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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so entwife, have you been writing new stuff? im teasing you.. *poking*


ahah yes me too! someone asked Karl to post pictures, maybe he will? I'll keep an eye on twitter


also:The filming of the Season Finale will start on Tuesday (March 26).


@Mimi wouldn't I like to have been a fly on the wall at THAT party. :-)


yes Entwife I hope Bruno will see that! hopefully he's reading this forum, or others do and tell him what most of tm's fans want to see happen:-)


Karl sonneberg tweeted that it was the season 5 wrap party last night...


Forget the TV! I will combust lol! Now that the time is closing in, maybe Heller will be able to see the point of view of so many viewers who relish the thought of the story going on without RJ and that there are many possibilities for new and different plots -- and Jane and Lisbon of course!


I think you're right @estatica. If he'd been free of Red John, Jane would have moved to be with Lisbon a long time ago. He probably has been aware of the true nature of his feelings for her longer than she has for him. Makes sense that "Love you" could have been a spark. I do think she's been aware of an attraction to him for a long time. It must have happened sometime in the third season because most of the first she was usually just irritated that he had to tag along. Then she came to appreciate there was more to him and he solved cases in sometimes ingenious ways. In the second season she seemed to relax with him more but didn't seem all that interested. But I first started watching TM in the third season and I thought I was picking up an attraction to him pretty quick. He obviously enjoyed her, watched her all the time, teased her, protected her. Maybe my view is skewed because I came to it out of sequence.


ah Estatica, there'll be fireworks in our belly when they finally kiss!


oh yes Estatica, I see what you mean then and totally agree! :-) go Lisbon go!!

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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.

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