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.


hahahaha Up now, Panama Red 5x10. Lisbon gets out the hammer! :D


This is interesting in Black Cherry 5x9. When Jane leaves to go to the model home, he tells Lisbon he hopes she'll stay back and do the right thing and let the girl and her brother go. Lisbon's emotional reaction is right out there and she capitulates to Jane, but against her own judgement. Jane has been imperial since the beginning of the episode, starting by telling the guy who found the body, yeah he's in charge, taking over the "interview" and then having Rigsby give him the rundown what he's found instead of Lisbon. She says something for him to cut it out. But he's still doing it like he's her boss. And this is all after he's chosen to throw his lot in with Lorelei to find RJ. Very odd feel so far.


Symbolic of his deciding that Lorelei's partnership was of greater value than Lisbon's. Lorelei's trust more important. Dealing with moderation glitch.


Yes. That 'Devil's Cherry' presented Jane with test or a choice in his hallucinated 'wilderness', two cherries. Cherry one is the pursuit of Red John via Lorelei, and cherry two was move on find life, find love. Hence, 'Cherry Picked' is the name of the episode where Jane starts his hunt to find who moved Lorelei and to where. From then on we see him start to shut Lisbon out, and get a mirrored scenes from 4*23 'Red Rover' with Lisbon offering to help and he lets the elevator doors separate them. I saw it as symbolic of his disappearing again, not to Vegas, but to his grenier with coming locks.


@ Entwife,
Thanks. I've only seen that shot in that video. And, Googling is hard because there are a number of people named Simon Baker. I thought it was something new. But, I admit his career and age do not suggest to me that he is into being towed by jet ski into a 30 foot or larger wave. There is a lot of risk involved. And, global travel involved in chasing them. But, I'm happy to be wrong. Unfortunately I suspect that people are in a hurry to link Simon Baker to things. In this it could be a fabulous surfing Baker boy in that shot, but not Simon Baker the husband, father, actor, and surfer. Thank you for responding.


because I'm getting ready to rewatch Black Cherry.


I'm glad you're there because I went back to read about your Cherry Picked comment in the context of adultery as being when PJ picked Lorelei to trust over Lisbon to find and get RJ. I assume you're talking about his determined hunt for where Lorelei was imprisoned and his attempts to get to her and break her out, electric fence hahahaha! Do you have any other thoughts about that? I loved your whole adultery theme. So spot on!


@KM changed my comment on the photo to ask the question if it isn't actually Grant Baker. Doubt I'll get an answer, but we'll see.


@KM I just captured it from the Simon surfing video I also posted. So, it would be assumption on my part. I looked at a few Grant Baker things to see if I could somehow spot the shot, but didn't, not even close to a definitive search. And that's right now you mention it, I haven't seen Simon Baker in big waves before. I'm thinking, that may be a mistakenly attributed shot in the video. hmmmm. may be stung by tumblr again. tried to be sure, no dice.


@ Entwife,
Off topic. Sorry. Do you have a source for the cool snap of Baker big wave surfing (on your Tumbler feed)? I love surfing shots. And, I did not know that Simon Baker big waved surfed, they are a daredevilish subset in surfing. The only Baker that I know of, I'm not well informed, that big wave surfs is Grant Twiggy Baker. Google G. Baker or Twiggy Baker and big wave surfing and you get hits. Google S. Baker and big wave surfing and I get nothing. So, your help would be appreciated. Cheers!

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