The Mentalist

Season 3 Episode 8

Ball of Fire

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 2010 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The CBI team must go back through years of casework when Jane is kidnapped. The list of suspects is extremely long as they realize almost everyone he's ever dealt with might want to harm him.

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  • Jane is abducted and the CBI scrambles to find him.

    Years ago, this would have probably been a clip show, and once again, CBS misrepresented the episode. Viewers were reacquainted with some of the team's backgrounds (Cho's ability to circumvent locks, Grigsby's experience as an arson investigator), but there wasn't any evidence of the team using things Jane had taught them to find him. The script does manage a few surprises though, and the violence was a little more intense than your typical "Mentalist" episode since it happens in front of us (the kidnapper's bloody corpse, in particular, caught me by surprise), but for the most part doesn't over the top. In addition to including a scene with the killer from the pilot episode, this episode featured two recurring characters, FBI Special Agent McConnell and Agent Hightower (who I'd almost been afraid had been dumped, considering how many times we've seen or heard of the director this season), and, unusually for a cop show, the boss is making calls that the main characters don't necessarily agree with, but that turn out to be the right ones, leading to identification of the suspect and Jane's rescue, which makes me wonder if either she or McConnell is going to turn out to be a friend of Red John. I have a couple of minor quibbles (Lisbon allowing herself to be taken, no one tracking the kidnapper from Jane's phone when she uses it to call Lisbon, Jane's line about being cattle-prodded all week not being corrected in post), but this was still the best episode so far this season.moreless
  • 11/11

    The Mentalist has had an up and down season this year, but this was one of the best episodes the show has ever put together. You had the crazy psycho killer, you had a few attempts at trickery, and you really just had a very enjoyable hour of dramatic television. We all knew Patrick Jane was not going to die, but the show did a good job of creating a situation where we could at least escape reality for the moment and try to ponder how he would get out of this one.

    Good episode, probably the best episode of TV this week.moreless
  • Really good one..

    This episode was pretty impressive. The tension between Rigsby and Grace's new fling paled in comparison with Jane's kidnapping.

    Sure, we knew things would just be resolved smoothly eventually but I was expecting some kind of twists. I saw no point in bringing the doctor back if he was just going to give dead on information for the team.

    I know writers are afraid of hurting characters but sometimes it's needed to make the story believable. Without doing so, viewers will just think the characters are immortal or some kind of Jack Bauer..

    Come on, Jane is a hell of a consultant. His analysis are always correct and he pisses off everyone he runs into.

    So how come just few people really tried to off him? That seems really unlikely..

    But disregarding this aspect of the show, it's a good one to watch, relax and laugh for a bit.

Jessy Schram

Jessy Schram

Sherry Winger

Guest Star

Adam Dunnells

Adam Dunnells


Guest Star

William Francis McGuire

William Francis McGuire

SGT. Delamure

Guest Star

Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

Madeleine Hightower

Recurring Role

Eric Winter

Eric Winter

FBI Agent Craig O'Laughlin

Recurring Role

John Troy Donovan

John Troy Donovan


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: O'Laughlin wouldn't have been able to use a touchscreen phone to take the picture of the bloody fingerprint while wearing latex gloves.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • O'Laughlin: So, can you get me a rundown on his enemies?

      Hightower: You mean the bad guys? Or the cops, lawyers...

      O'Laughlin: What, he messed with cops that badly?

      Hightower: Oh, yes, but I don't think a cop would come after a citizen over Jane.

    • Jane: I don't like being bullied. Please put the gun down.

      Rachel: I like the look on your face right now too much.

      Jane: Then just take a photograph. Please put the gun down.

    • (After Jane has been kidnapped.)

      O'Laughlin: You think this was Red John?

      Lisbon: I don't see any signs of it. Red John is clean and efficient. This was sloppy.

      O'Laughlin: All right, well, it could be deliberate. Keep you off his trail.

      Lisbon: Red John already took Jane once and let him go. Why would he take him again?

      O'Laughlin: He's a psycho. Who knows why he does what he does?

      Lisbon: Yeah, well, he takes Jane a second time, I don't think he's coming back, so let's just assume that it's not him until we hear something otherwise.

    • Lisbon: Where's my apple?

      Jane: Your what?

      Lisbon: My apple. I asked you to get me an apple.

      Jane: I come through the valley of death and all you can think about is your stomach, a piece of fruit?

      Lisbon: That's right.

      Jane: An apple.

      Lisbon: Yes.

      Jane: Well, that's just plain selfish.

      Lisbon: Me, selfish?

      Jane:You're on my couch. I'm trying to have a cup of tea. Have you finished? You call me creaky. I've been cattle-prodded all week. I just wanna have a rest and a cup of tea and a little sleep.

      Lisbon: Wish I had a cattle prod.

    • Linus Wagner: (to Lisbon) Your friend Jane is very clever, but I don't think he realizes the rageful feelings his trickery can provoke. I've felt that rage. I've thought of various unpleasant things I would do to him, and right now someone is acting on thoughts like those.

    • (Talking about a dead body.)

      Jane: You, uh... planning on doing anything about him?

      Rachel: No.

      Jane: That's not very hygienic. You know, maybe you can just shove him in the corner before he starts to smell. I mean, I'd do it myself, but...(points to his handcuffs)

      Rachel: No.

      Jane: Fine. That smell gets in your drapes, you're never getting it out.

      Rachel: You think everything is funny.

      Jane: Just the funny things.

    • Jane: Well that was a big smile.

      Lisbon: Of course I'm glad that you're back, but I'm also glad we finally solved one without you.

      Jane: You were kidnapped and delivered to me. That counts as solving one?

    • Lisbon: Where are you?

      Jane: I'm boosting team morale. People are bored. That needs to be addressed.

      Lisbon: Uh, people are bored because nobody's been killed that needs our help. It's a good thing when homicide detectives are bored.

      Jane: So why are you calling me to find out where I am?

      Lisbon: Because I get nervous when I don't know where you are.

    • Cho: Go ahead.

      Rigsby: What?

      Cho: You always say something when O'Laughlin calls.

      Rigsby: There's nothing to say. I'm over it.

      Cho: Who are you and what have you done with Wayne Rigsby?

    • Lisbon: You're looking a little creaky.

      Jane: Yeah. Well, a cattle prod will do it to you.

      Lisbon: Uh, the doctor says there is no lasting effects.

      Jane: Well, that doctor should try it himself sometime.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 13.8 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Ohnivá koule (Fireball)
      Germany: Von langer hand (From long hand)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 11, 2010 on CTV
      United Kingdom: December 3, 2010 on Five/Five HD
      Sweden: February 22, 2011 on TV3
      Australia: February 27, 2011 on Nine
      Germany: April 3, 2011 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: January 9, 2012 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: February 22, 2012 on TV Nova
      Poland: June 4, 2012 on TVN