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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Me-remember when I posted that within the posts we could probably find the answers we were looking for? Well after re-reading your post I found something interesting! You questioned why Jane was still wearing his wedding ring after ten years. Well interesting that you mentioned that! Now check this out. Why is Jane's father stiil wearing his wedding ring? I believe that both of the rings are identical, a single gold band. Now I think this is significant, like Lisbon's cross. But why? It does show that Jane and his father are the same as far as the rings are concerned. Why would they show Jane's father with a ring at all if it did not mean something. The ring says there was a women and now there is not and Jane's says the same thing.


hi waywardone (nice name). you're rolling around on the floor at three in the morning? you sound like our kind of person.. llove to hear any thoughts or comments you have.


well! you guys have me rolling on the floor at 3 in the morning. "i like patrick, he's only killed two people and he's blond with a droopy eyes and wide duck mouth." I swear my organs have been hanging on the outside since page 1 of this whole discussion. After all this, I only hope that the writers will find this discussion and hire some of you!


@watcher excellent. would love to see mashburn again. redline was one of my favorite non-red john episodes.


@huisclothes, LOL!


@watcher. this is great. i love the fact that you wouldn't mind that guy that you like was a serial killer. shows you how insane our little world here has become. huisclothes: "i like patrick, he's only killed two people and he's blond with a droopy eyes and wide duck mouth." watcher: "i like mashburn, who knows who he killed but he's tall and dark and a lot of fun." you know, i'm horsing around, right?


@huisclothes, I wouldn't mind it being Mashburn. For the record, I don't believe Mashburn is Red John. However, if he was at least that would mean we get another Mashburn episode or two. I just love that guy! I know it is purely a matter of taste and you clearly disagree, but I would pick Mashburn over Jane any day!


@b&w&r. hope it's not mashburn. i would feel cheated. though he and brett stiles seem to be the only ones they've dealt with who seem to have the get up and go to be red john. them and tommy volker who's too damn needy. how about cho? not that i think it's him but wouldn't that just screw with the laws of physics and make your body turn inside out so your organs were just hanging there?


Really enjoyed that article, KM, thanks for posting it. Gives me hope of season six and makes me think yeah, maybe they are holding back the promo because they're making some changes due to getting another season.


@b.w&r.... That is a quote from au.itimes. I thought the anagram that someone came up with fun. I too get an odd vibe from Ardiles.

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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.