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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euterpe do you feel the confetti coming down! Your two cents is worth a million! BRAVO!


Rationalgal, you are also right. It could all be very possible! The writer's are doing their jobs. This is the best chess game I've ever played! But I refuse to be mated!


I do agree that many of the characters we know do have ties to RJ in one capacity or another, especially Brett Stiles. Just my 2₵…I believe RJ was a member of Visualize and once a follower of Stiles. But being charismatic himself, began to gain his own followers and ended up leaving Visualize. RJ may still respect Stiles on some level as his former mentor, and so he leaves him alone. Brett Stiles knows who RJ is, but probably leaves him alone because it’s not in his best interest to turn on him. Stiles may not necessarily agree with RJ’s psycho philosophy but as long as it doesn’t affect him, he doesn’t interfere. After all, we have been led to believe that Stiles himself is not averse to killing when it suits his need. Hopefully, more pieces of the puzzle will be provided tomorrow night.


@rationalgal - You ask "So what friendship does Jane have that could be betrayed, that viewers would accept?" The audience does not have to be privy to the friendship for it to be a betrayal to Jane. For example, RJ could turn out to be Jane's father, a former client or even some unknown brother. In other words, a character we don't know but has a close connection to Jane. That would certainly be betrayal to the nth degree, and as a viewer I could accept that just fine. The betrayal is to Jane, not us. And since we are led to feel for Jane, since he is the protagonist of the story, any betrayal to him is a betrayal to us, whether we have known the betrayer all along or not.


I don't think I'm goining to be disappointed. It's been such a long journey that I'm egger to know who it is, even if I do know already. I think with this show, it's mostly about the journey of the whole thing. The writer's really are giving us our money's worth. I can not think and I hope that the writer's with all of the spectactacular writing they've done so far will not disappoint us in the end. So far fo me they have been right on track! Must be, look what we are doing! This show will go down in the history of shows for me! Other shows are already stealing pages from this show! You can never touch the original!


It's possible to have a showdown with the real Red John where most if not all of the killings were carried out by RJ stand-ins. Timothy Carter could very well have been the RJ who killed his family on orders from the real RJ. In that case, Jane will already have had his revenge, although he would still need to destroy the real RJ in some manner, physically or mentally. Both Jane and RJ have been obsessed, one with killing, the other with revenge. Both show signs of wanting to quit and move on - RJ speaking through Carter at the mall, Jane through his hallucinations of his daughter. The ending may show how this mutual desire is accomplished. We will probably be surprised. And yes, anitraward1, your suspicions about Darcy are on target.


I think Wainright got the ax because he tried to bully Jane. Have you noticed that anybody who messes with Jane gets killed? Bosco put him in jail and took his case files, killed. Wainright took his files and fired him, killed. Is there anyone I missed?


The current characters have to be at least closely involved with RJ at various levels, otherwise they have had no point. Visualize and Stiles especially have to be very involved or they have no purpose in telling the story. Will RJ be someone unknown to us? Perhaps, but that would also be purposeless. For a dramatic ending we need betrayal of trust, sacrifice of self, redemption from a miserable past, and so on. Examples: Jane could be betrayed by a trusted friend who is really Red John, Lisbon could sacrifice her own interests to save Jane, together they could defeat Red John in whatever form he ends up being (many or one), and find redemption from their miserable pasts by finally being able to move on. So what friendship does Jane have that could be betrayed, that viewers would accept?


This is what I forgot to put in about Susan Darcy and why I think she is connected to Red John. Susan Darcy was the very last one seen with Wainright. Susan Darcy was the last one that went to see the morgue attendant who gave her the information about the T. Carter visit. Susan Darcy was the first one to find the attendant's body at the house. Susan Darcy seemed to want to make Jane say Red John was alive and when he did, she just walked away. She only wanted to know if Jane believed Red John was alive, not the team. Why? It seemed like she was gathering info for RJ!


As for RJ being many killers in the cult and not one individual...that might work if it was like the Dread Pirate Roberts or something where one RJ retires and a new one takes his place. However, I don't think anyone of us would be satisfied with anything less than a final showdown between Jane and THE RJ, between good and evil. And you can't have an epic encounter between Jane and a committee of Red Johns. Having many RJ's doing different killings and crimes just seems majorly anticlimactic and a cop out.

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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.