rigsby was in need of more than just some "Red Velvet Cupcakes," although with his penchant for eating on the job, it was no surprise he tried to steal one of the delectable looking treats from the victim's kitchen. 

Is Rigsby in Love?

This installment of The Mentalist was fun from start to finish as Jane got to comment on everything from dieting to fetishes; and a long-stalled relationship finally moved forward. 

I felt for the murder victim. Missy was determined to save her crumbling marriage but her husband was cheating, her counselor became obsessed with her feet and his wife shot her in a jealous rage. Talk about lousy luck.

Yet her loss was our gain as it gifted us with some wonderfully amusing moments. 

First was Lisbon prodding Jane out of his attic. When telling him he could deal with Red John later didn't work, she took a different route…

Lisbon: Jane, I need you.
Jane: It's nice to be needed. Anything for you Lisbon. | permalink

That certainly got his attention.

Who wouldn't love Patrick Jane as a radio DJ? He certainly has the voice for it, not to mention he knew people would do almost anything to win a prize, no matter what it was.

The look on Lisbon's face when she found Kip tied up in the jungle room was priceless. When Jane jokingly called the whole set up classy I couldn't help but laugh. 

I loved that Cho got to interrogate Kip. He's just so matter of fact that nothing Kip said about his affair with the passionate personal trainer could possibly surprise him. But when Cho said that the heart wants what the heart wants, I couldn't help but wonder if the heart was really the pertinent part of the anatomy in Kip's situation.

Wayne and Grace finally having an open conversation about their relationship was long overdue. It was satisfying to see them being honest about their history. From Rigsby's wounded expression when he accused Van Pelt of breaking up with him the first time because the job was more important to her than he was to Van Pelt's frustration over him getting some other woman pregnant, the two finally voiced what they felt.

Of course Wayne continually harping on Grace's homicidal maniac of a fiance was hysterical. It's hard to live that one down.

Wayne looked so stunned when Grace showed up on his doorstep that I wasn't sure he'd pull it together and kiss the girl. And as much as I've waffled on whether I've wanted these two back together, I suddenly found myself rooting for them.

As for our suspect's foot fetish, weird though it may be it hadd me craving a foot massage. 

The best part was that it gave Jane the chance to rib Lisbon a little in this The Mentalist quote...

You want to talk to me about the whole foot fetish thing but the Catholic school girl in you tells you that it's not necessarily appropriate. | permalink

Even better was his prodding to find out what flips her switch. The moment, a cross between flirting and teasing put an absolutely delighted expression on Jane's face. He needs to have fun like that more often. I wouldn't mind at all if it were actually with Lisbon.


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Hmmmm. Lisbon's heels are getting higher all the time. Makes her butt look better but how does she chase those perps in them? Her heels are a turn on for Jane.


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WOoder why they switched them. There really is no loose end left from this natural lead in to next week. It is really a standalone. The only thing I can think of is that since Jane was really testy and annoyed/borderline hostile with Lisbon for a lot of this episode, maybe that will carry over into next week. The tone is dark and depressing. Maybe next week will be the same.


And, by the way, 'Red and Itchy' was originally slotted for April 21 as it is the original episode 20, and 'Red Velvet Cupcake' was originally slotted for tonight. Thus, 5 x 21 was never supposed to lead into 5 x 22, like we had last year with 4 x 23 and 4 x 24. Unless you look at it from a dialog point of view: "Lisbon is my partner"; "Jane, I need you."; " It's nice to be needed. Anything for you Lisbon." The switch was publicized.


Merde! Teach me to click on here an hour before it starts Pacific Time, because you all are so excited. So much for not knowing anything going in. ;-)


@ BW&R I'm going to put my thoughts about it on the Itchy page so I don't make such a spoiler here by giving my ideas.


not a huge fan of tonight's episode, the first half looked good but this ended up being nothing more than the story going back to its initial crutch of CBI moles. Nothing more than that really. I for the record though like that the show didn't tell us what's in the box. The unfortunate part though is this red john arc basically is going to be a 1 episode finale this year, in previous years, we've either had a double header or two episodes in back to back weeks that were essentially related to each other.
Btw, why was the ending so significant of him having his tongue cut off, I just had trouble understanding why it was a big deal? Thoughts?


@Watcher I'm loving this episode. I think it's hanging together very well! And it's fun. And Lisbon smiled at a zing. I will say not more. Gotta go. Commercials over soon.


@creamy - just my opinion. You may love it. People often disagree with me about this show!


@watcher.....ooohhh , too bad it wasn't a brilliant ep.It was supposed to be, especially that is the end of the series!!

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