The Mentalist Review: The Mystery in the Tupperware

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"Red and Itchy" featured everything you could want in an episode of The Mentalist: A compelling mystery, great teamwork and lots fun banter. 

Throw in Patrick Jane working hand in hand with J.J. LaRoche and how could you lose?

Jane's Unexpected Partner

Did you see how Jane immediately perked up when he heard that LaRoche was asking for him? He couldn't resist that. Not even the hunt for Red John could keep him away.

It was all of the little things about the opening crime scene that I enjoyed. Jane noticing that the Hummels were broken. Rigsby holding LaRoche's dog. And finding out that Lisbon is not a canine lover, or perhaps it's that they don't like her.

LaRoche looked so distraught sitting in that ambulance as he accused Jane of being his puppet master. Jane's response and LaRoche's reply in this The Mentalist quote spoke to the odd affection that seems to have grown between the two…

Jane: I never thought of you as a puppet.
LaRoche: You ever thought of me as a friend? | permalink

I loved watching these two men together.  They're both such odd ducks that their relationship is strangely refreshing.

But everyone provided us with great banter in this episode. From Teresa, Wayne and Grace discussing the pros and cons of Tupperware... to Jane comparing LaRoche to a Sharpei puppy, every conversation alluded to a comfort and affection they all had for one another.

And then there was Jane calling Lisbon sexy. Of course he also referred to her as a spinster in the same sentence but I'll settle for the little things.

When Sayney's ex-cellmate mentioned how quiet he was, that's when I knew what was in the box. LaRoche's mother begged for mercy for hours. LaRoche made sure her rapist would never be able to beg for anything ever again.

I did find it amusing that Jane was so concerned for LaRoche's privacy, considering all of this started with him hiring a petty thief to break into the man's home.

As for Brenda, it was about time they took down the evil witch. Whose pocket wasn't she in? Miguel, Volker... maybe Red John?

Other Notes:

  • Lisbon did six months of anger management for covering Jane's butt. That would make me angry.
  • I couldn't believe Jane locked the poor cat in the safe. I was yelling, No, no no! as he shut the door.
  • LaRoche looking down at his belly as Jane said he'd be happy to rub it was hysterical.
  • Lisbon telling the team, "Bye, bye. Bring back a drug lord," may have been even funnier.

So is this the last we'll see of LaRoche? I certainly hope not. Do you think Brenda is the only leak in the CBI? And what are your guesses for the final seven Red John suspects. Speculate away as we fast approach The Mentalist season 5 finale, previewed here:


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Hello. Just watched red and itchy yesterday. And there is something in one scene which sums up something I've been trying to say about certain episodes being to mechanical. The scene where Jane and and La Roche go to the park where the drop off point for the tupperware box is. When they find out its gone, there also happens to be a person walking past them just seconds later, who not only happens to have a container but exactly the same container as La Roche's. This scene was just to show off more of La Roche's character and desperation to retrieve it. They do this with entire episodes now though not every week, where the story is too mechanical. The final has to be good, Red John has to make an appearance, at least have him holding a cup of tea like his last appearance on the show. Enjoy the last episode.


Jimmy Gadd 11-20-1012 tweeted: We get moved back because of US football and the ratings don't count. We get ratings elsewhere. We're just fine. Thanks for supporting my tweet to Jimmy on twitter @Mimi!


entwife u should have tagged Bruno as well!


I'd like the link please!


cant wait either! I have a great link for those who want to see it quick (Europe) but it might not be the right place to post it.. not sure.. hi huisclothes!


I don't want to make high hopes of Jisbon, this way I won't be disappointed!Like a child!:) If there will be some Jisbon, I am sure it will be so short sighted, that I won't have time to catch that glimpse and have to re-watch the ep to watch that tiny bit over and over again!!Heller how you love to torture us!
I think TM will have good ratings tonight!!


@feint i'm very excited. they've never disappointed with a finale so my hopes are high. i'm also dreading the five month break until the season 6. last year, tbs ran the entire 3 years of the guardian four nights a week so there was something interesting to watch. this year, no such diversion exists and since i didn't think that much of season 5, i'll only be re-watching maybe five of the shows. maybe i'll go back to the beginning. one a night.


@Feint yes, really looking forward to it, apprehensive like you said.


I truly hope so @huisclothes, with all my heart. *sigh* This has just gone on too long. I tweeted @creamy's video to Jimmy and mentalist writer and tagged Bruno to say kinda like look, this is what us jisbon folks are going through out here, you better do something, quick. Not in those words. I'm really grateful for twitter. I can say something right away if I want.


Anyone looking forward to the finale? Sadly, those of us in Europe will have to wait until tomorrow to download the episode but I'm sure it's worth the wait. I don't recall ever being so excited about a tv show. I'm worried we'll be disappointed, though, but given how little time they have left(one season), things have to start moving on!

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 21 Quotes

I see you bought a new safe, I guess it's not safe enough.


Well, if you're going to get in a gun fight it's best to get in one with an arthritic shooter.