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.


YES, Ani, Brett Stlles is and always has been the No. 1 RJ suspect. The problem is that is SO obvious it's hard to believe he actually is RJ. There is absolutely no mystery or guesswork involved. Here's the drawback that bothers me: He simply does not fit any serial killer profile I've ever come across. It's true that serial killers don't need any motivation, but Stiles would have to be batshit crazy to mess around with random serial killings just for fun when his main ambition is to control as much of the world as he can through Visualize. Random serial killings would be just a pointless distraction. HOWEVER, perhaps the serial killings prior to and including Jane's family were done by someone else, now deceased or incapacitated by Stiles, and Stiles has picked up on the cat and mouse aspects of playing with Jane's obsession, ordering only those killings that keep the game going. So Stiles is RJ now but was not RJ then.


CBS premier of The Mentalist is Sunday, Sept 29, 10pm eastern. Same lineup of lead-ins as last season.


Brett Stiles has an empire and a army!


SUSPECT BRETT STILES 35)Broke Red John's girlfriend out of jail


SUSPECT BRETT STILES 29)Knew where K. Frye was
30)Owns property through the church aka cult


SUSPECT BRETT STILES 12)Has murdered people and had people murdered
13)His members protect him
14)Has ability to hide in plain sight
17)Can find people or get info on anybody
18)Has a strange religious belief
19)Jane spars with Stiles and Stiles enjoys it.
20)Likes Jane's Vehem aka,impetuous violence and fury
21)wears suits
22)One of is members killed like a minion and smiled about it
23)Comes in and out of the country, hence HLS
24)Worked his way up
25)Has an army that will kill for him
26)Media savvy
28)Speaks spanish


SUSPECT BRETT STILES 1)High number of police members 7)arranges marriages
2)Brain washes people 8)Threatened Hightower
3)Likes Jane more then he should 9)Knows people in high places
4)Does Jane favors 10)Has power
5)Thinks of Jane as a friend 11)Has money
6)Controls people 12)Has no girlfriend or wife


Continued-This is where Heller's analogy is untrue or slightly twisted. In the Where is Waldo game players have all the information they need to find him.Bruno Heller can only use the fact that he has shown us Red John in a photo and in the series. Now we have to use the clues! Nothing else applies to the where is Waldo analogy. Remember Bruno Heller also said He was a Moriarty type and a Napoleon of crimes. This does not sound like Brett Partridge but more like Brett Styles.


Hi black and white and red all over it, I like your theory and want to add to it. Bruno Heller is pretty slick and I think he used a mentalist trick on us by using the where's Waldo analogy. Waldo in his own right was pretty prominent. He was the big man on his turf. That was Waldo's gig. Here's the thing, we always knew who Waldo was, we just had to find him. Waldo never murdered anyone, left smiley faces or left clues about his dirty deeds! Here's the trick, you could look and look and look and not see Waldo when you were looking right at him. This is where Heller made his analogy. The same is true for the list of 7. They have been in the series and we have seen them throughout.


rationalgal: it would sort of spoil the fun if RJ acted like, well, RJ in real life. for instance, BP shows signs of being an alpha in his own world but not when confronted with the likes of Jane and Lisbon in theirs. as a show runner, Heller is not going to give up the game, but i think the basic framework has been set up. there are a lot of ways to get us from point A to point B regarding RJ with what's been presented.

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