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'm inclined to think that the finale will further the theme of partnership between Jane and Lisbon, okay I hope, the arc of his 6 months disappearance generating feelings of betrayal to letting her into the attic with "Come here partner" to her office "I'm your partner" and Orchid Lane to the finale where she is the one he trusts with the 7 names. The level of trust and work 'spouse' is what we'll get. At least I hope so. I think Jane letting her in is a bigger deal than his saying "Love you, Teresa."


Hellooooo!!!how is everybody?Enjoyed your comments!Have a great night/day don't know depends on either and enjoy the new tupperware episode :) I just hope we'll have a happier Lisbon.I don't like her sad and distressed.


I agree Neha and I don't expect any Jisbon for this finale season, pretty sure nothing will happen. we'll only know more on the RJ front.
patience, patience..


I almost feel like in crimson hat, Patrick planted that seed in her brain that maybe, just maybe something could happen between them. And then the whole Lorelei shindig happened and that crushed her. The idea that she was the first women Patrick had had sex with after his wife was too much for Teresa. I know it would be for me. And then orchid lane, urggh! Sadly I think your right, rvc is probably as far as they might go in the Jane/Lisbon story this season. It sucks, but knowing TM, totally possible.


btw Huisclothes, you mentioned that Monica suares was in the same prison as Lorelei, and I realised the other day while watching the epi for the second time that you meant that monica suares, somwhow I thought it was frm an old epi, lol I didn't watch it carefully the first time around. must have thought I was crazy.


no entwife, you're not wrong. just feel like we've had to squeeze every ep with a juicer in order to extract one little sip from it. in crimson hat, we got "love you" and the handhold and her distress on hearing about him and lorelei. hope for more.


btw like I said before, a good friend of mine also watches the show with her hubby, they both love it too but not like I do (lol) and she said she can't see them as an item at all, so it's all about perception. she wouldn't like it to happen..


thanks HC Im looking at dresses on Asos. beautiful stuff there too! I agree about Patrick, poor Theresa lol hope someone puts an end to her misery soon!


I dunno @huisclothes. It seems like we've been talking a lot about Jisbon these last few episodes. Or is that just me lol? Seems like there's been a tidbit in each one to talk about, but maybe I'm wrong.


the one crummy thing about all the patrick and lisbon stuff that went on in red velvet cupcakes is i suspect that may be all the romantic nod we get this season. hope not. hope for something more intense.

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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.