The Mentalist Review: An Odd Little Town

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It was a "Red Letter Day" on The Mentalist, as the oddities spread from the town of Percy, California to Jane's attic. The latter had to do with Agent Bob Kirkland.

Jane's Wild West

Lisbon and Kirkland shared the most uncomfortable cup of coffee I've ever witnessed. What's the opposite of chemistry? Repulsion? Teresa looked as though she couldn't flee the scene fast enough. 

Just when I thought Kirkland couldn't get any creepier, he did. As Jane and Lisbon mentioned in this The Mentalist quote

Jane: Don't you think it's odd, Homeland Security's fascination with a California serial killer?
Lisbon: Everything about Bob Kirkland is odd. You can add that to the list. | permalink

But it just got odder. It was no surprise that he had his agents break into Jane's attic to see what he had on Red John... but what was his purpose? Was it to let Red John know what Jane had on him? Is he actually Red John and just admiring Jane's handiwork? I'm really not sure.

Percy, California turned out to be just as odd as the man who owned it. When Hollis snarled at his son that he should have known Julianna was his sister, I could completely understand why he snapped and killed him. What a horrible nightmare.

The best part of the Wild West setting was that it allowed Jane to sharpen his skills and relive a bit of his carnie days. I could only laugh when Jane told Kevin that his magic sucked eggs. It seemed so odd to hear those words come out of the normally more eloquent Patrick Jane.

Another highlight was allowing Rigsby to use his arson skills to crack the case of the cabin fires. It's always nice to be reminded that there is a smart investigator behind that Wayne Rigsby blank stare.  

Even better was having Cho call out Rigsby for being dense when it came to Grace.

You're still in love with her but instead of telling her you bought her a plant. | permalink

That about summed it up. Of course the moment Wayne got the nerve to tell her how he felt I knew what was coming. The new boyfriend walked off the elevator.

Do you think Duncan will be another Red John minion? Perhaps the next Jack the Ripper? Married with a secret family? Knowing Grace's luck with love it could be all of the above. 

Does Wayne have a chance with Grace? What's your theory on Kirkland's end game? And what will Patrick do now that he knows his fortress of solitude has been compromised? Tell me your theories before the next The Mentalist.


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@Entwife - thank you for your expert advise! I'll NOT mention any tin foil hats, zombies, Kristinas, or anything else we discussed here tonight to ANY of my friends. Period! (not to mention that they would think that I'm going completely wackadoodle!!)
No, seriously now: This was the most fun I've had in a good long while! Thanks for playing the game!


I wouldn't want you to look foolish in front of your friends, in case they have never heard of tin foil hats against zombies.


Before we go too much further with tin foil hats, I must confess to a bit of artistic license with them. I'm not an expert on Zombie canon. But I know tin foil hats keep the extraterrestrial aliens from being able to read you mind and your brain waves. So I figured they would work with zombies, too. I cannot accept responsibility for their success or failure.


No. Zombies are very sensitive to brain buzz. You need to make tin foil hats for your dogs!


@Entwife - are dogs helpful against zombies??


@huisclothes - I would be honored to do that! The two of us, scared sh**less, on a pilgrimage to your bathroom with only a thin tin foil hat to protect us. Maybe I should bring my dog?? So your dog and my dog and you and me on a pilgrimage to the bathroom...! FUN!


@bonaduz ohhhh. what a terrible image. now you have to come over and take me to the bathroom in the middle of the night. not every night but you have to be here just in case. @entwife kristina = effluvia.


oh @bonaduz I like your story better! laughing so hard I nearly peed myself! What is that?-- LSHIAPM!


OK, sorry guys, my husband must have put something in my good night tea! ;-)


@huisclothes sniffing Kristina. oops I think I just threw up a little into my mouth

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 19 Quotes

Jane: Don't you think it's odd, Homeland Security's fascination with a California serial killer?
Lisbon: Everything about Bob Kirkland is odd. You can add that to the list.

Jane: They argued.
Deb: How do you know they argued?
Jane: He is dead.