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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?

 

 

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Entwife

Watching 4x5 "Blood and Sand" and it got me thinking about something different than Red John. I even wrote it on Tumblr where people seem to mostly like pictures, videos and animated gifs. This is the deal . . . I love how Patrick Jane always finds relief and simple joy whenever he is anywhere in nature. It could be woods, beach, orchard, field, vineyard, farm, plucking an orange from trees that line a long driveway. He’s relaxed, easy, smiles, revives, talks philosophical, walks and walks, builds sand castles or just lays in the sand, chases sea gulls, is struck with wonder at stumbling on a deer or having a butterfly land on his finger, picks up beach glass for a present to Lisbon (which she promptly tosses as not what they’re looking for in an investigation). He even allows himself to toss a flower into the sea to chance a message to his lost girls. Con't----->

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I don't think it was Red John who killed Jared. This was in Mexico and RJ can't be everywhere, but he has plenty of minions. There was no smiley face and the taunting laugh on the phone at the end did not sound like RJ. I'm thinking a minion did the killing, thought Jared was dead and left but Jared was alive long enough to write a partial message. He had to say the most he could as briefly as possible. I no longer think the unfinished word was "many." RJ functions thru many people, so that is obvious. The only thing Jared knew was the name of RJ's friend, so that would be the info to write. How about "Mansfield"? As in Judge Mansfield, on Jane's semi-final list of handshakers, the guy Lisbon plays poker with. The case was solved after Van Pelt accessed the Dept. of Justice secure data file and an RJ message came up. A judge would have access to that file!! (BTW, sorry for that duplicate posting earlier. Moderation glitch.)

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As for RJ. Before the list came out I thought it would be Minelli, which would have been awesome IMO. My dark horse candidate was the Attorney General. Because of his power and ability to reach all aspects of followers. Also, because every episode has a "red" theme in the title, and the AG is responsible for every case the CBI takes, so every episode would be indirectly related to RJ. As fat as Jane's carney flashbacks, I think the little girl is the key. Grace had something traumatic happen in her past, and I think it may be related to that. Not sure though.

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The 7 deadly sins thing was interesting. Also the "He is many" is intriguing, but I can't buy it. Only because if Renfrew did it, that means RJ didn't finish the job and left him alive long enough to write it, and the doesn't sound AT ALL like Red John. So that means (to me) Red John had to have wrote the message. And if he did, why leave it unfinished? Makes no sense to me unless what is written is what he meant to say in its entirety. Which is why I believe the 11e 15 mar theory.

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Now what if RJ sees himself as the High God? He has minions below him to serve him and carry messages. He controls the entire 7 realms because he can. He allows the demon realm to exist for purposes such as to teach humans some kind of high god-like woo-woo lessons, like teaching Jane to respect him on TV. The demon realm does the serial killing. The salvific realm tries to stop it and is the sacrificial lamb. So who of the 7 are in which realm? Just a guess here: Demon=Partridge; Salvific=Kirkland; high god serving realms have Hafner, Bertram, Smith and McCallister. So that leaves 7th heaven for the High God - Brett Stiles. Well, it's as good a cockamamie theory as any oher I suppose. We have to chew on something until S6 starts.

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Now what if RJ sees himself as the High God? He has minions below him to serve him and carry messages. He controls the entire 7 realms because he can. He allows the demon realm to exist for purposes such as to teach humans some kind of high god-like woo-woo lessons, like teaching Jane to respect him on TM. The demon realm does the serial killing. The salvific realm tries to stop it and is the sacrificial lamb. So who of the 7 are in which realm? Just a guess here: Demon=Partridge; Salvific=Kirkland; high god serving realms have Hafner, Bertram, Smith and McCallister. So that leaves 7th heaven for the High God - Brett Stiles. Well, it's as good a cockamamie theory as any oher I suppose. We have to chew on something until S6 starts.

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All these symbolic things can have value. It just depends on whether the writers mean anything by them. Sometimes they do. The number 7, for example, is definitely interesting and should be explored. Maybe it's not related to sins and virtues, but why would we be given exactly 7 suspects? That number is endlessly significant in mythology. What about this: Their are 7 realms above Earth, with the highest one the 7th heaven. Ever feel like you're in 7th heaven? That is the realm of the High God, El. The bottom realm just above Earth is the realm of the demons who make life miserable for us. Above that is the savior god who mystically sacrifices himself to save us from the demons but eternally dies and rises again. Above that are the realms of the messengers of the High God, the choirs of angels (angel means messinger) who serve the High God and carry messages back and forth between Earth and Heaven.

Entwife

Lots of people enjoy exploring things like literary correlations, flower symbology, recurring art themes, the vices and virtues and much more. Unless people explore them, how do we know that there isn't something in them? What I've noticed in the fandom is that there is almost infinite variability in what people want to consider combined with how they consider it and what they conclude. I confess, I'm not interested in all aspects of everything people might want to discuss, just as not everybody is interested in everything I say. But if you can't say it here, where can you say it?

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@Rationalgirl,
I was only recapping from another blog and giving them credit for their identification of the idea of 7 suspects for 7 deadly sins for Rainman , because we cannot post links. I only thought it interesting.

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I'm in favor of giving up on the 7 deadly sins. Very interesting but not a good enough fit anywhere. How about the mythical monster, the Hydra? OK, it had 9 heads, not 7, but it was one monster with several heads that grew back when one was cut off. The RJ minions are the heads? Anyone want to bother listing them all? If we find two minion heads cut off (killed), that would leave 7. Maybe 7 have been killed and 2 remain and are on the lis. Oh well, more specultion.

The Mentalist Quotes

Jane: The point is there's a coded message here.
Cho: Or doodles.

Krystal: Oh, you're trouble.
Jane: Harmless as a fly.