The Mentalist

Season 3 Episode 2

Cackle-Bladder Blood

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 30, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Jane's brother-in-law returns to town and gets mixed up in a murder investigation, Jane must come to his aid despite personal reservations.

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    Okay, this was definitely an improvement over that very dismal season premiere, but The Mentalist is still not where the show needs to be right now. Remember when Patrick Zane used to do all of those zany things on a weekly basis? They do not even do anything remotely close to that anymore.

    The show is still different from the rest of the CBS lineup and for that I am grateful, but this show is becoming too generic and too cliched. I became a fan of The Mentalist in 2008 because it was not like those programs, but they need to do better than this.moreless
  • Background is a good thing.

    At least there was a reason to be a bit more sympathetic towards Jane this outing, and as the man behind the character, Simon Baker certainly stepped up to the plate.

    I did figure the culprit to be the fuzzy headed...what was she? partner? I'm really good at getting close in this series, but not quite hitting the baddie on the head.

    There was also a reasonable amount of Rigsby and Cho in this episode, though am I the only one who finds Van Pelt a little too MIA this season? Of course, one can't deny the focus this outing was on Jane and his past catching up with him. Nice that there could be some resolution. After all, like the man said, "Guilt is for Marks".moreless
  • Great episode, lots of background info on Jane.

    We finally get some info on Jane's wife. Her family were carnies along with Jane. They both ran off together to 'escape' the lifestyle. Her brother is a con man and I got the impression that they used to scam people together before Jane ran away with his sister. He and Jane haven't spoken since he called to tell him what Red John had done.

    The brother calls Jane out of the blue telling him he need his help. Dead body, everyone thinks he's the killer and Jane is trying to help him, by either proving his innocence or helping him escape capture. This season Lisbon is really on the ball with calling Jane on his BS which I am more than happy to see. I'm glad that they are showing that even without Jane's help they can still reach the same conclusions about what is going on. Lisbon found Jane twice when he didn't want to be found.

    The brother is still very angry with Jane over what happened with his sister and they have it out with each other. At the end they seem to have made up but I doubt they will be exchanging Christmas cards. They are running a duel investigation with the local cops so when Lisbon's team catches the real killer, she lets the brother slip away before the locals can get there and charge him with fraud. All for Jane of course so I guess now he owes her one.

    And we FINALLY get to learn his wife and daughter's name, Angela Ruskin Jane and Charlotte Anne Jane. No dates on the head stones though which was kinda weird. Sad moment with Jane almost breaking down at his family's grave. He hasn't been there since the funeral. The brother leaves, telling him "Guilt is for marks." Which I guess is his way of forgiving Jane.moreless
Kevin Rankin

Kevin Rankin

Danny Ruskin

Guest Star

Eve Brenner

Eve Brenner


Guest Star

Conor O'Farrell

Conor O'Farrell

Detective Reece

Guest Star

Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

Madeleine Hightower

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • We learn the names of Jane's wife and daughter in this episode. His wife's name was Angela and his daughter's name was Charlotte Anne.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Lisbon: (about Danny) He's a carny like you used to be?

      Jane: Uh, carny is a very broad term, Lisbon. Danny is more showbiz, but it's... it's been a while.

      Lisbon: Before last night, when was the last time you talked to him?

      Jane: When I called to tell him what Red John had done.

    • Rigsby: Here's another fine mess, eh? They really found Jane holding the murder weapon?

      Lisbon: Yes, they did. Hightower twisted some arms at Sac P.D. It's a joint investigation. We share the sandbox, but CBI is taking the lead. (Rigsby grins) I don't know why you're smiling.

      Rigsby: Well, it's a new angle at least, right? I mean, he's never been a murder suspect before.

    • Danny: My sister was the only good, clean, honest thing that I had in my life and you ran off with her. You took her away from me, away from what she knew. So yeah, I've been mad at you, very mad.

      Jane: I didn't- I didn't take her away. She didn't want the carny life. She hated it. She wanted to get out. We both did. And you know how hard that is. That was- that was our thing. That's what we did together. We escaped together.

      Danny: Nice escape plan, bro. You got her killed.

      Jane: Thanks for reminding me.

    • (at the cemetery where Jane's family is buried)

      Jane: You know, this is the first time I've been here, since the funeral.

      Danny: Why is that?

      Jane: Because they're not here.

    • Danny: Guilt is for marks. You know that, right?

      Jane: Yeah.

    • Lisbon: You heard a gunshot and ran in to help?

      Jane: Yes, I did. I'm no hero. I just did what any person would do in that situation.

      Lisbon: No one is calling you a hero.

      Jane: Really? Good.

    • Lisbon: (about Jane) Detective, could you uncuff this one now, please?

      Detective Reece: He's still a suspect.

      Lisbon: And he's not gonna leave town. Release him into my custody. You know he's not good for it. Zero connection to the victim.

      Jane: Nada. Niente. Zip. Naught. I could go on.

    • Jane: Excellent work finding us.

      Lisbon: I am very unhappy with you. (about Danny) Is he in there?

      Jane: Yeah.

      Lisbon: Bring him out. No funny business or I will shoot to kill.

      Jane: You're very persuasive. We'll be right out.

    • Danny: Eesh. I'm sorry I asked to come. Who knew a trip to the cemetary would be such a downer?

    • Danny: I didn't kill Landon.

      Jane: I smell deception. But it's hard to tell with you, because you're kind of a sociopath, like all the great con men.

      Danny: I am great, huh? First compliment you ever gave me, I can recall.

    • Sam: (to Jane) What's with the state trooper?

      Pete: Yeah, it's like unreal, huh? A Jane working with the law.

      Lisbon: How do I look like a cop?

      Sam: Oh please, look like Cagney and Lacey had a baby, called it pepper.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 14.6 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Krev práskae (Blood of the Snitch)
      Germany: Das perfekte opfer (The perfect victim)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 30, 2010 on CTV
      United Kingdom: October 22, 2010 on Five/Five HD
      Australia: November 01, 2010 on Nine
      The Netherlands: November 18, 2010 on SBS 6
      Sweden: January 11, 2011 on TV3
      Germany: February 20, 2011 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: November 8, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: January 11, 2012 on TV Nova
      Poland: April 23, 2012 on TVN


    • Sam: Oh please, look like Cagney and Lacey had a baby, called it Pepper.

      Cagney and Lacey is an American television award-winning series. They are two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives. "Pepper" is an allusion to the character "Pepper" Anderson played by Angie Dickinson for four seasons on the series Police Woman .