The Mentalist

Something Rotten in Redmund

Season 4, Ep 20, Aired 4/5/12
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  • Episode Description
  • While Cho and Summer hide their relationship, Jane and the CBI try to determine who killed a popular English teacher. Rigsby nervously awaits the birth of his child.

  • 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 (4)
  • Be thou familiar, Patrick Jane.

    By Jemma494, May 04, 2012

  • I would tell you a horrific tale of murder, the most foul. LOL

    By dreamgoat, Apr 13, 2012

  • Something Rotten in Redmund

    By thefanof, Apr 08, 2012

  • Alas, poor ghost!

    By herr_sebbe, Apr 06, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Lisbon: What did you do?
      Jane: Nothing.
      Lisbon: Eleven years in Catholic school, and I never got sent to the principal's office once.
      Jane: Well, that's because you're a boring goody-two-shoes.
      Lisbon: I didn't say I never did anything bad. I just never got caught.
      Jane: Ahh. Touche.

    • Jane: High school, huh? Must bring back some memories for you. Friday nights, your friends from band, strapping on those funny hats.
      Lisbon: You know what? I'm not gonna take the bait.
      Jane: And then, after practice a little spin the bottle... in some wood-paneled rec room.
      Lisbon: Whatever you say.

    Notes (2)

    • This episode had 12.59 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 5, 2012 on CTV
      United Kingdom: May 4, 2012 on Channel 5/Channel 5 HD
      Germany: November 11, 2012 on Sat.1

    Allusions (1)

    • In Act I, Scene 4 of "Hamlet," the minor character Marcellus observes that "there is something rotten in the state of Denmark." And he is correct: the "rottenness" in Denmark extends from the monarchy on down and thus corrupts the entire country, as medieval political/theological theory held that monarch and monarchy were indissolubly linked. Hamlet's uncle became king by murdering Hamlet's father; Hamlet's mother is now married to her murdering brother-in-law, an incestuous marriage in the eyes of the Church – and of her son Hamlet.

      In this episode, the allusion incorporates the customary inclusion of reference[s] to "red" as well as indicating that appearance does not match reality at the Redmond high school where a beloved English teacher has been murdered. For a final homage to "Hamlet," Jane gets to use Shakespeare's device – a play within a play, designed to "catch the conscience of the king" – to trap his own murderer AND gets to savor his own school recollections and superb memory by quoting numerous rich and evocative lines of dialogue from "Hamlet" as the students present it.

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