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.


entwife, i was thinking during that hug how different it was than all of their in-character hugs. :) i'm big fans of both. they seem like such, well, good people.


@chili I think his delight in her equals her delight in him, just looking at that video. Also, I like how he is willing to stop, just getting her attention and is moving on when she calls him back. He is so pleased that she did, comes at her with his big ole wing, his head ducked and grinning to beat the band. And then they have that great hug. Ah, it melts my heart and makes me have a crush on both of them!


Watcher, hang in there. I think we will get a satisfying, credible ending to this story. Yes we have been given misdirection and red herrings, but that is part of building suspense and mystery. (Not so much the plot holes. They are to be expected in a series where the writers never know how many episodes they have before sudden cancelation, so they have to create options for last-minute use.) This story is not as complex as it looks if one realizes how critical Visualize is to bringing all the elements together. It is the most stable, ongoing element in the series, with VERY clear indications that it is the central point. It has all the RJ requisites for unfettered functioning. Stiles, as he says, knows more about RJ than anyone, so we should believe him and realize its implications. Everything will tie into that, including the ID of RJ and how he fits in that list of 7. It could be surprising, perhaps disappointing, but overall credible.


well, i wouldn't say those video reactions lead me to think they are in a relationship, but i would say that Miss Tunney has a wee bit of crush on Simon -- much like most of the posters on this board ;) Nothing more...


Hi guys,
BW&R - I agree completely with you. When you said "As for the idea of being cheated, it all depends on what you want: If you want everything to tie together and make sense, you probably will be disappointed" you captured a big part of the reason I finally gave up on the show. That combined with the less likable Jane ruined things for me. I wish I could be happy with just how Jane approaches things and how he changes and how the reveal is done...but I can't. I guess that explains why in Olympic figure skating I always feel annoyed that the artistic score is more important than the technical score!!!


I agree @rationalgal. When you talk about the process and the effects and the meaning of things, you're really talking about storytelling to me. And great storytelling is about how the parts vibrate to the whole. I love to look at certain parts, others love other pieces. It's almost intangible in a way and obviously can't please everyone. I celebrate your efforts to solve the puzzle with what clues you can find @anitraward. I'm not good at it anyway and I gave it up except in the most general interest kind of way. I'll still be curious as to how you fare in your results when all is revealed.


about who RJ is itself, but the meaning behind it and process to getting him and how it affects and changes everybody. Your right also @anitraward1, everything has been planned for years, this isn't on the spot improvisation, "Oh in season 3 we wanted Stiles to be RJ, now I think Partridge would be better so tada!". The other reason to give the list is because there are other characters important in this game to analyze even if they aren't RJ. It absolutely matters what Stiles and his end game hidden behind a cloud of mystery are, it absolutely matters what Kirklands end game is(and I don't think hes in any way connected to RJ), or say any potential moles RJ still has we haven't seen yet(which is probably why some random names like Reede Smith were on the list to create suspicion of the idea of mole). But ultimately, it is up to you and your expectations, what do you want to take away from the show? Because I can tell you know if you focus on the clues that could reveal who RJ is and trying to make them all fit harmonously, you might not be as satisfied in the end as you could be.


This isn't a show about intricacies in storylines coming back to having ramifications, it doesn't require us to scrutiinize everything like other shows do to come up with the killer, we do so anyway, but really who RJ is going to be dictated by simple things like having symmetry of RJ being there from episode 1 or always keeping him in the background as someone we all know but consider insignificant but who appears in all the big episodes. However, if your focus is on how Jane approaches the situation, how he changes, the potential aftermath, how it affects the characters, and the overall meaning behind having an entire CBI organization ripe with corruption and how that affects a life or how exactly this obsession eats at Jane in new ways we haven't seen, then regardless of who RJ is, you can always gain something from it and be at peace with yourself and satisfied. It's just up to you and what you expect, the show is basically telling us narrowing the list itself its not about who RJ is, but the process/end meaning


before they show knew there were only so many possibilities) thats not really the significant part, it's the process and overall meaning behind finding him and what it means to Jane and everyone else. Who Rj is, yes of course it's relevant, but honestly there were only ever a handful of suspects close observers of the show truely ever believed could be RJ. Focusing the mystery on "saying oh it could be ANYBODY' wouldn't have been smart by the writers and they knew this. Also, this sets up more twists and turns rather than just leaving everybody open and Jane finally coming to a key breakthrough and pursuing that character and that being the end of the story. As for the idea of being cheated, it all depends on what you want: If you want everything to tie together and make sense, you probably will be dissapointed(and the show has already warned us we will likely be dissapointed and that RJ is just "another man" as Brunoe said).


@anitraward1: I'll start by saying Red John absolutely is one of the 7 on the list, I think it's popular to pretend otherwise, but that's just not living in reality, rather it's just overanalyzing little things that fans like us like to do. The show has already teethered at times of losing fans interest in the RJ subplot, Bruno knows this, the show throws alot of misdirections portraying things like "Jane shoots one of his own" but never have they outright lied and they aren't with the stories most important part, they didn't last year saying we would make major breakthroughs, and they won't now. RJ will be caught in season 6 like they are saying and it will be 1 of the seven. Granted there will be alot more complications and twists that don't just make it as simple as Jane spying all 7 and pursuing what he finds, but there's a reason they gave us this list, they're not trying to lie to us. Rather the focus is not so much on who RJ is(we've seen RJ before there were only so many possibilities he could be) but rather the process, the show wants the focus to be on the path, process and overall meaning, not just the name himself.

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