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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oh Bona I watched it yesterday or the day before, I love it too! I made a comment here and said how funny it was when Jane asks for help 'cat's in the bag' but they are slow to come so again 'cat's in the bag and the bag's almost in the river', so funny!


@KM - ooops, just missed your comment. I'm a little slow with my posts sometimes!


@Mimi - sorry, wasn't around for a while. What about S3/10 Jolly red elf? I love Patrick getting drunk!
I think you're right about wrest and wrench. Snatch is more like pulling something away from somebody. I hope that one of the english experts can give you better advice though. Have fun tonight.


great thank you KM, am doing my 'homework'


Snatch does not evoke the twisting motion that both wrest and wrench do. You can snatch something or grab it, pull it, straight from the table with a linear motion. Both wrest and wrench are defined by forcible twisting motion with the jerk or pull.


can I ask to wrest or snatch is the same right? and wrest and wrench can be the same too? meaning to take something from someone by force (usually with a twisting move) is that correct?


fantastic bona! so we'll see you a bit more then? good for us and mainly good for YOU, youll have some "me" time! I hope you'll enjoy it!
I'm thinking of an epi I could watch tonight it's 7.30 here, can you give me a number randomly like you once did? :-)


@Mimi - well, at least you dream of him! I only dream stupid things that I can't remember in the morning anymore. LOL
My men are all gone this weekend - guess what I'll be doing! Yessss, a TM marathon! And I borrowed "Life of Pi" from a friend. It's going to be awsome! What did Simon say in the interview asked about happiness? No schedual, no appointments... yep, I'll be happy this weekend!


oh btw I dreamt of Patrick last night! he was patrick and someone I knew at the same time, see how dreams are weird? we were at a party and he was sat somewhere and I came to him, we talked, he took my hands and warmed them up as they were cold. My heart was skipping a beat, it was cute but then I woke up, damn!!


hi KM (again:-) thank you very much I've read it, nice! love the man!

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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.