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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I can certainly see making the choice to chop Jane's ring finger as punishment or severing of his physical reminder of his family. But we can't negate that the side of the car Jane was in, the passenger, and how the driver positioned him on he hood both made it easier to remove fingers from Jane's left hand. The two weakest fingers on a human hand, less muscles and tendons, smaller width, are the pinky and the ring. The ring being the weaker of the two. We actually use both the pinky and ring less throughout our daily life than our other fingers.. So from a compassion stand point choosing to remove Jane's ring and pinky would be kinder. Perhaps less messy. And the loss of those fingers would have less of a negative recovery for him for daily usage. So we can argue either way about Lorelei's intent. Her punishment? Her mercy? And, it might not be an 'or'. Both choices can work together too.


Okay, KM, got it after I had some coffee and read you a second time. Entirely possible.


Been watching that surfing clip from Smith, start my morning with that and a cup of coffee. That man has beautiful feet! And the ankle bracelet just sets them off so prettily.


@KM I watched specifically. The gate is the same in his hallucination as in reality when he enters it with Lisbon. Are you saying going in there with Lisbon may have been a hallucination, too? I really didn't get that, but I could be wrong.


@ huisclothes
I'm glad it made you smile. Entwife,
Jane is still under the effects of the belladonna. How do you/we know what exactly Jane is seeing? The view of the gate could still be a hulicination on Jane's part and Lisbon saw it appearinf differently. From the ambulance onward Jane's hulicinations are tapering off and reality is mixing in a taking over.


@rationalgal Perhaps the even more urgent message from Patrick's subconscious is that he needs to move on his love for Lisbon, make it overt to her.


Oops, sorry, @bonaduz. I guess you've seen it now.


Sorry @rationalgal, I left off a word, that is Jane knows consciously that he loves Lisbon. I agree @watu. Lorelei was told she could choose the fingers and she chose to include his ring finger. "I'm sorry," she says. Yeah. My big patutti! That's a good explanation for hallucinating the straitjacket, too, @huisclothes. Such a poignant episode.


@KM Thanks about the gnomes, can't wait for my dads so I can see that. Did he actually walk by them because that's what Lisbon seemed to be saying. So the next thing is the gate to the garden/pool. That definitely couldn't be seen from the street. I did notice that in reality when they went back to the pool, the gate was exactly the same as in the hallucination when it opened to a garden. @rationalgal Definitely. Jane's subconscious knows he loves Lisbon and relentlessly tried to tell him. I think he ignored all the messages on the overt to Charlotte because he already knows.


@anitraward1. I think that the fact lorelei wanted to cut off jane's ring finger doesn't mean it didn't matter to her,but exactly the opposite. I think she knew very well what the ring means to jane and wanted to take it from him as a punishment that he fooled,or wanted to fool her and RJ.

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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.