The Mentalist

Season 3 Episode 19

Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 07, 2011 on CBS
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The CBI team investigates a shooting death after the body of a man who owned an online matchmaking service is found floating in the marina. Patrick Jane is determined to prove that the owner's manipulative wife is the killer.

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  • Jane focuses in on the widow of the owner of a matchmaking service as his killer.

    Perhaps I misread Ken Woodruff's talent as a writer. While the quality of Erika Green Stafford's episodes has remained high all three seasons, the quality of Woodruff's episodes has gone steadily lower each season. "Every Rose Has Its Thorns" played like something that was either written quickly to fill a script quota or written quickly as an excuse to stunt-cast "V"'s Morena Baccharin. Yes, there were some nice touches (like the succinct establishment in the first scene of why CBI is involved, van Pelt hushing the dog of the victim's ex-wife and Cho's line about why Grigsby should try a matchmaking service), but the value of touches is to enhance the episode, much like spice enhances food, not act as as a substitute for a story. Here, there was no food to enhance, or (to coin a phrase) there was no there there. Patrick is immediately convinced the victim's widow is the killer, and I kept waiting for the big twist, especially after Jane accuses her to her face of the crime and she looked startled. Surely it couldn't be as straight-forward as Jane has laid it out, I said to myself. Maybe the litigator attracted to Grigsby is the killer and/or the widow's accomplice/lesbian lover. Instead, what do we end up with as a climax? A recreation of the Columbo pilot, "Prescription: Murder." Both Simon Baker and Baccharin gave good performances and one can imagine the director Charles Beeson desperately trying to salvage gold from lead, but their (and the rest of the cast's) efforts were wasted on a script that really went nowhere, and where it did go was kind of ridiculous. Since when does Jane confront suspects alone on their home turf (he's a po-po consultant, not the actual po-po)? CBI doesn't have any regulations against dating material witnesses while the investigation is in progress? I was even predicting some of the lines. This may be the first time I've seen one of the best episodes of a series immediately followed by one of the worst episodes of the same series. Hopefully the last few episodes of the season will clear my palette of this one.moreless
  • another good episode with classic twists of Jane !

    the owner of a matchmaking company is found dead at the marina. Jane persistently tried to prove that the wife killed is the murderer, because she was definitely trying to outsmart him. That's one of the qualities we love about Jane. He knows his tricks. He knows exactly what to do, and he knows how to prepare his traps with precision and patience. That's exactly what he did and he got a confession by tricking her into it. All in all, not a boring episode. I kind of miss the way Jane acts like he did in this episode. I hope that the rest of this season will not be disappointing in any way.moreless
  • Tribute to Peter Falk. *SPOILERS*

    This episode is basically a copy of the first episode of the legendary Columbo: "Blueprint for Murder". Identical in the final. Jane is unable to engage the suspect. The only alternative is to convince the accomplice to accuse the guilty. But his accomplice loves her. Jane uses the same trick used by Lieutenant Columbo in the first episode of the series. Jene does believe the suspected that the accomplice has committed suicide and causes to make her confess that he don't loves him. At this point the accomplice confesses.

    A few days after the death of Peter Falk I like to consider this episode as a tribute to the great actor.moreless
  • Sick, sick episode. Jane is back with vengeance.

    Now that's the Mentalist that I know! Jane the manipulative bastard has returned. It has been a long time since Jane crusades himself investigating a murder and explains the tricks--which are very clever ones! Not simply face expressions and trivial stuffs. They're stuffs that the audience can investigate on its own, which make them even funner and enjoyable to watch! I cannot spoil it them for you, too bad. And Jane's final trick--the most twisted one--it has been long time since Jane pulls that masterpiece.

    Nice break from Red John MythArc, all in all. Solid 10.

    Oh, and the ending is really sweet.moreless
  • Every Rose Has Its Thorn...

    For what is essentially a police procedural The Mentalist sits just a tier above the rest when it comes to dealing with character and emotion. I don't know whether the writers are just better or the show has a stronger concept than something like CSI, but every time I sit down to watch it, I leave feeling a lot more satisfied than I would have had I been watching mindless test tube shaking and super close ups of hair. This week's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" had steep competition on the emotional front after last week the show dealt with the concept of impending death and ultimately suicide. Following the CBI as they investigate the murder of a professional matchmaker, the episode pits smooth talking yet twisted hero Patrick, against a woman that he is certain killed her husband. The episode focusses almost entirely upon the ins and outs of how a woman with a seemingly solid alibi managed to pull off the murder, but with manipulation on both sides of the fight, Patrick ultimately comes out on top. Tricking the killer into turning her accomplice against her wasn't exactly an unexpected turn for the episode, but more often than not the murder mystery isn't really what makes The Mentalist a show worth watching.

