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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By the way, if you look at some of the promo shots of Red John's Rules you can see that Robin's right wrist is in a cast. The tried to match the color to her suit jacket, and that is likely why her sleeves are a little long.


@ Mimi,
Morning. My notes, I'm saving ff for my holiday, say Entwife Incognito for Entwife. Our Watcher is AlwaysACritic
Our Kate is Katrina I've go the titles for Watcher's and Katrina's written down if you are interested.


also, i have to say how great it is to read all your theories and fanfics! i really did enjoy all of them, i wish i could write like you guys :(


Lisbon could also be surprised if the suspects included Bertrum or minelli. so maybe the turtleneck thing was just to throw us off and rant about Mashburn for the week.


Mashburn was really high on my suspect list too. I do really hope he is not RJ though coz that will destroy teresa(i think). i cannot imagine un-knowingly having a one night stand with a serial killer, that would be extremely damaging. Not to mention, he killed the family of someone she loves. I do like the idea that mashburn shows up and starts something uo with lisbon. It would be so interesting to see Jane's reaction to that, he would be forced to say something then!


I always had Mashburn on my RJ suspect list, mostly at the top because he has been the only character with the money, influence, charisma etc needed to do what RJ has been doing, plus there is that motivation in his background about a romance that went bad and changed him. Hope it's not him because I like him. Height not important because we really don't know who the real RJ is. Rosalind, Rebecca, Sally Carter all had different RJs. But Mashburn matches the handshake and potential friendship description from Lorelei. Bruno and Simon did like the idea of a Jekyl-Hyde character so maybe Mashburn is it. Jane and Lisbon would both be upset - Jane for pushing Lisbon and Mashburn together and Lisbon for following thru with that. Probably not him, tho. Too obvious, turtleneck and all. Just a red herring?


@Entwife - I'm not so sure, if I should hope that TM writers and Bruno Heller take note of our little site here!! ;-)) know what I'm saying?
Lisbon chess - I like that though! How would that chess board look like? Green and blue/green squares? A white king with wavy blond hair and a black queen with dark brown hair? Who would the pawns be???


@bonaduz yes yes, lovely rescue scenario, love it, especially the etc part! I think RVC not only sparked Patrick Jane to make his opening move in Lisbon chess, it's got us all bubbling around here. All these great story line ideas are surfacing. It's good. I hope Bruno and the TM writers take note.


and one more clip and I'm off :))) Let's see one more time the bone that writers have thrown us :)))))


@Entwife - oh you and your feet and hands! ;-) Just finished that Donnamour ff with the 'handses'! That was really cute! Thanks for the link (it was yours, wasn't it - if not, I apologize to whoever posted it)
I can't see Lisbon working in high heels. No way! As you pointed out - how would she get around without braking her ankle? Hey - just had a thought... Jane buys her sexy high heels, she wears them to please him, they have to chase a suspect, she falls, hurts her ankle/knee/foot/whatever and Jane comes to her rescue, cooing and caahing over her injury, she lets him carry her to the car etc....

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 20 Quotes

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


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