The Mentalist Review: "Bloodsport"

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That was quite an opening scene to The Mentalist, wasn't it? 

Not the mixed martial arts fight, but Rigsby’s new girlfriend. Her intensity about the brawl was a little scary and I think she’s going to leave Wayne with several bruises.  Of course, she is so gorgeous; he may not mind.

MMA Investigation

Regrettably, Rigsby has bigger problems to worry about: Agent LaRoche returned on "Bloodsport."

That man gets creepier every time I see him and now he has his sights set on Rigsby.  I can see why Rigsby’s prior experience as an arson investigator makes him a suspect in Todd Johnson’s murder.  What I didn’t see coming was the way LaRoche went after him about his father’s criminal past.

At first, I couldn’t understand Wayne’s reaction when LaRoche came back at him about phone calls he’d made to his father.  Rigsby said he had no contact with his dad, but then LaRoche found these calls between the two back in 2008.  Well, that was 2008! 

If I haven’t spoken to someone in three years, I’m pretty comfortable saying I’ve had no contact with them.  And maybe Rigsby would be, too, if he had nothing to hide.

I can’t believe he used Cho as an alibi for his father and then never told Cho about it.  That was pretty reckless.  When Cho said he’s never lied to another cop, I knew that would end to save his partner’s career.  Unfortunately, this may have done irreparable harm to their friendship.  Something tells me we’ll see the consequences of this coming back to haunt them both later on this season.

I didn’t find the case of the week all that exciting, but watching Jane push the fighters’ buttons was fun.  Only Jane could quote Star Wars and Nietzsche in the same five minutes and make me laugh at both.

We didn’t get a lot of Lisbon, but I loved her “Thanks for that” quip as Jane riled up the fighters into a brawl in the middle of CBI, leaving Lisbon and the officers to handle it as he calmly walked away sipping his coffee.  A classic Jane moment.

No new episode next week, so plenty of time to think about various questions: Is LaRoche serious about going after Rigsby?  Is Jane still in his crosshairs or do you think Cho is next on his hit list?

Bloodsport Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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The Mentalist Season 3 Episode 11 Quotes

These aren't the droids you're looking for.


Floyd: Police, aren't you?
Jane: How did you know?
Floyd: Police and fine woman always think they got a right to be wherever their at and you ain't no fine woman