The Mentalist Midseason Report Card: B+

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As we wait for The Mentalist to return on January 6 with "Days of Wine and Roses," we're using our down time to relive some of our favorite - and not so favorite - moments of the season so far.

We've already set fingers to keyboard for our Once Upon a Time midseason report and Sons of Anarchy Season 5 report card. Now take a look as we take a look at what Patrick Jane and company have been up to...

Back to His Old Life

Best Episode: I'm so very torn over this one. In the end it's a tie between "Devil's Cherry" and "Red Sails in Sunset." The first dove right into Jane's tortured psyche as he spoke with his deceased daughter while in a drug induced haze.  It was poignant, funny, sad, and hopeful all at once.

But "Red Sails in Sunset" brought Jane's obsession with Lorelei to a head as we learned why this intriguing character became the psychopath's mistress. The best twist was finding out how much Red John had taken away from Lorelei, and whether or not she'd ever believe Jane's theory as he let her go off to find her own truth. 

Then there was that whole issue about a handshake as Lorelei told Jane: I only wonder why the two of you didn't become life long friends the moment you shook hands. | permalink

Now that will surely have repercussions throughout 2013.

Worst Episode:  Perhaps it's simply because Wayne Rigsby has never been one of my favorite characters but I didn't find much to love in "Blood Feud." Rigsby's father was a despicable man and Wayne has never really known when to walk away.  Heck, in the past he'd even dragged Cho down into his mess.  So the only upside I saw in this episode was that dear old Dad won't be returning.

Most Improved Character: I'm not sure you can call Patrick Jane improved as he continues to carry this show but my love for the tortured ex-psychic continues to grow.

From the intimate look into his tortured heart that we glimpsed as he spoke with his deceased daughter to his obsession with the serial killer that took her and his wife away, somehow Patrick Jane just gets better with age. 

Most Disappointing Character: Almost all of the secondary characters have been disappointing this season for one reason or another but I've really missed these two...

Kimball Cho because we really haven't seen enough of him. I've been craving more of Cho's deadpan one liners and observations all season but they've been few and far between.

Grace Van Pelt has been stuck behind a desk most of the season, not that it's her fault.  Amanda Righetti is very pregnant which explains the large purses, plants and boxes that continue to jump in her path but I've missed the bad ass Grace we got glimpses of in The Mentalist season 4. Hopefully once the actress' beautiful bundle of joy is born we can get back to the sweet but snarky Van Pelt I've grown to love.

Most Intriguing Character Return:  Lorelei Martins. When we first met Red John's newest minion in The Mentalist season 4 finale she was certainly sexy and alluring but this season gave her a new twist.  Whether she realizes it or not, Lorelei is a victim of Red John. Will she survive the tug of war between Patrick Jane and the infamous serial killer?  I hope so. Watching this intriguing beauty's blood spill would be tragedy.

Most Disappointing Character Return:  Summer Edgecombe. I never thought she was a good match for Cho but Summer was smart and fun and funny. Upon Summer's return this season she was dumbed down and boring. Apparently they brought the former hooker / criminal informant back just to knock her up, marry her off to some dim witted guy and send her on her way. What a lousy way to close out a once interesting character.

Hopes for 2013:

  • More character development for Teresa Lisbon. I feel as though we only get glimpses into Lisbon and after five season's we should know her better.
  • I know this will probably never happen but I'd like to see the show decide whether Jane and Lisbon are headed towards a possible romantic future or if this is more of a brother / sister partnership. Surprisingly, I'm good with either scenario but wondering which way this duo is leaning can get confusing.
  • As much as I'm loving the slow build of tracking Red John, I hope the appearance of increased momentum isn't a fluke.  Perhaps we can have the answer to Red John's identity at the end of this season without having Jane and company catch him just yet.

Overall Grade: B+

Okay, fans. What grade would you give The Mentalist season 5 so far.

