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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@neha i hope tomorrow's ep will be a lead in to the finale. la roche and patrick jane and red john. recipe for a great episode.


@entwife wonderful. thanks for sharing that. have had a glass of wine and going for a second. have baby back ribs almost done and a sister and a sick hub waiting to eat. will take a look later when i have fulfilled my duties as the server. i bet i'll love what you wrote.


@huisclothes don't worry about it! I was watching bones and it just occurred to me! Do you guys think tomorrows episode might have a RJ arc? O know they also have a murder of the week along with Larouche and his Tupperware box. There's only 2 episodes left, I was hopping for this one to be a little bit like red rover, leading into the finale.


@entwife he nails her. really? i have to see this. where do i see this?


@entwife i think if patrick stays at the cbi for a steady job, i will feel the way i felt about nick fallin in the guardian. in dismal surroundings with nothing but grinding dark criminality in front of him. why should he be surrounded by so much suffering? he doesn't have lisbon's cop/para military instincts. he's brought enough justice to the world. he gave at the office. let him enjoy himself and get paid for it and have it be for people who want what he has to give. not some cbi wonks who see him as a necessary evil.


p.s. thanks for that link, HC, I haven't seen it and it's really good!


ooooooohhhhhh @huisclothes Your plans for Patrick and Teresa are thrilling! I could settle for that as long as he was taking Lisbon with him and I got to see it all. Otherwise, we're back to the land of fan fiction. Only you could write that grand panorama while I am settled with my little one-shots where he nails her. *laughs hysterically at herself*


@entwife i want patrick to be more glamorous. to play on an international stage. to make a sh*t load of money. to change lisbon's life. to leap frog her far beyond her lisbon loafers have ever taken her. he could always have cho text him the findings on any murder and he could solve it between courses at le grand vefour. have said this before, but i think he would be an amazing negotiator on behalf of governments and corporations.


Your scenario would be really good, @huisclothes, if there could actually be that much stability in the plot and it wouldn't feel stretched out just to keep it going just 'cause.


Hi @huisclothes How about Patrick stays on at CBI for a job that he's really good at and a steady income. He's still driven to be the smartest person in the room, to have plays and schemes. He can still use them to catch the bad guys. That sounds reasonable to me, no? Anyway, I think it could be great.

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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.