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.


@KM I'm glad to hear someone else acknowledge that Platonic love is not asexual. It is often, in fact, strongly sexual, but sublimated, as you write. Could even be openly acknowledged but not acted in the physical. Asexual love is a friendship, not Platonic. Is that a candle in your hand, @KM? Funk.


Two people.


Only in modern usage has 'Platonic (Divine Eros) Love' become asexual or the complete opposite of 'Romantic Love'. It is rather pitiful loss. It is far richer and nourishing to embrace the elevation that platonic is truly revealing, to acknowledge that the sexual drives are sublimated, and thus the beautiful, the lovely of the other person inspires the mind and soul of the other. "Ours is a platonic..." , “I think that Lisbon is in love with Patrick Jane. But I think she doesn’t see it as a romantic love. It’s more likely a platonic love." So the sexual desires are there, but they are sublimated and they serve to inspire the mind and souls of the other. They make each other better. To broken people might need this, and the demise of a serial killer, to feel free to un-sublimate their desires and to have it all, mind, soul, and body.


urk. after listening to Robin's interview today, I'm having terrible Jisbon hunger. I mean for real Jisbon, not fan fic Jisbon. funk.


Patrick Jane is 45 yrs. old. I learn that from the finale. Barlow said he last saw Jane when he was 15 and Jane said he had not seen Barlow for 30 years. 15+30 is ? Et voila!


Robin is at the television festival in Monte Carlo and there is a flurry of new photographs and a few quotes from her on the internet. Most you have to run through Bing translator. Fun.


Thanks @KM My favorite part is how undone and kittenish Patrick is afterwards. And Lisbon sends for tea. It delights me, even if I did write it myself, and actually that's probably why I did :) That part of Lisbon's life is almost completely untouched in TM, makes it pretty easy to romp around. And these are not youngsters, as I said to a reviewer and friend here :) Patrick is in his early 40's and grew up on the carnival circuit. Teresa a little younger and a law enforcement officer for over a decade, maybe 13 years or so, more? She's seen and heard everything. These are not naive people. Big le sigh :) (love that, KM)


I'm not surprised you got that request, Entwife. Tis another form of massage, that often follows your scene. I hear it's great from afficionados, but have no personal experience. (And, not too sure of the use of hand lotion though, odds are it would burn as it is very thin skin there.) But, kudos on pushing the envelope with your writing. Sorry for the howlers, too. Sex is such a beautiful, messy, expressive need for most of us, and yet it easily tweaks us. We forget that every time we look at another, that there was sex involved in our creation. Le sigh.


Hi @bonaduz. Yeah I think I carried that one about as far as I want to go. Must be the summer heat. I was surprised to get a request to write further and include a practice I had to look up! Nuh-uh, ain't going there. Someone else can write that. I've stretched the Patrick and Teresa envelope far enough lol. I'm surprised I only got two howlers. I didn't include them in the reviews because they had cussing in them :) Those were on chapter 7. This chapter only got one easy "don't like that." Go figure. Well, it's almost over. Last bits tomorrow, two chapters, one long and then a short ending. Five weeks. It feels like five years. And how many more to go until the new season? Ugh. Something like maybe 14 more weeks?!? I'm going to need some new material and inspiration!


Next best thing, C Hill at review brain looked at her copy which she can digitally enhance and she talked to me about it there, very good to get confirmation on these things. She has an interesting further take on the scene, too.

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