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


Entwife, have you indulged in a few cocktails this evening? Inquiring minds want to know ;-)


Larouche he got a tupperware, he had it from his mom. He put a naughty secret in to stop the peeping tom. He put the secret in the tupperware, taped it all up. He put the secret in the tupperware and taped it all up.
He put the secret in the tupperware, called on Patrick, woke him up and said,
Patrick, you got to find my tupperware. He said, Patrick! It's gone, I don't know where.
He said Patrick, you got to find my tupperware. He said, Patrick! It's gone I don't know where. And Patrick say, now let me get this straight. You put the secret in the tupperware, you taped it all up.
You put the secret in the tupperware and taped it all up. You put the secret in the tupperware, taped it all up.


@Entwife - never mind, I found it! Later...


So looking forward to the episode, oh god. Also curious to see the last 10 suspects. Pretty sure Linus Wagner and Virgil Minelli will be there, along with maybe JJ LaRoche. I'm afraid Red And Itchy won't have anything to do with Red John, unless there's a tiny bit in the end with Jane going through his evidence and suspect list. Brenda Shettrick will be in the episode too, so I guess that's the second "hole" they'll cover. She'll probably be the one helping whoever steals LaRoche's tupperware box so chances are she gets caught and they figure out her involvement in other crimes too.


Hello again...o/' o/' o/'
@Entwife - new story??? Wot, wot? What's it called? Have lots of time tonight and nee something interesting to read...for sweet dreams!!


Tomorrow. Tomorrow. I love ya, Tomorrow. You're only a day away! o/` o/` o/`


yes, @entwife the mentalist section is my favorite! i am going to check out your page soon too :)


I hope for the same @Pahometowner! @huisclothes Thanks so much for appreciating my little story. I just put up another one. I have a sort of backlog of several things I've written, but one or two I think are just too strong for the site. This one is a very strong M. It should surface on my list of stories at the same link in a short time.


I just read an article in TV Guide dated 2011. I had browzed for Ashley Gable, writer. What I found comforting was that she talked about how a series starts and then can evolve as time goes by. Her opinion makes me think there may life after RJ. Also The article mentions that Mr Heller can agree, but that he is looking for more time to develop the story (as in 2012, 2013). This may be old news but also hints that we could see RJ taken down and have episodes with the aftermath. The most interesting thing is that
Ms. Gable believes the basic premiss can evolve as the years go by. I would love to see the "after time" play out, especially Patrick and Lisbon.


I read somewhere that tomorrows episode is written by the same author who introduced Larouch's character, and he said he wanted to give some closure to the secret box. It should be good, I can get used to a new TM episode every week!

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 20 Quotes

We've got a case. You can deal with Red John later.


You don't hire a personal trainer because you like strenuous activity. You hire a personal trainer because it's the only way to get yourself to do it.