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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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


@Entwife - 'handses' ok, got it! LOL
And hey, do whatever you like with those comments, they're no secrets!! ;-))


@Entwife - what are 'handses'???


OK @estatica, I'm going to get a Tumblr account!


@Entwife have you got a tumblr account? All you need is to get one and on my page, on the top right corner, there's a button that says "+ follow". Then just click on your dashboard and you'll see all the posts of the people you follow, the posts you did and who liked it, who's following you, etc. :)


@estatica Thanks for reviewing. Who knew TM would be such a great creative outlet, eh? I'm hooked on your Lisbon tumblr although I wouldn't have the vaguest idea how to follow it. I just check in on it and stumble around. Maybe I'll eventually figure it out. :-)


Thanks for the tip on 3x08, @bonaduz! You don't know how grateful I am tee-he! And for the review! I'm a little Catholic girl too but it's probably very hard to tell! Oh well. "We all have our guilty pleasures," right?


@Entwife - still giggling about your story! 'Twas a lot of fun and well written! ;-)))


Every time I check, there's always stuff in my inbox and the number of followers just keeps rising (it's around 110 now). I'm inclined to think people need to vent about how much the writers keep holding Jane and Lisbon's relationship back. Most questions I get are made so Lisbon confesses how much she loves Jane in a romantic way. haha!


@Entwife Read your fic, that was so much fun! lol Tumblr can get a bit confusing, yes. The fake Lisbon account is my doing, but I'm not responsible for the Jane account. Since then, other people on tumblr joined as Van Pelt and Rigsby. It's amazing how many questions people ask my account. They know it's fake and yet, they just can't stop themselves. :D


@estatica The Lisbon and Jane tumblr blogs are so captivating, loads of fun! I wish I understood tumblr better. It's hard for me to find my way around and know where I'll end up when I click something. Yes, it was @estatica started that about Two Cities on Reviewbrain blog. Then it really caught fire yesterday and culminated in the great discussion on Jane/Lisbon dynamics that is so good, too.

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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.