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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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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I'd harbor a guess that he had heaps of fun watching her dance around in that jersey in "Red Badge".
http://youtu.be/kWds6KMTCoo
He likely waited upstairs and just kept smiling. Obviously she did not mind being watched. I decided that is when they would end up together in the end. Mostly when he tried to comfort her, and sadly she kept her protective wall up and did not let him.

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@mimi: He checked her out at the window before that imo. Looked down and checked out her legs. Pretty sure she was only wearing the jersey :). @estatica: Another thumbs up for that video. The best of the fun, light, mischievous Jane. Love it!

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funny how at first Simon said nothing would happen between J and L and then this last year or so, he's been implying that something would happen. I guess they are following what most of the show's fans want and have changed their minds.

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yes all, that's what I'm wondering, and of course he cant see anything from outside. but some said he wanted to check if she was dressing and not getting back to bed and others said he wwas checking her out.

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KM I wondered as I read many different comments.

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@Mimi and estatica Great video estatica - really enjoyed that! The peeping Tom, Mimi? Fun to watch every time. I love it how he catches himself peeping. What's he thinking at this moment I wonder?

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Haha @mimi he totally checks her out. I didn't notice that when I watched the episode -- at least I didn't remember it that way. That is funny.

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@Mimi,
Part trying to see through the peep hole if she was actually turning on the lights with a note of can I see her.

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Enjoy @ bonaduz!
We women should always be thinking more about how we use our assets than how we think they appear in a mirror.

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@estatica: So well said about the duality of Jane's character. The other aspect that always strikes me is the courage it took for him to choose life and to function after his family was murdered. He puts on a brave face every day. There is an interview with Bruno Heller in which he spoke to that. Contrast this courage with Jane's cowardice when it comes to physical danger i.e. sprinting away from exploding boats :).

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
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