The Mentalist


Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 9/24/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Minelli decides to assign the Red John case to Sam Bosco, when he thinks that Lisbon and Jane are too close to the case. Jane thereafter decides to solve one more case, then leave the CBI. They investigate the murder of a woman who is found suffocated after being accused of stealing a million dollars from her employer.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Simon Baker

    Patrick Jane

  • Robin Tunney

    Teresa Lisbon

  • Tim Kang

    Kimball Cho

  • Owain Yeoman

    Wayne Rigsby

  • Amanda Righetti

    Grace Van Pelt

  • Photos (6)
  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Season premiere is low on laughs, heavy on boredom.

    By thefanof, Sep 28, 2009

  • A very aggressive first episode, excellent.

    By whiteraven2005, Jan 31, 2010

  • Very good start for the 2nd season!

    By rei_vilo, Apr 25, 2010

  • New developments in the RJ case and a new character, bringing much needed tension into the show.

    By Lyta_499, Oct 07, 2009

  • Season 2 Opener

    By sequoa84, Sep 26, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • (Bosco has been given the Red John case.)

      Jane: What do you know about the case?

      Bosco: Not much. He's a serial killer, 15 victims, including your wife and child. I can imagine your pain. Maybe that pain is clouding your judgment.

      Jane: Well... (He leaves the room.)

      Lisbon: And me, Sam? What's clouding my judgment?

      Bosco: Good question. You tell me.

    • (Talking about the aftermath of Jane solving a case)

      Minelli: A dead suspect, quarter-million dollars worth of damages, formal complains of misconduct from the SPD and the Modesto city council!

      Lisbon: Those damages were way padded.

    • Minelli: (to Jane) Ever since the Tanner incident, you've been runnin' way too hot. I fear a terminal screw up is coming.

      Lisbon: That's not gonna happen. I can handle him.

      Minelli: Can you? Maybe since he saved your life, you're going easy on him. Maybe you feel compelled to cut him some slack.

      Lisbon: No, sir. That is absolutely not the case.

    • Jane: Candice, take my advice. Forgive your mother. Maybe the headaches will stop.

      Candice: I love my mother.

      Jane: Oh, I'm wrong. Ignore my advice.

    • (Jane's meeting with Bosco)

      Jane: Well, I'm not gonna lie. I'm not happy I'm off the Red John case. You might be right. Here's the thing Sam, if I may. I know this case. I can be a very good resource for you if we could just come to some kind of understanding.

      Bosco: You want me to keep you up-to-date on the case?

      Jane: Yeah... sure.

      Bosco: Tell you about fresh leads and so?

      Jane: Yeah, let's just keep an open line of communication.

      Bosco: Let me communicate this to you. You're a party entertainer. A clown. Fresh leads? I wouldn't tell you where the bathroom is if your ass was on fire.

      Jane: (laughs)

      Bosco: Do we have a good understanding now?

      Jane: I understand you. It may take you some time to understand me.

      Bosco: You're filled with equal parts of self-loathing and self-love. You're addicted to control, you're terrified of confinement. Your wife wanted you to quit psychic trade. She begged you to stop. But you were making too much money, you were having too much fun, you can still hear her pleading with you. How am I doing?

      Jane: You read the interviews in my case file. You can read. Very impressive.

      Bosco: Look, Patrick. I'm sorry for being so blunt with you. You're not a detective. You're a victim. (leaves)

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    Notes (5)

    • This episode had 15.07 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Vykoupení (Redemption)
      Germany: Schmerz und geld (Pain and money)

    • Beginning with this episode, the series airs in the U.S. Thursdays at 10:00pm on CBS.

    • Simon Baker (Patrick Jane), Raphael Sbarge (Hollis) and Floyd Van Buskirk (Manager) previously worked together on the CBS drama The Guardian. Robin Tunney (Teresa Lisbon) and Terry Kinney (Sam Bosco) previously worked together in the movie Runaway (2005).

    • Original International Air Dates: Canada: September 22, 2009 on CTV Australia: September 28, 2009 on the Nine Network Belgium: October 28, 2009 on VT4 United Kingdom: February 19, 2010 on Five Germany: February 28, 2010 on SAT 1 Sweden: March 2, 2010 on TV3 Czech Republic: May 10, 2010 on TV Nova Poland: May 16, 2011 on TVN Slovakia: June 22, 2011 on Markiza

    Trivia (1)

    • As Jane is reading the book about the future of the fax machine, he comments that the author is the "Nostradamus of office equipment." Michel de Notredame (1503-66) a.k.a. Nostradamus was a French physician and astrologer. He prophesied extensively of future world events.

    Allusions (3)

    • Jane: If you sit down by the river bank and wait long enough, you will see the bodies of your enemies float by. This particular saying is attributed to Sun Tzu, the author of The Art of War.

      No, it's not by Sun Tzu. It's from a misinterpretation of Confucius' words.

    • Jane: If you sit down by the river bank and wait long enough, you will see the bodies of your enemies float by. This particular saying is attributed to Sun Tzu, the author of The Art of War.

    • In the opening scene, the police captain refers to Jane as "Carnac", while he is examining the murder victim. This is an allusion to "Carnac, The Magnificent", which was a comedic role played by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Carnac was a psychic who wore an unusually large turban and could ascertain the contents of sealed envelopes.

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