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.


Hey @Watcher! Good hearing from you here! Looking forward to more chapters on your stories!!!


hello girls! thanks yes I'm happy!! (being an auntie again) sorry Ive been so absent lately, I had a wedding last week and was busy preparing for it and was sick and then now I'm preparing something for an art competition and it takes me ages to come up with something (painting). of course I have not forgotten about our favourite show! YEAH love that pic too Entwife, cute:) I have never seen Games of the Thrones but heard it was really good!


oh my blessed sweet soul! A picture of Simon Baker and his mum is on my tumblr. why does it bring tears? I don't know, but I don't mind a bit.


Hey there Watcher! How are you?? OK, I'm afraid you'll have to share Jamie Lannister! LOL Sorry! But we are very nice here and always share, don't we?
Good to hear from you.
I have to go to bed - night all!


Hi everybody,
Just thought I would say hello. It is great that you guys are keeping the site alive during the summer. On Game of Thrones- I LOVED it! Of course, I read the books so knew it was coming. I never liked Cat and was indifferent to Robb, so Grey Wind was the only one I was really upset about. Probably the most shocking moment in TV history though. My favorites are Tyrion and Arya and Jaime. They are all alive and well (OK, maybe not well, but alive at least), so I am happy. Bonaduz, I love Nicolaj Coster-Waldau as well. In fact, you guys can fight amongst yourselves for Patrick Jane. Just leave Jaime Lannister for me! :D


@bonaduz. I just put 4 up. I have a particularly eager reviewer who is really champing at the short chapters, so 5 will be longer and probably go up tomorrow. I hope it's a fun read :-)


@Entwife - I haven't read any ff where Lisbon is pregnant or raises her uncle's kids or anything weird like that - yet! :-) Btw - when is part 4 of your new ff ready? Can't wait to read about Jane giving Lisbon surf lessons!! ;-))


Tyrion is definitely my favorite! And of course Jamie (I really like the actor, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) And Arya and Bran and Jon Snow (really cute as well!) and I think Deaneriys Targaryen is also great! Oh well, the whole show is awesome. One of the few shows beside TM that I really like. I also like the music and the locations that they filmed it are beautiful (Croatia, Iceland, Marocco)!


The characters I like are Tyrion Lannister, maybe Sensa depending how she treats Tyrion, and Jamey Lannister and that wonderful knight-woman he's taken up with. And Arya Stark (not sure I spelled that right). And maybe that bastard son of Robert Ballereon (may have completely butchered that king's name)


Yeah, that was bad news on Game of Thrones. What a slaughter.

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