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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You're probably right, guys. We'll probably have to sweat blood at every inference, diagram sentences and break everything completely down to see what, maybe, it might mean. RVC nearly wore me out.


it is very likely we won't get a proper explanation!Like usually!Let's see what will happen.


wrong, not wring!


@creamy - I don't think Laroche is evil either. But everybody has done things that, while not evil, could cause problems for them if people found out. It will be interesting to see what they came up with. I had just assumed they would never tell us (I am wring once again!)


Is it bad that I really don't care what's in Larouche's box? It's a filler episode for me, I hope at the end there is some sort of lead into the finale. That is what would really make me happy and exited about the finale. Bruno said that it will change the hunt for red john. Does that mean jane is going to let larouche in on his RJ plans? Is this episode leading into that along with red curtain? Watcher, yes it will interesting to see why he lets Lisbon in, we know he def does tell her. I am exited to see what Lorelei left for us to find also.


and about the container: could be there for example, a gun or an object which could be consider solid evidence in a murder case?JJ's face is so funny sometimes, that I don't think he is that evil.I think Jane saw this in him, and this is why he's helping him!


@watcher I see your point!Exactly, Jane only told Lisbon everything because he HAD to.he needed her to fix a thing or do something for his goal.Let's say he doesn't want to tell her in the first place cos she might be in danger(not really buy it).So, yes, I will watch closer too, why he is telling her the seven suspects list!Looking forward to!


On the tupperware, originally i thought it was something sentimental. But the preview makes it seem that is not the case. Laroche says something about it ruining his career. So it seems he does have a deep, dark secret. (But doesn't everybody?)


I'm interested to see how he reveals the names to her. My bet is he won't proactively do it. She will either have to coerce him in some way, or he will only tell her because he needs her help with something. The only way I will see it as him truly letting her in is if he voluntarily tells her for no reason other than to include her. Context is very important. After all, he has "let her in" before. He told her about his time in the mental facility (but only because he had to). He told her he had Laroche's house broken into (but only because he needed her help.) He told her Timothy Carter was RJ (but he had to otherwise he couldn't continue the hunt.) In every case he has soon gone back to lying and excluding her. So I will be watching closely to see WHY he tells Lisbon.


hi Creamy! yes soon we'll know what holds the tupperware.. I haven't made any suggestions yet btw.
-one of his ex belongings to remember her
-sthg that would send him to prison (he killed someone?)
-another souvenir?

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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.