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.


Here is my one big, big, big problem, and it's with Lisbon! Why did Lisbon get spooked by Barlow. Why would she believe anything coming out of his mouth. I know Barlow probably has information on her or cold / hot read her. Why would she think Red John is psychic? One would think that her religious views would not allow her to even question this type of belief. What is goning on here? Does anyone know?


The board in Jane's loft was not for Jane, it was for the person in the CBI who is feeding information to Red John. I believe Kirkland was just another fish that took a nibble. There was something on that board that will reveal who the next Red John snitch will be. That person is in the CBI and works with Jane everyday. I still say it's someone from the inner circle. Guess who knows how to pick locks? RIGSBY! YEAH.....I KNOW.......ME TOO!


Moving to cable @rationalgal? What a thought. Is that done?


Continued-Barwlow was close, very close with Jane's father. This could be payback for the business deal gone wrong. Barlow is probably the one feeding Red John his information about the Jane family. Jane looked a Barlow like he was a big liar when he used the word friend. Jane knows barlow is not his friend. When Barlow was sitting on the beach drinking, he looked very worried. He had that Red John worried look in his face! IF BARLOW AND JANE'S FATHER WERE BEST FRIENDS, WE CAN ASSUMED THAT JANE'S FATHER, IF HE IS STILL ALIVE, IS A DIRT BAG LIKE BARLOW. OF COURSE THERE IS NO TELLING WHAT PART HIS FATHER IS PLAYING IN ALL THIS. CARNEY FOLK LIKE TO HOLD ON TO THEIR GRUDGES. I THINK WE CAN INCLUDE JANE'S FATHER TOO!


I was watching Little Red Corvette and this occurred to me! Lisbon said Volker has been a step ahead of us this whole time. Someone is feeding him information. Ok! Who? Answer-Red and Itchy, Brenda S. Red John's Rules-Finale Jane-Red John killed her, it's like he reached into my head and killed a happy memory. Someone is feeding Red John information! Barlow said Red John will alway defeat Jane because he has powers, real powers. WHAT A LOAD OF WHOOEY! Barlow! Don't you EVEN try to lie to me! Red John ain't got no powers and you DON'T either! The long con-Red John has someone in the CBI feeding him information and someone from Jane's past feeding him information. He, Red John is clearly capable of this! Jane's past; Someone was standing next to Jane when he formulated his memory. 1)His father
2)A silbimg
3)His mother
4)Another relative
5)A best friend
6)His teacher
7)A carney friend close to Jane or his family Barlow was very close with Jane's father and has a grude against him, he could be the one feeding Red John the information to get back at Jane and his father for the sour business deal.


I honestly don't know how that never crossed my mind. I always took the perceived evidence of who RJ was at face value and true. It never occurred to me that Rosalind could be lying or wrong or hypnotized. As far as the Jared Renfrew message goes, I am convinced it was 11e 15 mar. That sequence corresponds to a piece of work done by Pluto talking about good and bad, correct and incorrect, hero and villain. And with the William Blake quote about light and darkness, it makes perfect sense. My only real question I would ask the producers is...How they landed on Reede Smith, Sheriff McAllister, and Robert Kirkland? I could name a dozen off the top of my head that would give more intrigue and make more sense for the viewers (Ellis Mars, Dean Harken, Royston Daniel, Virgil Minelli, etc.)


Hard to know what to make of that interview. Sounds like the RJ case will wind up but "new villians wll appear" to give viewers a chance to see how Jane moves on into the future. S5 was already introducing new villians from Jane's carney life, so that may be how the RJ case closes and other things come in to show Jane moving on. If Heller is thinking of continuing the series, it may be by moving to cable and beginning new story arcs.


We do have info about RJ that does not involve minion mind control. He has access to money and political influence because he can give people a new life, set them up in a job, etc. He works from an ideology because the minions spout it. This ideology conforms to what Visualize preaches and Stiles knows more than anyone about RJ. RJ has to be closely involved with Visualize because of the ideology, and has access to money and power and influence and protection from investigation thru being involved with Visualize. RJ has charisma that makes it easy for him to attract minions. If Lorelei is correct, RJ is someone Jane could have become friends with. RJ seems to be able to be anywhere any time, so he's not working a 9-5 job. He thinks he is doing a service for humanity by killing people, based on his good-evil 2 sides of coin thinking, so he's not a Volker type. Not one of the 7 can be all those things, so RJ does not act alone.


That article was from today, btw. I almost hate to believe he's looking that far beyond Red John, not even saying season 7, but just that it's what I want and think would play very well: Get past Red John, show us how it is after that for the characters, what happens with Jane and Lisbon (and it better not be Platonic), throw us some cases. I'll be happy as a clam.


Here's a refreshing quote from a roughly translated interview with Bruno Heller in a spanish-language magazine called Pagina 12. It almost sounds like he's even looking to season 7? - Catch Red John would mean the end of the series? I do not believe, because you have to see Patrick Jane forward, many questions remain unanswered. Would rather the end of a chapter. New villains will appear, but first we have to solve it.

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