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.


:-) @huisclothes Don't seem to be able to stop writing yet. If I don't have an episode gem to poke me, I just make something up. I'm about to put up a short, mild one. The one before was a rough little ride, but I didn't get any howlers :)


Occam's Razor just popped into my head! Don't know why? Interesting?




Now I'm left with Kirkland? What is there about him that we don't already know. What can we still discover about him? He sure fits the criteria personally. But he doesn't seem to fit it any other way. He seems to be the stuff a good monster is made of. Something about what he has been doing seems off. He seems like he is working for someone. If Red John can reach into Jane's heard and kill a happy memory, why would he need to break into his loft and steal information. I don't know, he is a dilemma isn't he?


Here's the thing with Bertram, Brenda worked closely with him. She was hidden for 5 years and had dirt on Le Roache that she used as a bargaining chip. Brenda was connected with Volker who is probably connected to Red John. I think Brenda would have known if Bertram was Red John and used him as a get out of jail free card. Red John has not killed her. This kind of takes Bertram off the list.


McCallister and Smith, WTF!? My question is why? I'm going to ball these guys up and throw them away. I don't care if the light of suspicion is on them. Fabricate they might in season 6, I will never buy this! These two are just not believable in anyway for me.


Continued-But for the life of me I can't seem to pull this little creep off the list. Partridge seems just like the low life little creep that would show up big in the end. But, But, But I have to put him in a little box because throughout the series he has done nothing that warrants any suspicion but be at the crime scenes and be pesky and annoying. Could he have a hidden side, very easily. The only connection this creep has is by way of crime scenes. He has not been, in the whole fives years been connected in any other way. He does seem to secretly admire Red John!


Continued-They have access to inside organizational intelligence and have access to some organizational money. They also have the ability to put people into key law enforcement positions. McCallister, Smith and Partridge sit on lower seats of power. They can affect those not in law enforcement. They can use their power to manipulate shady people or criminals. How would they hide big power or wealth without being noticed. What could these men offer to minions that would make them want to live or die for the cause. I know I would not follow Brett Partridge around the corner.


Interesting what you say. So let's remove Stiles for now, sit him aside and keep his organization. Jane said Red John always offers people something they don't have, something they need to join up. Who of the remaining 6 need something? One person would be Ray Hafner. He is receving money from Visualize to start a new business. Out of the 6 we now know Hafner does not have the money influence or power to be Red John. He can now be eliminated. Now we have 5. We have Kirkland, Bertram, McCallister, Smith and Partridge. Here we have 5 men that hold jobs that require they work 8 or more hours a day. Kirkland and Bertram are the only two that hold medium seats of power.


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