The Mentalist Review: The Hunt for Volker

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The hunt for Volker intensified on The Mentalist this week... and who knew that a "Little Red Corvette" would take him down?

The murder of Horatio was all the more brutal with Volker standing there watching. The man enjoyed seeing someone die. It didn't even have to be by his hand. It just had to be on his order. That kind of power really seemed to get him off. This guy's a serious sociopath.

Jane & Lisbon On The Run

This was a man who took out entire indigenous tribes when they got in his way. So he had no qualms about killing a little boy. I found it interesting that even Volker's paid enforcers knew that murdering a child was a whole different level of evil. One in which Volker had no problem descending.

I spent the entire episode silently hoping that Marvin was really still alive. Having Jane visit his mother was heartbreaking. Not only does he relate to kids, but he has such intimate knowledge of what this distraught parent was going through that it almost hurt to watch.

The chess game between Lisbon and Volker was only made more intriguing by Jane's involvement. Volker was use to scaring people. Poor Anabelle was shaking as she backed away from him and he loved every tentative step.

But Volker couldn't scare Jane. Another psychopath already took everything he'd ever loved. What's left to be afraid of?

And Jane's one of the few people who could shake up Volker's calm exterior as he called him on his bluff. 

This entire episode had some stellar moments. Lisbon has never been so accepting of bending the rules. She actually used intimidation tactics against a deputy district attorney and out and out lied to a judge to get a warrant. The Teresa Lisbon from a year or two ago never would have done that. 

When Clyde took that phone call from Volker, I knew what he was about to do and it still made me jump when that bus hit him. Even hired killers are scared of somebody.

And what did Volker have on Brenda?!? Not only was she selling out her team at the CBI, but she handed over a little boy to be murdered. Who was he threatening to make her grovel at his feet like that? Will we ever find out?

A couple of side notes…

  • How funny was Rigsby stealing Cho's old soda from his car? That man has no self control around food, or drink.
  • Please let Amanda Righetti have a healthy, happy baby soon. I miss Grace and I'm tired of seeing her behind that desk.
  • Shouldn't Lisbon have had that toy car bagged for evidence? I know Jane isn't very good with those things but I expect more from Teresa.
  • You had to love Volker running through the zoo smacking kids on the back of the head as he searched for Marvin. Too funny.

I loved that Jane got to return Martin to his mother although witnessing such things must still be bittersweet for him.

I'm a little sorry Volker's story came to a close so soon. It was fun seeing Jane and Lisbon team up against someone other than Red John and Volker was equally creepy. Then again, with Volker's connections and influence, perhaps his rein of terror isn't over quite yet.


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I think this serial is becoming crappier by the day.


I read that Bertram is supposed to be in episode 14 (Feb 17).


So does anybody want to talk about what we just saw? You want to wait till tomorrow or do you want to do it now? Because wow, that episode, wow, that's going to give people like us ALOT to talk about for the next 1-2 months while we wait for more in the story.


just saying that i care more about lorelei and enjoy her more. though stiles is interesting, i don't really care about him except in how be a solution to the mystery.


I forgot about Stiles- I agree he is a big loose end. I think Stiles is much more important than Lorelei. We already know what her story is - I don't really see any mystery to her. We can guess with a high degree of certainty that she will soon turn on RJ and either tell Jane who RJ is or give him a major clue. There really is no other point to her. Stiles is a whole different story. We have no idea what his role is. Is he RJ? I guess no, but we can't rule anybody out for sure. Is he one of RJ's friends? Were he and RJ originally both Visualize members/founders? Is he working for or against RJ? How does he know so much about RJ and know where Kristina was? I also wonder if the show will bring him back, or just explain his role without showing him again.


lorelei by a lot.


I agree with huisclothes list except that I'd put La Roche, Mancini and Bertram in the no category. I just cant' see how its feasible for CBS to be able to bring them back. There's a reason they aren't back and its about contracts and thats tough to change.
If I were to rank the loose ends that need to be tied up the most 1) Stiles 2) Lorelei 3) Kirkland 4) FBI Agents Schultz and Mancini 5) Wainwright's death and why RJ wanted him dead and how it happened. The show can probably get away with leaving everything else out if they bring in 1-2 characters we don't expect to play major roles, but they really need the top 4 and to come up with something concrete for them. I had a hard time ranking the top 3 also, which one do you think is bigger Stiles or Lorelei?


loose ends that may or may not need to be tied up in order for me not to be royally pissed, my opinion. erica, no. mashburn, no. stiles, yes. la roche, yes. hightower, no. darcy, maybe. minelli, yes, please. kirkland, yes. lorelei, yes. volker, no. wagner, no. alexa, yes. summer, no. sarah, no. bertram, yes. kristina, good riddance to bad rubbish. brenda, yes, but only because they brought her back. ardiles, no. cbi ron, no.


Brenda is an important character so I'd expect her back but the show has thrown out things like "owing favors" in the past and hasn't really acted on it. Brenda more just did it because of the pressure Lisbon put on, adding a favor at the end was more just a formality. But I do hope they act on that Brenda storyline and that it isn't something trivial as to why she helped Volker. Bruno has said in season 1 he had a good idea how the show would end, and you always have to give writers some benefit of the doubt, but the more you think about it, the more you have to agree there's something to what @Watcher's saying, there just seems no clear plan, it is helter skelter, what mood are we in today, type of deal.


@Watcher nailed it, those are the loose ends, I'd add the other one as why does RJ have a thing for going after top dogs in CBI(Hightower and Wainwright)--its more than just they interfere with Jane's life, Hightower actually encouraged his antagonizing ways. Also Stiles is an obvious loose end that was deliberately made that way. A show can only resolve so many loose ends, the rest really aren't that important enough you can dedicate time to so I do think we might have gone a bit overboard. Still nonetheless, the point still stands there is ALOT that is to be tied up in little time and it's not a good plan to give no real RJ info for 4+yrs then cram it down our throats in 12 episodes. Also there are loose ends in the past the show never really tied up that aren't relevant now but should have been then(how did an agent just get away poisoning Rebecca, the two Todd Johnson murder lists, why did Jane really think RJ would be at the mall in the finale 2 yrs ago). That's one of the problems I think we all have noted, its just nothing can be done now, its run its course.

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 12 Quotes

Do you enjoy this, Agent Lisbon? Wasting your time.


He gets off on this. Watching his victims die.