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.


@mimi, I just followed you on twitter btw :) I am the mystery egg head. I have never tweeted and hardly ever go on but saw your post about twitter so added you. Hope that's okay and hope you enjoy the finale!


I just finished watching also, since no one else is spoiling I won't but wow, I really don't know what to think of this episode, I don't like it, I don't dislike it, I don't know what I think of it, it was all just really surreal. I'm ready to discuss as soon as the review of this episode comes out later tonight.


@bonaduz and @watcher I'm with ya. Just finished. No spoilers but can't wait to discuss -- tomorrow! Though we could go to that page @Entwife linked us to (except I can't seem to find the link: too many pages ago?).


Just finished watching...I won't spoil anything, but I will be very interested to see what you guys think about this episode. You often view things very differently than I do. My opinion is pretty strong...I will say that.


Hi guys. Just finished watching!!
Have fun later...!
(could NOT resist teasing ;-)))


Wow, the blurb on my U-Verse for TM tonight reads: Just as Patrick Jane meticulously works on narrowing down the Red John suspect list to seven people, Red John decides to strike again, but this time he finds a victim with links to Janes past in hopes of garnering an emotional response. RJ wants to provoke Patrick into acting out of emotion. Wow. For all his restraint, I view Patrick as a pretty powerfully emotional man. Looks like the evening's programming is on time!


@entwife as a writer, you're supposed to forget about being a nice person and to put your characters through hell. their worst fears or the most daunting obstacles. the reason people are frothing at the mouth about patrick and teresa is all the obstacles to it both external and internal. that's why the tiniest look between them is so sweet. will he or won't he? does she or doesn't she? i would love someday that they get together but i don't think it's soon. meanwhile we will have to make do with the crumbs they throw us. barely enough to sustain life.


According to a French interview, he is building a cabin on his property in NSW and then heading to Sumatra for some surfing with his mates. I loved the sounds of kookaburras laughing in the morning and evening. I'd like to hope that they called to him while he sipped his coffee today and will make him smile as he cracks a stubbie and enjoys his autumn evening.


For serial characters, not a one-shot book.


Thinking about that question @HC it seems to me that good writers have to be very detached, almost sociopathic about the fate of their characters. The characters just have to be consistent to what they are unless some plot reason forces them to change. But it's all objective, like winding something up and applying different pressures to it and let what happens, be. To a point. If you're trying to make money at it, you have to find ways to keep your characters alive and within a certain functional realm because certain parts of the audience are going to exert extreme pressure about what should happen over time. The characters become dear to people. And if a writer wants to keep on making a living, he/she can't do whatever whenever to a character. Without consequences.

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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.