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.


@huisclothes The Lodger is showing on the Chill channel at 1pm and 9pm eastern on Saturday, so I'm going to record it and have a look just to see what Simon does with it.


hi all.
the lodger is a dreadful endless film, imho. simon and hope davis are the best things in it. the whole plot doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up. gets so garbled and feverish from act two on. why the hell did they dye his hair? it does have one of his classic "keep your hand in your pocket while reaching for the girl" kisses. chilling in its effect here.


Good for you, Entwife.


I so totally admire Simon for filming in his thin cotton undies in Book of Love, and my absolute favorite scene is in the bathroom when he obviously pees and then in profile we see that the last few drops have gone where they always do and made a wonderful strategic wet spot. OMG, it's still so funny I can hardly type.


Qualifier: Actually, I enjoyed most of Julian Po. Did not like the role Robin Tunney was given and hated her fate and that of the Slater character. I can tell it must have been a play first, probably pretty easy to stage. But I won't be watching that one again.


@KM Right-ee-o! It's a fabulous shot, isn't it? I remember talking about it at the time, but waiting for the season 5 clips to come out, it had got almost completely down the black hole, and it was not included in the clips to jog my memory, I don't know what did. And Tumblr actually responded! It is cool. I enhanced the lighting even more on my end. It looks like Jane has his legs crossed towards her and there's a backpack or something upright under the table just beyond his feet. I can't be sure even with reading glasses to focus more. Watched Julian Po. Nuh-uh, didn't like that. But Book of Love, really like it, pretty raw ride but great story, Simon was terrific. Hard for me to take, but I did. :-)


70% he does not tell her.


Congratulations on getting your snap, Entwife! And, kind of cool to see that I have not lost my ability to recall details. She is sitting on the table at about 45 degrees. I guess so that she can maintain eye contact with Jane (which I assume is her priority) and observe the interview without straining her neck. Ever since TWBB she seems more fixed on watching his face, reading him, maybe looking for the 70% he does not tell him, from my perspective. And, you were right, he is not exactly perpendicular to the table. Nice memory.


The Lodger, is that Simon Baker, too @rationalgal. Never heard of that one, how'd I miss it? It's about Jack the Ripper? Have to check that out.


Simon Baker is scheduled to be in France for the Prix de Diane. Longine is the sponsor and of course Simon is the face of Longine's men's watches. Looks like maybe some hand action coming up lol Hi @bonaduz. Thanks again for your lovely comments! Hear, hear! Â la vie!

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