The Mentalist Review: The Alien Lizard Vibe

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That nurse wasn't kidding. Agent Kirkland definitely has an alien lizard vibe to him. It's as if we spent "Behind the Red Curtain" waiting for him to rip off his mask and show what he was hiding underneath. 

Rigsby is Thrilled

Though Jane has obviously had his suspicions of Kirkland, does he now know he's an agent of Red John? And, if so, can he convince Lisbon?

Kirkland injecting the IV almost made me feel sorry for Jason. The poor guy just woke up from a coma to remember being shot by Lorelei and then had his life snuffed out a moment later. He was still so weak and helpless from his injuries there was nothing he could have done to stop it. 

Lisbon was the one who confused me in all of this. She seemed more than happy to hand their one link to Red John over to Kirkland. Was she that worried about her career? Was she actually not suspicious of the creepy federal agent? I was at a loss to the reasoning behind her apparent naivete. 

But the best part of the entire episode was Jane enlisting LaRoche to help uncover the scheme of the nonexistent investor. It was awesome watching these two complex, quirky characters work together as Jane cajoled him in this The Mentalist quote

Jane: You spend your days chasing paperclip thieves. When do you ever get the chance to nail a killer? | permalink

If LaRoche isn't Red John (and I hope he's not), I'd love to see him help Patrick take him down and I beg the writers to give us more of these two in the future.

Jane seemed right at home at the theater. I'd guess that actors are a bit similar to carnie folk. They're all putting on some sort of a show. 

Jane sitting in the back of the theater listening to Deandra sing was just so him. Lisbon walked right by him and never saw him there. 

Deandra's story was downright heartbreaking. That her colleagues gossiped about her drinking while she was really suffering with multiple sclerosis was depressing. That she was reunited with her biological daughter only to have her permanently torn away over a silly financial scheme was tragic. 

Lastly, the beautiful Grace Van Pelt was back at the CBI and it's been far too long. Now the question becomes: will Rigsby find the guts to make a play for her?

Were you surprised Kirkland took out Jason? Is Lisbon being naive and do you think Jane now knows that Kirkland works for Red John?


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Thanks-a-mundo for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.


Kirkland is either a red john follower or he is red john


@rationalgal, i like the way you think! i do however feel that he was not 100% sure that she was from RJ. She probably was the biggest suspect though, and she is also his type. it helped that she was offering sex, so he did it, why not? I dont think he expected to fall for her though


One more thing about Jane's "depression." He did not have sex with any hookers in Vegas before connecting with Lorelei. He played the game (knowing RJ was tracking him) up to where he knew the hooker du jour could not be from RJ, then sent her away - probably paid her to leave, maybe feigned being sick from too much booze, maybe said he had an STD. How do I know? Because after he had sex with Lorelei he slept 12 HOURS! This is a major insomniac who hadn't had a decent night's sleep since his family was murdered. Finally he has sex and that relaxed him totally. His body just took over, despite his emotional disgust at what he had to do. His smile when Lorelei left showed us the deep extent to what he would do to get RJ. Even hurt Lisbon.


Cool subject pool board, @KM, thanks! Always helps to have a visual aide. Feels like I'm kinda getting a gander at the board in Patrick's attic. :)


Waiting for the new comment section to be put up is the worst!


@km thanks, this subject pool thing is great.


Ooooh looking forward to the next review and discussion -- much grist for the mill!


CBS cordially invites us to the subject pool. It will be on going. Here is the link for those non twitter people. Obviously only week one is up. And, love to all. Thanks for the discussion and perceptions. I love having my eyes open to how you see things. xo


@watcher but down and out guy who's actually a master conman falling for a con by a serial killer he himself is trying to con - that's also interesting.

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 18 Quotes

Lisbon: If you must break the rules, break them on your own time.
Jane: When am I not on my own time?

Lisbon: You're playing with fire.
Jane: There are worse things to play with.