The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 16


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 17, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Patrick is left temporarily blinded after an explosion, he finds himself using unusual methods to investigate the death of a financial advisor that somehow seems to be connected to himself.

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  • Patrick Jane is temporarily blind

    Jane left temporarily blind after he gets a tip about a bombing near the CBI shortly after he finds the bomb it blows up leaving him blinded for a short while.However nothing has changed with Jane as he is even funnier and still annoying Lisbon in this stunning episode.

    This episode was amazing. From Jane being blinded by the explosion to the Rigsby's jealousy B story. Everything was awesome! I felt like the writer, Gary Glasberg, did an amazing job revealing the bomber's idenity as Van Pelt's new boyfriend and blending the two storylines together. It was a shipper's dream to see the "Jisbon" moments, "I want to know what your face feels like when your smiling." Although, I prefer the Rigsby/Van Pelt matchup, It was great to see the moments with Van Pelt and Rigsby flirting with each other. In summary, "Bloodshot" was the best episode of The Mentalist to date!moreless
  • Patrick Jane is temporarily blinded.

    Finally The Mentalist is back. The lack of new episodes was really putting a damper on my Tuesday nights.

    The beginning of this episode felt pretty lackluster. I can't quite put my finger on it, but the writing just seemed off, and not as unique to the five main characters as it should have been. The ending was great though as I really should see these twists coming by now, but for some reason I did not. The action was nice and it felt like a scene from the Rush Hour movies with some comedy thrown into the excitement as well.

    Another great show. Keep up the good work.moreless
  • Very cool episode.

    Very interesting episode. Jane's made a lot of enemies, it was only a matter of time. The son was very unreasonable though – Jane told the wife very little and kept it incredibly vague, the wife already knew he was cheating, Jane was just the catalyst.

    Someone knows Jane very well – knew he would find the bomb in time and see the victim and message.

    Lisbon is very cool sometimes – a taser – obviously a tiny woman like her needs a different way to fight.

    It was inevitable that one of Jane's marks would return for revenge – word must have gotten out about his change of heart – it's amazing someone hasn't targeted him before.

    Poor Rigsby – he loves Grace so much and she ignores him and goes for the total psycho. She has horrible taste in men. Think Jane's onto something – there's something about Rigsby that's scaring her off.moreless
  • Starts off GREAT but falls apart near the end

    This one was so good...until it wasn't anymore. Jane being temporarily disabled, and using his blind time to reflect on some related moments in the past that might explain a current murderer's actions, was all good. Since Jane is always 99% in control it was good to see this reversed for a change in which he is not so able to see 100 steps ahead and discern everyone's innermost thoughts and motivations, and has to focus all his efforts on just getting by himself. However, after some interesting plot developments it comes up with a very lame and simplistic conclusion. It's like the writers were having these huge strokes of brilliance for the first part of it - what would Jane be like blind, what if someone from his past career comes back to get revenge on him, etc., etc. - and then after all that good stuff suddenly realized they were running out of time and came up with the simplest quickest way to wrap things up. Kind of a let down in that way but i still see this as a 'pretty good' episode. If they stretched this over two episodes to allow a more complex ending it might have turned out better...moreless
H. Richard Greene

H. Richard Greene

Robert Lynch

Guest Star

Tamlyn Tomita

Tamlyn Tomita

Lauri Medina

Guest Star

Rick Worthy

Rick Worthy

Terence Carter Andrews

Guest Star

Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Virgil Minelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Jane goes looking for the car with the bomb in it, the cars are dry. When it pans to the parking lot with the van and the bomb, all the cars have large water droplets on them.

    • Patrick's blue and white car is a Citroën DS, actually a French car produced by the manufacturer Citroën between 1955 and 1975.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Dan Hollenbeck: I didn't know you were from Iowa. Famous potatoes, right?
      Van Pelt: That's Idaho you ignorant jerk.
      Dan Hollenbeck: Oh, yeah? What's Iowa famous for?
      Jane: Gullible women.
      Van Pelt: That's not fair.

    • (Talking about Jane)

      Lisbon: He needs to go to a hospital. He has to go if you order him to.

      Minelli: I could, but someone did try to kill him, remember? We can protect him better here. At less expense.

      Jane: Thanks, Virgil.

      Minelli: Okay. But this is a favor. If you die in this department, I'm responsible. I do all the paperwork. In fact if he does die for whatever reason, move him to a public area, would you? I'd be very grateful.

      Jane: I hope he's smiling.

    • Jane: Holding something of James' would help me pick up a feel for him. Get a sense of his being.

      Mrs. Medina: Okay. Excuse me. (She leaves the room)

      Jane: Thank you.

      Lisbon: "Sense of his being"? What are you playing at?

      Jane: Just go with it. I have to practice this touchy-feely stuff. It's been a while.

