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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@Entwife Loved your video as well! The thrown in scenes of other Simon Baker movies and TV shows were fun. A little "frisson" with my coffee all right!


Morning all!
@Mimi - thank's for the videos. My favourite was the black and white one (someone better than me)! Jane wears a beige suit in S1/03, where they find the girl on the beach and it turns out, that all 4 of her friend have killed her.
You guys are up way too early for me! (Pacific time!!):-D
Mimi, I'm looking foreward to your version of Jisbon! Go for it, I'm in.


yes me too Entwife, I love the song too, especially the chorus. Great scenes indeed and I wondered the same thing about Jane's beige suit! ok I'll try to make on when I have a bit of time, First I need to find how to. shouldn't be too difficult, I thought I could make one of my niece too, for my brother, with beautiful pics and videos and a lovely song that will make him cry :-)


In a couple of those videos there are shots of Patrick in a beige suit, don't remember him EVER being in a light colored suit -- looks fabulous, wow! Can't wait for my DVDs to get here, Maybe Monday, *sigh* Watching these videos makes me think one good way to watch them is with the sound off, brings up so much more of the nonverbal interaction. Fun.


Good videos! Specially liked the one to She Will Be Loved. Brought a tear to my eye, that surprised me. I'd LOVE to see a video you make @Mimi, look forward to it.


thanks! I'm addicted to these videos now! great video although it goes too fast in my opinion, amost have my head spinning at the end.
will try to find a few others then I'm off.


The second one was good enough to make it to my folder, too -- had a lot of great images in it, even at the end when the music ran out.


you're welcome!
the second one wasnt that good to be honest.. I posted it before watching till the end but jisbon is always good to watch:-)


@Mimi Totally loved that first video, the black and white one, very well done. I dropped it in the Mentalist folder I keep on my desktop! Thanks!


@huisclothes Total >grin< so funny about killing RJ ten times over to make sure he's not only dead, but really most sincerely dead! :-D Also like your idea about Patrick's capture and rescue by Lisbon. It would make a terrific extended arc-- culminating in lots of Jisbon lol.

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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.