The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 9

A Price Above Rubies

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 10, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CBI team investigates the murder of a wealthy jeweler who was killed during a robbery. However, the investigation takes an interesting turn for the worse when the prime suspect is found dead.

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  • Average.

    The Mentalist has a certain charm that lets it stand out from the rest of CBS' dramas that are usually pretty dull, with the exception of a good episode. Most installments of The Mentalist are enjoyable, and this certainly was, but was not one of the season's best.

    I think the main problem with this show is that the guest stars are hard to tell apart. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit is the quintessential example of how to book guests. The victims, the suspects, they are all very easy to follow and keep track of, but for The Mentalist it is the exact opposite. I am not saying they need to book big names like SVU does, but get actors who can distinguish themselves, or you are going to confuse a lot of viewers.moreless
  • Bosco is dead. Minelli is retired. And a new chapter of "The Mentalist" begins.

    What better way to start afresh than with a gala event in formal attire. Lisbon appeared stunning(especially with the tiara) and Jane seemed right at home in a tuxedo working "a fat crowd of suckers." Cho looked as if he just stepped off a James Bond movie set and Rigsby and Van Pelt made an attractive couple.

    Admittedly, the plot was rather convoluted in the beginning but finally smoothed out. There were also some notable personality changes that may only be temporary or could be a pattern for the rest of the season. Lisbon seemed somewhat subdued; however, Bosco's death is probably still weighing heavily on her mind and heart. As for Jane, some of Bosco's tough guy routine may have rubbed off on him. He seemed much more aggressive in his approach to witnesses and suspects with such lines as "this is a murder investigation and I can be as hard ass as I'd like to be." Cho and Rigsby didn't appear much different, but Van Pelt is definitely looking ahead in her relationship with Rigsby. The rules are the rules and if their relationship is exposed, one of them will have to leave CBI. Van Pelt would be the likeliest candidate, especially as a Red John victim.

    On the heels of such a tragic-ridden episode as "His Red Right Hand," this episode seems more transitional in nature, and the writers would certainly not want to give away how the rest of the season will play out. It was well worth the watch and the season still has a long way to go.

    "The Mentalist" is still a "must watch."moreless
  • Meh...

    After the power and emotion of His Red Right Hand this episode was pretty low on my favourites scale. Jane's magic trick was cool, and his little speech about what all those rich people had and should be thankful for was exactly what I'd come to expect from him, but other than that... I was disappointed.

    Lisbon snapping that rich old lady's head off for offering sympathy for Bosco and his team's deaths was, I guess, something someone mourning like Lisbon is would do, but the fact that she just bluntly stated that they don't talk about it is very telling. Bottling stuff like that up is dangerous, especially in the line of work she's in. Which makes being betrayed by a therapist earlier in the season all the more dangerous; she's about as against shrinks as Jane claims to be and, clearly, she's not talking about what happened with her team (that wouldn't be like her, anyway) and the show has yet to give her any support system outside of the CBI -- and with Manelli gone, and Bosco dead, the people inside the CBI she might have gone to are few and far between.

    The case itself wasn't all that inspired, either. It almost bordered on cliche, really. I had the killer figured out long before Jane started focusing on him; it was clear to me from basically the start.

    All in all not the best episode.moreless
  • Really good episode to come back to after the 2 week break.

    I really enjoyed this episode. We start up with the crew at a fundraiser event where Jane has been volunteered to "preform" for the crowd in hopes of raising money for the CBI. He of course goes off course and tells them that they are all lucky and don't know what real problems are so they should give there money to do some actual good in the world. He is very charming of course and the fat cats start writing checks. The host of the event brings up the murders of Bosco and his crew and it is obvious that Lisbon is still very shaken up about it and doesn't wish to discuss it. Next the host receives a phone call telling her her husband has been shot while their jewelry store was being robbed.

    Typical case stuff happens, Grace brings up to Rigsby that she's not happy hiding their relationship regardless of the rules and Rigsby kinda blows her off saying they will talk about it later. Jane definetly knows about them though he hasn't said anything directly. Lisbon and Jane are paired up a lot for this episode doing their cute bicker thing that they do, earning them an eye roll from Grace at one point. Jane even posses as Lisbon's husband so they can get access to records at a rehab center. Lisbon is not impressed but she plays along. Nothing earth shattering like the last episode, just a good, entertaining Mentalist for this week.moreless
Callard Harris

Callard Harris

Tomas Doverton

Guest Star

David Monahan

David Monahan

George Doverton

Guest Star

Dey Young

Dey Young

Esther Doverton

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • George Doverton: If I may say so, what I do very much resent is the tone of your questioning.

      Lisbon: I'm sorry if we've offended--

      Jane: No, don't say that. This is a murder investigation, I can be as hardass as I'd like to be, thank you.

      Lisbon: (in a lowered voice) Actually, it's not a murder investigation yet. If Mr. Ward dies, which seems likely, it'll become a murder investigation.

      Jane: Oh, yeah, well that's right. He's not dead. Uh, well, I apologoize for my rudeness.

    • Clinic Director: I will be calling your superiors.

