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.


Congratulations, Mimi!
I hope everything goes well.


hi Bona, hi Huisclothes
the weather is finally good here, what about yours? everything ok there?
My bro announced me I'll be an auntie again if all goes well! so I'm a happy bunny:-)


hi mimi. how are you? is the weather lovely?


Hmmmmm, seems to be working right now - good! My internet crew is here, they're trying to get me hooked up to a faster connection. We'll see. It's also going to cost a lot more! *sigh* But if I can watch TM online, it's worth it, isn't it??? :-))
Have a good day everyone. I'll be cut off now for a while... (hope they don't totally screw it up - that would p*** me off big time!)


Hi Mimi! How are you? I'm having trouble again with moderation! Oh well...
All's good here, even the weather is great right now! I'm enjoying spring!


hi everyone! hello Bonaduz! long time no see!:-)


@Entwife - found it, thank you! Too late to start tonight though! Glad to make you smile!


@bonaduz I love being thought of! Keep an eye out for those ent-husbands. Perhaps my loneliness for them is what makes me write those ribald stories -- that and watching Bruno Heller make Patrick Jane and Teresa Lisbon fumble around for five seasons, throwing hints all over the place but never taking the big step, the big tease! lol But not really. And now bareback riding -- yowser!


@bonaduz Thank you for all your entertaining notes! They make me smile :-D Yes, the one story is pretty out of character for a lot of people and really blurs Simon and Patrick in some ways, but I had so many ideas about being on the beach so I went for it. I'm ready to accept the howling if it comes. I'm thinking of doing something sweet, gentle and subtle but I've already done something else and haven't thought of the "plot" yet. Which I never have anyway hahahaha! Try looking by author in the search box, it's lexikal with a k


Hey guys! Long time no see!!!
I'm catching up with all the posts of the last week! I see that @antitraward1 is finally convinced of Jisbon! Welcome on board!
@KM - loved your observation of adultery! Makes total sense. It's awesome how all you guys can see and express the deeper psychological nuances of the show! Thank you all for sharing.
@Huisclothes: I tried to find "Charlotte's Web" by lexical on the fanfiction page, but no luck. Is it posted there or somewhere else?
@Entwife - just catching up with your stories as well! Agree 100% with Huisclothes! :-))

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The Mentalist Quotes

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.