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.


thanks Entwife!
doesnt Jane look good with a nascent beard?


bye Kate have agood time! Speak later or most probably tomorrow!


OR I wait for one year and see it in French, the 5th season starts in September on TF1 but no thanks! the french dubbing ruins everything


So @mimi you won't be far behind at all: you might even watch at the same time viewers in the Pacific Northwest see it. Might have that screwed up but I think I'm close. Gotta go now but will check in later. Ciao!


hello Bonaduz!
yeah you're the only ones with whom I discuss the show. A good friend likes it too but she watches the epi when she's go time (she's not in a hurry like me) as we either don't see the show or see it online (although it's not legal) but what can you do?


OK katempw - have a fun day with your family! 'See' you tomorrow!


Hi Mimi! How's things? We're lucky here, that we can watch it on TV. My friend in CH said, that they quit with the new TM shows after about ep. 14. My guess is, either they didn't buy any more or they can't keep up with the translations. She hopes they'll (they = ORF, the Austrian channel) show the rest later in the year. Drives me nuts, because I can't even discuss anything with her!!! Grrrrr...


@bonaduz, there's a little lake 5 mins from town, not much of one really, but perfect for a spring swim for a dog (it's called Jimsmith). There are many others dotted around, some much bigger (Moyie). This is the closest though. @Entwife gave us a good suggestion for where we can blab but you're still going to have to wait for everyone else! I'll have watched by 8 your time and I think I may be the first? Unless there are others with access to CTV on this board. Excitement is mounting but I must now get into the garden with husband avoid recrimination and divorce.


I wont see any spoilers as I'll be sleeping and as soon as I'm awake I switch my computer on and watch the show.


Ah, thank you Entwife. The generic page? That's the main page of TV fanatic?
Oh well, I'll just wait 'til tomorrow! (or maybe not, depends...)

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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.