The Mentalist Season 5 Report Card: A

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As we struggle through the long summer hiatus and await the return of The Mentalist this fall, let's relive some of our favorite - and not so favorite moments - from The Mentalist season 5. Read on for our latest TV Fanatic Report Card and grade the CBS drama below...

A Red John Lead

Best Episode: The Mentalist gave us a really solid season so picking one favorite episode was pretty darn difficult. But in the end I've got to go with the season finale, "Red John Rules." Between floating the idea that Red John is psychic, to breaking into Jane's memory box, the finale was filled with twists and turns. When Red John used an already deceased Lorelei Martins to tell Jane he'd predicted who would be on the final list of seven suspects, even before Jane came up with them, that really got my attention. Knowing that the serial killer will be killing a lot closer to home…let's just say I'm hooked on season 6 and it hasn't even begun.

Worst Episode: I can't say there was an episode that I really hated but "There Will Be Blood" was disappointing. I was a big fan of Lorelei Martins and it felt as though there was more story there to tell, so finding her as Red John's next victim may have been inevitable but was still a disheartening turn of events.

Most Improved Character: Wayne Rigsby. I've never been a big fan of Rigsby. Other than his arson investigative skills, he's always felt like the weakest member of the team.  With "Red Velvet Cupcakes" Wayne finally stepped up and told Grace how he really felt. I didn't even care that it was undercover. The words were honest enough to garner my respect and win back his one true love.

Most Disappointing Character: Grace Van Pelt…and only because she was either stuck behind a desk, or plant, or file box for most of the season and then shipped off to Los Angeles for training. I'm happy for actress Amanda Righetti and her new baby but I'll be thrilled to see Grace back full force next season.

Most Intriguing Return: JJ LaRoche. I had hoped we'd see more of this season and The Mentalist gave me my wish, culminating with "Red and Itchy." The fact that LaRoche not only worked with Patrick Jane but asked…no make that begged for his assistance to find his missing Tupperware made for a gratifying episode. The story behind what was in the mysterious container gave this already compelling character yet another curious layer.

Most Disappointing Return: Lorelei Martins. I was captivated by Lorelei from the beginning. She was the smart and seductive Red John disciple who had reason to turn on the psychotic madman. But watching her run around shooting at people and ditching Jane to go rogue was discouraging. Having Red John murder her may have been inevitable but it felt like a mediocre ending for such a unique character.

Hopes for Season 6:

  • More danger. I'd love to see Red John go after the core members of the CBI team. Not that I want to see anyone's blood drawn in a smiley face on the wall but I'd love to see how Patrick Jane deals with the people closest to him being in imminent peril.
  • With Red John playing head games with Patrick, it would be great to see Teresa step up her game. I'm hoping she's an integral part of keeping Jane on track and hunting down the serial killer.
  • Red John. I'd love to see him caught by the end of the season. As show creator Bruno Heller has mentioned, it will be interesting to see how Patrick Jane gets on with his life once Red John is no longer his focus. That said, at the very least I want to know who the maniacal serial killer is before the season ends.

Final Grade: A

How would YOU grade this season of The Mentalist?


C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Those are really cute videos. I've been enjoying all the photos and videos coming out of France of Simon and Robin's activities there. The writers are back starting the scripts for season six and shooting starts in late July I think. It's still a long time until Sept 29 and I don't want to wish my life away but I can't wait for more Mentalist! Meanwhile, I'm about to finish season 3 of my dads, then it's on to season 4. And I have almost all of 5 on dvr, bit they've been slowly airing those as reruns every couple of weeks. Have to see where it goes. My season 5 dvds are ordered but won't arrive til shortly before the new season starts. Review brain is still doing reviews on their forum, so that's interesting. That's about it. Enjoy the good weather!


Ahhhhh @ Entwife....good to know. I thought maybe it was kapoot. I have been away obsessing over Madmen. I ran across those two videos and they are so cute I am ready to rewatch lots of Mentalist stuff. Hope you are enjoying summertime. I have to say though, here in NW Washington we are getting some weird weather. After a nice start, it has been raining bigtime but mild. Now they forecast really warm weather for the weekend. I guess abnormal is the new normal. Take care.


No. Just not at all busy @Pahometowner. I guess people have run out of things to talk about and/or are doing summer things. :)


Is this site shut down?