    Simon Baker is a thoroughly interesting man to watch on TV as it is, but episodes like "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" really give him something to work with. As he tries to crack the case Patrick is forced to confront various feelings about his murdered wife and what it is that he loved about her. Whilst it wasn't overwhelmingly impactful relative to some of the material that The Mentalist has delivered throughout its run, comparative to the mindless forensics filled alternatives, it remains great television.moreless
Morena Baccarin

Morena Baccarin

Erica Flynn

Guest Star

Jonathan Baron

Jonathan Baron

Peter Clarridge

Guest Star

Jillian Bach

Jillian Bach

Sarah Harridan

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Rigsby: (about a suspect) Okay, which one is she?
      Lisbon: The blonde in the lavender sheath.
      Rigsby: The one in the what, now?
      Lisbon: The blonde in the purple dress.
      Rigsby: Got it. Are you sure it's her?
      Lisbon: No. Find out if she's got a rose tattoo on her hip. Then we'll know for sure.

    • Lisbon: The reality is that John Flynn ran a multi-million dollar company. He had money, dozens of employees, and a lot of ruthless competitors.
      Jane: And Flynns file also says that he gave half a million dollars to charity last year. That's the first time he's ever done that.
      Lisbon: So?
      Jane: It's a red flag.
      Lisbon: How is giving to charity a red flag?
      Jane : Giving to charity isn't a red flag. Giving half a million dollars to charity out of the blue, is. It's a true sign of a guilty conscience.
      Lisbon: That is so far from the truth.
      Jane: Well, think about the people that donate that kind of money to charity, all right. Wall Street executives, crooked politicians, troubled celebrities. It is all in the name of clearing their conscience.
      Lisbon: You're horrible.

    • Lisbon: What was that all about?
      Jane: Oh, she was just thanking me for consoling her.
      Lisbon: Ah, and here I thought you hated talking to widows.
      Jane: This one's a little different.
      Lisbon: How so?
      Jane: She murdered her husband.

    • Erica: I know what you're feeling. I've been there.

      Jane: Yeah, I don't think you have.

      Erica: You were in a relationship once, you were in love, but it ended badly and you were deeply hurt as a result. You shut yourself off from the world and avoid meeting new people because you don't want to ever feel that loss again. But now you're ready to move on with your life. I can see it in you. You can find happiness again, even true love, but you have to be willing to let me help you.

      Jane: That was spooky. It was like you read my mind.

    • Erica: I didn't kill my husband. In fact, you don't actually believe I did.

      Jane: No?

      Erica: No. You're simply doing what you've been doing ever since your wife died... intentionally sabotaging any relationship by pushing away anyone who makes you feel something. You want me to be the killer because you don't want to have feelings for me. It's a tragic but natural response to the guilt you feel over your wife's death.

      Jane: I do push people away, and I do feel guilt over my wife's death, but that does not change the fact that you murdered your husband. I am more certain of it now than ever.

      Erica: If that's the case, prove it.

    • Rigsby: What do you think of these dating services anyway?

      Cho: No and yes.

      Rigsby: What?

      Cho: No, I've never used one, and yes, you should.

      Rigsby: Oh, because you're cool, and I'm not?

      Cho: Anything to stop you dating your co-workers.

    • (in the studio)

      Jane: Whoa. That's bright. Very fancy.

      Erica: We like to show our clients in the best possible light.

      Jane: I thought true love was blind.

      Erica: We may love with our hearts, but first we lust with our eyes.

    • Jane: Do you know in seven years, each and every cell is completely replaced in your body? That means you are literally a different person from when we first met.

      Lisbon: Sadder but wiser.

    • Erica: Now, Patrick, what kind of women are you interested in?

      Jane: Rich, quiet blondes. No snoring. That's a deal-breaker.

    • Lisbon: You always say that the simplest answers usually are the most likely, but it seems like you're coming up with more and more elaborate scenarios just to prove that you're right.

      Jane: Erica killed her husband. I am 100% sure of it.

      Lisbon: I don't get it. What is it about this woman? Why are you so obsessed with her?

      Jane: (whispering) Because she doesn't think I'm smart enough to catch her.

      Lisbon: Oh, well, that's a good reason. Healthy. Professional.

    • Erica: In an ideal world, what would you want your life to be like?

      Jane: Haven't thought about that. In an ideal world? (pause) A pet dragon, definitely, for flying around. That would be good.

      Erica: Please, try and answer seriously. It's important.

      Jane: I want my life to be free.

      Erica: Free how? To love? To be loved?

      Jane: Free from my past.

    • Patrick: (on a video recording) I'm looking for someone who... someone I can trust, someone strong. Someone at peace with themselves. Someone better than me. Someone who knows the worst side of me, and still loves me.

      Erica: (off camera) Sounds like an amazing woman.

      Patrick: She was.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 15.17 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Není rů�e bez trní (There Isn't a Rose without Thorns)
      Germany: Keine rose ohne dornen (No rose without thorns)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 7, 2011 on CTV
      The Netherlands: April 28, 2011 on SBS 6
      United Kingdom: May 6, 2011 on Channel 5/Channel 5 HD
      Australia: June 05, 2011 on Nine
      Sweden: August 31, 2011 on TV3
      Germany: October 9, 2011 on SAT 1
      Czech Republic: May 9, 2012 on TV Nova