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.


Wine and roses -- And the beginning of Lisbon trying to learn Jane's ways. Meeting at the middle?


well, i would like to spend more time on this site and chat with everyone here, but unfortunately i don't have so much free time to do it, so i will just sometimes show up i guess.


@entwife. oh yeah you are right, now it makes more sence, but i can't help it i see a little bit more in that statement. i have read your other fanfics and they are a bit OOC, but developmental love is a lot. i mean i wouldn't mind that it takes place on a beach or that lisbon actually takes few days off or that jane is a surfer. what i didn't expect is that she has such a dirty mind :D, but like i said, it's actually fun to read something a bit different and relaxed.


hmph. Wine and Roses. You deserve love. swaggerish. he's still preparing her to be without him when Lorelei returns.


Hi @watu! If I remember that scene correctly, and I can't find a clip of it right now, Patrick is having problems with his speech because he's drunk and he switches word order. Instead of saying "I'm drunk, would you take me home," he says "I'm home, would you take me drunk." I think it's just a mix up, but they could have done it with another sentence, couldn't they! I like the idea of "would you take me drunk." :-) Thanks about Developmental Love. I think most of my stuff is basically OOC. But I even feel it in this one. Still, it's a setting and a circumstance that we just don't see the like of in any episode, so I'm just having to make it up out there in my little alternative universe. Thanks for sticking with it and great to see you here and tumblr!


hello everyone,
so i was just watching 03x10, jolly red elf, and have a question. in the scene where jane is drunk and that nurse is trying to kill him, and after lisbon and the team saves him, jane asks lisbon 'would you take me drunk'. i don't understand that phrase. does it mean like would you help me, couse i'm drunk or can it have a sexual undertone? thanks @entwife. i'm reading developmental love and can't stop although it is a bit out of character, but it's fun!


hahaha You always did like to make our poor Patrick suffer a bit. I don't mind it as long as it wakes him up to life somehow. But I don't like Patrick is Jesus on the cross. Gethsemane maybe ;-) with a great romp afterwards. I'm going to hell for sure :)


@entwife i like an insane new rj twist with a little sex and maybe some patrick pain thrown in.


Thanks @huisclothes. Fun on a date, I love it! Those absolutely would be some fun dates. Fiction. Gotta love it. LOL!


Oh, yes, the new or copycat Red Johns make me feel I've been sent to purgatory just when I thought all my prayers had finally made me worthy of heaven. My heart sinks like a stone, like entering a recurring nightmare. I like the sexy fan fics or the ones that make up a really interesting and dramatic kind of case of the week.

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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.