The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 19

Blood Money

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 22, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After the murder of ADA Kelly Flower, Jane quickly identifies her killer. The CBI team find out he may be a serial killer but have no proof for it. When they discover him to be a hitman, they set up an undercover operation.

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  • Jane being Jane got him in trouble.

    6.5
    The most telling aspect of this episode is that a serial killer initially got away with it because Jane was being Jane.



    All it took for a case to be thrown out of court, and an obviously guilty perp to be set free, was for the defence to 'investigate' Jane, because as the corrupt ADA said, "The whole DA's office knows how you operate, your craziness. I thought there was a good chance you stepped over some line or other. Turned out you had."



    This is the very argument I've made in the past in relation to Jane's antics, claiming sure they've caught the perp, but how will they make it stick in court? Especially those far-too-many times where Jane has gotten a confession by letting the perp believe he was going to die/or be killed if he/she didn't confess.



    I want to see now if Jane has really learned his lesson, or are we going to go back to improbable tricks to elicit improbable non-legal confessions that wouldn't hold up in court, and leave it at that, as has been the case until this revealing episode.



    An aside:

    I had a problem with the 'evidence' Jane used to come to the conclusion that the ADA Marc Odenthal was the one who hired the hitman:

    1) The Drabers didn't kill Flower because they didn't kill Jane and Lisbon, a cop, when they had the chance. (Way to go Jane, not only putting your own life on the line, but also Lisbon's to prove a theory you weren't sure about.);

    2) The Drabers case was a career maker; and 3) ADA Marc Odenthal was an ambitious man, so the Drabers case would be one he'd like to take on; and finally

    4) ADA Marc Odenthal had a stuffed animal in his office, and this coupled with the fact that he knows about handguns, equals he must be a sniper.

    All circumstantial evidence which could have backfired tremendously in his court antics. Evidence which in itself I doubt would get a guilty conviction in a court of law.



    It was pretty dodgy 'evidence' in comparison to the 'evidence' that Jane used to come to the conclusion that Sylvan was the actual murderer of Flower. This I found to be quite astute, and the believable observations of a gifted man who can see more than the average person. This observation then led the team to investigate further, and who would have then probably ended up actually capturing him the right way if Jane didn't interfere.



    Anyway, I'm hoping that from this episode on we see "The Mentalist" head in a slightly different direction, one where we have Jane, a smart and gifted man, who can read people, someone astute, confident and able to provide insight on people, behaviours and personalities, and then able to deduce somewhat accurately how they would behave in a given situation, helping Lisbon and her unit solve extraordinary crimes, without the need of elaborate scheme to get the perp to confess.moreless
  • blood money

    7.5
    Patrick Jane in court? Absolutely awesome.



    Tonight's episode definitely had its high and low points, but everytime Simon Baker was on screen he stole the show. Probably one of his best perfomances in the role of Patrick Jane this season. He had me laughing and rooting for him in court, exactly what the protagonist should do.



    I did not really like the NCIS style opening where they tease dissension or something big in the group (Grace asking Rigsby to be killed). I just think we all are over 5 and knew she was setting the guy up, so having this here made no sense.



    But a pretty good episode overall.moreless
Stephen Spinella

Stephen Spinella

ADA Marc Odenthal

Guest Star

John Ales

John Ales

Cale Sylvan

Guest Star

Dwayne L. Barnes

Dwayne L. Barnes

Jayden Flower

Guest Star

Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

Madeleine Hightower

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Jane walks into the Draber's warehouse with Lisbon, he is wearing his jacket, then in the container, he isn't wearing it, nor does he carry it out when they walk off with the kid and the goat. Yet when they arrive at the courthouse, he has it with him again.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Lisbon: (to Odenthal) You're a good prosecutor, you know what this means. A sniper rifle- lying in wait, murder with special circumstances.


      Jane: Hello, death penalty.


      Lisbon: But, if you're willing to come clean about Kelly's murder, the D.A. will take death off the table. That's the last and only offer you'll get, you miserable sack of crap.

    • Jane: (to Cho) Oh, thanks for bailing me out. Lisbon wasn't answering her phone for some reason.

    • Jane: Hello. Hi!


      Annabelle Draber: Gonna win big. Gonna buy a washing machine.


      Jane: She's a treasure.


      Hank Draber: Hey, you want to leave her alone? She's a little soft in the head, okay?


      Jane: You know, Hank, as you were talking to Lisbon here, I couldn't help but notice that you kept looking at your mother, as if you were checking for her approval. I mean, most tough guys are scared of their mothers, but Hank, you were quacking.


      Hank Draber: (To Lisbon) Hah. Your friend's crazier than my mom.

    • Annabelle Draber: (In a wheelchair.) Time for my stories, Hanky.


      Hank Draber: You are upsetting her, okay? So leave her alone.


      Lisbon: (Puts a hand on her gun) Easy.


      Jane: This is brilliant. Lisbon, this is brilliant. (Points to Annabelle Draber.) You...you are a treasure. You're running this whole operation, aren't you? Hank's just a figurehead to take the heat. Tell me I'm right. You know, I should have checked the shoes!

    • Hightower: I thought you two trusted each other.


      Lisbon: So did I.


      Jane: We do. I- we have trust. I didn't tell her because I didn't want her to be complicit and then have to lie about it later.


      Hightower: Some partnership you got going on here.

    • Jane: Cale Sylvan is a dangerous psychopath, and he killed Kelly Flower.


      Lisbon: Oh? How's that?


