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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That's a tough question @huisclothes. Lisbon doesn't seem to be seeking true love or even regular sex. She's basically said she's given up any thought of her career going anywhere by throwing her lot in with Jane. She's never mentioned a hobby and probably has no time to pursue one. Personally I think she wants Patrick Jane very badly, but she makes no moves to make it happen. So, is it really her heart's desire? Can't think of a thing.


thinking about what we know about the characters in terms of how they spend their time.
we know about patrick. we know what his heart's desire is. we know what he does with his free time. we know what keeps him up at night. he comes home after a plate of eggs at a diner and lies on his bed wondering about what he missed in his investigation. reads. pays the mortgage on his house in malibu and pays the grounds maintenance on his family's graves. listens to messages from danny ruskin asking for money. maybe he watches tv - ravening beasts or the angry chef.
lisbon plays poker. dances to the spice girls. perhaps uses that yoga mat grace gave her. scolds her brothers over the phone. attends church services. what is lisbon's heart's desire?


I remember discussions about Lisbon smashing that box @rationalgal but I don't think I quite got what the significance of that could be until you bring it up again now, so thanks for that. Lisbon absolutely brings her own special gifts to the mix. Straightforward and right to the heart of getting a thing done, without the elaborate machinations and manipulations that Jane delights in. And Lisbon is willing to accept the consequences, too.


I worried all night that this site was shut down. Glad to see you're all still here. Seems to have been a global glitch. We are slaves of technology! About Lisbon's skills that are unknown to Jane (and probably not understandable by him): Remember when she broke open that puzzle with a hammer? "You don't know as much about me as you think you do" she says to an astounded Jane. Earlier, she punched out the guy in jail who Jane was trying desperately to free before he could expose Jane's part in the LaRoche burglary. She did it instinctively, just as she broke the puzzle. Got right to the essence of the problems and solved them without any "mentalist" skills. I'll bet she finds out who and where RJ is in the same intuitive way before Jane does, probably saving his ass in the process. Jane needs to realize ASAP how valuable Lisbon's unique skills are.


I have to give Lisbon her due. She's a professional. She's a woman in a mostly male occupation. She's a crime fighter, an investigator, an interrogator and a team leader. She's learned to compartmentalize and control her emotional reactions, and I'm thinking that's especially true when it comes to personal feelings towards coworkers and maybe extra extra careful about romantic feelings. So in one way it's not surprising if Patrick, as good as he is, can't completely read her, and maybe especially so if he has feelings for her. Plus she would be trying extra hard not to give a clue to any romantic feelings she has for him. All of it, no matter which slant a person is inclined to emphasize, is what makes the scene at Orchid Lane in TWBB so shocking and so moving. That said, I do think he knows she loves him, after 10 years of observation and interaction. She is probably much less sure of him.


Lastly, the outcome of Patrick's hoping came to no surprise in "There Will Be Blood". His hope in Lorelei was empty, she kept her word and did not betray Red John. And, Teresa came through. He may had to stand there at Orchid Lane and look at the pain he generates, and sweat a night wondering, but she had his back as she always does. I'm still convinced that most of what Patrick Jane knows about Teresa Lisbon is what she allows. Hence the joy when he succeeds in Jane-ing her. Like "Kansas City".


I can't stay around. But, I'm inclined to think that Patrick is brilliantly observant, but he is not perfect. Tis his pride and excellent success rate that leads him to mistakenly believe he is near perfection. Patrick cannot completely read Teresa, just as he could not completely read Lorelei, and perhaps even is wife (not sure about this). Still he has his blind spot. If he knew them as well as he thought he did, neither woman would have left him blindsided in "There Would Be Blood". In short, Teresa is not the open book or as transparent as he'd like to believe, and that is part of her attractiveness. It does not appear that a completely readable woman generates sexual desire in Patrick. He's drawn to women who keep him on his toes, and make him hope. Just my opinion.


@estatica i would love jane to want to know. i think he wants to know everything that anyone is doing, actually. he's a bit of a yenta. but he would pick up on that without having to ask lisbon. he'd make his observations and keep his mouth shut then bring it up when he could get the maximum fun out of teasing her about it.
jane never has to ask anyone anything. especially miss translucent.


@estatica funny you should bring up the return of mashburn as a romantic interest for lisbon. i think it would be great if jane felt jealousy -- if that emotion broke through -- even if we only saw his face when they couldn't see.
however, last night, i re-watched the days of wine and roses, not one of my favorites (most of this year's episodes would be on that list). that's the ep where jane says he wishes for lisbon to fall in love. it made me want to puke. i hated his patronizing tone. and i hated that she didn't get upset. awful.
she didn't have to show what she might be feeling but he sure didn't have to adopt this high-handed fairy godmother tone. i wanted to kick him in his beautiful butt.


@estatica yes. shirali arlov. i was talking about him months ago. he explains the limos, the diplomatic immunity, the money, the reason homeland security would be after him, the ability to get away with murder over and over again. plus arlov was a charismatic character, cultured in his own way and certainly got a kick out of jane. but that was a long long time ago. if we get a sixth season, it would be interesting if we followed patrick and teresa as they revisited all the characters from these older episodes, walter mashburn, dean harkin, shirali arlov, tolman bunting, etc. that way they could re-establish everyone and we'd have a huge pool of rj candidates widely known by the normal viewer by the end of season 6.

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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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