The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 9

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 02, 2008 on CBS
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A murder in a small town is investigated and soon turns out to be an act of vengeance.

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  • The best of S1

    Good plot, good acting, great ideas. Perfect.
  • Though the case isn't that interesting, it's a fascinating look inside Patrick's head, motivations and agenda.

    Rigsby's dream come true – Van Pelt fussing over him. So cute, Rigsby finally tells her he loves her and then passes out. He won't even remember so she can pretend nothing happened.

    It's an interesting distinction between Patrick and the CBI – Patrick's a civilian and is after justice, not upholding the law. I seriously doubt anyone's realized how seriously Patrick's taking his vengeance – he's working for the CBI to catch Red John, if he can help catch others while he's waiting, all the better. It's something that's never been directly addressed in the series to date – it's been implied why Patrick's working for the CBI but never gone into how. He's obviously got a serious revenge motive and from a psychology POV, that would be a huge no-no for someone to work for you with pretty open-ended access to classified info.moreless
  • an old and a new look at revenge. The ugly crime committed reveals an older even uglier(?) crime and gives us a glimpse behind Janes eversmiling facade

    The other reviewers have already said most of it,

    but the part of the episode that impressed me the most was Janes view on revenge. We see again how good he is at deceiving people and hiding behind his cheerful mask. He is able to impress on a teenager how "bad" revenge is, moments later he makes it very clear to Lisbon what his very own angle on it is. For my part, he convinced me that he is very serious. It will be exciting how Lisbons dilemma, who of course has to protect the law etc., will turn out or if and how Jane changes his point of view. I hope there won't be a third party who takes care of Red John for them. Great acting on Simon Bakers part, and Tunney pulls of a very convincing reaction too.moreless
  • An arson-based episode this week.

    Another reasonable episode of The Mentalist here. There were some fairly entertaining scenes with the team. Patrick dressed up as ascarecrow and an old man ghost during the episode. The murderer turned out to be a man pretending to be mentally challenged who gave himself away because he had a copy of Moby Dick on his bookshelf. This was probably stretching the viewer's credibility a bit far, even for this show.

    I'm not sure how much further The Mentalist can go, I find it difficult to see that my interest will be sustained for too much longer but you never know.moreless
  • More Mentalist.

    So what did the crew over at The Mentalist have Patrick Jane do this week? If you guessed waving the arms of a scarecrow and dressing up as an old man pretending to be a ghost then you are right.

    This episode went all out and even had the ultimate swerve with a seemingly mentally challenged boy revealing that he is just a sick man using that disease as a gimmick to get away with a life of crime. The one problem with The Mentalist is that it is as good as it's going to get right now. There is only so much that you can do with a procedural, and the show has already tapped into a few of the generic plotlines less than a dozen episodes in.

    The Mentalist has the potential for a lengthy run on television but you have to question if they'll be able to remain creative and come up with more Patrick Jane zaniness on a regular basis.moreless
Fred Koehler

Fred Koehler

Tomas "Tommy" Olds

Guest Star

Marcella Lentz-Pope

Marcella Lentz-Pope

Madeline "Maddy" Garcia

Guest Star

Chris William Martin

Chris William Martin

Police Chief Trey Piller

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When interviewing Tommy/Thomas at the end both claim that at the end of "Moby Dick" that Moby Dick dies, but this is not the case. In the end Moby Dick destroys the Peaquod, drags Ahab into the water, and then escapes.

    • When Jane tells Lisbon he's going to read her mind, he tells her to think of shape other than a square -- while he is telling her this, he is holding his hands in front of him with his fingers outlining an invisible triangle. He then tells her to think of a shape that circumscribes the first shape; as he tells her this, his index fingers draw an invisible circle in the air. She then admits that her shapes were a triangle in a circle and it appears that Jane has read her mind.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Jane: We've never discussed this because I thought it went without saying, but when I catch Red John, I'm gonna cut him open and watch him die slowly like he did with my wife and child. (Lisbon just stares at him quietly.) If you have a problem with that, we should talk.

      Lisbon: Then let's talk. Because when we catch Red John, we are gonna take him into custody and he's gonna be tried in a court of law.

      Jane: Not if I'm still breathing.

      Lisbon: If you try and do violence to him, I will try and stop you. If you succeed in doing violence to him, I will arrest you.

      Jane: I understand.

      Lisbon: I hope so.

      Jane: Well, I'm glad we talked. I had no idea you were so bourgeois and conventional on the issue.

    • (Talking about releasing Ben Machado from custody)

      Jane: If he's here, how is the killer gonna get to him?

