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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hi Kate well it's 6pm here so tomorrow at 8 am Ill see the show but maybe itll be online earlier, so you should have a look there, maybe someone whosees it first will upload it before it's broadcast for the rest of the US. have no idea..


Hi Katempw! Tatlayoko Lake in the Chilcotin. West of Williams Lake. Of course the lake is too cold (for me anyways!) The boys had a mud bath about 2 weeks ago and I refused to let them sit in the car like that. So they striped bare naked and jumped in the lake. It was about 10 outside and maybe 3 degrees in the water!! I have to admit, they're waaay tougher then me! I don't even set foot in it in the summer most of the time! It's too big and deep and all glacier water! Brrrr.... We have other smaller lakes close by to swim in though. What lake are you talking about?
Don't know if there's another place to discuss this (sigh) Unless we'll use the telefon, I guess!


So @Entwife, we have options if we can't contain ourselves :) Thanks for that suggestion.


Oh, @bonaduz, the charter is a fine idea and I will cross fingers and toes for no wind today!


The TVfanatic site will have its generic page open for the episode as usual. If we must explode, that's a place. Christine's review won't be until tomorrow. Any comments you make on the plain episode page won't be transferred to the review page when she does it. They'll stay put. So keep that in mind, too.


Hi @mimi! What time is it there now?? You won't be watching too far after @KM I don't think. @Enttwife, as much as I'm tempted, I am going to (try to) remain unsullied by alcohol to savour every detail and soak in the show in all of its fabulousness. When muddled by wine I do not do very well at that ;)


Hi @bonaduz! Not hitting 30 here today but forecast is for 22 which is fine by me. Took our pup to the lake for a swim yesterday -- still way too cold for humans. What lake do you go to (I should probably know). You and your CTV Atlantic = sweetness. That means you'll see it first! I suppose @KM will see TM last, is that right? At 10 Pacific? (@mimi and @creamy after that?) If so, most of us have to zip until tomorrow which will be DIFFICULT. I will watch at 8 Mountain (and maybe again at 11 :). Maybe there's an alternate place we could discuss amongst ourselves so we don't spoil it -- or we can be patient!


ah bonaduz so u'll be the first to watch?
I'll watch it online at 8am (maybe there is alink sooner but I need to sleep although I'll have a hard time to) my time with is in exactly 14 hours and ten minutes.


Oh good morning Entwife! Good to 'see' you! Don't worry - I'll zip it, lock it and put it in my pocket today :-)))
NOT A WORD FROM ME, I PROMISE! Oi, that might be hard LOL! Anyways, somehow I'm bouncing on my chair here. You know what would really pi** me off today? Power outage! That happens frequently here (wind)! OK, better don't jinx it, eh?


uh. I meant without breakfast YET.

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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.