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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hi all thanks for the links KM! about the spoiler come on how is that a spoiler? of course they'll catch RJ, that we assume already! Entwife, I have to rewatch that scene, is it the one we once spoke about? I'm on another computer so I cant see it now but Ill have a look later. cant wait for Monday, do you think itll be like for the other finale, meaning the finale starts in the 21st epi?


@kat I loved Redwood too! It's really well written and it seems you really know the characters well. I am really getting excited for the finale too, also hoping s6 is better in scattering the RJ arc a little better over the episodes. That would make fillers so much more interesting! Hopefully there is more episodes like devils cherry and rvc and little red corvette in s6. Catching RJ in season 6 and having his trial span out in s7 would also be a good idea. It could be a good arc for the team to have to prove that the man is really RJ and put in away for good. Ofcource that would let us have s7 AND the non RJ lovers would be satisfied.


@bonaduz and @Entwife - thank you SO much for your lovely reviews of my stories over on the fanfiction net site, I really appreciate them :) @estatica - sorry for the late reply, but I was really pleased to see how much you're enjoying Redwood - hoping to get it finished soon :) Not long to the finale now - wonder if there will be a major cliffhanger or just the reveal of the names at the end?


@huisclothes: this picture is really funny!Such smile and the guys admiration:priceless!Got to love Simon!!!!!!
And I also like RJ episodes.The mystery and the chase make the episodes intense.Maybe they will kill RJ, but if we think closer, if he has so many minions that he has taught and controlled deeply, Lisbon and Jane might never get away of RJ's memory, for the minions will be ready to keep his memory alive!!And the story can go on!!


@creamy i am still a fan of the red john arc and think it's the best premise on tv. so i would like it to go on. every episode that has a bit of red john is more compelling. and red john-focused episodes are the best. they really hold up - for me anyway.


Honestly, don't care if they catch or not RJ next season, I would really want a season 7!I am not ready to see TM over!!!Not yet!!


Hmmmm, seems to work with the refresh button on the address bar. Still weird... oh well!
@KM thank you for the links. Now I'm getting really excited!
@Watcher - totally agree with you. End RJ in season 6 and IF they get a S7, make it about the aftermath. I would love that!


@Entwife - thank you for your tips regarding my posting problems. I'm trying right now if it works.


The person in the reflection is seated and the reflection is almost straight on, a little to the side, not elevated or angled like Jane is over Van Pelt's shoulder.


Ok, look. I'm watching Red John's Friends. The one with the face in the computer. I don't believe that is Jane's reflection in the monitor. For one thing, the angle is wrong. For another, after Jane types in and enters Why? there's a switch to the reflection and we hear two clicks. Then back to Jane's screen. No more words are entered there but RJ has logged off. I think those last two clicks were RJ logging off. I think that's his reflection in the screen.

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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.