rating: 4.5The Mentalist Season 5 kicks off with The Crimson Ticket, in what eventually turns out to be the week after the events of the Season 4 finale 'The Crimson Hat'. As I did with that episode, this will be a large recap and review, something Ill be doing for all episodes considered big (finale, premiere etc.) or important (such as the upcoming 100th episode). All other episodes however, will be accompanied by a regular sized review much like my piece on 4.22 'So Long, and Thanks For All The Red Snapper' last season. We start with the CBI and FBI butting heads. Tension between the two bureaus exists for a few reasons, 1. They blame each other for the botched operation that lead to the death of Luther Wainwright (Michael Rady) and ruined their chances of catching Red John, 2. They are fighting over custody of Lorelei Martins (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a Red John operative caught in said operation and 3. Jane (Simon Baker) knows via Red John himself that someone in the FBI is working for the serial killer and the FBI dont trust Jane because, well, hes Jane. For these reasons, Jane and the CBI spend the majority of the episode fighting (sometimes literally) in order to keep Lorelei out of the FBI and Red Johns clutches. As we open with a shot of Jane staring intensely at Lorelei through what is presumably one-way glass, one gets the impression that poor obsessed Jane hasnt been doing much else since her capture. Lisbon (Robin Tunney) quickly brings him around with a reminder that the FBI will not allow him to talk to her, as she is shot appearing and then disappearing into complete darkness. Ominous. We get our first glimpse of the friction between the CBI and FBI as the two teams turn up to the same crime scene. The FBI, consisting of Agent Gabe Mancini (Ivan Sergei) and Agent Reede Smith (Drew Powell), are surprised to see our team there as theyre supposed to be on suspension for their deception and rule breaking in the Red John rouse. Lisbon explains that their suspension has been lifted as the heads of both bureaus, or as Lisbon calls them the brass, made a deal in order to keep the disastrous operation and both their parts in it covered up. After some delightful teasing by Jane (apparently Mancinis anger left his temples pulsing like some weird undersea creature) and arguing on both sides, the four male agents break out into a brawl after Cho (Tim Kang) takes issue with Smith putting his hands on Lisbon. For a moment I thought this was a one-on-one between Cho and Smith, only to see Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) fly into shot, throwing Mancini onto the bonnet of a car. I had to laugh. The only thing funnier than the fight itself was Lisbons reaction, particularly her facial expressions she looked completely bemused. This fight did a good job at both displaying just how high tensions are running between the two teams as well as creating some comedy. Cho and Rigsby probably regretted it though, as Lisbon gave them a thorough dressing down back at the office, and by dressing down I mean COMPLETELY SCOLDING THEM. This wasnt the last time Lisbon displayed signs of extreme anger in this episode, so watch out for that as the season progresses. But Lisbon isnt the only one whos angry, as CBI Director Gale Bertram (Michael Gaston) makes his return and is understandably upset about the behaviour of his agents. Jane explains that Lorelei is their best chance yet of catching Red John and even uses Bertrams weak spot, media and public image, in order to persuade him into forcing the FBIs hand a little quicker. Californias most notorious serial killer caught on your watch says Jane, though Bertram stands his ground and reiterates that until he arranges a deal with the FBI, he cannot talk to Lorelei. As Bertram makes his way to a press conference in which the FBI and CBI continue their cover up of the previous weeks events, we meet FBI Regional Director Alexa Shultz (Polly Walker). As the two were sparring, Bertrams referring to her by first name and the weird touch of her arm left me thinking these two might have a history. Or maybe Bertram was just being his usual awkward and ambiguous self. Patrick Jane plays his first trick of Season 5, as he plants photos of a murder victim in the jacket of a hotel manager, making the FBI take him in as their suspect and leaving the CBI to crack the case themselves. Lisbons wish for Mancini and Smith to vanish had been grantedfor now. During this scene, Jane also asked the man have you ever seen your Mother naked? Im still not entirely sure why, but it was very funny. It being Jane says to me it was most likely a question in order to gauge whether he was telling the truth or not for his following questions, but who knows? Maybe there was no logic; sometimes he just loves to mess with people. I certainly love to watch it. HERE and HERE.