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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lisbon owes brenda a favor so we know that's coming back.


Even though I don't see many true loose ends, I do think the writers did things this way deliberately. I don't think they've decided who RJ is yet, or if they did, they just decided this season. Having a lot of odd/slightly suspicious situations with many characters lets them keep their options open. When it is time to pick a RJ, they can pick anybody they like (depending on actor availability). Any of the characters listed can be made to be RJ if they want it to go that way.


cont'd If he isn't working for RJ, there is no need to tell us what his is. Same with LaRoche and the tupperware. I really only see a few truly open items: 1) Which RJ mole helped kidnap Wainwright? 2)Alexa and Kirkland - good or bad? 3) Lorelei is obviously coming back for 3 more episodes, so that will clearly be wrapped up.


I don't consider Lisbon sleeping with Mashburn a loose end or out of character. We know she dates- Jane once referred to her as intense and particular in her dating. He mentioned some guy at the CBI she dumped as an example. Just because they don't usually show it on screen doesn't mean it doesn't happen. I just assume it implies that she is not in a serious relationship- just more casual dating. I really don't consider Darcy, Jane's father, Kristina, Erica & Rosalind loose ends. Mancini hasn't done anything suspicious. These are all just stories that have run their course and ended. I see no great mystery. Of course, if they like they can bring any/all of them back- but as of now I consider them closed cases. It would be nice to know if Brenda gets caught, but if she isn't working for RJ, I don't really care that much. Ardiles has a secret, but many people in his position probably have a skeleton or two. If he isn't working for RJ, there is no need to tell us what his is. Same with LaRoche and the tupperware. I really only see a few truly open items: 1) Which RJ mole helped kidnap Wainwright? 2)Alexa and Kirkland - good or bad? 3) Lorelei is obviously coming back for 3 more episodes, so that will clearly be wrapped up.


Yeah it looks like we're going to get bumped. Golf in January what else is new, I bet it gets bumped for a special re run of the Titanic next time. Super Bowl next week and we aren't getting another show for 3 weeks anyway, this is what happens when your on the bottom of CBS's food chain.


i always record the west coast feed also so i know i get the whole thing.


Are we getting bumped by GOLF??????? They're only on the third hole!


how about danny ruskin? he's certainly got a reason to hate his sister (she left him and jane, he took her). he could blame jane for forcing him to kill her. know it's too long ago for the non-obsessed viewers to follow.
wonder how i'd feel if it turned out to be one of the team. cho. wouldn't that be insane? he has the charisma. he's formidable. he's certainly firm of purpose. virile. enigmatic. weapons expert. don't think it's him. but i'm trying it on for size. devastating (think how jane would feel).
rigsby. jane very pointedly shook his hand when his father died. but i wouldn't buy it. his lips are too thin.


@euterpe agree with your list of ought to be tied up loose ends. tupperware i think is just a macguffin.


red john killed jacqueline sandoval (talk show host who called rj a beast) in nevada.

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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.