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 @huisclothes, that makes Lisbon's heart's desire to get Red John, too, then, right?


@entwife & km
she wants patrick badly. doesn't mean she'll own up to it. it would be painful to admit it to herself. he's not on the menu right now.
my hub always says, if you need an answer right away, you can get a quick no. she knows that. she has to wait and nothing she can do can speed the process except find red john's ass this minute. then she can ask the question.


And slaying dragons as she waits. :)


Haha! @KM Love the picture you paint of the angry little princess on her pony waiting for her prince. You describe exactly where I think her heart's desire is!


I think those are all good points @KM. It's almost impossible to think Lisbon doesn't want a fulfilling personal partnership and family life. Really, the fact that I believe she wants all that with Patrick Jane would make me say he is her heart's desire, as trite as that sounds at this point. I don't think I'd be wrong. Aside from her career maybe, she seems like a normal woman, and a normal person. People want love and family and that's no mystery. I'm sure it's the repression that makes her sublimate all that to her career, especially since Patrick Jane doesn't seem to be waving her in. She's been at his side nearly day and night for 10 years and when was the last time we know she had a date or even heard it mentioned she was going out with someone? Was it Mashburn? She's holding out for something. I'd hope it's her heart's desire.


Maybe, Teresa Lisbon really is an angry little princess that lost her tiara and a fierce fighter of dragons. And, she's going to have to slay the fiercest of them so that the prince can help her find her tiara. He's already given her a pony for them to ride off into the sunset on.


Oh... And, that conversation she and Patrick had about Grace and Wayne highlighted a desire for herself. Other than that, I don't have much to support anything.


You could be correct @ Entwife. The only supporting data I have for my theory is her responses to Rigsby gushing about his son, the way she looked at her ex Greg and his family. And, that Heller described her in that interview as being repressed, more repressed (I believe; could be wrong) than Patrick is. Seems she can strive to give others peace, closure, and maybe the road to future happiness, but can't do the same for herself.


Maybe her heart's desire is to catch the bad guys.


Teresa's hearts desire maybe to have a life partner. She's a woman of faith, and so wants a partner she can trust to the level that she does not always have to feel the need to be in control, to feel safe, and wanted for who she is. A relationship that allows her to cut loose every so often and not be the one in charge. In short, I think she wants the family she lost. It wasn't a perfect family, but it was safe, good, and full of love.

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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.