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The Mentalist Review: The Ghoul at Sea

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"Red Lacquer Nail Polish" wasn't as much fun as I had hoped it would be. Perhaps my expectations were what left me disappointed.

Investigating an Heiress

The creepy, overgrown mansion had so much potential. Even the security guard seemed freaked out just being there. When Jane slyly told Lisbon, "Ladies first" as they entered the house worthy of a horror movie, I found myself hoping the CBI team would be forced to spend a lot more time there. Unfortunately that didn't happen.  

With the entire body burned to ash, the coroner began explaining how a human being can be turned into a fatty wax candle. When he proclaimed, "Isn't that awful" he had a strange but gleeful smile on his face. Jane was right. The guy was a ghoul. 

The investigation quickly turned to Elise's nephew. Although he wasn't actually guilty of anything, I disliked Curtis the moment he referred to the men and women at the Soldier's Home as mentally unstable war veterans. He didn't seem to care much for the place which made his turn around at the end hard to swallow.

Lissie Calhoun was the obvious red herring all along as we never got to see her. That almost never happens. If they kept talking about her, I knew she had to have some significance, although I didn't guess that she was the actual burned body until the end.

Jane was lucky he didn't set the whole darn boat on fire when he threw that lit flare into the cabin. Then out popped Elise Vogelson, who turned out to be even odder than anticipated. How could someone who dedicated her life and her family's fortune to helping veterans kill a woman who was a nurse in Vietnam as though she was doing her a favor?

From there, Elise out and out mocked Casey at how easy it was to gain her trust and manipulate her. No wonder this strange woman ended up alone for so much of her life. 

With all of its twists and turns, this story never really hooked me. It felt like a bunch of aberrant pieces that never quite fit together. 

Cho's attempts to push Rigsby into moving on from Grace were amusing. He certainly knows his partner as he asked Wayne in this The Mentalist quote

 So have you actually made any dates or are you just hesitating and second guessing yourself like you usually do? | permalink

No, Rigsby made the dates. He just didn't show up for any of them. How funny was it that they all looked like Grace?

I'm assuming it won't be long until we see him make another play for VanPelt, but won't that leave them with the same obstacle? CBI rules state that coworkers can't date one another. Unless they're willing to hide the relationship or have one of them transfer, they'll end up right back where they started.

Another favorite revelation was Jane's love of the sea and Lisbon's inability to see the appeal. Lisbon saw nothing romantic about sailing as she told Jane…

 Stuck on that thing in the middle of the ocean. It's like being in a prison cell with a chance of drowning. | permalink

Perhaps these two should stick to the beach.

With a Red John case looming ahead, what did you think of this serial killer-free episode?

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@Entwife
I have to watch 1x03 again too - can't remember the boxer shorts! :-))
I'll be quiet, I promise, if I'm invited :-D @huisclothes
I hope you are right about tonight's episode. Sometimes the spoilers promise more than there is at the end. We'll see soon enough!

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Whoever had that idea to tweet the writers this board, I finally remembered and did it.

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Entwife and rationalgal, you girls crack me up :D I'll just continue to pretend I never have impure thoughts about Jane and act all saint like. Over here in Portugal (London time), season 4 is on, so I only have access to 5x16 episode once it goes online. Which means, I'll watch it in bed once I wake up, before I get immersed in real life. I suppose it's a nice way to start Monday! :D

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1x3 Oh yeah, Patrick at the beach, barefoot, pants and sleeves rolled up, vest off, shirt open at the top, lolling around on the sand. Frame by frame. Gutter warning!------>I think he was wearing boxers in this one.

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Don't forget that after tonight's ep we start our "Who is RJ?" contest. Try to ignore Simon's hiney. Watch for clues!

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@huisclothes -- too right about silence for tonight's episode!! But for a TM dvd marathon, more lenient rules, I think :) @Waseemayob For that party, I'd have to move the tv set up from my small den area to the larger dining room -- we'd squeeze in somehow I think -- hard to get a head count -- a lot of lurkers out there, too ;-)

Huisclothes

my hope would be that if there was a tm pajama party tonight, there would be not a sound. we would all sit there with our mouths open; so wrenching, dramatic and surprising would this episode be. they owe us one.

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jane would never hire a stripper. he's much too proper.

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@Waseemayob
2h50min. for me in British Columbia, Canada - yeeeeh! @entwife
I'll have to watch it again. Have fun with the laundry! How big is your living room? Would we all fit??? :-))

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@Waseemayob It's six hours to go for me in Texas.

The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 15 Quotes

If you hadn't mentioned the congealed human fat in the lightbulbs I may have had the stomach to stick around and find out. You're a ghoul.

Jane

Normally I'd be tempted to mock your superstitions but in this case I'm inclined to agree.

Jane