The Mentalist


Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/23/08
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  • Episode Description
  • This episode introduces us to the complex life of Patrick Jane, a consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation with a troubled past who has a keen eye for detail. When a man and woman are found dead in their home, many believe they are victims of a serial killer, but Patrick knows better and must prove that this was not the work of Red John.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Amanda Righetti

    Grace Van Pelt

  • Robin Tunney

    Teresa Lisbon

  • Tim Kang

    Kimball Cho

  • Simon Baker

    Patrick Jane

  • Shaun Toub

    Michael Moradi

  • Fan Reviews (17)
  • Very enjoyable to start to a series -

    By NormanSFletcher, Dec 31, 2013

  • Riveting first episode.

    By whiteraven2005, Jan 31, 2010

  • The brilliant start into a new season of suspense, finesse, hilliarity & intriguing twists & turns in story lines - can't wait for more!

    By Lusnagreine, Apr 23, 2009

  • Pleasantly surprised. I thought Patrick Jane was a great character, very interesting lead. Definate potential.

    By stewie1423, Apr 18, 2009

  • Patrick Jane used to be a 'physic' but gave up the whole visage in order to help the CBI. Using his perceptive powers he's able to build the whole picture until it becomes clear what happened.

    By Lady_Mirain, Mar 27, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Lisbon: (on the phone with Jane) Hey. So, you might be right about this case. Might be. Thanks for the, did I say that? I'm acknowledging the fact that you might be right, that's all. I mean, if you wanted to come back, I couldn't stop you...yeah, fine, I'm asking you to come back...because...because you're useful to the No, I won't say "please". Go screw yourself. (Lisbon hangs up) Jackass.

    • Dr. Linus Wagner: Why is it you can't sleep?

      Patrick Jane: Because I can't get the good pills without talking to a doctor.

      Dr. Linus Wagner: You don't like talking to a doctor?

      Patrick Jane: They always want to be the smartest person in the room, don't they? When in fact, that's me, obviously.

    • Patrick Jane: Be reasonable. This is my case.

      Teresa Lisbon: Your case?

      Patrick Jane: Red John's mine.

      Teresa Lisbon: Red John doesn't belong to anyone. (Long pause, everybody except Lisbon and Jane go into the house)

      Patrick Jane: He belongs to me.

    • (Reading note slid under Patrick's hotel room door)

      Grace Van Pelt: Greetings old friend, it's been a while. I hope you are keeping well. I am thriving and happy. I have 12 wives now and will soon begin courting number 13. Why can't you catch me? You must feel so powerless and stupid and sad. Oh well. All the best. Red John.

    • Grace Van Pelt: Mr. Jane, I have a question regarding your previous career path.

      Patrick Jane: Fire away.

      Grace Van Pelt: When you met with other psychics, real psychics, could they tell you were just pretending?

      Patrick Jane: There's no such thing as real psychics.

      Grace Van Pelt: I beg to differ. My cousin Yolanda is a psychic.

      Patrick Jane: Your cousin is deluded or dishonest or both.

      Wayne Rigsby: Hey, steady.

      Grace Van Pelt: No, no, he's entitled to his opinion. He's wrong, though. She has power. She can communicate with the other side. I've seen her do it myself.

      Patrick Jane: She let you speak with someone that's gone, someone that you love and still miss very much. You wanted her power to be real so it was.

      Wayne Rigsby: You're so sure you're right. Science doesn't know everything.

      Grace Van Pelt: Five hundred years ago, radio would have seemed like magic. Five hundred years in the future, it could be totally normal to communicate with the other side.

      Patrick Jane: The other side?...There is no other side…

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    Notes (4)

    • This episode had 15.60 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • Simon Baker (Patrick Jane) and Tim Guinee (Tag Randolph) previously worked together on the CBS drama The Guardian's episode "The Intersection".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 08, 2008 on Nine
      The Netherlands: January 1, 2009 on SBS6
      Norway: January 7, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: January 8, 2009 on LaSexta
      Hungary: February 2, 2009 on RTL-Klub
      Denmark: February 2, 2009 on TV3
      Belgium: February 4, 2009 on VT4
      Sweden: February 17, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: March 1, 2009 on SAT 1
      United Kingdom: March 26, 2009 on Channel Five
      Thailand: April 9, 2009 on True Series
      Finland: September 3, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: November 30, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: January 4, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: September 6, 2010 on TVN
      India: November 16, 2010 on Zee Cafe

    • CBS ordered the show to series on 12 May 2008.

    Allusions (2)

    • Patrick Jane: You know what your problem is, my friend? You enjoy your work a little too much. You're a ghoul. If you don't get horny reading Fangoria, I'm Britney Spears! Fangoria is an internationally-distributed US film fan magazine that has been in publication since 1979. It's known for specializing in horror, slasher and splatter films with lots of blood and gore.

    • Johnny Cash While in the Doctor's office Patrick describes a made up story of how his younger brother got killed by an electric saw. This is similar to what really happened to Johnny Cash's younger brother Jack who slipped into a table saw while cutting wood.

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