The Mentalist Review: Poker Anyone?

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There seems to be a poker theme in The Mentalist season 5 - and "Red in Tooth and Claw" kept it going. With this many bluffs and turns, who needs Red John... or is it all just a metaphor for the game the infamous serial killer has been playing with Patrick Jane?

There were so many wonderfully funny and mildly flirty moments tonight that I hope I remember them all.

Rigsby's Class Trip

First, who would have guessed that Lisbon would pass out over flesh eating bugs? She's probably witnessed hundreds of dead bodies in various stages of decomposition but the bugs were particularly gross. The best part was the Patrick went to catch her as she fell. I don't think he even saw that one coming.

Jane did a great job of dissecting the subconscious of the scientists based on what they chose to study. As he told the doctor in one of many great The Mentalist quotes

 Nobody picks what they dedicate their life to by accident. It says something. | permalink

From the dark thoughts of primates to the tenaciousness of the woodpecker to... moths? Deciding to spend your life studying moths should have been a dead giveaway but then again I've always been annoyed by those particular flying creatures.

Paul killed LInda over a moth. Yes, I know it was about his career and losing his job and blah, blah, blah, but he stabbed a women in the neck to steal her moth! That's simply pathetic.

Linda's colleagues were all out for themselves. Megan enjoyed watching her pain, Paul was insanely jealous of her success and Sonya was only happy about Linda's successes because she felt it made her look good. Linda worked with some really horrific human beings.

I've always loved it when Jane visits his memory palace and this was no exception. It's one of those quirky Janeisms that I've grown to enjoy.

I also loved that Jane brought everyone gifts from the museum shop, but did he bring something back for Lisbon? The gifts sparked one of the funniest conversations between Rigsby and Cho that we've ever witnessed.

Rigsby: How can you like Triceratops more than T-Rex?
Cho: T-Rex are losers. Little arms. It's chicken with teeth. | permalink

And it only got better with Cho calling out Rigsby on his feelings for Grace. Cowards don't get to say goodbye when they want. If Rigsby wants the girl it's time to man up. Of course the best he could do in that moment was watch Cho walk away and mutter…

Rigsby: You date pregnant hookers and your dinosaur eats grass. | permalink

I couldn't stop laughing.

Even with all of that, the best was yet to come. I found it ironic that Jane put on his white hat and rode to the rescue to get Bertram to authorize the funding for Grace's White Hat training. He's always had a soft spot for her. 

Then Jane used his wedding ring to ward off the doctor's advances and it's not the first time he's done that. I suppose keeping that ring on comes in handy from time to time.

Of course, the best scene of the night was having Jane challenge Lisbon to some poker using gummy dinosaurs. Any fans of Castle would remember a similar scene from season one, but it's taken Jane and Lisbon to season five to get to that level of flirting although it makes it no less fun to watch.

Here's to more funny, flirty episodes of The Mentalist in our near future.


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in red tide, the jane character wasn't etched in stone so he took the vest off, took his shoes off and rolled his pants up. never happened until the vest came off in fugue in red in which patrick became patrick's id, i guess. and of course, in crimson hat, when patrick was reduced to a petty criminal who gets thrown in the cooler. as i've said, patrick's garb puts him in a world where the removal of the vest is tantamount to pornography for such as we, well, such as me. so powerful is this character vocabulary they've developed, we all feel it when anything changes. amazing that in red sails in the sunset, he was on the lam with lorelei but kept the vest on all the time. a guy in a cowboy hat, shades and a vest for god's sake. always thought it was weird that he knew to bring a lot of cash but didn't bother to bring a change of clothes for himself or for her. i would have brought fake passports for two.


@rationalgal I'm thinking that vest doesn't come off until it's for Lisbon either. Unless he's under the control of RJ, no telling what will be done to him if he gets taken.


Simon and Bruno picked out Jane's wardrobe as 3-piece suits for the "showmanship" vibe the vest gives. Simon hates picking out wardrobes. He and Bruno said they had one very lengthy discussion and never wanted to have one again. So it's 3-piece all the way, and nicely symbolic of Jane's hiding his core feelings. When we see that vest come off we will know something big is about to happen in which Jane will show his vulnerability (as in Crimson Hat). The only time he took it off was on that beach where he made a sand castle. But to keep it on would have been absurd, symbol or no symbol. I expect that next time it comes off it will be when he opens up to Lisbon about his feelings for her. I'd love to see that this season. Would add lots of excitement to season 6 as to where they go from there.


@Mimi Any news on that Euromillion ticket you bought?


thanks km.
back to jane's attire. the shirt he wears in the pilot. the inside facing of the collar is red. noted it cause i bought one like it for my hub years ago. dries van noten, i think. perfect choice for patrick jane.
also, noticed in a recent ep that jane's pants had cuffs. does he always have cuffs? i didn't think so.


@ huisclothes,
Well said.


@ Mimi, Cuts, scrapes, bruises mostly. My board smacked me on cheekbone, they are high, good and hard once. It looked like I had got into a fight and lost.


@km oh yeah. jane was pleased that he had red john back and with a soupçon of satisfaction that he was regarded as such a special nemesis. there was also a hint of "look what my life has come to. my most profound relationship is with the man who killed my family." he had the same smile on his face a few minutes later when he said "he poisoned her." their special bond was immediately demonstrated. red john was one step ahead of patrick who was one step ahead of everyone at cbi in realizing that rebecca had been poisoned.


Oh km im sure they love your pictures! Beaten up? What do you mean?


Hc thesuit I did not like too much was the light grey one from the first season..

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 14 Quotes

Bertram's suppose to be this real smooth player but he loses a couple of hands of poker and he has to bum everybody else out.


Nobody picks what they dedicate their life to by accident. It says something.