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 - Oh my! It must be heartbreaking not to know what's going on with your friend! Soooo sorry to hear that! Depression is hard for everybody involved, especially when you are 5000 miles away! Thank you (second comment), very sweet!


@ bonaduz,
I'm glad to hear that you'll still be around. We'd miss you.


@ bonaduz,
The offspring have allergies, makes asthma hard, makes running competitively difficult. So not the best times yesterday for the eldest. She races again this Saturday. Fingers crossed for better times.
Sad? Yes. Still miss my dog. No puppy. Mostly its my best friend, we live 5000 miles apart. Severely depressed, suicidal, and has cut off all communication. Won't pick up the phone, answer either e-mail or letters. Last thing I heard, the day I put my dog down, was "Sorry to break your heart. Let me go. I'm dead." My friend is married. I've had no luck hearing from his wife. But, she never cared for me and thought it improper that her husband had a female friend. So, yes, the blue devils.


Oh hey KM - how come it's 27 C everywhere but here??? (sigh)! Sound like you have pollen allergies? (Hay fever?) I'll still be around in May, just not every day and only in the evenings! NO WAY I would miss the season finale and the following comments ;-))) Too much fun!
How are you? Still sad? Are you getting a new dog? A puppy??? Or is it too soon yet?


You all are prolific with comments. Glad to hear Spring has arrived, Mimi. We're headed for a high of 24 C (low of 7 C), yesterday we made it to 27 C. Lovely to sit out in, lousy to race in because the pollen is so high. Only six days, bonaduz? Darn. We'll miss your comments on Red John's Rules.


@Mimi - oooohhh, you have missed a good one. It's called 'Teresa takes charge' on ff, by Entwife. I bet you'll look at Jane laying on the couch with different eyes after you read it! ROFLOL!!!!!


@Mimi - 27 degrees??? Are you kidding? I bet all the blossoms are out as well!! (sigh - sometimes I really miss Europe - sniff, sniff). I'm glad to hear that you have a life beside TM! (just kidding) Luckily I work on the computer at the moment and so I can jump in and out of this site during the whole day. That's going to change on May 1st though. So I have what, aahhh 6 more days to have fun with you guys!


what?? "new story?" I never read any story from Entwife, have I missed sthg?


today I wanted to brng the car to the inspection thing (dunno what you call this in EN) every year you have to have you car checked. and I got lost and wasted so much time I had to go back home "empty handed" lol


@Entwife - I'm very glad that you had sweet dreams ;-) and I'm looking forward to your new story. I'm very well, thank you for asking. Life's good at the moment! What does Felicia tell Jane in 'A dozen red roses'? "Happiness is very hard to find. Once you got it, you have to hang on tight."
BTW - I checked out the German ff site. Tons of stories there too. :-)) If I run out of them, I'll check out the Italian site. Bet they have one too..LOL

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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.