I ran across a couple of youtube videos that are so darned cute I had to let you know in case you haven't seen them. One is named The Mentalist - Jane & Lisbon - The Musical. The other one is the same with the addition of the number 2 after The Musical. They are very clever and I've watched over and over. The user who posted is named NETBEE00. Hope everyone is having a good summer. Here in Northwest USA it has been wet and moderate, but not summerlike yet. Dont want to wish life away but cant wait for September....just sayin'.


@rationalgal Enjoying your thoughts on last night's episode. I noticed the same thing about Jane's foster care comments, they were so heartfelt. I also noticed how strongly Lisbon was influenced by Jane's expectations that she would deliver, essentially, justice instead of the law. He was very serious and she knew it. His morality affected her deeply and she went to bad for the little family. The whole episode was fascinating because we have Jane actually being the lead in the case. He actually wrests it from Lisbon before she can open her mouth. And she lets him, she's watching and cleaning up the wake but not much is needed, and she takes his direction and judgement, not blindly but probably because she agrees with it. Very interesting development in the partnership where I'm usually focused on Lisbon bringing Jane into line. Goes both ways. I didn't get this the first time I saw the episode, it's in the retrospective that it jumps at me. Love this show.


Also on Sunday's TM: Love it when Jane leaped over the fence, then watched Lisbon walk calmly over to the gate and open it. "It was locked this morning," he mumbled sheepishly. This tells me Lisbon will be the one to tie all the RJ clues together for Jane. While he works out his convoluted "plan," she gets out her "hammer" and straightforwardly settles the case. I also loved the bit where Jane gently woke her as they waited for their plan to unfold. Jane: "You were talking in your sleep." Lisbon: "I was?" Jane: "And drooling a bit." You don't talk like that in such an endearing way unless you love the person deeply - way way beyond the physical expression sex offers. The two of them saved the little boy from foster care based on their shared understanding that children need love - Jane from being denied it and Lisbon from giving it to her brothers. They love each other and they know it. Just can't deal openly with it yet.


On Sunday's TM, Jane was visibly upset that the young boy might go to foster care and did all he could to prevent that. This correlates with the ep where Jane said he had been in the Children's Protection system as a child. This tells us Jane was seriously abused growing up and helps us understand why he can be so fixated ("hard, devious dishonest and cold") on revenge for his family's murder. His family provided the one time in his life that he could love and be loved, and RJ took it away. No wonder it nearly destroyed him psychologically. It's why he won't admit to or express his feelings for Lisbon - that would distract him from his vendetta. He is in an emotional straitjacket (as shown in the ep where he hallucinated). Season 6 should provide some dramatic moments as Jane gets his revenge in some way and frees himself from his emotional prison.


We are assured that RJ is one of the 7, so no off-list persons can be RJ, only minions. Consider what Jared wrote in blood on the motel room wall: "He is ma..." - the 3rd letter almost certainly an "n." He was dying, did not know RJ's ID, only knew a friend of RJ, so he gave the best info he could as briefly as possible: "He is many." It can only mean that RJ shows up as many different people. We are assured that RJ is one man, so the "many" would have to be minions and surrogates who kill and rape and die in his name, brainwashed by RJ's Visualize ideology. RJ may do some killing, but physically or geographically unable to do all; ergo, surrogates such as Timothy Carter. RJ has power and political influence at the highest levels to gain the servitude of minions. He has Visualize to shield him from investigation. Only one person on the list can do all this-Stiles. If there is another, please explain how.


The other thing I forgot to mention in my last post about where I read a bit of a preview for season 6(cant find the link it wasn't some super well known site so you do kind of have to take it with a grain of salt) was that the format of the show would change a bit. They would stray a bit away from the case of week style and focus more on this Red John hunt and its different perspectives. This to me is a very welcome change; the case of the week format had it's moments but last year was full of a number of average episodes in case of week format and they weren't able to tie in the Red John story line as naturally as they did a couple years ago in their episodes. Granted, it probably means next year is the end of the line for the show for good, but 1 season is still 22 episodes, thats alot to look forward, if indeed the show is serious about changing the direction of the show(and Bruno's interview definitely helps with that claim) I'll be thrilled.

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