The Mentalist Review: A Different Life

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Who hasn't thought about a different life? Almost everyone, and Teresa Lisbon is no exception. 

"So Long, And Thanks For All the Red Snapper" had Teresa running into an old love with Patrick Jane at her side. I'm sure she would have planned that differently if she could.

Jane & Lisbon Investigate a Surfer's Death

Greg, Lisbon's ex-fiance, now has a wife and three kids and I couldn't help but wonder if Teresa looked at their family and thought that they could have been hers if things had gone differently.

But then again, Greg's life certainly wasn't paradise. Greta cheated on him with a surfer dude. That had to hurt.

I was really hoping to learn more about Lisbon's past in this episode, but we got very little. They were 17. They got engaged. He felt Teresa lied to him and Teresa broke it off. That's pretty light on the details overall.

But Jane was right, Greg was never the guy for Lisbon and even she agreed. I could only imagine what Lisbon was like at 17 but Greg said she looked strong and happy now. I'm sure the motherless 17-year old dealing with an alcoholic father and a bunch of wild brothers was anything but content.

I loved it when Jane called her intense and particular and then gave her examples of each. Wouldn't it be great if Teresa found someone who appreciated those qualities in her?  Hmm…

One of my favorite moments of the night was watching Jane chase crabs on the beach. For a man so haunted by his horrifying past, it's such a treat to see him act like a kid sometimes. Not to mention he was seriously cute.

But if Lisbon was revisiting lost love, Cho was losing his current one.

I've loved Summer and I've enjoyed that we've gotten to see a whole different side of Cho since he's been with her, but I knew it wasn't going to last. Summer's simply too reckless. She lied too often and too easily and we won't even get into the drug use. As Cho told her...

 I'm a cop. How did you think this was going to go? | permalink

She's got a huge heart but that didn't stop her from breaking both hers and Cho's.

What this storyline highlighted was what an incredible man Kimball Cho is. Most guys would have walked out on Summer as she sat there crying, high on cocaine, having just lied and stolen drugs - but not Cho.

He calmed down and came up with a plan that gave Summer a second chance to get her life back on track. It just won't be with him and, sadly, that's probably for the best.

All in all the case of the week really didn't hold my interest. Chasing the treasure seemed silly but Lance's answers were amusing. He said he only wanted to talk to Jay. Well, did he usually do his talking with a hammer? And he was shocked that Jay wanted half the treasure.  Umm.. the guy did haul it up from the ocean floor for him. Was wanting his half really such a shock?

In this The Mentalist quote, Van Pelt put it most succinctly…

Lance: I don't know what came over me.
Grace: It's called greed. | permalink

So were you a satisfied or disappointed with Lisbon's lost love? Do you want Summer back? Only two episodes left this season. What do you want to see from The Mentalist?

So Long, And Thanks For All the Red Snapper Review

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The Mentalist Season 4 Episode 22 Quotes

I was feeding him and he looked up at me with those big, adorable eyes...and then he barfed.


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