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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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


@entwife jimmy gadd is quite the coy coquette. perhaps we'll get some pj/tl frisson to warm us over the long cold summer.


a suggestion. try not to post before christine orlando writes her review. that way we'll all be sure to get all the comments and be able to see how the discussion develops and refer back as the thousands of pages pile up. just a thought. :D


YW @Katrina It struck me the same way.


fantastic video @creamy, oh I ache now


@Entwife - that's the most hopeful thing about Jane and Lisbon possibly getting together I think I've ever heard!! Hope it's comes to fruition :) Thanks for passing that tidbit along.


hello all. i am waiting for my hub to come home so i can threaten him with his life if he doesn't record tm on at least three devices (replay, tv and hdsat) at eastern standard time and pacific time. i can be sure that one or two of these nifty machines will fail so i must have back-ups for my back-ups. belt and suspenders. re: jane being under some pressure to come up with seven names. maybe red john will set up a tv game show in which he's the smarmy host and jane is a contestant. he is on the clock for the grand prize which is jane gets to live.
or maybe it will be a carny side show game with red john as the barker - if jane misses with the wrong name, someone he cares about gets lowered into boiling oil. must get a cup of tea.


oh good news Entwife! Thanks Creamy for the video, it was cute! me too I have to wait till tomorrow, I'm from Belgium.


A quote from Jimmy Gadd, found it on Tumblr so it's second hand. at least Everybody knows about Jisbon…So, it’s all timing now. - Jimmy Gadd


yes for me the show and Simon Baker have hit me for life, for ex whenever I hear Australia or anything related to OZ, I think of Simon and many many words/quotes remind me of the show. I'm burnt


Or probably for the rest of my life!

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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.