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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Hi @Mimi. I found a great but very angsty clip I don't know if you saw. KM told us about the different whiskeys. Watcher, bonaduz and I had a drink together, Clink and Prost. I wrote lyrics for tonight's exciting reveal on Laroche's tupperware (but you can see that on your tumblr--with a picture). the angsty clip:


hi all how are you today, havent caught up on the comment, is there sthg I must know?


All this time I've been confused about Why would Lisbon say We're not a couple, please? It seemed so out of the blue and hostile from the friendly, sweet attic scene they'd just come from. Then I remembered what had happened in between the two scenes. Jane had made fun of her for being a fan of the Love Doctor right before they entered the building and went to the receptionist's desk. Lisbon, in true wishing she had a cattle prod fashion, probably jumped at the chance to get him back by denying him so flatly and thoroughly. This little piece is actually the link that for me ties the continuity of RVC from beginning to end on the Jane-Lisbon thread.


@neha: She may think he is a creep but he's still hitting on her and they even went out together. And you know, she'd have to be surprised if it turned out Red John has been working with her and Jane for the last six months or so. He's been there all the time. That sure would be more of a surprise than, say, your one night stand from 3 years ago being Red John. Or your boss from 4 years ago.
And you mean Ray Haffner! I dunno. He's probably up to something, or he's just really easily manipulated by Visualize, but I'm not sure he's a viable Red John suspect. Gotta remember the list is based on people who could be Red John, not his accomplices.


@fient, hmmm i dont know if kirkland being on the list would actually surprise lisbon so much for them to mention it. She already thinks he is creep(and so do I). She would be more surprised if it was mashburn or Bertram, I think. I could be totally wrong. Oooh oooh, maybe even that agent that asked lisbon to join his private security company. (i am really bad with names)


And then, of course, he would turn out not to be Red John but an accomplice who eventually leads Jane to Red John. You know, Jane finds him and kills/arrests him, then the real Red John walks out of the shadows and says "Hello Patrick." ;)


Just had an idea. I've been wondering why Robert Kirkland isn't listed in the season finale's cast. What if, to Lisbon's surprise, Kirkland is Jane's first Red John suspect? It would make sense for us not to see him for a good while. He would just completely vanish and they'd eventually find out he was the one who broke into Jane's attic. Maybe Robert Kirkland is just another alias for Red John. That way we would know who Red John is, but not his real name or identity and the hunt can continue. It'd also be yet another 'so close' case.


@Entwife - you probably don't have much need for a woodstove in Texas, but here it's a necessity! And the wood is free too - just need a husband who goes out and cuts it for ya - and the boys bring it into the house every day! Ta daa, nice warm house for me without lifting a finger! (whisper... women are smart)


Sorry @ bonaduz. You can take the molecular biologist out of the lab, but not the science out of the woman. :-) @Entwife, -I'm glad you like the tingle on the tongue. A little dance party.


Woodstove @bonaduz. Nice. Used to have one of those when I was married.

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 20 Quotes

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