The Mentalist Season 5 – A Game Changer

The Mentalist 5.06 'Cherry Picked'

The Mentalist left its fans at the end of season 4 with Patrick Jane disheartened at being the closest yet at discovering the identity of Red John, the man that murdered his wife and child. With Red John’s accomplice Lorelei in custody, it seemed that it was only a matter of time before Jane would get what he wants.

The show has had the Red John storyline angle from the start and it’s made a fantastic arc for the series, played out fantastically by the enigmatic and gorgeous Simon Baker who plays Jane. Season 5 was a really strong season as well; the Red John storyline developed in leaps and bounds, and the show also incorporated other smaller storyline arcs and standalone episode making it a really strong season. The show suffered a small bump along the way as it emerged that Amanda Righetti (Grace Van Pelt) was pregnant; the first half of the season, Van Pelt was mostly chained to her desk, allowing the actress to remain on the show but to hide her baby bump well, offering helpful information about the week’s case to the team. She was then written out for a few episodes and returned with a more active role in the rest of the season. The show handled it well, and this season also saw the show celebrate its 100th episode. I’ve picked out a few of my favourite episodes from the season.

Devil’s Cherry – This was the 2nd episode of the season and proved to be a beautiful episode – after taking some tea that wasn’t very kosher, Jane begins hallucinating about his dead daughter; the young actress playing Jane’s daughter is great and the episode is crushing, especially because you can see how great a father Patrick would have been.

Red Sails in the Sunset –We’re back to the Red John storyline, and Jane comes up with an elaborate scheme to get Lorelei out of prison, and whist they are together, the team discover that Lorelei had a sister who died mysteriously and as it turns out, it was Red John that murdered her. She takes off, but not before a parting shot at Patrick, which turns into his big break – “I only wonder why the two of you didn’t become life-long friends the moment you shook hands.” It makes him realise that Red John is closer than he thinks.

Days of Wine and Roses – Two aspects to this episode – the case of the week is a murder at a rehab clinic and a theft of a ruby necklace to offer motivation for her murder. The Tommy Volker case that has been building for the past few episodes also escalates in this episode, leading to Lisbon reluctantly asking for Jane’s help. The following episode Little Red Corvette is the conclusion to a great storyline arc.

There Will Be Blood – Lorelei re-emerges looking for revenge and answers from the people that killed her sister. Jane continues to let Lorelei go in the hope that once she finds out the truth, she will reveal Red John’s identity. Lisbon gives Jane an ultimatum in the hope of getting him to relent on his mission. In the end Lorelei refuses to give Jane the information, and he is blocked from getting any information. It’s another case of so close, yet so far, but certainly builds up the storyline even more. But at the end of the episode we lose Lorelei as she is found murdered by Red John, a sad loss as she was an enigmatic character, and at the actress was a great addition.

Red Velvet Cupcakes – CBI enlist the help of a radio therapist to help solve their latest murder, and once they begin to suspect him of the murders, they send Van Pelt and Rigsby to couple therapy. This episode is the first in an epic trilogy of episodes to end the season and along with a solid storyline, there is also the moment that fans have been waiting 3 years for – Van Pelt and Rigsby getting back together.

Red and Itchy – A mystery that began a couple seasons ago that has remained visible through small mentions, fans finally learnt more about the contents of LaRoche’s Tupperware box. It’s a great storyline, and reveals the identity of the mole inside CBI. And the contents of the box are gruesome and hair-raising.

Red John’s Rules – In the season finale, Red John resurfaces and puts Jane on edge as someone from his past is murdered. Through the episode he also teases Lisbon (and consequently the audience) with his list of 7 suspects for Red John, which is dramatically revealed at the end of the episode in quite possibly the best 5 minutes of The Mentalist.

This season’s finale was good, but the last 5 minutes said it all really – we got a glimpse of what happened to Lorelei, as well as the reveal of Jane’s 7 Red John suspects – some we saw coming and some that were leftfield. Those last words of Red John and his warning gives me goosebumps each time –it’s the perfect cliff-hanger. What’s for certain however is that one of these men is in fact Red John. The red herrings have ended and the fact that Season 6 has the tag line of Red John: The Final Chapter tells fans that the 6 year-long mystery of who killed Patrick Jane’s family will come to a close this season. The 7 suspects are:

  1. Brett Partridge
  2. Bret Stiles
  3. Gale Bertram
  4. Ray Haffner
  5. Reede Smith
  6. Robert Kirkland
  7. Sheriff Thomas McAllister

Season 6 starts on September 29th on CBS in America, and will air soon after on Channel 5 in the UK. After watching the series from the start, I’m so invested in this program that I can’t wait for the reveal and conclusion of the Red John storyline


Lorelei (reading Red John’s words) But fair’s fair Patrick – you’ve changed the game so there’s new rules now. Eileen Turner is the first of many; I’m going to star killing again – often. Until you catch me….or I catch you. (Red John’s Rules)


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