The Mentalist Review: "Like A Redheaded Stepchild"

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It was Rigsby's night to shine on The Mentalist. "Like A Redheaded Stepchild" introduced Wayne's bad ass father, hinted at an abusive childhood and had him admitting his feelings for Grace. 

I've always had mixed feelings about Rigsby. He's the wannabe super cop but has a little too much frat boy in him to really pull it off well.

Putting Cho in the impossible position of either ratting on his partner or lying to Internal Affairs was a definite low point for the character.

Jane on the Case

I also wasn't thrilled when he expected Grace to be the one to leave the team when their relationship was made public.

When we were finally introduced to Rigsby mean, crude, quite possibly abusive father, it added some much needed depth to his story. 

He's discussed his father but we had never really seen his inner turmoil displayed so prominently. His father's only redeeming factor was that he didn't stab his son when he had the chance. Not exactly the warm and fuzzy father son relationship you'd hope for.

I always felt Rigsby and Grace made a cute couple and thought their love story was much too brief. So I was thrilled to see Wayne finally man up and tell Grace he still loved her. He wasn't trying to stop her from getting married. She was the one that broke things off between them. But he was honest with her about why he couldn't watch her get married. 

I love it when characters are honest. It happens so rarely.

Not that Jane could ever take a back seat to anyone but his storyline just didn't pack the punch that it normally does. What's with Jane's fascination with prisons? He enjoys spending time in them far too much. It's just odd.

Patrick trying to convince Lisbon to go for a short haircut was comical. "You've got a great skull. I've always said that." Just what every girl wants to hear. And can you just imagine her with a pixie cut?

Overall we got some nice character background in this episode and perhaps a set up for Van Pelt's wedding. Do you think she'll walk down the aisle or will Rigsby be helping her pick up the pieces? Lay your bets. Only one more episode left before the finale.

Like A Redheaded Stepchild Review

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The Mentalist Season 3 Episode 21 Quotes

You've got a great skull. I've always said that.


You know that game that kids play? My dad can beat up your dad. No one ever played that with me.