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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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Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Different subject, but I remember Jane as staring at Lorelei and leaning towards her. It was a mutual kiss. Just my $0.02.

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And, I know people disagree with my assessment. I've read more than a few comments about Lisbon needing to stand up. But, I don't agree that her character is being a doormat. Of course it's all rooted in my years of doing domestic violence counseling. The shortest way I can explain it is that an abused woman being treated as a doormat has two qualities, 1) she lacks the self-esteem to stand up, and 2) she's being a doormat to lessen the life threatening level of abuse that comes her way. Meek to avoid the violence. Lisbon's self esteem is just fine and Jane is not threatening her with physical or emotional violence that risks her physical, emotional, or mental health. It is rather trope-y to say, but Lisbon's character has the patience of a saint. None of this is to suggest she likes it, likely not, but that she does not see herself as a doormat AND we have no evidence that Jane is ever abusive to her. She puts up with his shit, because she wants to.

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@watcher regarding patrick being into erica vs lorelei.
i think with erica, the kiss felt like a man taking a dare. then we he did it, he realized that he didn't know how aroused he'd be and how upset that would make him. she didn't realize how much she'd sincerely enjoy his kiss and how disappointed she'd be when he broke away.
with lorelei, patrick let himself be worn down by this wily, tough beautiful girl. she fielded all his questions and after a while (much like anne hathaway's character said to simon's character in the devil wears prada), patrick was out of objections. (i maintain that) he leaned forward for the kiss and then rather clumsily and tentatively reached for her. this was as much sex as the succor of a warm body. he was starved.

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@ Entwife, -And it makes it easier to understand why she is so angry in the first episode of the season, because it takes place just days after. In the middle is "Love you, Teresa. Good luck". I read one angry comment by someone on Facebook that said that there was no need to worry about Red John killing Lisbon, because Jane was sticking the knives in her all on his own. I thought it a rather dramatic comment; I see Lisbon as being way too strong, resilant, long suffering, and faithful. Maybe it is delusional of me, but I think she understands that his actions, including rejection, are rooted in love (and fear). This does not mean she likes them. But, that she did not need the luck he wished her, because her hanging in there with him is how she responds in love towards him. This is seeing him at his worst and loving him still, and what he needs from her.

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@watcher i love the idea of red john being jane's personal chastity belt.
also don't think jane let erica escape on purpose. he was surprised then impressed at being played. when he spoke to her on the phone, he was quite pissed. she looked kind of pouty at not getting any flirtation back from him. re:crimson hat. the ep offered a blow by blow account of jane's experience vs teresa's. teresa hears jane's in trouble, she does nothing. jane gets bailed out, he thinks it's teresa. jane sleeps with lorelei, teresa thinks about reaching out to jane. teresa seeks comfort in her faith, jane seeks help from teresa. teresa risks her job for jane, jane tells teresa he loves her. teresa risks asking about love, jane dissembles. teresa and jane hold hands. teresa finds out jane slept with lorelei. jane sweeps out of the room.

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@Watcher For myself, I don't think he let Erica get away. You describe the inconsistency of it perfectly. Jane has always been a stickler for justice, though there are times when it's his own brand. But it wouldn't include letting Erica get away with the murder of her husband. The attraction was nice for a lonely, sex-starved man and his body may have been telling him to go for it there for a minute. But he did not. Surely that black widow was setting off his own spidey-senses, yeh? Urgh. It's hard to attribute any meaning at all from Patrick that he didn't answer Lisbon's direct question about it. He seems to have a built-in opposition to answering ANY direct question from anyone about anything, does our Patrick. Always the question back, or the illustration, or the set up to see what truth comes out. Rarely an answer. And especially to Lisbon. The withholding little bastard.

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It's just too awful @KM. I must have just willed myself hysterically blind for the placement of that bit. And I've seen that eipisode twice in the last couple weeks. I remember it absolutely, just not positioned as it is. Wow. Another of the writers's unsaid statements about Lisbon's love for Jane and the trouble that would ensue in their relationship and in his life from that night. This is too awful.

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@Entwife - You've touched on a sore spot with me! I go back and forth on whether Jane let Erica escape. I'm 60% sure the answer is no. But that other 40% really bothers me. He of all people should understand what loved ones go through when an innocent person is murdered. Erica killed her husband for money. Her husband probably has parents, siblings, friends who love and mourn him. If he deliberately let Erica escape because she turned him on, then I think Jane is a piece of shit that doesn't deserve Lisbon, doesn't deserve to ever get Red John, and does deserve to spend life behind bars. It may sounds harsh, but I really feel that way.

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@ Entwife,
Not spliced. Jane screwed Lorelei while Lisbon was walking the street worrying for him.

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@Watcher I agree, the Patrick and Erica thing was fun and attraction, not love. He tasted, but stopped himself. And she was at least attempting to play him big time to escape. It's really left open whether Patrick actually did allow her to escape. He never answers Lisbon's direct question to him about that. I also agree that if Patrick truly fears RJ will kill Lisbon if he starts a love relationship with her because RJ wants him for his own plaything (not necessarily sexual, talking control here), then he has no business being with other women either because he would have to also believe that RJ would attack them. Lorelei was a gift from RJ, and she says she has no say whether Patrick gets another roll in the hay with her. That just doubles down on the idea that RJ intends to control who has sexual access to Patrick, and the threat if P wanders from the celibate path without his permission.