The Mentalist

Season 4 Episode 5

Blood and Sand

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 2011 on CBS
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An island off the coast of California holds clues to a murdered woman. Rigsby worries that because he has a new girlfriend, Van Pelt will feel uncomfortable around him.

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  • Blood and Sand

    While the title makes me continue to count the days until Spartacus: Blood and Sand returns to Starz, tonight's episode of The Mentalist proved to be fairly enjoyable. I liked the island setting, I liked the crazy cast of characters they introduced, and seeing the team as a whole limited with Lisbon and Jane forced to think on the fly and work closely together to solve this case, it proved to be a break from previous episodes.

    Definitely suggest you watch this one.moreless
  • Season 4 lands yet another enjoyable episode, exploring a miniature universe and introducing us to the characters before dealing with the case. *Contains mild spoilers*

    While the episode in itself wasn't much more than an average episode, I still feel obliged to up the rating simply because it gets what the Mentalist is all about. People don't choose THIS show to follow regular police work, because there are so many others to do that part much better. The Mentalist is about character relations and unconventional investigations.

    In this episode, we get to know a bunch of people living on an island off the coast of Californa. First and foremost, we learn why they live there, how they live there and which people stand out in the bunch. We get to know how they relate to one another and why it is such a mystery that someone happens to wash up the shore of that island of all. That is universe building. That is what The Mentalist did so well back in Season 1 and what was missing so badly in latter half Season 3.

    The case itself is also interesting, especially what lead the victim to the island and how it hits home with Jane in the final scene. We have some suspects to keep us guessing and even though the reveal isn't overly surprising having followed this show for so long it's still satisfying in execution and the red herring à la two completely unrelated killers.

    What I wouldn't have said no to would be some more interaction between Rigsby and Sarah. Last season when they first hit it off (319) we only saw the awkwardness between two not-so-social butterflies, and this episode gave us nothing more to show us how they've grown to like each other. But hey, we'll probably see more of her later this season, so there's plenty of time for that.

    The reviewer before me pointed out how there should be more Red John references per episode, and while I can agree, this episode actually does that, although subtle. Think about who the flower was for and why she came to the island is all I say. It's not necessary to have Red John present in every episode. I personally liked it better in Season 1 (yes, you will be hearing that from me a lot) when he was just mentioned every once in a while to remind us that he's always on Jane's mind and then have the serious Red John investigations in separate episodes. This season is getting it right.

    To round it up, I can't stress enough how much Van Pelt has grown on me this season. It's gotten to a point where her scenes are almost as interesting as Jane's and this episode reminds us that the trend is continuing. Coffee lady had it coming.

    Episode score: 8.5

    Personal season average, thus far: 8.8moreless
  • Decent episode but they could at least include a Red John clue in the end. Episodes like these are fillers and nothing else.

    Decent episode but they could at least include a Red John clue in the end. Episodes like these are fillers and nothing else. I feel like every episode in this season is starting to get less interesting with references to the Red John case being absent.

Jillian Bach

Jillian Bach

Sarah Harringan

Guest Star

Steve Rankin

Steve Rankin

Jed Stack

Guest Star

Jonathan Schmock

Jonathan Schmock

William Gardner

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lisbon: Yes, counselor?
      Sarah Harringan: Yeah, my client Dennis Kagan, you are dropping all charges, I assume, since he's been such a cooperative witness?
      Lisbon: And I've got an agent with cuts and bruises as a result of your client.
      Sarah Harringan: And I've got assault, failure to identify and excessive force. Do we really want to go there, given where you guys have been already?
      Lisbon: It'll never hold up in court, and you know it, but okay.
      Sarah Harringan: Oh, fantastic.
      Lisbon: You're meaner than you look.

    • Jane: Hard to believe the moon causes tides, isn't it? I mean, we all know it does, but it just seems so unlikely.
      Lisbon: I guess. I've never really thought about it.
      Jane: That's because you're a city girl.

    • Jane: (looking to the sea) Beautiful isn't?
      Lisbon: For a crime scene, yeah.

    • Lisbon: Where is everybody?
      Jane: It's intriguing. A mass vanishment.
      Lisbon: That's not even a word.
      Jane: Well, it's been known to happen. Roanoke colony. The Olmecs.
      Lisbon: (calling out) Hello? Hello?
      Jane: I know where they are, Lisbon. I can picture them gathered together in a dimly lit room, plotting their mysterious island purpose.
      Lisbon: That's really creepy.

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