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.


I know for me, I want what they promised. I WANT RED JOHN'S EVIL F**KING HEAD ON A STICK!


I agree Rationalgal, before they do anything dumb, they will just make Red John disapear. If they do they run the risk of looking really stupid. They are the ones that brought this killer to life. I think they knew where they were going the whole time. I do believe they will produce a body to go with the philosophical nightmarish demon that Red John has become. I believe we will know who he is and yes you are right he could get away and then still represent that intangible evil that he now personifies. We just know who he is, that's all.


I agree that we will see a decent credible ending that makes sense of everything but the red herrings. Stiles and Visualize will be important players as RJ enablers, at least. Stiles will be esposed for killing Farragut years ago. Jane will win by using his mentalist skills to outwit and defeat RJ. The original loser-loner serial killer may not be the current killer identifying himself as RJ. The minions will be explained and rounded up and some perhaps killed (including, I hope, Partridge). But, to conform to Bruno's description of RJ as symbolic of the death that is in all our lives (tho presented as a real person), I don't expect RJ to be revealed as any particular person, just the disembodied voice of one who philosophizes about life, death, good, evil, etc. then disappears, just as what he represents comes and goes in all our lives. NONE of the 7 is credible as RJ, given what we know so far. That may change in season 6.


I have to keep the faith and I hope that you are not right! So far the show hae been spectacular and has lived up to my expectations. I can't see them cutting off their noses to spite their faces. My face too! I think the fact that we are even having a discussion like this just proves that they have tossed our brains all over the place. I have a sneaking suspicion that they know exactly what they are doing and that they always have. CBS and Warner Brothers are not paying millions to a bunch of hacks! I'm going to wager that this is not some fly by night writing B.S. These people have the goods and they will deliver in the manner in which they started this show!


black white and red all over it, I actually buy in to what you are saying. It is so very plausible. I hope for the sake of the show that it is not. It would mean that we have been stung along for 5 yrs. for no unearthly reason. I hope that the intellect of the writers are more then what you purport. No one here is stupid and I can't see how the show's writers would blatantly persue that type of reasoning after pulling in the fans with the idea that the show was based on sound detective abilities and the intellect of a mentalist. If what you are saying is true it would mean that we all have been played! It would mean that the writer's view the fans as nothing more then a bunch of idiots that watch TV without comprehension. The shows premise has to be more lucid then what you are suggesting.


She was The Mentalist representative at the 53e Festival de télévision de Monte-Carlo. The Mentalist won for most popular drama. She's also there to promote the debut of Season 5. And, I hazard a guest that since her birthday is June 19th, that Simon popped by to wish her happy birthday and say hello. Hence her surprise. Although, I don't see her fussing with her hair in the video. I see more of the surprise lean back and put your hand over your heart that my children are prone to. Childlike glee at seeing a dear friend. Thanks for posting it. And, we were told that posing links can trigger moderation, in case you did not see it. Cheers!


@North Coast: I'm glad you liked it:) I live in the french part of Switzerland, so I didn't need translation, but I should check the automatic translation, just to see the mess ;). I don't know if Robin was in France only for that interview, but Simon, he, was there as a guest for the "Diane price 2013", an annual well known horse race where everybody is very elegant...(all the women have to wear a beautiful, though often excentric hat...made me think of the horse race scene from My Fair Lady).

North coast

Abbsolute55, that was a very cute video. Just for fun, I ran the article that went with it, which was in French, through Babel Fish and Bing translator. Try it, if you want a laugh! It gives new meaning to the phrase 'lost in translation'.


Isn't it Entwife? Actually, when a saw it, I instantly thought about you, I thought " I'm sure this would make Entwife smile!" I love the way she prounouces "Deauville", so cute! And her face when she sees Simon and goes "oh hellooo" ,again, so cute! And at the end, when she sits back on the armchair, she's all happy and you can see the little stars in her eyes!


@Abbsolute55 That is the best clip! I love that hug, it's so encompassing and through. And Robin blushes and fiddles with her hair when she sees Simon. The whole thing turns me into a puddle, that's for sure.

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