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.


actually looked up emmy fees. not bad at all. about $200 per nomination. one free entry for member of the whatever the emmy org is called.


No worries @bonaduz The negative was quite minimal, really, and not at all crushing. I wrote, and write, on! :-D Well, meaningless crap on the Emmies, then, @huisclothes and @KM. Oh well, I'll just keep watching for Simon at the Prix and Sumatra!


Hi guys!
VERY interesting conversations going on in the last few days! ;-)
@Entwife - glad you put the bull in just for me! *grin* Sorry about the negative criticism for your story! Can't please everybody, I guess.
I'm super busy and can't follow you guys as much as I would like. :-(
I haven't seen The Lodger - yet. I'll have a look when I have more time.
Night all. Have fun. Later......


I believe nominations to the ballot happen in the classic manner, huisclothes. Nominate and pay. And, then the members (those who receive the official Scantron) vote. The last day to submit entries is June 28, 5:00 PM (PST). Sorry I don't know more.


glad to hear that simon and emanuelle were shortlisted for the emmy's. i wish, as i do every year, that simon would get recognized; then i smack myself on the nose and remind myself "nevah gonna happen, lady." emanuelle gave a stunning performance as lorelei. she deserves some recognition too.
does anyone know how the emmy's work? do you have to submit yourself and pay huge entry fees like most award shows? and is the first cut judged by people at the go-fer level and below in tv? all incredibly seedy. you know, like the hollywood foreign press (golden globes) is actually four drunk guys in a hotel room.


@rationalgal simon was great in the lodger. the only non-thankless part in the film. and as far as i'm concerned your sensibilities (artistic or otherwise) can duke it out with anyone's sensibilities. also, as bruno says, simon can play very dark. he could play a great red john.


Ha ha, good one @KM Goblet of Fire. OK. Fun, but don't hold our breath. Well I googled Single-Camera Picture Editing and found reasonable info on wikipedia. Interesting.


I am not sure, Entwife. I think the choices may have been chosen by CBS and The Mentalist team. Selecting them for the nomination ballot is like throwing ones name into the Goblet of Fire hoping to be selected for the Triwizard Tournament.


Wow @KM, I consider this to be very happy news even though it's early in the process. I don't even know what "single camera picture editing," is. Simon considered for both outstanding director and outstanding lead actor, wow. Who decides on the actual nominations? What about Robin? Yay for Jimmy Gadd and Red Sails!


Which means that they have been selected to be considered for Primetime Emmy nominations, not that they have received any nomination at the moment. They are on the ballot to be nominated.

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