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.


Where's the comment, @KM?


Do you mean you've seen the episode and want to comment @KM? okay I can't stand it and I trust you anyway.


comment about what @KM?


oh my god @huisclothes I just left looking at tumbler because it was freaking me out with so many people freaking out and now you ask me this question I can't Nobody They should all keep their mouths closed Nobody asks nobody nothin' if the other one is going to turn them down which would never happen.


glad you like madmen, pahometowner. i know exactly how you feel about the yawning abyss that awaits us until september. i am so grateful to get another season and have to keep reminding myself how bad i'd feel if tonight was the end end. glad to get another year of bitching about my favorite show ever.


@ Entwife,
I decided to comment. Too tempting. I hope that is okay. G'night @ Mimi and @ creamy! Enjoy that brilliant PNW weather @ bonaduz and @ katempw! Cheers!


Cont ...;(. Last word should be ask.


@KM.....yep, here I am waiting with baited breath. Want the time to pass, but want it not at the same because after eleven pm there will be nothing new until fall. Talk about greedy! I have caught up on Mad Men and find it pretty cool since I was young and raising kids in the sixties, but Patrick is #1. Have absolutly no idea what is going to happen tonight. Want some positives re PJ + TL besides a cliffhanger. Hope thst isn't too much to ssk.


@entwife if you knew that he or she would get turned down, which would you choose to make the first move, patrick or teresa?


what if rj has hypnotized teresa without her knowing it and she reports everything patrick shares with her to rj?

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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.