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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@katempw that would be cool. if lorelei tells jane who is on his list. jane pulls his list out of his pocket and shows lisbon they're the same. rj has read him the way patrick reads any other schmuck.


Back to work! @bonaduz is counting down now ....


Haha yes, @huisclothes, at this point I believe I will wait so I don't hurt myself. @Entwife, in the BTS sneak peek, we see Lisbon saying something to Jane while walking at Venice Beach to the effect that RJ has read your mind, how is that possible?


@huisclothes, if RJ gives rules to Jane via Lorelei and the video and those rules involve the ultimatum that RJ will pick off innocents one by one, then he would have had the names before Jane did. Do you think Lorelei gives the names to Patrick on the video with the new rules? Did RJ know who the 7 were even before Jane (thus reading Jane's mind, or predicting who Jane would choose)?? Wait. This is getting too warped for my fried brain!


@katempw i know patrick shows teresa the video, but are we sure that he shares the real list with her? in the spoiler, he lets her guess two names, eliminates them both and then tells her he wouldn't tell her the truth. maybe for exactly the reasons he details, he leaves her in the dark or deceives her about what names are on the list in order to protect her from her own lack of guile? guess we'll know in less than five hours.


Wait. There's something about RJ reading Patrick's mind??? Really?


@huisclothes, that is also very plausible. I was just dwelling on the RJ reading Jane's mind thing and coming up with ways the crumbs we've been given in the promos and sneak peeks could work with that statement. I assumed it was something in Jane's head that RJ couldn't get other than by apparently reading his mind. In that RJ, with his resources and reach, could access almost anything in Jane's history, I somehow went to the 7 suspects. Of course, I am taking the line at face value and, as noted before, it is out of context so I am likely entirely wrong!


WOW, @katempw that would be an excruciating nail biter! Suspense!


That's great @bonaduz I am so totally happy you have that tool now, you just don't know how much! See you soon!


Of course season 6 would open with huge relief from PJ that X (Lisbon) has survived, a realisation how much she means to him and (at the very least) a desperate, long, melting hug and overwhelming emotion for both. There. That's my one and only stab at creative writing for TM. Not a strength :)

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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.