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.


Hi @KM. He's trimmed up pretty at the Prix. You would love the photo that triggered the comment, definitely a woolly mammoth photo, facial hair longer and like a red bristle brush in every way, graham cracker crumbs was so funny and so apt to me at the time. I love his red bristles and love graham cracker crumbs, especially scarfing them and licking the plate clean, lol, so I'm set either way.


I'm glad he kept the beard. It is nicely trimmed in Longines Ladies Awards 2013 pictures. Sorry, I don't see the graham cracker crumbs that some mention, likely because I like beards.


I don't see how anybody watching her with Walter as she comes out of the bathroom alcove, dressing, and the way she is with him can say Lisbon is a sexually repressed woman. That is one hot lady who knows what she's about. She may have been a little confused about Jane, who she works with, but sexually repressed? Huh-uh.


The Mentalist - “eventually they will have a romance. But it will happen slowly and gradually. � - Bruno Heller


Watching Red Hot 3x7, the infamous Lisbon sleeps with Mashburn. Jane with Mashburn in the hotel room. Honest to god. He shakes Walter's hand, brings it immediately to his nose, most likely to reference Walter's punch. After touching his nose, Jame immediately brings the hand down to hold his chin, keeps it there, lowers his head, takes a deep breath with his hand there. Then, his eyes open wide, almost in shock and maybe pain? disbelief? Something has shot right through him and it wasn't a pleasant realization. He takes his hand down, says good bye to Walter. I think his eyes are sad when he looks at Walter. Wow. What a juicy, laden scene.


'Panama Red' is on CBS at 8:00 pm ET/PT Saturday June 15th. Tomorrow is 'Red Dawn' at the regular 10:00'pm ET/PT.


Hi @All. Lots of buzz about TM being far and away the most watched television show OF ANY CATEGORY in the whole world. Pretty cool. Snaps of Simon shopping in Brentwood on his own, gone a little woolly mammoth with his beard, someone said he looks like he fell into a plate of graham cracker crumbs. And yeah, it does and yeah it's red and wow. Prix de Diane is tomorrow. I guess Sumatra after that. @KM and @huisclothes, I figure friends are on their own but family is probably a different story, sisters and mom maybe sometimes, DK about Sumatra. @bonaduz yeah, that frame in the observation room just wouldn't let me alone. Kinda sad when you think of what actually happened in the attic at the end--the RJ-7. Urk. I can always read that other one I wrote in the attic, hahaha! Sounds like you'll have some great company for TM. 19. I'll try to be careful around her. It won't work, I'm sure. :)


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I imagine they pay there own way, huisclothes. Australian's often holiday in Southeast Asia, because it is affordable and it realtively close by. Surfers frequently go to Sumatra, although the tsunami has altered the wave sets likely by changing the reefs. Just about every Aussie I met in country has spent a holiday there or more, and thus Australian style in home furnishings reflect the influence. It is just my take, but Australian culture does not seem to lend itself to that kind of sponging. It would be embarrassing to them to have him pay, is my take.


do you think, when simon goes surfer with all his salt of the earth friends, that he pays? like to sumatra?

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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.