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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@KM I can't handle those drinks so late at night! lol I use them more as digestives, after a particularly rich mean, like on a winter Sunday lunch or holiday. I enjoy drinking wine very much, but if I drank a Port or Madeira with a 27º outside, I think I'd die! :P


@ Entwife,
At first I thought too tall to be desirable. And, I was, hell no, my better half is 6ft 6 inches and he is 6 ft 3 inches. Then I clued in and figured you comparing him to Roslind's description. My bad.


@Stephanie in Michigan I just keep thinking of all that drama! Jane dealing with the fact that he practically shoved Lisbon and Mashburn together (he wasn't thrilled after it happened, anyway). And poor Lisbon, it's not as if she wasn't damaged already... I do think there's a strong possibility that it may be Mashburn that will be mentioned, maybe because of this episode and the turtleneck reference. Or maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part. Hmm.


I confess I'd feel bad if it was Mashburn. They liked him. (i liked him.) Both, Jane with his family, and Lisbon with Bosco, have lost people they loved. Plus we would have this odd triangle of Lisbon--Mashburn, Mashburn--Lorelei, and Lorelei--Jane. So if Jane and Lisbon get together then they would make it a circle.


Holy Cannoli, Batman! I'm thinking Turtleneck Mashburn, too. Sure does jive with them dredging him up in RVC after all this time. But hey, if Lisbon slept with Red John, that makes her a whole bigger sinner than Jane sleeping with Lorelei. Just about even if Lisbon's naiveté cancels out if Jane knew he was sleeping with RJ's girl. Ewwww. But isn't Mashburn too tall?


One question I have about the Mashburn/Lisbon/Jane dynamic is if Mashburn ended up being Red John - Who would take the news harder? Obviously Jane wouldn't be happy about Lisbon sleeping with RJ (I'm sure he's not thrilled about her and Mashburn now), but I would bet Lisbon would be absolutely mortified. I can't help but imagine her knowing she was involved with the man who killed Janes' family, Bosco, and so many others. Ugh!


who is it, who is it???I'm so curious!!Poor Lisbon, another shock!!


@ estatica,
Not mean. He was fun. I was wondering if my guess was too cliché? Off topic, but I was grabbing more late vintage Port and Madeira, and our 27 degrees inspired a few bottles of Vihno Verde to serve with scallops, barramundi, and asparagus. We live about 15 minutes from a winery. But you inspired me.


@KM Not cliché, I think. I think he'd be a really great candidate. I would love to see Currie Graham on the show, if only to make Jane jealous and created drama between him and Lisbon! :D (I'm really mean, aren't I?)


Spoilers ahead! "Anything new on The Mentalist‘s finale? Thanks! – Luiza
As promised, the first Q that landed in the new emailbox gets an answer. So, Luiza, you probably heard how Jane is going to narrow down the Red John suspect pool to seven people in the May 5 finale. Well, wait until you see Lisbon’s reaction when he gives her the first name!" Oh my god! This means it will either be Minelli or Mashburn! Please let it be Mashburn! :D

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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.