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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Looking at the one promo picture that's out for the season finale with Simon's feet all a-tumbly on top of each other, it hits me that while Patrick Jane can recognize, appreciate and choose the right pair of sexy shoes for a woman, he himself chooses practical, comfy shoes. He seems like a very egalitarian fellow and I don't think he would think Lisbon one whit less sexy if she stuck with her comfy shoes for work and probably even looks askance at someone in law enforcement on her feet all day, maybe running down fleeing suspects, in 4-inch heel boots that make her walk funny. He probably thinks it's ridiculous.


@Watcher I can see your point of view that Jane would not be mad at Lisbon if it turned out that Mashburn is Red John. His main beef is probably that she slept with Mashburn, period lol, it obviously is still in his mind, stored close to hand in his memory palace. Plus like you say, if he gets that pointy finger out, he has to point it at himself, too. Lisbon on the other hand will be totally creeped out and may really need some help and support from Jane to get past it.


It sounded so nice when he said it!and the look on his face at the thought he was to lose her...............priceless!!!!


great clip @creamy Jane thought he was about to lose his Lisbon, the very very bad girl! :-)


Hi guys!just to refresh your memory!Here's a lovely scene with Lisbon asking Jane's help in finding a bomb!She was a bad girl :)))


@Stephanie in MI, I like yours. @Entwife
I was seeing a variation of Red Badge. This time she lets herself be comforted, because she knows that he needs to be comforted as well. @bonaduz,
Thanks for the compliment.


If RJ does turn out to be Mashburn (I really don't think it can be him) I don't think Jane would be upset about the Lisbon fling. I think Lisbon will be upset, but I don't think it will be a big deal for Jane. He pretty much slept with RJ himself already...they just used Lorelei as a RJ proxy. Jane willingly did that...there is no way he would ever hold Lisbon unknowingly sleeping with RJ against her. Jane knows his house is made of glass...I think he would be smart enough not to start flinging rocks around.


So true @Stephanie. The whole scene at her apartment in Red Badge is one of the most poignant and tender between them in all of TM. She's so cute when she wiggles like she's dancing to Spice Girls. What a wonderful hoot!


If the clues we've been given actually mean anything, it can't be Mashburn. He is clearly too tall. Unless they just ignore the whole Rosalind Harker story arc. But I would be really disappointed if they ignore that...very sloppy writing. On the other hand, I absolutely ADORE Mashburn. I think I feel about Mashburn like the rest of you feel about Jane! I will overlook bad writing just this once IF they actually bring him back next season. I really hope he doesn't just give us 7 names with no information on how he narrowed it down...I feel we deserve the same clues he had. Anything else would be a cheat.


@Entwife - niiiiiice pictures! Thank you!

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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.