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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good huisclothes have fun then! I'm off too, go to bed soon already. see u tomorrow for a new topic of discussion yeah!!


@entnwife yeah, he was pretty much purring.


@mimi ready. overripe.
have a house full of guests so i hope i can give it the proper attention.
out to do errands. later.


@huisclothes While it pains me greatly, I agree that, if not before, at least at the point, how can I say this without that bus revving its motors, where Patrick's body remembered that familiar destination, there would be some natural enthusiasm. I think he also really enjoyed waking up to the view of a woman clothed only in his shirt and making him breakfast. He scanned completely up her bare legs.


@watcher and estatica true, he might not have acquitted himself like the swordsman we hope he is, but there's still plenty of info to be gathered for rj. and, i guess i don't agree that he was so passive. he started out slowly, finding his way to her. but with most guys, once they turn a certain corner, things get enthusiastic. i think it all came back to him like riding a bike. and sex with a new woman is always exciting. i don't think he just laid there. don't think a man looks that perky and pleased with himself the next morning if he did.


hey huisclothes, ready for the epi?


thank you Entwife and Estatica! I hope I'll have a link quickly tomorrow morning.


Lisbon's uncharacteristic anger as a plot device could also have been an expression of abandonment issues coming to the fore and triggering the associated rage. Rather than explode, she went cold. Just babbling.


As fun as it is to speculate and joke about it, I tend to think Estatica is right. I doubt Jane really revealed much about his true sexual preferences with Lorelei. He was clearly depressed and, as Estatica said, barely responsive. I suspect it was a pretty plain vanilla encounter in every way. Unless Lorlei took the lead, which I think is very likely since Jane seemed rather passive and she was clearly directing everything up to that point, in which case I suspect Jane just did as she wanted and the encounter revealed much more about her preferences than Jane's


@huisclothes I agree with you. Perhaps Lisbon had to say those lines so Lorelei could have a reason to drop by. Still, don't forget how he handled jail the previous times he's been there. It seems the place doesn't affect him as it does other people. The first time he was doing great and even managed to escape. The second time, he didn't even dispute the million dollar bail. I think she was mostly confused on what to do, unsure of what was rock bottom to Jane and if bailing him out at that time was the best thing she could do as a friend.

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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.