The Mentalist Review: The Broken Memory Palace

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"Red, White, and Blue" was a standard filler episode for The Mentalist. But an enjoyable one nevertheless. 

Jane's Memory Game

The murder investigation highlighted some serious issues facing today's military. The first was sexual harassment against its female members. The ability to file an anonymous claim certainly seemed to have as many drawbacks as advantages. In the end, if no one is willing to officially come forward, then the claim goes nowhere.

I really appreciated that Cho took the lead in this part of the investigation because he's the person on the team with a military background. As he was quick to remind Hawkins in this The Mentalist quote

The next time you ask someone in this unit to watch your back you might want to remember how you watched hers. | permalink

Considering one woman under Hawkins command was killed and another was sexually harassed, it appeared he needed to take a little more responsibility for what was going on in his unit. 

The other issue was the number of soldiers coming back with traumatic brain injuries and PTSD. I was amazed by Pete's battle to get through every day. 

Of course Jane was the perfect person to go to for anything concerning memory.  I was relieved when Jane finally got around to telling Pete about his memory palace. I felt like I'd waited the entire episode for him to get to that moment.

But Jane was great in several scenes, my favorite of which was when he thanked the soldiers for their service in his own very Patrick Jane way.

The other was when he hypnotized Pete so he could sleep. I loved it when Jane uses his skills for good instead of evil and, even though he tricked Pete, in the end it was for the greater good. Not to mention the poor man finally got some decent sleep.

The killer was such a selfish, arrogant, jackass. He thought slashing some innocent woman's throat was the appropriate response to having to pay alimony to his ex-wife.  Well, that and covering up his illegal prescription drug side business but off course that was his ex's fault too.

The best line of the night went to Rigsby who told the good doctor…

Look on the bright side. In prison you won't have to pay for dates. | permalink

After the drama of losing Lorelei last Sunday, what do you think of this week's The Mentalist? Sound off now and then take a look ahead to next Sunday:


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@ Entwife,
Nice to hear. We've still have nearly an hour to go.


@KM CBS must have realized the importance of Behind the Red Curtain to the plot of TM.


Wow. Now that was a nearly perfect episode, all things considered. Wow.


Rationalgal I agree with what you are suggesting about Lisbon being more involved with Jane and his involvement with Red John. The fact that she asked if they were partners and he said yes, opened a big, big door! My expectataions are that he now has a responsibity to be more open with Lisbon about what he is doing. This to me opens the door for more admissions about his feelings. He feelings for Red John are fueled by his emotions which will allow Lisbon to be able to support him emotionally. This is something Jane desperately needs. Jane allowing Lisbon in means he does not need to be such a lone wolf and clearly shows he changing!


You're welcome. :-) Nice thing is CBS has been running The Mentalist promos during the games, according to my better half.


Thanks, @KM. Looks like I'll have to tape three consecutive shows to get all of the program. No problem.


It looks like NCAA March Madness will delay the start of The Mentalist. The following change from CBS has been announced, 10:45 pm East/ 9:45 Central Zones. All other zones will air at their normal times.


Really not accurate to say Jane doesn't give her much partnership. He does in many, maybe most ways. It's the secrecy and subterfuge, especially about RJ and Lorelei where most, but not all, of the erosion is.


@rationalgal I would love to see Lisbon step up like that. She could make a big difference and she could be a full partner in Jane's quest for RJ as much as she demands (and doesn't get much) partnership from Jane in the CBI's cases. I bet she could really show him a thing or two.


After thinking more about Lisbon, I'm hoping to see some sign tonight of her get more involved in actually hunting RJ. Given her long suffering but finally fed up personality, I would not be surprised if she took RJ matters into her own hands, checking out Jane's info on his wall, making calls, searching the Internet, calling in favors until she had the answers Jane has dithered and dithered about while getting nowhere. I hopefully predict that she will break the case in ways that Jane never expects, as they are so different from his methods.

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 17 Quotes

Jane: We have to go back to the crime scene.
Lisbon: Why?
Jane: I want a taco.

Discipline always comes with a price.