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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It's hard for me to believe that as many times as Sonya saw Jane on campus, that she had not already noticed that he was wearing a wedding ring. That's the first thing an interested woman would do! Next time I watch the episode, I'll have to look closer for a sign of interest from Sonya. I suppose her making a point of his ring at the CBI (even if she had already noticed it on campus) could have been about seeing if he would become involved with her even if he was married. It gave him a chance to make some excuse about the ring and make a play for her if he would. But I do think that whatever Sonya's romantic interest, even if not a total ploy, with her area of expertise and interest, and the survival of an academic based on getting published, she definitely wanted info from him.


@entwife. wow. i like the idea that she may have wanted him for info -- didn't occur to me. like for her next book. or, as you mention, she's a red john person. i did think i saw her go through a transformation during the episode. she was at first, glum and impatient and then really lit up when jane showed up. i guess if he was interested in her thinking, he could go out and buy the book. maybe we'll see him perusing it in the future. did seem like a lot of forced pieces of dialog. rigsby's exposition on the prof. the head of the museum bringing up jane's formidable memory to dr. kidd. dr. kidd saying, (i think) "you're not afraid, you act." admiringly, i guess. then she sees the ring and says all the good ones are taken. does she not know about jane's tragedy? is he being opportunistic, saying he's married. does he reflect on being desired? realizes there's nothing to stop him now that he's over the sex fast?


Okay, back for more escapism from the reality of cancer, chemotherapy, and gratitude that nitrile gloves hold up better than nylon or latex.
I) I don't think RJ=PJ, most of this is based in the glimpses of RJ we have had: drinking tea and watching Jane and Dumar via video feed; closing the trap door and scene exciting the farm building in season 1 finale; conversing and touching Jane in season 2 finale; sipping tea while Roselyn plays piano with bloody hands in season 4....
2) I saw Sonya's showing up to be about her wish to see if their was a spark romantically and/or to pick his brain for research. Neither of seemed to interest him. He may already have or may decide to read her work. Lastly, no mention as of yet about her being signed on for another episode and day 1 of 8 of 5*20 began this morning.


@huisclothes No, I was talking about Jane not wanting Sonya's expertise, that he would have spoken up when he first met her if he did. Maybe not. Didn't. I don't think he had any romantic interest in her. She didn't seem to show any in him in any campus contact, which I was actually looking for, so I was kinda surprised when she showed up at CBI after hours on the chance of catching him. Maybe she called ahead, I guess we don't know. He didn't seem to expect her. I don't think he had any interest in her either for info or for romance. I don't think he was abrupt. He was kind. Just would have double internal motive for not agreeing: 1) doesn't want to be source of info on RJ or as a victim and 2) doesn't want a romantic relationship with anybody. Whereas, she may have wanted both, and a romantic "in" would be pretty pleasurable. Or she could be seeking romance and was a little awkward but she had to go for it.


@entwife. when you said "I think if that was so he'd have no problem speaking up and showing interest when he saw her or following up later." do you mean if he'd shown romantic interest in her (as a means of getting info) then it would be easier to get her expertise? couldn't he have smoothly deflected the prospect of a romantic relationship (happens everyday) and expected to be cordial with her and be able to call upon her as a friend and colleague in the future? are you saying he cut her off abruptly (which i didn't think he did, he was friendly and polite) to ensure that she would stay away from him - romantically and as a friend? confused.


You could be right @huisclothes. My thought wasn't that he would seek her expertise, I think if that was so he'd have no problem speaking up and showing interest when he saw her or following up later. And in fact if that's what Sonya was offering, he sure said no thanks. But he reliably shuns anyone trying to pry into that part of his life and knowledge. Not wanting a romantic relationship would make it a double reason to shun Sonya. For her, a romantic connection would be a bonus for her and a way in to mine him for information, kind of a double reason to pursue it I guess. That was my angle.


@entwife i thought her reasons were romantic. you think she came wanting to provide her insight into red john? hmm. i didn't see that. and if so, why would her expertise reinforce his desire to turn her away. wouldn't he want to learn more?


Mike I don't think jane is RJ, that doesnt add up for so many reasons, besides Heller allegedly said it was not Jane (although we dont know if what he says is reliable of course).
I guess we'll have our answer if we see her again in another episode..


thank you Huisclothes so I guess odd is more used than weird. I'll ignore interesting's comment, another frustrated person..


Good point @MikeH. I still don't thing PJ=RJ. I didn't pay much attention to Sonya coming to Patrick at the end except as her trying to get a date or something. I did think it made her look awfully desperate, using thank you as an excuse to make a visit, and wasn't it already dark-thirty, so how did she know he'd be there? Almost certain she already checked for a ring in her office, but okay maybe she forgot to look. Didn't think about her books, surely she does know Jane's tragic loss and with her body of research, that he's on the RJ case at CBI. So now, I think she really wants to connect to him for that reason rather than romantic, but she'll use romantic if it gets her into Jane's psyche. If he did recognize this motive, it would reinforce his intent to turn her away for sure. Good catch!

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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.