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.


There's a season 6 spoilers article called "The Mentalist Season 6 Spoilers: Jisbon, Jane, Red John and Cho - First Moments [PHOTOS]" with a few interesting tidbits in it. Mainly, Lisbon will act awkward around Bertram and Cho will pick up on it, so I guess they don't tell the team about the suspect list. Wow. And, Jane will start the season doubting the validity of his list of suspects.


"And Lisbon is the only next thing, other than tea and eggs, maybe, that he really likes" Hahaha Entwife you crack me up!


talk to you later!


Hi guys! Oh là là, a lot to catch up! I wish I could come more often on this site, but it seems there is always something or someone preventing me from it stealing my time like a vicious thief. First of all thank you Entwife and rationalgal for your nice comments about my little story. I didn't catch up all the reading yet, but I totally agree with what you're saying about Jane loving the nature. Jane is a very smart person, very intuitive, he can understand human nature better than anybody else. But everyday he is confronted with the world of adults and society: people lie, they're hypocrites, they can be monsters...while nature and kids are pure and innocent. They don't lie like adults do. Nature is real and true and beautiful. Nature was here before us, and will continue to exist after we're it deserves huge respect. Nature is part of the whole big picture, the universe...we came afterwards and it thanks to her we can live. There you go, I have to go, of couuuurse! Talk to you later!!


So totally agree, Chili. Cruel to separate Jane and Lisbon. For what? Edginess? Nuh-uh.


rationalgal, to this: "So I don't expect a Moby Dick ending, tho it's been hinted at. Jane deserves a really really happy ever after ending." i've said before that it's not just Jane, but Lisbon that cry out as damaged, deserving characters who deserve a happy ending. and, indeed, why not together? it would be cruel, i think, if that didn't happen.


I think you're right rational gal. It shows that Jane is very attached to life, and the new life that babies and children represent. He certainly can't be as happy being in Lisbon's company, as much as he likes it, because he can't just let go and enjoy her in the natural way it would go, and I guess neither can she. And Lisbon is the only next thing, other than tea and eggs, maybe, that he really likes. Kinda angsty, that.


Entwife, yes I've noticed Jane's love of nature (as well as his endearing attachment to little kids). It's part of his sweet, childlike persona, so happy with simple things. It may be showing how the murder of his family changed his outlook. In the pilot his Malibu house is first shown fully furnished, very expensive, very materialistic. At the end, after his family's death, he goes back and the house of empty, barren, the only thing left is his little girl's tricycle. It tells us how Jane has learned life's real values. Cho said the one good thing about his family's murder was that it made Jane a better man. In addition to that, I think the show is telling us that, even tho Jane says his death is a price he is very willing to pay to kill RJ, these other things show that, deep down, he really wants to live. So I don't expect a Moby Dick ending, tho it's been hinted at. Jane deserves a really really happy ever after ending. He's just so sweet, innocent yet worldly wise, and lovable!!


More thoughts on understanding RJ. We always see RJ as an educated, well-mannered person - a killer with a pleasant, good-citizen facade. He disdains "lesser" people. He's an elitist snob, probably raised by parens who were wealthy, respected, & civic minded elitist snobs but severely abusive to RJ in private. RJ became a serial killer as his only way to feel in control of his life. The pilot episode showed Dr. Wagner as a pillar of the community, yet secretly a killer whose conscience was clear because he did good works - a showcase of RJ's thinking. The show is all about these 2 sides of good and evil, as in the PBS nature shows Jane watches. RJ disdains Jane as of unworthy status, a carney hustler with pretentions. He called him a money-grubbing fraud and a dishonest little worm, with the nerve to badmouth the superior RJ. Jane noted how well Wagner cut up his victims - with a doctor's skill. So do any of the 7 have medical training?


Cont'd-----> From the very beginning, in “Red Dawn," he asks if the team is going to the country to investigate a murder, hinting that he would like to go if it means away from the city and in a natural setting. It’s touching, makes him appealing, irresistible. It makes me think he can heal, and he is drawn to, knows that he needs a natural life (preferably with a wonderful woman, like Lisbon maybe :). It’s a long-standing theme. I wonder what it means?

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