      Lisbon: He could be the killer. Even if he's not, we don't want the killer to get him.

      Jane: Yes, we do. Machado is our bait. He's our tethered goat.

      Lisbon: And too bad if the bait gets killed?

      Jane: Well, yes. That's why you use goats and not babies or virgins for that matter.

      Lisbon: Machado's not a goat.

      Jane: You're right, he's not actually a goat. He's goatish. He deserves to suffer.

      Lisbon: Nobody deserves murder.

      Jane: Machado helped burn Dave Martin alive out of greed.

      Lisbon: Jane, we're officers of the law.

      Jane: You are. I don't care about the law. I care about justice, and justice says Machado deserves to suffer.

      Lisbon: That's not justice, it's vengeance.

      Jane: What's the difference?

    • (Jane barely gets out of a burning barn)

      Jane: That was close. Where were you guys?

      Rigsby: We called in to check out a lead.

      Cho: Yeah, Lisbon didn't know you were about to pull an idiotic stunt, sorry.

      Jane: No hard feelings.

    • Lisbon: Seems like this whole thing has changed your mind about vengeance.

      Jane: Has it?

      Lisbon: "Revenge is for fools and madmen"?

      Jane: Yeah, that was rather good, I thought. Total nonsense, but quite good nonetheless.

    • Lisbon: Where do you get off giving orders in the first place? I say who goes and who stays, not you.

      Jane: Well, that's, uh, fiery but calm. Very good. Why don't you try it with a more forceful hand gesture, like... (he demonstrates...) I say who goes and who stays, not you.

      Lisbon: I'm serious.

    • Tommy: I was at the hospital, 'cause my appendix busted. You want to see my scar?

      Lisbon: No. No, but I'm sure Mr. Jane would love to.

    • Maddy: What are you, a moron? My dad just died.

      Jane: Yes. My condolences. It happens. You'll learn to live with it. Not for, uh, a while, but in the end, you will.

      Maddy: Who are you?

      Jane: My name's Patrick Jane. I'm the man that will find out who it was that killed your father and have him or her or them put in a prison cell if you'll talk to me.

    • Jane: Now I have access to all your innermost thoughts.

      Lisbon: Yeah, right.

      Jane: I'm serious.

      Lisbon: Okay. So what am I thinking right now?

      Jane: You're thinking, I'm so glad Jane is joking around and he can't actually read my mind.

      Lisbon: No. Well, actually, yes, but not for the reason you think.

      Jane: What reason do I think?

      Lisbon: Never you mind.

      Rigsby: You're blushing.

      Jane: You are blushing.

    • Ben: Someone's framing me.

      Cho: Somebody framed you for shooting at us, Mr. Machado? Because from where I stood, sure looked like it.

      Ben: That was a misunderstanding. I didn't know who you guys were. I was defending myself.

      Cho: Really? From whom?

      Ben: From someone trying to kill me. Just like they killed Rich and tried to kill Trey.

      Cho: And why would you be next on someone's "To Burn"-list?

    • Cho: Hey, do you wanna go to work or do you wanna play nurse with King Tut?

      Van Pelt: Work. Definitely work.

    • Trey: Ben's our go-to guy in Marquesa.

      Ben: He just means I'm the only real estate agent around here who takes his commission in fertilizer and chickens.

    • Ben Machado: I didn't know you guys were cops.

      Cho: You thought we were selling magazine subscriptions?

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode had 18.74 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Rudá záře (Red Effulgence)

    • Simon Baker (Patrick Jane) and Cheryl White (Susan Garcia) previously worked together on The Guardian.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Chile: February 12, 2009 on WC
      The Netherlands: February 19, 2009 on SBS 6
      Norway: March 4, 2009 on TV3
      Belgium: March 25, 2009 on VT4
      Denmark: March 30, 2009 on TV3
      Hungary: March 31, 2009 on RTL-Klub
      Germany: April 26, 2009 on SAT 1
      United Kingdom: May 21, 2009 on Five
      Finland: October 29, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: January 25, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: March 1, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: November 8, 2010 on TVN


    • Kimball Cho: (to Wayne Rigsby as Grace Van Pelt is bandaging his burned arm) Hey, it's The Mummy.
      The Mummy (1932) is a movie starring Boris Karloff, directed by Karl Freud and produced by Universal Pictures. The plot centers on archaeologists/treasure hunters who accidentally revive a mummy, ancient High Priest Imhotep, who in turn searches for his ancient princess Anck-Su-Namun. Universal Pictures did a loose re-make of The Mummy in 1999 with Brendan Frasier and Rachel Weisz and followed up with the sequels The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008).