      Jane: He had access, and he looked evil.


      Lisbon: And...


      Jane: When I told him he was standing in her blood, what was his reaction? Not horror. Not embarrassment.


      Lisbon: No emotion at all. All right, I'll run him.

    • Odenthal: (to Jane) You're a menace. When I'm DA, you'll never work with this office again.


      Jane: So ambitious!


      Lisbon: Not your call, Marc. Not then, not now.


      Odenthal: You're defending him?


      Jane: Thank you Lisbon.


      Lisbon: Shut up, Jane!

    • (Jane's trial)


      Odenthal: Let's get right to it Mr. Jane. Is it true that yesterday, you tweaked the assistant district attorney's nose in his very room?


      Jane: (laughs) Speaking of yourself in the third person Marc, you gotta admit, sounds a little silly. Yes, I tweaked your nose.


      Odenthal: Your honor, we're done here. Mr. Jane admits the crime.


      Jane: But in my defense, you were being very annoying.


      Judge: Mr. Jane, you're out of order.


      Jane: You're out of order. (Imitating Al Pacino) You're out of order. This whole trial's out of order! Oh come on, you gotta admit you walked right into that one. (Chuckles) Okay.

    • (Jane shows Cho what he got from Cale Sylvans pockets)


      Cho: A button, fluff and some sand?


      Jane: Yeah. It's a little anticlimactic. Um, do you have an evidence baggie?


      Cho: You're walking home.


      Jane: (to himself) Or I could just carry it.

    • Jane: You know, I could be my own lawyer.


      Cho: You're gonna represent yourself? You represent yourself, you're an idiot.


      Jane: Uh, it's actually, he who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client. It's much catchier. Could be fun, Cho.

    • (Jane and Lisbon are trapped inside a big container)


      Lisbon: No food, no water. This is not good.


      Jane: Well, I suppose we should draw straws to see who eats who first.


      Lisbon: Yeah, right. Draw straws with a professional cheat.

    • Hightower: Before I make any final decisions, I want to make sure I understand what happened. (To Jane) You disrupted a courtroom, assaulted an officer of the court so you could question him and nearly caused a mistrial in an unrelated felony case. Is that about right?


      Jane: Yeah, that's pretty accurate.


      Hightower: (To Lisbon) You ignored your suspension, confronted a gang of criminals without any backup and then participated in Mr. Jane's disruptions, assault, etc.?


      Lisbon: Yes, ma'am.


      Hightower: All right, then.


      Lisbon: I'm sorry. I don't understand ma'am.


      Hightower: The CBI just busted a crooked D.A., rooted out corruption and solved the murder of one of our own.


      Jane: Awesome.

    • Jane: You, ah, wanna go to the range? Shoot something?


      Lisbon: I'll drive.

    • Lisbon: Call Cho. I'm not even armed.


      Jane: More lies. You have at least two guns in that car. (Lisbon looks at him) Three? Oh, my. You're the poster girl for the NRA.

    • Jane: I'm going into the Draber's lair.


      Lisbon: It's not a lair, it's an office, and no, you're not.


      Jane: Oh, yes, I am. They seem kind of scary. You wouldn't want me to get hurt, would you?


      Lisbon: Don't bet on it.

    • Jane: You get five days off. You get five days off from me.


      Lisbon: Cho, you're in charge. He's your problem now.


      Jane: That's good. Cho's a big boy. He knows how to look after me.

    • Jane: Catching killers I enjoy, but being reminded that we're just a cog in a petty fascist machine, that is a little depressing.


      Lisbon: Crime-fighting is hard. Suck it up. If you weren't on the witness list I wouldn't even let you in the same time zone as Judge Dredd.


      Jane: Judge Dredd. Can't possibly be as much fun as it sounds.

    • Jane: I'm always gonna save you, Lisbon, whether you like it or not.


      Lisbon: I don't need to be saved. I knew this would end a disaster the day I signed on with you. One day, I'm gonna get fired because of you, that's just the way it is.


      Jane: Right. Well, some people might ask why you signed on with me in the first place.


      Lisbon: We catch a lot of bad guys. Most days, that's enough.

    • Lisbon: This better be good. I was catching up on on my tivo.


      Jane: Liar. You were reading. But what? Progress reports?


      Lisbon: No.


      Jane: Whatever.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 14.96 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Krvavé peníze (Blood Money)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 22, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: May 10, 2010 on Win/Channel 9
      United Kingdom: June 25, 2010 on Five
      Sweden: August 31, 2010 on TV3
      Germany: September 26, 2010 on SAT 1
      Czech Republic: November 29, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: September 20, 2011 on Markiza
      Poland: February 27, 2012 on TVN

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Judge: Mr. Jane, you're out of order.
      Jane: You're out of order. (Imitating Al Pacino) You're out of order. This whole trial's out of order! Oh come on, you gotta admit you walked right into that one.

      This is a reference to the movie ...And Justice For All (1979) starring Al Pacino, whose character Arthur Kirkland says those exact same words in court.

    • Lisbon: Crime-fighting is hard. Suck it up. If you weren't on the witness list I wouldn't even let you in the same time zone as Judge Dredd.

      On entering the courthouse for the trial of the hitman, Lisbon tells Jane that the presiding judge is known as Judge Dredd. This is an allusion to the British 2000AD comic character "Judge Dredd" a futuristic cop with the power to dispense justice (including the death penalty) as he sees fit. In 1995 this was made into a movie Judge Dredd, starring Sylvester Stallone.

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