The Mentalist

The Crimson Hat

Season 4, Ep 24, Aired 5/17/12
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  • Episode Description
  • The CBI team looks into the murder of a John Doe. When Jane fails again in his attempt to defeat Red John, he hits rock bottom, finds a lover and things go downhill from there.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Simon Baker

    Patrick Jane

  • Robin Tunney

    Teresa Lisbon

  • Tim Kang

    Kimball Cho

  • Owain Yeoman

    Wayne Rigsby

  • Amanda Righetti

    Grace Van Pelt

  • Photos (11)
  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • Next Season

    By MarieS, May 19, 2012

  • One of my fav finale

    By GraceTa, Oct 01, 2012

  • Jane has an advantage over Red John

    By 7dixob, Aug 14, 2012

  • Did Jane fake a breakdown?Or did he fake that he was faking?

    By LindaPiper-24714578964818517438475692804785, Jun 16, 2012

  • Red John must die!

    By Niteowl1013, Jun 14, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Lorelei: (referring to Red John)You'll need to bring him a gift.To show your respect for him.
      Jane: What kind of gift?
      Lorelei: Teresa Lisbon's dead body would be the perfect thing.

    • Jane: Hey, you guys, listen, I want to apologize for deceiving you...
      Van Pelt: Whatever.
      Jane: And thank you for helping me now.
      Cho: We're helping the boss.
      Rigsby: Yeah. She's helping you. We're helping her.
      Lisbon: Guys, cut him some slack.
      Jane: Oh. Yay, team!

    • Lisbon: I tried calling. I tried calling you hundreds of times, begging you to talk to me, begging you to get help. Not a reply. Not a word. Not a text.
      Jane: Sorry.
      Lisbon: You know what? I have not been sleeping. I've been-- forget it. Never mind. You know, you're a jerk. (pause) And your plan? It's stupid. It's not even a plan.
      Jane: But you will help me?
      Lisbon: What am I supposed to say, no? God, you're despicable.

    • Jane: (Red John) thinks I'm the fish and he's the fisherman.
      Lisbon: Unless he sees the truth.
      Jane: I am giving him his heart's desire. He will see what he wants to see.
      Lisbon: Or not.
      Jane: Fooled you. I can fool him.
      Lisbon: Yeah, you fooled me all right. Well done.

    • Lorelei: So, you're not a magician?
      Jane: No. I'm a con man. I steal from people.
      Lorelei: Wow. You just come right out and say it "I steal from people" like, "I sell shoes," like it's not a big deal.
      Jane: Well, it's not a big deal. If you know what you're doing, it's very easy.
      Lorelei: It's a big deal because it's wrong to steal from people.
      Jane: No such thing as wrong.
      Lorelei: Really? When did that happen?
      Jane: Well, there's legal or illegal, there's, uh...happy or sad, rich or poor, alive or dead, but there's no wrong or right. Stuff just happens, that's all. One damn thing after another.

    Notes (5)

    • This was the last episode to be broadcast in the show's timeslot Thursdays at 10:00 p.m.


    • International Episode Titles:
      Germany: Der angler und der fisch (The fisherman and the fish)

    • This episode had 13.09 viewers when it originally aired.

    • Special billing was given to Emmanuelle Chriqui (and) for this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 17, 2012 on CTV
      United Kingdom: June 1, 2012 on Channel 5/Channel 5 HD
      Belgium: October 19, 2012 on VIER
      Germany: December 9, 20212 on Sat.1

    Trivia (1)

    • Plot hole: Foxglove Parkway is in Nevada. The CBI has no jurisdiction to operate in Nevada.

    Allusions (1)

    • The "crimson hat" referred to in the title of this episode most likely refers to one or to both of the vestments worn by Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church. The smaller zucchetto, much like a skullcap, is worn directly upon the cardinal's head; the larger biretta, with three or four points, is worn over the zucchetto on exceptionally formal occasions. Surpassed only by the Pope in power, the College of Cardinals virtually rules the RCC and comprises the chief strength of the Vatican hierarchy; it is the cardinals who elect the Pope. Red John's having a source high in the FBI would be the laic equivalent of a criminal's having a mole in the Vatican: someone exceedingly powerful and theoretically above reproach.

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