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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I just watched this weeks episode again and I have a problem with Rigsby and Van Pelt! Rigsby jacked Van Pelt up in front of a witness and threw her personal business out there like he read about it on the front page of the inquirer! What gets me is that Van Pelt just backed down....It's not like that. WHAT! All this before they even had a discussion about anything, relationship or otherwise. What? Risby buys her a stinkin' plant and now he thinks he owns her. Well! I. Guess. That. Beats. The. Hell. Out. Of. Buying. Her. Dinner. First! That's the kind of crap that broke them up in the first place! Instead of wearing heels, she better get out her B-Boots! These boots are made for walkin....! You know the rest!


@creamy and @huisclothes Jane taking the initiative and dazzling the breath out of Lisbon is my absolute preference! Sometimes I play with the other way round with little fan fic starbursts. But I much prefer Patrick in total thrall of Teresa and pouring that power helplessly through his own passion and knowledge of her every breath, just making a noodle of her! :-) Did any of that gibberish even make sense, hahaha? Am yet without coffee this morning.


think ctv does a better job with tm promos than cbs. cvs created that stupid template in, i think, season three and since then the promos are chopped to shit by the gritty graphics they slap all over them. doesn't fit the tone of the show. ctv's are looser and more playful. you expect a witty show.


@creamy that's my wish. i want him to turn his amazing powers on her. charm her, dazzle her, sweep her off her feet. he can do that to a woman. it's a lost art. now they propose in sports arenas. now brides and grooms smash cake in each other faces. teresa is in for a treat.


I like to think that when Jane will be ready to start his roamance with Lisbon it will totally dazzle her, surprise her and leave her breathless and speechless, just like he did with her birthday present:a pony :)


Definitely think Jane is running a long game, that there are plenty of things we don't know including things we know we don't know and also things we don't know we don't know. At least I hope that is what the writers have in store for us.
(giving equal time to Dick here after the shout out to Ronald R. )


just thinking about the fact that whenever jane is led in anywhere, he looks around excitedly and smiles. so cute.


@rationalgal I like that you put the part in about Patrick being a little teary. His face looks so pretty when he's about to cry, it's a straight shot into his heart, very childlike, just raw innocent hurt. Anybody wants to pat that away.


@rationalgal had him both joyous and sad because a good character got killed too and Patrick feels guilty about it.


how much time elapsed between when jane shot timothy carter and when the detective told him there was no gun? a few hours? jane was dazed and happy. is this the state lisbon would find him in after he made red john go bye-bye for good?

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 20 Quotes

We've got a case. You can deal with Red John later.


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