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.


@ katempw,
Hi! Happy reading. @Entwife,
Glad you found the scene.


Checking in to say hi everyone. I've missed you and this forum and it appears I have much reading to do. Been attending to a different obsession lately and can only handle one at a time ;) Hope everyone is having a lovely June. Summer approacheth and I can't wait! I will try to catch up and jump back in once I have. Cheers!


Thanks, @KM. I found it on my recording of the episode, I wish there was a readily available clip or photo to analyze, especially manipulate the lighting. I'm analyzing the placement of their bodies. It's actually while Jane and Lisbon observe Van Pelt interviewing Roddy Turner. She's sitting on the table, body directly aligned to Jane who is seated on a chair, their relative position is as I described. She does have to turn her head to watch through the window because her entire body is directly facing Jane. Very intimate. The only think keeping them from being entangled is the levels of their respective seating. I love that scene. Yes, and they seem to stay a lot closer to each other these days, i.e. walking into the attic.


I think I remember her leaning onto/against a table which allowed her to be about 45 degrees from the mirror and that made it possible for her to observe Turner and keep a level of eye contact with Jane. It seemed to me that they kept a closer physical proximity to each other. Maybe, to heighten our awareness that the announcement of the 7 would mean that they would feel surrounded by unease and possible enemies, the people who they could trust and rely on was shrinking? As they left the season, it is Jane and Lisbon against the world.


Frustrated, I can’t find a photo or a clip anywhere, but one of the best Jisbon moments to me happened while Jane and Lisbon were in the observation room at CBI, I think watching the Red John minion social worker be interviewed. They are seated very familiarly in the observation room. Jane is in a chair directly turned towards Lisbon. Lisbon is seated on the table with her legs pointing directly to Jane. It’s very intimate really for any setting, to me.
 All Jane would have to do is reach out and he could grab her above the knees, they're that close. Lisbon is leaning in, if sitting in a chair, she'd be knee to knee with Jane, if not a little in between his knees. It was pure Jisbon, so subtle and easy to miss. Anybody else notice this or have a clip or photo?


@ rationalgirl,
Yes, Sunday June 16th. And, yes it contains our first glimpse of Bob Kirkland.


KM, thanks for the info re Red Dawn being on "this Sunday" which I assume means June 16. That is a crucial "must watch" episode for understanding the RJ story line, Jane's involvement and the FBI (and maybe Kirkland - can't remember if he showed up in Red Dawn, but I don't think he did).


@ rationalgirl, 'Red Dawn' is on this Sunday 10:00 pm ET/PT according to CBS.


hi all.
so stiles, we assume, knows who red john is and kirkland must know who he is because he didn't ask lennon. no insight; just musing. @mimi your unconscious is treating you very well giving you little hints of contact with patrick. unfortunately, it is not so kind as to keep you asleep once you get his shirt off. you must wine and dine your unconscious and buy it nice gifts so it will keep you asleep. my unconscious is mad at me and lately only gives me dreams of missing trains, losing dogs and showing up at places that just closed.


Well, good for you gals who get interesting dreams about Jane. All I get was like last night when I dreamed I was signing people in for an event (I do that fairly often in my real life), and Jane showed up to sign in, saying he was a CBI consultant. (sigh). That's as good as it ever gets but it IS better than nothing when CBS won't even give us reruns.

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