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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@KM, I respect your views, but have no compassion for Lorelei. Everybody wants Jane to get justice for his family. I'm sure the families of Lorelei's victims want justice as well. She is a murderer, has worked with a notorious serial killer for 5 years. Killed or helped RJ kill numerous people. I want her character to end up dead or in prison, so that her victims get justice. For those of you who sympathize with Lorelei, do you also feel bad for O'Laughlin and Rebecca? Timothy Carter? I suspect most of them had tragic pasts. We know Rebecca was abused as a child, Lorelei never was. I don't recall anybody feeling sympathy for Rebecca. If someone can explain this to me I would appreciate it, because I don't really understand where you guys are coming from.


They're all strong; you have to have strength to not allow your grief to steal your desire to live.. In my opinion, Theresa is the strongest of the three. I see the desire to bring peace out of grief in Lisbon and Jane, but Jane's is based in revenge. I find that I feel compassion for all three and I want freedom from the pain and happiness for their characters.


I see some similarities between Lorelei's and Jane's childhood. I see similarities between Jane and Lisbon's childhood. All three were forced to care/provide for their parent. All three had single parent. We have evidence that both Jane and Lisbon were physically struck. Lorelei and Lisbon both had younger siblings that they strived to protect. Lorelei lost her sister and Lisbon suceeded in raising hers. Lorelei and Lisbon were educated; Jane is self taught. All three have suffered the loss of family that they loved deeply and they carry that pain forward. Jane followed his parent into a career were he preyed on the vulnerabilities of others. Lorelei turned to crime (she has been incarcerated more than once) and Red John. Lisbon appears to have forgiven her father and chose a career that makes it possible to help/protect vulnerable individuals. As a survivor of child abuse I find the three fascinating from the "Do I allow what happened to govern my life and if so how?" way. They're all strong. Lisbon the strongest of three, IMO. I would feel compassion for them all if they were my neighbors.


Whoever RJ is, he/she/they have to be 1)smart 2)wealthy 3)cult-leader charismatic 4)politically powerful 5)have the conscience of a mollusk 6)have close connection with law enforcement to infiltrate it extensively and at will 6) physically able to do at least some of the killings 7)not seen as the serial-killer type, but as ordinary-decent type. No one matches all these characteristics, tho some come close. Maybe RJ is a team, each member having one or more of the traits. Roy Tagliaferro was RJ, Sally's husband (as Sally wrote in her suicide note) was RJ. How many RJ's are out there, and who is pulling their strings? Visualize is definitely involved, but how and how closely? Is Stiles one of the team members? Do any of them know who the string puller is?


@Anitraward1...just read you idea about Jane's father. In some ways, it fits very well. It explains Red John's fascination with Jane and his motivation. The only problem is that Jane's father didn't seem sophisticated enough to pull this off. RJ has lots of devoted followers, connections in high places. Jane's father seemed more a street smart but petty criminal type. But you could be right. They haven't given us any real evidence one way or another so I think your theory has to be considered. My own pet theory is that Red John is Santa Claus. Called Red John because of the suit. Knows when you've been naughty or nice. Used to sliding down chimneys to bypass security. And his minions are really elves. ;-)


@anitraward1, I agree, i think this is before Red John became Red John. Kind of his Origins story. At least I hope so. That would be interesting @huisclothes, Lorelei and Jane's backgrounds are not similar to me. She was never abused. Other than a brief time when her mother was alone and struggling, she was raised in a wealthy home. Given a good education. Other than being separated from her sister, her childhood didn't seems bad. I don't pity her. She's a hardened killer, asked Jane to kill Lisbon, and tried to cut off Jane's fingers even after sleeping with him. Nasty piece of work.


I'm not sayin' I'm right! Like Jane would say, "I'M... JUST... SAYIN'"


I think they may be taking this thing back to before Red John became Red John. Like I said before Red John's history has been hidden too!


Also another clue, Why would Red John care about his DNA being found. He must be in the system. You can not find someone who is not in the system if there is not a match. In the episode Throwing Fire Jane's father is wearing pants that look like prison ware! Gray and white striped pants. I questioned that the first time I saw it.


Huisclothes, I just read your last post, WHHHAAATTT! It looks like you're moving closer to my theory!

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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.