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


hi rationalgal. interesting about red john and patrick renouncing their bloodthirsty ways. my vote: if red john's a surgeon and he saves lisbon, i hope patrick would (and should) kill him with his own scalpel the minute he puts in the last stitch. but that's just me. just because they renounce doesn't mean i renounce, i guess.


hey anitraward1. your thought about jane finding that red john is less powerful at manipulating lorelei, is interesting. and of course, she won't be able to resist getting to the bottom of it. (maybe she'll become as obsessed with killing him as jane.) however, to me, the character's more interesting if he finds himself less single-minded than he thinks he is. don't forget that when lisbon (in crimson ticket) told him not to get roped into her game, patrick said he had known her approaching him was a machination all along. untrue. he was needy and took comfort in this lovely woman. he was genuinely surprised when she turned our to be red john's emissary. each time patrick makes a point of his cool clarity when it comes to lorelei, he does a very clear non-verbal contradiction the moment lisbon leaves.


That was a tasty little treat. Good possible ending Rationalgal!


This Red John thing keeps bothering me. I'm thinking the murder of Jane's family changed both men. Jane gave up his hucksterism and Red John gave up his serial killing (just kills for specific Jane-related reasons now). Timothy Carter mouthed RJ's words at the shopping mall when he talked about retiring and urged Jane to get on with his life also. The series ending may have both coming to an understanding of each other rather than a knock-down-drag-out fight. RJ has money, influence and perhaps surgical skills. Drives around in a limo. Is he a highly paid surgeon? How many doctors have we seen in the series? I vaguely remember one. If Lisbon is wounded in the final confrontation and near death and a doctor saves her and it turns out to be RJ, Jane would lose all interest in killing him. They could end up friends. Great mystery. Can't wait to see how it really ends.


Jane knows Red John uses damaged people who are weak. Jane let Lorelie go because he saw her as weak. If she comes back Jane will know that Red John's skills are not greater than his. Lorelie thinks what she and Jane had meant something and Jane will use that to gain knowledge about Red John. But believe Red John has a built in fail safe! I think Jane is getting tired of the cat and mouse game and wants to see Red John's head on a stick!


I saw that and thought he showed more of a parental type fondness. You could be right about him gaining more knowledge about Jane. I believe that it is the emotional part that he will try to use against Jane. If you remember right Jane said he would marry her if he had too. Jane does not care about Lorelie and he will use her like she's using him. Lorelie seems to be using the info to bring him down. Jane is not as dumb as he's appearing to be about her.


many ideas about the nature of red john's relationship with jane have been put forth. here's mine. brett stiles says, "it's a kind of love, patrick." patrick says, regarding red john recruiting him, "i'd be giving him his heart's desire." in "red sky in the morning," red john lovingly strokes his shoulder and chest. guess where i'm going with this? i think there's a strong homoerotic component to red john's obsession with jane. could be subconscious. could be quite conscious and he'll act on it in some way. wouldn't that be a mindblower? red john could have had lorelei bail patrick out, buy him a drink and then drop the bomb about who sent her. instead he had her have sex with him thus using her as his proxy to gain the most intimate knowledge of patrick. carnal knowledge without consent. the law has a word for that, no? you bet red john got lorelei to give him a blow-by-blow account the next day. (joke)


hi anitra. simon says he's been "the next big thing" over and over again. he didn't have the luxury of waiting for that perfect cool part like other young actors. with a kid to support, he had to take roles that weren't strategic moves for a guy who wanted a film career. even the mentalist is an example of this. film people typecast him as patrick and as just a tv person. he must play a major role in a significant film to change perception. and at 43, it has to be soon. margin call, the killer inside me and next year's i give it a year, are examples of him trying to position himself for that. he's an ambitious and talented man. he's happy to have the money and success, but he wants the respect that a prestige film career would give him. i want very much for him to get it.


Here's a little Baker trivia! He drove the same car he does now in his Heartbreak Ridge series. I believe the car was silver. You can find it on youtube. You can also find his other series there! Take a peek! Simon Baker has been out there for a long time! He's got to be the hardest working man in the business!


I can't wait until we get back to msytery solving. I've missed it a great deal. There are some bright minds in this room. Better then any other sites I've seen. This is the best one. We get great reviews and then we can have at it! I probably will never do this again! These types of things don't happen to often. That's why I'm enjoying this as much as I can! The greats come and then they go, and then we wait and wait and wait for the next great! I would love to see Baker in an epic film. He is on his way! Someone will get him and the rest of the film makers will regret it! If they want the money man! Well! For Goodness Sake! Do! I! Have! To! Say! It! Ok! SIMON BAKER!

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