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.




Any of the 7 on the list can be seen as Waldo. As Red John the person is behind the scenes. The question is who his he up front? This is Waldo in reverse. Red John is bigger then life, so mysterious that he seems like more then a man. So for Bruno Heller to say he's just a man only means that Red John is not as mysterious as he seems. Right now Red John seems God like or satanic, in either case a super power. He seems to know all, hear all and be everywhere. This is where the disppointment might come in. Like I always said Red John was using smoke and mirriors to creat an illusion. This is the long con with Red John. With this kind of persona of course when he gets caught he will be reduced to JUST A MAN!


Bruno Heller has said a lot of things over the past 5 years, so I don't think we can narrow the list based on one statement. I think sometimes people see these statements as clues or the truth. Bruno Heller is a sly dog and he won't give anything away in a interview either. I can't see why he wouldn't play the same game in a interview! It makes the game all the more delicious! As a dedicated fan I have looked for every little clue and anything that might slip in a interview. What I discovered is that everybody connected with The Mentalist are in sync. They all have been groomed to talk about the show without giving anything away! Probably on pain of DEATH!


The Mentalist 5x9 "Black Cherry" on CBS tonight 10pm eastern.


A couple people have posted that Kirkland and Stiles are more likely to be RJ because of the power positions they have and networks established. That's true but I think that might miss the pt: RJ isn't going to come across as powerful. We don't know about his networks, if his networks so transparent in the FBI and CBI to everyone to see then his gig as RJ would be alot harder to conceal. Above all else, Bruno has always emphasized RJ is "just a man", "waldo" someone behind the scenes, in other words people we wouldn't expect. And that's what this show is, doing things we aren't supposed to expect and throw deliberate red herrings. So even if your trying to play the game of rationalizing who RJ is(which I don't think is going to help you identify RJ but is entertaining nonetheless) I think you have to be careful at how you look at the current clues. Because things will change, greatly even in a short period of time and alter the landscape of the show. Always remember that


I think the process of finding Red John and understanding his hold on people is the point of the chase, too, and also the key to his capture and death, bw&r. We have a lot more to find out and probably a lot of it is right in Jane's family and his extended carnival family. Both Pete and Sean Barlow talk as if they know a lot about RJ, Barlow more so, but Pete surprised me in the way he talked to Jane about RJ. I suspect RJ is somewhere in the Barlow clan, the clue being Sean Barlow billing his family and RJ as having true powers and being real psychics. @North Coast You make a great point about Barlow's known vindictiveness, and that also goes along well with RJ's rage at Patrick for dissing him under pretense of being a psychic himself. Maybe it's a Barlow family trait and teaching. Great catch on the song and the knife. Very enigmatic scene.

North coast

Black white and red, I wish there was a like button for this site; that was an interesting post. I'd love to read the same interview. Do you remember where you found it?
I'm rewatching Red John's Rules instead of what I'm supposed to be doing, and I just got to the conversation between Jane and Pete about Shawn Barlow. Pete said that Barlow loves to cultivate a grudge, and then listed everything he did to Eileen when he got mad at her. What then, would he do to Jane's family as revenge for a business deal(my guess is some kind of fake psychic con-maybe involving Patrick?) gone bad? Would he join up with Red John? Think about the song lyrics that were playing when Barlow was sitting on the bench drinking-it was about cutting with a knife.


I'll make a couple comments about what I've read and seen here.
1) In some season 6 preview I read, what they did give away was early on a) Lisbon would have a really hard time hiding the list info and Cho picks up on it b) Jane starts to doubt the list because RJ mocked it and referred to it with such derision. RJ is still one of the seven, but it is going to be alot more complicated than that. Like we are at the end of every big episode, we will be surprised with what happens, we wont predict it coming. There's a greater story here and lots more mis-directions left. That's why to me the show was willing to make the list down to 7 so soon, it's not about catching RJ himself, but the process. What is the goal? How does RJ work and get people to die for him so seamlessly? They wont make RJ more than 1 person, that's a copout and Bruno has stressed not doing copouts, but there are alot of other people that matter besides RJ to this story and that's a key for next yr.


Ah @GentlemanJack. So far just inhaling is sufficient. Ah. But the sipping will come.


@bonaduz Have you thought about registering at ff net? Lots of people are there who don't write, but like to read and collect their favorite stories, etc. Plus it allows communication between members and responses to your reviews. Just a thought to make sure you thought of it, then you can decide. :)

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