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 appreciate the timeline, too @rationalgal and @huisclothes' post about Jane being tortured for 10 years by a punk-ass serial killer. It's just so damn tragic and I don't want Patrick to be a tragic hero. Or at least not in the classical literature sense.


I like the chess board idea @rationalgal, even though I'm a bit disappointed about part 2 :-( (just kidding!)
One of my favourite books is called 'Daddy' by Loup Durand and tells the story of a 12 year old chess prodigy during WWII in France. He plays the real life chess game against the Nazis with a web of deception and lies and distractions. It would definitely add enormous depth to the show. Maybe you should apply for a job with Warner Bros. together with katempw???


@huisclothes I think he has to be running the long game! That sounds so exciting, I can't wait to see it unfold!


@rationalgal love the time line especially the ronnie reagan part. hope they use that. really brilliant.


@entwife and rationalgal. yes indeed. jane must trick rj into his own undoing. that's why the show is the mentalist. is he running the long game on kirkland as we speak?


That twist would be a lot of fun @rationalgal. Hidden in plain sight but you have to know the code. I immediately flashed on that time they got a locker key with 42 on it. But it wasn't locker #42 like you'd think, it was code for 4th row 2nd down or something. If that was so, they could show us the entire board and let people work on the chess moves. Now that would be a great promotional game for the show!


bonaduz, I can't do part 2 - it's that f--king Catholic girlhood background. Very inhibiting. Even libido deadening. Really sucks.
Now here's another idea to think about: Let's see Jane's evidence wall as his version of a chess board, things arranged according to possible moves. He does have some directional markings on it. So he has tricked Kirkland into copying it, not knowing it's misleading, and Kirkland makes moves that have him fall into Jane's trap. I love the idea of Jane prevailing over RJ and any other creep by making it a chess game. He is unbeatable at that, and that is what I think the wall represents.


Mmmmmm... @rationalgal - that sounds lovely! Part 2 please!


I meant to type any day.


Hee hee @rationalgal I'll take your scenario over mine any day! Or combine my scenario as part of the Jane loses it part of yours. Great way for Lisbon not to wait a minute more. I always want Jane to make the first move so that Lisbon doesn't have to chance his rebuff one more time. But I'll take this anyway. :-)

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