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.


The following have been put forth on the ballot for Primetime Emmy nominations: - Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series:
5.08 "Red Sails In The Sunset" (November 18, 2012)
Simon Baker, Directed by - Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series:
5.22 "Red John's Rules" (May 5, 2013)
Christopher Cibelli, Editor 5.08 "Red Sails In The Sunset" (November 18, 2012)
Jimmy Douglas Gadd, Editor - Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Malcolm McDowell as Brett Stiles - Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Emmanuelle Chriqui as Lorelei Martins - Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Simon Baker as Patrick Jane - Outstanding Drama Series
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We should be getting Simon Baker pictures in a few days, the French Prix de Diane with Longine's face for their men's watches. And he's supposed to surf Sumatra, so we should get some good surf pix hopefully, I guess before he heads back to start season 6.


huisclothes, I find it interesting that you see The Lodger as dreadful and I find it quite compelling. I'm sure your artistic sensibilities are far more developed than mine so you are probably right at that level, but I still really like The Lodger. Of course, the ending does not make sense - the "reasoning" about who the killer was is way too contrived and just doesn't add up, but I loved the background music and the way Simon portrayed the Lodger. Making his hair black did add to the mystery of was he or wasn't he the killer. He projected a person who was somehow creepy yet appealing perfectly. The scene where he walked in on Ellen as she discovered the red ink was just dynamite acting when you consider where he'd been and what he'd been doing and why. A masterful work of powerful yet controlled emotions.


Okay, thanks, so I had it right. I'd had Monte Carlo in my mind, but I'd noticed a couple places only talked about Monaco so I thought I had it backwards. Oh well.


@ Entwife,
Monte Carlo is the largest quartier in Monaco, and the name of a casino, right? The award is from 53e Festival de télévision de Monte-Carlo?


Ha! Not Monte Carlo -- MONACO!!


Hey! The Mentalist won Best TV Dra,a (highest rating in the world) at Monte Carlo! Robin accepted the award. Okay. Go to festival production service com (only no spaces and put the dot in), then search for The Mentalist. There'll be several things you can look at. One of them is the award for Best Drama.


definitely entwife. you must see him in this. very sexy.


make that 1 and 9 CENTRAL (texas time)


It does feel good, @KM, thanks :)

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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.