      Lisbon: You're not gonna be blind forever.

      Jane: No, right. Because bad stuff like this doesn't happen nearly as often as people think it does.

    • (Lisbon and Rigsby are looking for a suspect at a nightclub)

      Club Doorman: You, little miss fierce, can come in. Lose the backup dancer. He's too, too butch. (Lisbon shows him her badge.)

      Lisbon: Get lost, fluffy.

    • Jane: Andrews didn't do it.

      Lisbon: Did you sense that with your superpowers?

      Jane: Yes, I did. He's filled with anger, but not fearful, guilty, murderous anger. That has a tang of ammonia about it. His is a more clean, righteous anger. Lemony.

      Lisbon: Lemony?

      Jane: This blind thing really works. Without my vision I can tune into my other senses much more clearly.

      Lisbon: That's great. Let me go make you a superhero costume. What do you want to be called?

    • Lisbon: How long will his vision be affected?

      Dr. Fuller: It's hard to say, really. The body's healing powers are unpredictable. But 48 to 72 hours is the norm. We must wait and see, so to speak.

      Jane: Ha, humor. Great. Everybody loves a witty doctor in times of trouble.

    • Minelli: Another bomb threat. Third this year.

      Jane: Not on my phone it isn't.

      Minelli: Well, granted they don't usually come through the CBI, but that's what the drills are for.

      Jane: The text read, "Are you smart enough to find it?" I think this was directed at me.

      Lisbon: Of course you think this is about you.

    • (Talking about Van Pelt)

      Rigsby: Who kissed her?

      Jane: Didn't catch his name.

      Rigsby: It's probably that knucklehead from payroll. He's been stalking her like a chicken. What did this man look like? (Jane get a text on his phone and he leaves in a hurry.)

      Cho: How do you stalk a chicken?

      Rigsby: You know what I'm talking about.

    • Van Pelt: Hey. Aren't you supposed to be in the hospital?

      Jane: No.

      Van Pelt: Yes, you are.

      Jane: They've had enough of me. Officer Powell here was kind enough to give me a ride back.

      Van Pelt: Well. Thank you...I guess.

    • Rigsby: Jane, I need to ask you a favor. I need you to, uh...I need you to find out from Van Pelt about this guy she's dating. You know, what's the score?

      Jane: The score?

      Rigsby: Is it serious? Are they, uh, you know?

      Jane: Ask her yourself.

      Rigsby: Yeah, right. No. Come on. You know the situation. It's against the rules, relationships between coworkers.

      Jane: What are you, a man or a mouse?

      Rigsby: A man, obviously.

      Jane: Could've fooled me.

      Rigsby: If it's that guy from payroll, I will kill him.

      Jane: Well, that would be a strong, romantic statement. Women like a man that would kill for them. Hey, Van Pelt!

      Rigsby: Don't!

    • Jane: Grace, personal question. Rigsby and I were wondering, uh...who is this man you were kissing by the coffee cart?

      Van Pelt: That's...that's none of your business.

      Jane: Not from payroll?

      Van Pelt: Payroll? No, he doesn't even work here. It's none of your business.

      Jane: Well, thank heavens for that, at least. No killing needed.

      Rigsby: Don't be so sure.

      Jane: You'll see. Honesty's best.

      Rigsby: Yeah, honestly, I'd like to kick your butt right now.

    • Lisbon: What the hell?

      Jane: Oh, doctor's orders. She said it was the best thing for me to do, get back to work.

      Lisbon: She did not. She said you insulted the entire ward and were a complete pain in the ass.

      Jane: Nah. So?

      Lisbon: So, you can't do that.

      Jane: What was I supposed to do, just sit there and listen to television? Besides, the food was terrible.

      Lisbon: You need the rest.

      Jane: I need to work.

      Lisbon: You're blind.

      Jane: It's no problem, honestly. My other senses are heightened. They're super heightened. I'm like Daredevil. Now, if you'll excuse me.

      Lisbon: Okay. (Jane walks off and almost hits a column)

      Jane: Ah, heightened.

    • Jane: Oh, please don't look at each other like that.

      Lisbon: Like what? You can't see.

      Jane: I can feel. I can feel your pity.

    • Cho: How is he?

      Lisbon: Guess what, he's a bad patient.

      Cho: Who would've thought.

      Jane: I'm not a bad patient. She's a bad visitor.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 15.49 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Krevní msta (Blood Feud)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: April 01, 2009 on Nine
      Belgium: May 13, 2009 on VT4
      Denmark: May 18, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: June 2, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: June 14, 2009 on SAT 1
      Croatia: June 17, 2009 on RTL
      United Kingdom: July 9, 2009 on Five
      Czech Republic: March 15, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: May 31, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: March 14, 2011 on TVN