The Mentalist Season 5 Report Card: A

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As we struggle through the long summer hiatus and await the return of The Mentalist this fall, let's relive some of our favorite - and not so favorite moments - from The Mentalist season 5. Read on for our latest TV Fanatic Report Card and grade the CBS drama below...

A Red John Lead

Best Episode: The Mentalist gave us a really solid season so picking one favorite episode was pretty darn difficult. But in the end I've got to go with the season finale, "Red John Rules." Between floating the idea that Red John is psychic, to breaking into Jane's memory box, the finale was filled with twists and turns. When Red John used an already deceased Lorelei Martins to tell Jane he'd predicted who would be on the final list of seven suspects, even before Jane came up with them, that really got my attention. Knowing that the serial killer will be killing a lot closer to home…let's just say I'm hooked on season 6 and it hasn't even begun.

Worst Episode: I can't say there was an episode that I really hated but "There Will Be Blood" was disappointing. I was a big fan of Lorelei Martins and it felt as though there was more story there to tell, so finding her as Red John's next victim may have been inevitable but was still a disheartening turn of events.

Most Improved Character: Wayne Rigsby. I've never been a big fan of Rigsby. Other than his arson investigative skills, he's always felt like the weakest member of the team.  With "Red Velvet Cupcakes" Wayne finally stepped up and told Grace how he really felt. I didn't even care that it was undercover. The words were honest enough to garner my respect and win back his one true love.

Most Disappointing Character: Grace Van Pelt…and only because she was either stuck behind a desk, or plant, or file box for most of the season and then shipped off to Los Angeles for training. I'm happy for actress Amanda Righetti and her new baby but I'll be thrilled to see Grace back full force next season.

Most Intriguing Return: JJ LaRoche. I had hoped we'd see more of this season and The Mentalist gave me my wish, culminating with "Red and Itchy." The fact that LaRoche not only worked with Patrick Jane but asked…no make that begged for his assistance to find his missing Tupperware made for a gratifying episode. The story behind what was in the mysterious container gave this already compelling character yet another curious layer.

Most Disappointing Return: Lorelei Martins. I was captivated by Lorelei from the beginning. She was the smart and seductive Red John disciple who had reason to turn on the psychotic madman. But watching her run around shooting at people and ditching Jane to go rogue was discouraging. Having Red John murder her may have been inevitable but it felt like a mediocre ending for such a unique character.

Hopes for Season 6:

  • More danger. I'd love to see Red John go after the core members of the CBI team. Not that I want to see anyone's blood drawn in a smiley face on the wall but I'd love to see how Patrick Jane deals with the people closest to him being in imminent peril.
  • With Red John playing head games with Patrick, it would be great to see Teresa step up her game. I'm hoping she's an integral part of keeping Jane on track and hunting down the serial killer.
  • Red John. I'd love to see him caught by the end of the season. As show creator Bruno Heller has mentioned, it will be interesting to see how Patrick Jane gets on with his life once Red John is no longer his focus. That said, at the very least I want to know who the maniacal serial killer is before the season ends.

Final Grade: A

How would YOU grade this season of The Mentalist?


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


@entwife glad you think so too. she writes that her sister is paying her to write it. think i would pay her too.


that's a riveting story, @huisclothes. has my stomach all in a knot. I hope she updates soon! Thanks for putting me onto it. :)


thanks, entwife. sometime i may jump into it but i'd feel guilty since i have writing i have to do not want to do. km thanks for the scoop on friends here who are also writers. i will check them out. yesterday, i discovered charlotte's web by lexical. it's a knock-out. very dark and beautifully written by someone who isn't as familiar with the character's lighter sides but makes up for it in his or hers grasp of the inner torment jane and lisbon would experience. sort of the cable version of the mentalist. more chapters to come. take a look. curious to find out what you think.


And I wish you'd take the plunge, @huisclothes! I bet you'd knock our sox off! :-D


@huisclothes -- @KM named the writers I know about, but there certainly could be others. And thank you for your comments about mine. That feels very good! And I'd LOVE to know if there are other writers here so I could check out their work!!!


@ huisclothes,
These are the people I am aware of, besides our Entwife, who have stories or one shots up.
Katrina (uses the name Katrina)
Mimi (mimi3005)
estatica (uses estatica)
Watcher (AlwaysACritic)


hi all. this is especially for entwife who may have the info at her fingertips. i've been reading fan fiction so i know which stories are yours. (smart, sexy, sweet).
are any of the posters on this site masquerading under nom de plumes there? i ask because i think i may recognize some writing styles and ways of thinking and sort of remember that some of us fessed up a few eps ago.


Hear. Stupid phone keyboard.


@ Entwife, Yes, I guessed it was photoshopped. Sorry. As for the quote, it is in the extras on DVD 6 for Season 1,' Evidence Of A Hit Series', about 17 minutes in. It was kind of fun to rewatch and be reminded that Heller designed Patrick Jane to be a Br'er Rabbit hero, and to here Tunney and Baker talk about their on screen relationship of being a triangle dance of flirtation, annoyance (like a parent for an out of control child), pride because it keeps things vague and uncomfortable which gives them longevity as characters. Heller also said that Jane can't move forward until he can let go. Cheers!


Never mind. Tumblr self-corrected. Apparently the poster was photoshopped. Surprise, surprise. :-)

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