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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Entwife - I love that scene from Red Badge. In fact, I just watched that episode a couple hours ago. It's one my favorites. They're so cute. Jane takes such good care of Lisbon in that scene/whole episode, but they still have fun. When she's in the trance, Jane asks about her dancing to the Spice Girls and Lisbon says the new guy in the mailroom is hot. Adorable.


@Stephanie - Mmmmmmhhh, nice... :-))


Hi all! Back from a lovely horseback ride with my hubbie (the boys are both gone for a sleepover!) Dinner and a good bottle of wine are planed for later....
Anyways - Lisbon's shocked face is priceless, I also bet it's Mashburn! We'll see. @Stephanie, I'm also glad that he seems to share his list with Lisbon. It's about time!
@KM why don't you write us a little ff with this scenario??? ;-)))


Ooooh @Stephanie Nice. We got great dreamers here. And I love being fed by wonderful dreams :-)


@KM It reminds me of that time Lisbon was so upset when Jane's hypnosis didn't work on her. She started to cry and he so much wanted to comfort her by hugging and holding her but she sent him away. I loved how his voice went into a higher register to match hers when he said okay, okay and it'll be all right. *sigh* Combine that with the maybe one little glimpse of when he first hypnotized her and she fell asleep on her feet and fell against him and he put his arm around her and said okay, okay and patted her hair. So, so sweet. I long to see these things and more come to pass in the near future. So, I can totally see your scenario!


KM/Entwife - That's similar to what I envision too under a Mashburn is RJ scenario should the writers go in that direction. I could see it going something like this: L - "I can't believe I was involved with RJ. He killed everyone you love. I understand if you hate me."
J - "First - I was involved with Lorelai, and you don't hate me for that. Second - He didn't kill everyone I love. You're still here."


Love your scenario, as usual @KM You ought to do some writing for us!


@ Stephanie in MI,
Yes, a very good plus side.


@ Entwife, -It would be an interesting thing to watch them put together. One can imagine a little bickering.
Jane: You slept with Red John!
Lisbon: And YOU slept with his mistress!
Lisbon: I know. (drops gaze. lower lip begins to tremble. voice drops.) I was a fool. I thought he...
Jane: Hey. It's going to be orright*. It's all right Lisbon. I promise. Come here. (softly) Come here.
Envelops her into a hug.
(*emotional simon slips into aussie slang)


@Stephanie in Michigan Yes! That is a really encouraging thought. Jane has had so many moments in the past where he kept things to himself that it will be comforting to see that he's really starting to open up completely. It's getting late for me, so I'm off to bed. Have fun everyone :)

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 20 Quotes

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