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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At this point Jane pretty much loses it and you can all imagine what comes next.


Here's a (really lame) script for how Jane and Lisbon get together per their style: RJ has been killed BUT so has a good character. Jane is in his attic, stressed to the max by joy and sorrow. Lisbon comes in, goes to comfort him. He is emotionally distraught, hugs her a bit. She puts her arms around him, head on his chest, tells him nothing was his fault, etc. Jane is somewhat tearful. Lisbon quietly starts unbuttoning his vest. Jane pauses, confused, says, "Teresa?" Lisbon pats the vest closed, says, "Sorry." Jane, getting a bit aroused, says, "No, don't stop. Please." As Lisbon continues the unbuttoning, Jane starts in on her shirt. Pauses, says he doesn't have any protection. Lisbon says, "Didn't you say you loved being a husband and father?" Jane takes deep breath, stammers a bit about what that meant, then says, "Did I hear a proposal in there?" Lisbon says, "Did you want it to be one?" Jane says, "More than anything," lisbon says, "Then that's what it was." At this point Jane pretty much loses it and you can all imagine what comes next.


I worked out a time line for Jane. See how it meshes with other stuff we know and may find out by the finale:
1970: Jane is born. Also Visualize got started at this time.
1985: Jane is 15 and a Boy Wonder getting sucked into 10-year huckster life. Does shows with Hellion part of this time. Brett Stiles has close connections with Ronald Reagan (elected 1980), showing political influence can be accessed by RJ.
1995: Jane is 25, meets Angela, leaves carney life, gets married, has child.
2003: After about 8 years of happiness Red John kills Jane's family.
2013: Jane is 43, has lived in hell for 10 years, 15 years (from birth) of learning mentalism, which he enjoyed, then soul-sucking hustlerism for 10 years, and a measly 8 years of real happiness. No wonder he went insane.


Hey Warner Bros., sign me up. Sometimes being a stickler has its drawbacks but I could help you out. I know it!


Thanks @huisclothes, interesting on the story board. So is your comment about Jane, women and wasted years. Agreed. I also think you are right on @rationalgal.


@rationalgal your assessment of jane and women is perfect. not sexist. appreciates them physically and mentally. he's an equal opportunity pain in the ass -- teases women as hard as he teases men. asks if people were "lovers." very nineteenth century, our mr jane. sex is not just sex to him. don't think he gets it as a sport. even with erica, there was a definite meeting of the minds going on. a beautiful body and face are not enough for him. he needs some mental or emotional connection. he is poignant and perfect and has been wasted for ten years. so tragic for him and for lisbon. his prime years gone to chasing this hideous son of a bitch who has been enjoying himself on every level while poor patrick lives an impoverished life.


@katempw creative people often use a board, like jane's, to plot the course of a series. i'm pretty sure no one is as aware of continuity as we are. we get to mull over the episodes for months and months while the producers have to deliver the script in a short period of time and then get it in the can every two weeks or so. add to that the directors who move in and out of the process and have their bright ideas and you have a recipe for tiny inconsistencies that only we hobgoblins are able to fixate on. would like to think that bruno or someone deputized by bruno is the keeper of the flame but even so, anyone who contributes to this site regularly could show up for work at warner brothers and outdo them all.


Just a glimpse of a relaxing mood of Jane.Let's have a Pina Colada :)


guys!Let's not spoil the fun and continue :))


If only @bonaduz ... ;)

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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.