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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7 deadly sins: pride, greed, lust, gluttony, envy, anger, sloth. 7 suspects: Stiles, Bertram, Kirkland, Partridge, Hafner, Smith, McCallister. Who fits what?
Pride: Stiles? (seems pretty boastful)
Greed: Stiles again? (has greed for power)
Lust: McCallister? (seemed kind of lustful over Van Pelt in S1)
Gluttony: Smith? (someone noted that he is overweight. can't remember.)
Envy: Hafner? (over Jane's superior abilities?)
Anger: Partridge? (reenacts murder scene like he's full of anger). Kirkland? (seems wound up about something)
Sloth: Bertram seems kind of lazy.


@ Rainman,
Check Reviewbrain at Wordpress blog for The Mentalist season wrap-up by Violet. Posting links trips moderation glitches. Here is the quick and dirty. 1) Pride - Stiles
2) Glutony - Bertram (power not food)
3) Greed - Kirkland (for information)
4) Sloth - Haffner (too lazy to control Jane, leaves CBI for easy money through joint Visualize venture, tried to lure Lisbon with easy money)
5) Wrath - Smith (introduced to the audience getting aggressive with Lisbon)
6) Lechery - McAlister (only suspect to exhibit interest in females, complementing VanPelt)
7) Envy - Partridge (over Jane's knowledge of RJ) Some are stronger than others. Someone also pointed out the 7 virtues, which Lisbon does the best at representing them all.


I go with the idea that we should look at what we actually KNOW about RJ and see which of the 7 fits that. We can speculate endlessly about what this or that means but things can mean anything we want them to. I don't see Jane's father as RJ or even associated with him because that would mean he killed or helped kill his own granddaughter. Can't see any motive for that. He is also too old by now. The killing was directly in response to Jane badmouthing RJ on TV, so that has nothing to do with Jane's father. There IS something in Jane's carney background that has to be revealed in S6. Why was Jane's father still wearing a wedding ring? Jane's mother was nowhere around or ever mentioned. Did she die in childbirth and Jane's father blames Jane? People do dumb things like that. But that's empty speculation again and doesn't count. Add up ONLY what we KNOW and see what we get.


There's quite a discussion of the seven suspects and the seven deadly sins as well as the seven virtues on Reviewbrain, @Rainman. Worth a look if you like symbology. Someone on Tumblr today said that Owain Yeoman said that what he meant to write was, "He is many." I hadn't heard that definitively before and I don't know the source article.


@KM Yes, that is the one I was talking about. It's quite compelling, and would put to rest the ridiculous theory that Renfrew wrote the message. As if Red John would leave him alive to write it. Makes no sense. If you can, elaborate on the 7 deadly sins thing. Im interested.


@ Rainman,
Interesting thought on 11e 15 mar, you are refering to Euthyphro, yes? It has been awhile, but you are referencing the argument that morality cannot be determined solely by divine authority; that what is "holy" and what is "approved" have different meanings, thus "holy" and " approved" are not equivalent? Hence,you are thinking the message was written by RJ (or a disciple) as a message with Renfrew's blood to Jane? An interesting thing I read on the 7 suspects as how they each can be used to represent as one of the Seven Deadly Sins.


That's how much I hate Red John and all of his crap! Ok! I'm off...........


Red John quote..........."I hate cheap imitations of my work." You know what I say to that! SO! You know I would so love for Jane, when he finds Red John, to be standing in his bed room, directly over Red John's bed and soon as Red John sense's something is wrong in sleep, wakes up in a state of shock and sees Jane standing there.....for Jane, with one big punch, to hit Red John so hard he passes out. Then when he wakes up again, have Jane ask him if he saw that coming!


Sometimes I feel like Jane, I feel I'm this close to the answer and then, and then. I do feel that the anwers are contained within because I keep finding things I didn't see or notice before. Yes, no, maybe, never mind!


Volker, he showed us that he really is connected to Red John! He shows some of the same type of abilities that Red John has. He made people quake in there boots,kill for him and kill themselves. This is not a coincidence! Volker is probably connected to Visualize! He is probably getting out of jail right now! I don't think now that it really matters who Red John is. The big reveal and the connections and motives behind it all is probaby going to be more exciting then the man himself. I still want to seee Red John get his but I'm so, so, so curious about all the crap behind it all!

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