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The Mentalist Review: Taking It Personally

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"Days of Wine and Roses" was more about Lisbon's hunt for Tommy Volker than the murder of the week, but let's start at the aptly named Oasis Rehabilitation Center.

The place was certainly an oasis, on par with many vacation resorts, offering ample opportunity for Patrick Jane to make mischief.

Jane Sneaks Around

Charlotte (aka Charlie's mother) was blinded to her daughter's addiction. She refused to believe Charlie would steal her ruby necklace. What she failed to realize was that an addict is capable of almost anything. I couldn't help but feel sorry for poor Maria, a character we never even saw on screen, who took the fall for the crime.

Jane playing the klepto was great fun, but it was even better when I realized that Cho and Lisbon were in on the scam. 

In the end, I couldn't help but mourn Charlotte. Her death really was a tragedy. She was young and could have turned her life around. But the one person whose job it was to help her was the one who took it all away. 

Joanne whined that her disease made her do it. Hopefully she can wallow in that self pity for the rest of her life in a prison cell.

But back to Tommy Volker...

Lisbon personally financed a second autopsy on Amanda Shaw. How much do one of those cost? The guilt over not being able to protect the girl was driving Teresa on a crusade that's as much personal as it is professional. 

And Jane noticed.

He knew that the gleam in her eye was either a break in the Volker case or a new lover in her life. I thought it was sweet that he hoped it was love as he said she deserved to find happiness. Jane deserves that too.

But Lisbon would be thrilled with catching Volker and with Grace's help she tracked down his enforcer.

Speaking of Van Pelt, I loved how they hid the actress' pregnancy this week. The rolling cart with file boxes on it was new and kind of ingenious. At least it let her get up from her desk. 

Just in case we forgot how creepy Volker was, he decided to visit Lisbon. In addition to his version of charming intimidation techniques he also told Lisbon, "You look good. You've been working out." The way his eyes roamed her body made me want to take a shower.

He was pushing Lisbon's buttons, hoping for a reaction and it was starting to worry Jane as he told her in this The Mentalist quote

Jane: I'm just a little worried he's inside your head and believe me that's not a good road to go down. Bad neighborhood. | permalink

And if anyone should know, it's Patrick Jane.

When it all falls apart, when Lisbon's only connection to Volker is gunned down in the street along with two innocent bystanders, Teresa plays her last card.

She ask Jane for help. Jane vs. Volker. Now this should be fun.

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Hahaha huisclothes, cigar, yes, and that's the most likely, I have to agree. Mimi, definitely the squeeze is extra, maybe after that kiss, and it has to be even better than when he kissed Erica that time. Sizzlin'

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ahah entwife yes that would be fun but I'm dying to see a kiss between them two! a bit more waiting before the next episode!

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while it's been fun to spin the significance of the big foot scene in many ways, as freud said, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. that's where i net out. it's just a shot to establish jane sneaking into the room.

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Along the lines of Jane and Lisbon getting together, wouldn't it be so funny if they walk away together and she reaches over and squeezes his bum cheek like he did to her that time he hit his head and went back to his old carny personality? That would be hilarious to me.

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Hi, Mimi. Good question about if Jane knew Lorelei was from RJ. I'm thinking that he was on alert for contact from RJ the whole time after leaving CBI. It didn't look like he knew Lorelei was it, but when she said so at the end of their overnight encounter, he probably smiled because now he knew the contact was made and he had a possible way to get to RJ. And he was proved right that RJ would try to contact him.

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faint smile on his face when she leaves..

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hi there again! personally the big foot scene didn't strike me at all, I actually watched it again yesterday to see what you were talking about. For me there is nothing to interpret from it, it was just a way of filming how Jane sneaked in that room but I love to see how we all have our own perception of things. and again about the holding hands, I have read so many different perceptions and we'll know who thought right only at the end of the series, which will hopefully not be season 5. I still have a question in mind though, when Jane sleeps with Lorelei, did he know she was a RJ disciple? I have read that he did and others that he didn't.. because later in season 5 when they are in the car and lisbon says sthg about be careful she's the first woman since your wife blabla and he says sthg along the lines that he knew all along that she was a RJ girl.. what do you think?
because he looks genuinly shocked when she tells him "I do what RJ tells me to do" but then had a faint smile on when he closed the door after throwing her out so.. and why did he say I love you to Lisbon? was it because of the "scene" they were faking, like it was part of the scene but then there were just the two of them so there was nothing to perform or pretend. it could have been a friendly or brotherly I love you too.. but how he avoids replying to lisbon later means that he feels embarrassed about it so it would mean it was more a romantic I love you.. god that series drives me nuts lol and seriously if they stop it I'll be crushed! I love it so much!

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nicely said, rationalgal.

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I don't care if Jane and Lisbon get together in a clothes ripping scene or walk off holding hands and doing their engaging banter. I just want to see Jane get a happy life back, and of course no other woman even comes close to being part of that than Lisbon. They've grown together like conjoined twins. I want to see what Jane is like without the burden of pain and loss that has burdened him. The poor guy just deserves a really good happy ending with Lisbon. And maybe that ending with Lisbon opening her bedroom door and Jane being there would by fitting. How often have we seen Jane opening a door that reveals utter tragedy? In this ending he (or Lisbon) opens it to a better life.

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so much fun, anitraward1, it's already the weekend and we are sure to see an exciting Mentalist episode on Sunday night, wow can't wait to hear everybody's ideas!

The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 11 Quotes

Either you have a breakthrough in the Volker case or you're in love. Which is it?

Jane

I looked Amanda Shaw in the eye and I promised to protect her. I failed.

Lisbon
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