      Jane: You know, a lot of people say that to me, and you know what I say? I say--

      Lisbon: (interrupting) Let's go!

    • (Jane and Lisbon are talking to George and Tom Doverton)

      Jane: You two are brothers, right?

      George: Indeed. It's nice to see that the case is in such perceptive hands.

      Jane: Can hands be perceptive? I don't think so. So is it usual that your uncle is here after closing?

      Tom: He's not our uncle exactly.

      Jane: Oh I'm sorry. Uh...the man having sex with your aunt, then. (Everyone's quiet for a few seconds)

      George: No. No but tonight was the benefit. Carl must have forgotten something and come back and...surprised the thieves.

      Jane: Hmm. Sure did.

    • (Jane and Lisbon are conducting an interview at a rehab clinic)

      Clinic Director: Windward Clarity has the highest ratio of staff-to-patient of any facility in the state. Our philosophy mixes traditional Western practices with spiritual aspects of the East. Now, may I ask which one of you needs our help or is it both of you?

      Lisbon: Actually we just wanted--

      Jane: (interrupting) It's her.

      Lisbon: No.

      Jane: Oh, darling please. Can we just this once do it my way? Just once. (Lisbon looks a little annoyed, but doesn't say anything.) Thank you. In the beginning it was just social, but, well, more recently it's been starting to worry both of us. Right darling? (Lisbon nods.)

      Clinic Director: Right this way. I'll introduce you to one of our intake specialists.

      Jane: Fantastic. (When Lisbon and the clinic director start to walk away, Jane takes out his phone and pretends he's getting a call.) Oh, that's the office. I'm gonna have to take this. Baby, you go ahead, take a look. I'll be five minutes. I'll be right there. Look after her. I'm very proud of you. I love you.

    • Jane: I deduce from the irritated tone of your phone conversation that I was right about Carl Ward.

      Lisbon: Half right.

      Jane: Go on.

      Lisbon: His real name is Carl Wysocki, he was in jail for kiting checks. He's got an ex-wife in Bayonne, New Jersey, who's owed 90,000 dollars in back alimony.

      Jane: Half?

    • Jane: Well...

      Lisbon: I don't care what you're gonna say. I like him for it.

      Jane: What do you mean, you don't care what I have to say?

      Lisbon: He's obvious, so you're gonna say he's not the guy, because that would be boring.

      Jane: No, he looks good for it, superficially, at least. I was merely gonna say that we need to find the link between him and Doyle and someone inside Doverton's.

      Lisbon: I though Carl Ward was your man on the inside.

      Jane: No. I noted that he was a tennis pro and extrapolated from there.

      Lisbon: No. No, you said he was the guy.

    • Jane: You do know why I'm letting you go, don't you?

      Donny Culpepper: Let me guess. I'm innocent.

      Jane: No, I figured you're stupid.

      Donny Culpepper: Is that so?

      Jane: Yeah. Either you really didn't know that Doyle was gonna actually rob the jewelery store- stupid innocent. Or you did know and you're about to lead us to a clue- stupid guilty.

      Donny Culpepper: You should be more careful how you talk to people.

      Jane: Yeah, I figure I'm pretty safe here. I mean, what are you gonna do?

      Donny Culpepper: You think I care where we are?

      Jane: (Sees Lisbon coming their way) Go ahead. Do something you miserable little sadist.

    • Lisbon: Don't think I don't know what you're doing.

      Jane: What are you talking about?

      Lisbon: Showing the Dovertons to Donny Culpepper. You wanted to see if he recognized one of them, didn't you?

      Jane: You watch too much TV. I just thought there was no reason to keep Donny Culpepper here.

      Lisbon: Now that's just annoying. You're not even putting any effort into the lie.

    • Jane: Mm, liar. Bad liar.

      Mrs. Doverton: How dare you?

      Jane: Well, it's a compliment on your character. You rather be a good liar?

    • Lisbon: That's it. Carl Ward is crooked because he got shot?

      Jane: He's an ex-tennis pro, by definition disappointed. Should be on center court, Wimbledon, instead is tossing lobs to rich old ladies. Makes him bitter and twisted.

      Lisbon: Case closed.

    • (Jane hits a diamond with the fire extinguisher, it bounces into the window and there's a huge crash, everyone is startled)

      Lisbon: What the hell was that?

      Jane: (looks sheepish) I, uh, had a hunch that it was a fake. (grins) Guess I'm wrong about that.

    • (Lisbon, Jane and Rigsby are crouching on the floor, looking for the diamond)

      Van Pelt: What are you guys looking for?

      Rigsby: The diamond.

      Cho: (about Jane) What did he do?

      Rigsby: Hit it with a fire extinguisher.

      Cho: (deadpan) Of course.

    • (Jane caught Van Pelt and Rigsby walking together at the fancy party)

      Rigsby: (after seeing Jane staring at them) What?

      Jane: Just a smile.

      Van Pelt: (to Rigsby as they walk away) He just smiled.

  • NOTES (4)


    • The episode's title is an allusion to the Old Testament's Book of Job, chapter 28, verse 18: "..., for the price of wisdom is above rubies."