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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?



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Just watched Red Dawn and of course Kirkland rides in a limo, just as RJ did in Crimson Hat. Could be misdirection. Could be Kirkland is connected to RJ but is not RJ. Partridge has all the makings of a serial killer, but where is the charisma to draw people to him in such self-destructive worshipful ways? Where does he get his ability to put people in positions throughout the CBI and FBI? What is there about him that makes Lorelei say he and Jane are so much alike and could be friends? We need believable motivations and characteristics here! Someone who, when revealed, makes sense in terms of what we have been shown, not a contrived "Waldo" that insults our intelligence. Stiles? Has all the makings for RJ except motivation. He is focused on building his empire & getting others to do any killing needed to support that, not loser-mentality serial killing. We sure do need more clues!


Jane's antagonist(Which i think is a HUGE point to be able to establish that). The point is to make him seemingly powerless, someone you'd never expect. Having said all that, I just think the evidence adds up too much in too many ways for it not to be Brett Partridge. I think alot of these pieces of evidence unlike they are for the others are subtle, the symmetry, the key episodes, establishing Jane's antagonist from episode 1, where as for other characters everything seems like a red herring(reports are early on Lisbon is going to be very suspicious of Bertram and the spotlight will be on him which spells red herring, same with Kirkland and him oddly appearing and killing Lennon, just too much of a red herring and making it seem too obviously that it would be him). So that's that, let me know what you think).


1) I really think RJ was someone that has been seen very early in the show. The way the show has hyped up RJ from the start, made him so omnipotent, I have a really really hard time believing we didn't see RJ until a couple years in. 2) I really do buy into what a writer once tweeted "that you have to look at RJ as Waldo". He is supposed to be behind the scenes, someone we don't see but is always there. Not someone with a prominent role or power position that ordinary people would recognize. Bruno has always seem to give that vibe about him in interviews as well, saying RJ is "just another man" and trying to demystify him really. That's part of why I think there would be perfect symmetry to have him so early as that guy behind the scenes that's always there that no one notices. With those two ideas, there's just no one else other than Brett Partridge. It just makes sense in every way, the guy who oddly shows up in all the key episodes, who from the very beginning is Jane's antagonist(Which i think is a HUGE point to be able to establish that). The point is to make him seemingly powerless, someone you'd never expect. Having said all that, I just think the evidence adds up too much in too many ways for it not to be Brett Partridge.


So I have spent a while thinking about the RJ list and which of the seven it is (and yes RJ is 1 of the 7 on the list it's just not in the show's DNA to go against the list, especially with everything Bruno has come out and said since the finale). To me, out of all the clues there are, both in terms of what the show has given us, the subtle things, things such as contracts of TV characters, there are two thoughts in my head that just seem to override everything else that I can't get out of my mind: 1) I really think RJ was someone that has been seen very early in the show. It just makes sense, they had no idea back in season 1 how successful they would be, to put off showing RJ until a later season is far too risky. It brings about a certain symmetry to the show, it brings about the other key idea I'll discuss next. Also the way Bruno leaked a couple years ago that we "may" have already seen RJ was pretty telling to me, as soon as he said it the way he did red flags went up. The way the show has hyped up RJ from the start, made him so omnipotent, I have a really really hard time believing we didn't see RJ until a couple years in.


Rationalgal, we have been thinking about the same thing! Wait til you see what I have on Stiles. He he futher along then Kirkland. I've had a long work stretch and tonjght is my last night. So tommorrow I will be able to post. It is very interesting! Season 6 is going to be gooood!


Waiting for tonight's Red Dawn ep and got to thinking about who on the list of 7 could be RJ. Bertram dropped out of the series a while back to take a part in another show ("Unforgettable"?). It got canceled so he's back in TM. If Bertram was expected to be RJ, his contract would have kept him with TM. If Bertram's new series had not been canceled he might still be there, making him a poor RJ suspect. So I conclude that, whatever he is, he is not RJ. Also re Lorelei's comment that Jane and RJ are so much alike: Who among the 7 could compare in some way? The only one imaginable is Kirkland. His odd, awkward personality suggests an abusive, emotionally neglectful childhood like Jane's, but Kirkland did not get the love that saved Jane from becoming evil. Both have manipulative and charismatic skills (Stiles too, but his are used to promote Visualize, not overcome a damaged youth.) More info on Kirkland should confirm this (or not).


Well @huisclothes, that wasn't The Lodger, it was The Lodge. Boring. Not one thrill of any kind.


Hi all! Long day again today - puuuuhhh!
@Entwife - I will NOT let that girl read your stories! Period! LOL
I too love graham cracker crumbs - mmmmhhhh. Gotta go find those photos! Later....


Sounds like a lot of fun @KM :-D


@ Entwife,
I saw them. I'm the kind of girl you can bivouac upon a mountainside with no creature comforts with, so wooly mammoths delight me. I love the roll and go look. Although I'm a devotee to the "Slip! Slop! Slap!" post roll and before go.

The Mentalist Quotes

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


I love Lisbon and I'm taking you to the real police and they're going to lock you up for the rest of your life.