The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 16

Code Red

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 11, 2010 on CBS

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  • A case with very bad science, but watchable for the fun Jane has with Lisbon and the CDC overseer.

    It was an interesting change of pace to have the victim start out alive and ask Jane to solve her murder before she actually died. How often does Jane get to meet the victim? Unfortunately, the science surrounding the case was completely ridiculous. What kind of scientist works with a deadly airborne virus without using some sort of gas mask? Why wasn't the isolation chamber double sealed? Seriously.

    The best way to watch this episode is to ignore the players in the case, who were either uninteresting or just plain bad (the victim's death scene was so poorly acted I thought it was a joke) and focus on the great classic Jane moments. In Code Red, Jane consoles a grieving daughter, uses his mad hypnosis skills, annoys the CDC Officer in charge, pokes around dangerous lab chemicals, cheats Lisbon out of a dollar, and perpetrates a grand lie to everyone, including Lisbon, to smoke out the killer. This lie leads to a nice scene that reveals how Lisbon would face her own impending death. Of course, when Lisbon does find out she's been tricked-- silly Teresa, when will she ever learn?-- this leads to the best part of this episode: she punches Jane in the nose. The Lisbon and Jane interaction was great in the episode, but otherwise, a sub-par episode overall. Cho, Rigsby, and Van Pelt were hardly used at all.