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 just saw I give it a year, It's out in the U.S. now in many different venues and to be released in theaters August 9th for a limited engagaement. Go take a peek and then let's critique!


You're welcome Entwife, I'm happy you've found them! I hope they'll make more episodes, it's really worth it :).


I found them, @Abbsolute55. They're hilarious! Thanks for cuing me!


Yes that was it,"No Dishonesty", I remember now. No,it's another one, but I'm very curious to know about the one you're talking about!:-) There are 3 "episodes" as they call it, but actually they are like comic strips made from a scene of the MT they chose; and they changed the dialogues. Basically, Jane and Lison are the parents and Cho, Rigsby and Grace are the kids. Episode 3 for example is a scene from season 5 when Jane and Lisbon play poker...I don't know how I could help, I'm not a expert on tumblr... I really should create an account, it's so cool!


Thank you for your kind words about my story, @Abbsolute55. I think that one is No Dishonesty. I haven't seen the Jisbon family series -- that sounds like fun :) Oh, wait is this where they're chasing their baby daughter and another one where their little girl is in a white party dress? Those are funny!


I like the optimism though "only" 86 days left...well, as long as I'm concerned, I've never seen season 1, so, I still have something to discover this summer yay! Entwife, I went on tumblr and came across one of your stories! The one where Lisbon feels sick because she's scared that something might happen to Jane...That's another really good one, I really enjoyed it. I'm so certain Bruno Heller is going to give us at least a good kiss in season 6. It can't be otherwise...the feelings are there, they're both super sexy, RJ is going to be caught...there will be a romance, I'm 100% sure about that. On tumblr, I also saw something that really made me laugh: it's called "Jisbon family series", have you seen it? I think it's hilarious! Especially the episodes 2 and 3.


Oh, Christine . . . 86 more days . . . oh . . . thanks for giving us something to do :)


No, sorry forget my previous comment, you're right I hadn't read the article carefully enough. They say: "Here are some of the spoilers we've gathered, so far." So I guess, that's true...


@Entwife: I googled the title you mentionned and the only article I could find was one under "Entertainment and Stars". Nobody signed the article, and isn't it something more about suspicions and second-guessings about season 6? I'm not sure it's a really reliable source...


Hey Everyone, Check out the TVFanatic home page today. We have a new article for The Mentalist fans. It's our wish list of what we hope to see in season 6. We'd love it if you'd check it out, cast your vote and leave your comments and ideas. Thanks so much. Only 86 more days to go until the season premiere!

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The Mentalist Quotes

Tea? It's like a hug in a cup.


As they say, you can take the girl out of Chicago but you can't take the Chicago out of the girl.