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.


ugh @bonaduz I hate those ones, won't read them or the ones where Lisbon gets saddled with her cousin's uncle's kids or is pregnant by somebody other than Jane and he helps raise the baby. What's the point, eh?


Hi all! I'm online again! Yeeppeeeee! Seems to work splendid - can't wait for the bill though! :-))
@Entwife - great quote by George RR Martin. Funny, that you bring that up now, because last Sunday watching 'Game of Thrones' I was literally bawling my eyes out over the death of two favorite characters! I think I would cry for a week, if Jane or Lisbon ever died! LOL They just can't do that to us! A while ago I read a ff where Jane is set up and gets the death penalty! I know, just a ff, but I it really got to me! So lets hope all will be fine in the end...


Great quote indeed, Entwife!


Hey @KM, thanks for noticing that, I went back and corrected it. Lucky it wasn't too far back and I was able to find it. Don't need to be contributing to the flotsam and jetsam in the Tumblr river :-) I love our two characters, just like that quote from George RR Martin:" Just as you grieve if a friend is killed, you should grieve if a fictional character is killed. You should care. If somebody dies and you just go get more popcorn, it’s a superficial experience isn’t it?" Great quote, huh?


To me those little changes they offered us in this weary worn weighty season came across as hopeful. They reminded us that Jane is not just using to achieve is call for revenge and justice. He cares.


Her forgiving nature saves his bunda and allows him a way to heal their relationship.


@ Entwife, Re your Tumbler comment. 'Little Red Corvette' where Jane helps Lisbon burn the midnight oil (and nibbles on her dinner) happens before the Orchid Lane scene in 'There Will Be Blood'. Jane has spurts of awareness with Lisbon that he's failing to be the partner he should, but then remember we go through a series of episodes where he is helpful or playful with her 'Red in Tooth and Claw' and then snappy with her 'Red Lacquer...'. I, personally, suspect that he thought they were okay and that she was not feeling too betrayed by him for his choices stemming all the way back into Season 4's finale, that he was fooling her, but as we learn a few episodes further into the season in 'There Will Be Blood' that he discovers that he has been fooling himself. It isn't until Orchid Lane that he realizes how badly he has damaged their partnership, or it occurs to him that she could abandon him and take the support and protection she has always faithfully offered. Her forgiving nature saved his bunda and offered him a way to repair the damage.


Wooooo! Hoooooo! Picture me doing the moon walk around my TV!


Greetings, September 17, 2013 has been announced as the official release date for 'The Mentalist - The Complete 5th Season'. Last year my set, pre-ordered from Amazon arrived on the official release date. So I expect to have it arrive on 17th of September. So it seems that we'll have it approximately a week or so before the season starts up. Cheers!


Congratulations Auntie Mimi! How's the new connection, @bonaduz? Hi to @all!

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