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'll try to name a few that may or may not have been mentioned 1) Why did RJ target Wainwright? We have our theories, but we still have no good answer, and there has to be one. 2) Why did RJ target Hightower? There's no good answer, thats 2 top dogs in the CBI, RJ clearly has a thing for targetting them, and we have no idea why. On that note, why wasn't Minelli targeted? 3) How do these insiders conceal themselves and communicate? Jane gave some nonsense in the opener to fool Minelli but we don't really have any good ideas about how the CBI insiders work together. Do they even know who all is working with them in the CBI for RJ? 4) What's the source of what RJ targets---how does he make these connections, where does he recruit from? IN the finale Jane told Bertram he thought RJ had connections from top officals all across the state. How can this cover up go unnoticed? There's just way too many inside jobs, and unless the show can come up with a good way to see how they all originate and find that "casket box", really it will just look like a lack of creativity by the writers.


@anitraward1 basically mentioned all the suspicion and deceitful mole type shady acts in the CBI so I won't ramble on about them individually, but it speaks to one of the big themes about the show: Inside jobs. Here's a question, think about the last time a case of the week didn't in some way involve an inside job or someone betraying those he was with? Really, when was the last time? The show has ridden that theme to death, and the fact one of the big things Bruno hinted at this summer was the idea that we'd be introduced to new characters and not know who was an RJ friend and that Jane doesn't trust the FBI were what to watch for is very telling. They're going down the same path they did in season 3. But to get back to the CBI, there are so many things the show has to tie together, and they probably won't get to 80% of it.


@Anitaward1 is on fire, there is SO much nastiness in the CBI, its like a sorority with all the backstabbing only there's an evilness and willingness to do anything to bend the rules and manipulate people at a level all the way to killing those in the CBI. It is an organization about vanity(all these type of organizations are but its especially apparent with this), Wainwright's focus was always about how things made the CBI look, their reputation and what the CBI was responsible for. Bertram is obsessed with PR and how the CBI looks. What's interesting is in the opener how CBI-FBI were able to orchestrate such a huge con job to conceal Wainwright's cause of death. To boot they were both very willing and cooperative to do so and Jane was able to blackmail Bertram on the basis of how the CBI would look and the cover up. Heck, even the judge, the first thing he said is, "you all are lying through your teeth to cover up something big".


OK! I wasn't done! This thought is on the Red Barn episode! What if Jane now realizes that Red John is closer than he ever imagined and that's the reason for the lock on the door! I don't think he would lock a person in there.


I can't take all the credit, what you all are posting is leading me to my deductions. You all are posting more information than you know! AND THANK YOU!


Last thing! No! Really! Why would Susan Darcy have the FBI go after the whole CBI team and say GET THEM DEAD OR ALIVE! Really! She was trying to put a hit on the whole CBI team and only managed to get Wainright. If you remember right Susan Darcy took all the Red John files and then tries to place a hit on the whole CBI team? Seems like she was trying to clean up some Red John DIRT! And isn't it kind of funny that she just disappeared?


In no other series I can think of has there been a more constantly streaming parade of evil moles than on The Mentalist in the CBI agency. There absolutely has to be a reason. Someone high up in the organization or in its controlling agencies has to be calling the shots. It's almost like the CBI, FBI and maybe even Homeland are being used as Red John's personal intelligence and executive organization, with a built in shadow shell to achieve his goals. Red John is CBI's Count Dracula and he's creating vampire minions in the CBI. I'd like to find that casket room! Maybe it's deep in the tombs of Visualize! lol, obviously. but not :) Your catalogue of Evil Moles on Parade is positively illuminating, anitraward1.




In the episode Red John's friends How did Red John get to Jared before the CBI team. AND GUESS WHO WAS IN THE BACK SEAT WITH JARED? CHO! Tell me why Jared was allowed to get a cheeseburger instead of spilling his guts first? Jared said I'll sing like a bird if you get me out of here! I would have fed him like one until he talked! Jane quit the CBI to get the information, don't you think he would have beat the information out of that little shit! CHEESEBURGER, AHHH, NO! whap! NOW TALK! WOULD YOU LIKE FRIES WITH THAT PUNK!


OK! I SEE ANOTHER CAT MOVING AROUND IN THE BAG! HERE WE GO! What if Red John works for the government and has connections to Visualize. May Visualize put him in there. It would explain how he has so much access! CBI, FBI, CIA, Homeland Security. That could be the half of it that Stiles was talking about!

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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.