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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B) He doesn't want to take her to the hospital or anywhere RJ could have minions threatening Lisbon’s life. So he takes her into a secret place, somewhere in the forest, where nobody could find them: a little wooden house. Lisbon is so cold, he takes her in the bathroom, closes the door and opens the hot water tap and waits with Lisbon in his arms for the steam to warm up the room and bring her back to life… Of course the “hottest, most intense and passionate moments� are not described here, they’re left to your generous imagination ;-)


Jane and the team have a great plan to save her and get RJ. While Cho and the rest of the team focus on the killer, Jane finds Lisbon. She's in critical conditions and won't wake up. And then I have TWO OPTIONS: A) Jane takes her to the hospital and stays at her bedside until she opens her eyes. The very in love and worried Jane can't help looking very intensively into her eyes. He kisses her hand and forehead and Lisbon can feel his love for her. He cuddles up to her and they sleeps together at the hospital.


Hi Entwife! Oh I haven't put them down, I just watch my jisbon movies on streaming ;-). Well, they are stories I make up and enjoy myself, I'm not sure they would interest anybody. I'm quite oldfashioned and romantic, and you might find my ideas a bit boring/soppy. Besides, my english is really not good enough to tell the story properly. But if you're interested, I can try to describe the main lines of one my favorite scenarios: Red John challenges Lisbon to face him. Lisbon accepts. She is certain she could win the fight and throw him in prison. But Jane is horrified with that idea that he could lose her, and forbids Lisbon to go and face RJ. They have a terrible fight about that, but Lisbon manages to go anyway, despite Jane’s attempts to stop her. Somehow she manages to hurt RJ pretty badly, but at the end she is in real danger and ends up to be RJ's prisoner, locked in a very cold room, as cold as a fridge which causes Lisbon to fall deeply and dangerously asleep.


@Kristin: Hi! No, actually I've never seen Battlestar Galactica, I've just taken a quick look right now on youtube to see what kind of character he plays in it. He is indeed a very good actor. I think his voice plays a big role in the quality of his acting...and I like the way he speaks, I don't know, it's very fluent, like the waves on the sea! ;-)


Abbsolute55: I also loved Michael Hogan, who played Sean Barlow. I think he's amazing in everything he does. Have you seen him in Battlestar Galactica? (The 2003 version, obviously.) Wow! Well worth checking out even if you aren't a sci fi fan. I'm Canadian, so I'm embarrassed to admit that I missed his appearances in Republic of Doyle and Arctic Air. But I sure did see him in Cold Squad -- which was like Cold Case, but first. :) I also hear from the convention circuit that he's really nice. So there you go. You're not the only one who notices Michael Hogan when he pops up on TV. The only thing that surprised me was, once again, how different a character he was playing from anything I'd seen him do before. But it's like that each time as each of his performances are unique.


you're definitely not the only one @Abbsolute55. Are you writing these down so that we can sample them?


By the way, I've spent most of my nights lately making up new jisbon scenarios( or should I say scenarii?)...and I'm very meticulous! The dialogues, the environment, the clothes, everything... There's just one wee problem: In the morning, I'm a real zombie! Am I the only one in that desperate situation?


Hi guys! I might sound a bit weird, but, don't you find that the actor that plays Shawn Barlow is very charismatic? He has that piercing voice...and his's something very powerful. After watching the scene, his voice was like printed in my bones, especially the "I was far away communing with the spirits, where were you? Let me see...(and you all know the following lines by heart of course ;-)). Brrrr chilling!


Try whodunit Rationalgal


I've been checking out some other shows during these TM doldrums and they make me appreciate TM even more. In most, the acting is too, well, earnest, not like the more subtle and realistic TM. CBS is running a summer mini series, Under the Dome. I'm giving it one more chance to not irritate me with people being totally clueless and doing idiotic things. TNT is good for decent reruns, especially the TM episodes.

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