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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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yep.As things evolved so far, you are right there may be a fall out between the two!hope it won't last too long!:(

Estatica

Not sure if we will see happy Lisbon / Jane moment in this next episode. The few times she appears in the 5x19 promos, she looks fed up and sad. I'm expecting a fall out between the two, and I'll be surprised if it never happens before the show ends. Maybe they'll show it in 5x22? Whenever they decide to make it happen, I just hope it's quick, so they can put us out of this misery soon. I miss their playful banter. :(

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Hope that next episodes will have some Jisbon moments.We need some, just like a breath of fresh air.Ok the moment when Lisbon sang kansas city was a very cute one, but not flirty enough ;))) I want some more!!I am just too tired of Jane being so caught up with Rj and anguish and lisbon tottaly heart broken gravitating around him.I want some sunny episodes, just like it the first 3 series!!!!!!

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I agree with you estatica, Jane was faking it,but also enjoyed the role in sleeping with Lorelei.At that time I think he was cool.But, later, in the series, after Loreley is caught and escapes, when Lisbon is pressuring him to say that she is playing him and he can't deny he got involved anh has feelings for her, at the beginning he doesn't admit it, but finally he told her, that maybe there are some feelings involved.He got the chance to know her better when he got her out of the jail, and even sympathise with her suffering, as RJ killed her sister, and wanted her to discover this alone.But, seems that she was too much into RJ, or she wanted solo revenge against him and this brought her death!Lorelei was as damaged as jane is, so they both could interact on a different level.

Estatica

@Watcher I think that is the reason why I love the show. Everyone has legitimate reasons to think very differently. And no one is right or wrong because the episode and the performances are ambiguous enough to support each versions. I can understand who thinks otherwise, who has doubts, or those who think like me.

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@Estatica - I agree with you that Jane knew she was working for RJ and he was playing a role the entire time. He acted as she expected him to act. This question has come up many times. I think that while some people seem uncertain, most either strongly believe that he knew, or strongly believe that he didn't. But it is always an interesting debate.

Estatica

@KM and @Watcher wholeheartedly agree with your take on 4x24. I believe he knew what he was doing from the start, so I'll just have to agree to disagree with everyone who believes otherwise. He slept with Lorelei and enjoyed it as much as an exhausted man can enjoy sex with a stranger who is working for his nemesis. The directing in the episode shows his vacant stare when he wakes up, right after Lisbon walked the streets alone. As soon as he sees Lorelei, he resumes his part and plays the gullible one again, so she can deliver RJ's message without suspecting his break down and leave the room. I don't think he looks perky at all. He looks like he is playing a role. We've seen Jane acting happy and content before, and that wasn't it.

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Agree @Watcher, almost certainly not his best material. @KM I'm willing to concede disappointment on Jane's part rather than full-blown abandonment, although I do think that's the bottommost feeling. Feeling it doesn't necessarily mean being overwhelmed by it like it did Teresa, especially after she found out about Lorelei. But surely it underscored that he was on his own. He knew Lisbon had to have got the word that he was in jail and naturally assumed it was she that bailed him out. After all, who else would? He certainly harbored no resentment towards Teresa that I could see, really not that kind of guy I don't think. The happiness, relief of seeing her washed any of that at their first meeting. I don't think Jane blames Lisbon for his sleeping with Lorelei either.

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@ Entwife, -You are right feelings are neither wrong nor right, but they can be legitimate and illegitimate. I don't agree that Jane felt abandoned by Lisbon. I can concede disappointed, maybe let down. But legitimate feelings of abandonment do not exist for Jane. Nor do we have evidence to support that Jane felt abandoned. The opposite if we take his word as authority, then he suspected who Lorelei was all along and her showing up at his door claiming to have bailed him out and bearing soup would serve to strengthen Jane's argument that he was on the right track. We have further evidence from his meeting Lisbon at the church that he did not feel abandoned. Lisbon's character has evidence of feeling abandoned and the fact that Jane disappeared and severed contact. He was the one that refused help. In a small way, claiming Jane was abandoned by Lisbon is blaming her for his actions. I don't think Jane's character blames her for his choice to sleep with Lorelei.

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I agree with you to some extent. I doubt he just laid there, but I also doubt he used all of his best material. I suspect he kept things pretty basic. While I'm sure he enjoyed it...sex is sex after all, I doubt it was one of the most passionate encounters of his life. Again, he was exhausted, just got out of jail, half drunk, depressed...

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.

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