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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@neha emanuelle chiriqui's name is listed on the cast credits for one of the next two episodes. guess it's in flashback. for me, the more lorelei the merrier.


Re: the madness patrick causes. i confess i want a man who can get me going like he can. i love the power of his personality. that's a big part of what attracts me to him. so it makes sense that one would feel swept up in the turmoil he causes. he can mess with people's minds and that's what draws you to him. it hurts but it's a good kind of hurt.


@mimi good idea to get it and see. take a look at your mail.


@huisclothes I don't think I could have explained lisbons state of mind any better, that makes perfect sense. She is totally upset at him and at herself for letting herself go. I also feel like the Lorelei subject is going to make an appearance in the finale, I eager to see how Lisbon reacts to that. @entwife I know it's a crazy situation that make for great TV!


thanks Entwife, I ordered it as I can return it if it doesn't suit me. we'll see, I still have weight to shift, that's my "biggest" problem. it's wonderful on that skinny girl. so 13 hours to go now and we'll know what's in Laroche's tupperware!!!!


I'm off to 'Kaffeeklatsch' with the girls. Have fun! Later....


I think the dress is very pretty, Mimi! I assume you're thinking of the rose color since you didn't want black for a wedding. So summery and fresh. I love it!


@Neha Yay, Sunday indeed! I know. Isn't Jane and Lisbon the most frustrating situation ever? The closer they get, the further they are. But at least their blood is up!


entwife me too I would! definitely grrrrrr the man can drive us nuts! thanks Bona I dont know I havent seen the dress except on screen.


@Mimi - sorry on the dress matter, but you really have to ask Huisclothes for that. It looks cute though. My only advise: don't worry too much, if you're comfortable in the dress, then wear it!
@Entwife - yes, nice and warm again!
@Huisclothes - that just about sums it all up! This little 'talk' she has with herself...priceless. Too bad we don't get to hear the character's thoughts!

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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.