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.


ahah yes Bonaduz that would be nice! Ive just had a friend on the phone and told her how excited I was about the finale, she laughed, of course she thinks I'm nuts. oh well, at least I'm not the only one, if that can be of any comfort..


@entwife-You're right!That hug was felt by both of them!Lisbon is more relaxed when comes to hugging, because Jane taught her well so far!!It's not the wine!!!:))


LOL I'm having so much fun tonight I dont want to leave you. KM Greetings! so good to see you here!


I watch at 9 Central. Luckily I have Game of Thrones at 8 to take care of one hour.


Thanks @KM about the tweet!


@Mimi - yes, poor me! ;-)) But I did see it now. Sometimes all these letters and numbers of the http:... thing don't seem to work on my computer. Or maybe I just don't put them in right (could totally be, I'm a bit coockoo today anyways).
OK - watch the finale and THEN get help. Sounds good! But I have to warn you. It's like being an addict. Once you're cured, you CAN NOT go back to your old ways. Even if it's 4 or 5 month later! Hey - just had a thought. Maybe we should start a self help group like AA. We'd call it ATM's!


hahahaha @bonaduz I think I've got it! You know this last little video has three hugs (have there been four?) in it. The last one before Jane "shot" Lisbon. Her reaction at first seems as reluctant as in the other hugs. But it's not. Lisbon's face looks very different, more deep concern and maybe a small attempt to give comfort by accepting the hug. Maybe it's just a little too much wine.


Hi All,
The crew and I are looking forward to the episode. We have to wait until 22:00 Pacific. Our Pahometowner may be in the same boat, she's our other Pacific Northwestener. I'll have to check your links later @ creamy, they don't work on mobile devices. I'll re-tweet your retweeted tweet from Mimi when I'm next on Twitter @ Entwife. Cheers!


LOL Bonaduz! Huisclothes is in intensive care already!


@Entwife - thank you for the sweet video, I found it now.
@Huisclothes - it's a very special, private treatment for handpicked victims of Janeitis, a rare disease that attacks the central nerve system and spreads from there through the whole body all the way into the tips of fingers and toes. Jittering is one of the symptoms - and uncontrollable viewing of certain TV-shows! You can learn more about it on CBS @ 10.00 p.m. Sunday nights.

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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.