The Mentalist

Season 4 Episode 10

Fugue In Red

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 15, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Jane almost drowns while investigating a fireman's murder and loses his memory, turning him into his old con man self.

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  • Not so sure about that one

    The episode started out okay, but then came the whole clichd I-lost-my-memory-but-conveniently-got-it-back-at-the-end-of-the-episode plot, which I think might have been done a little better. The idea was not bad, but somehow, throughout the episode, I personally found it a bit cringeworthy at times. Whereas I usually prefer episodes where there's a bit more character involvement and personal issues, this one wasn't one of my favourites.
  • Best Episode of the Season

    This episode is everything I love about The Mentalist. Rich character exploration. Plus a truly challenging mystery. And lots of humor and great dialogue. It was refreshing to see Patrick Jane as he was before the death of his wife, and then heartbreaking in the end. Any episode that can make me laugh and cry (well, you know, feel something anyway) has done its job well.
  • red john

    finally! a bit of a different story and idea, which is good, and this is a bit offpoint but since the red john plot has gone longer than some soap opera storylines, which is ridiculous, even the notion that they are so close to finding him and with technology nowadays have not been able to? its PREPOSTEROUS, and i have seen the flaws in some episodes, where in real life, red john would have been identified and caught... The writers have to seriously come up with a new storyline and kill red john by the end of season 4 or i refuse to watch this show again.moreless
  • The Mentalist?

    A different episode of The Mentalist. No, it was still the same generic procedural plot, but we had Patrick Jane show more charisma, show more Barney Stinson-esque feelings toward women, and show some shock over what happened to him in the water. I don't want to see this carry over, but for one night it was a fun escape from what we usually get.

    It was different, but I liked it.moreless
  • Great episode.

    What a great half season finale.

    In the past we've come across a few conmen during the show and I've always felt there was such a big gap between their personalities and Janes. To the extend where I'd think he was almost too likeable, I found it hard to imagine Jane being one of these people who prey on the losses of others.

    Until this episode. He was a picture of shallowness. He conned and manipulated left and right with no morals. In 30 minutes I could fully belive in Jane pre-Red John, and that makes the change and effect of his loss and his new goal in life really shine.

    2 moments that stood out to me in regards to the further story.

    1 is when Lisbon tells the angry (and rightfully so) team, that Jane was always this person deep inside. The murder of his family simply brought it out. The proof? Thesmall gesture with the little girl, finding her doll and making sure she didn't witness the darker side of her father.

    Secondly, Evil-Janes statement in the hospital about letting a shut door stay closed, and Lisbons decision to force it open in the end.

    I cannot see Jane hating her for it. Regardless of him not remembering the event, Red John is still out there. He still murdered his wife and child. Forgetting it, doesn't erase their existence. There is no way the Jane we know, would prefer living a life as a conman, happy and rich, but oblivious to his loved ones, and the fact that their murderer is still out there.

    I do hope he retains some of his fun loving and more calculating self though. it might even come in handy for him finally getting that last step up on Red John that he needs.moreless
Kenneth Mitchell

Kenneth Mitchell

Tom Wilcox

Guest Star

Stacy Haiduk

Stacy Haiduk

Cynthia Satterfield

Guest Star

Joshua Cox

Joshua Cox

Paul Satterfield

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Lisbon introduces herself to the amnesiac Jane, she calls herself "Detective". However, it's established that her title is "Special Agent" of the CBI.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Lisbon: I can make you stay, you know. It's in my power to hold you as a material witness in a murder investigation.
      Jane: Why would you do that? You think I can't see what's going on here? You people, you're-you're tiptoeing. You're dancing around some forgotten tragedy. I'm happy now. Just...just let me be happy.
      Lisbon: Fair enough. Look, I'll miss you, but I'll leave you alone, okay?
      Jane: Thank you, Teresa. I appreciate it.

    • Lisbon: We were all marks today.
      Van Pelt: Not me. What? He didn't con me.
      Rigsby: Yeah, only because he wants to have a date with you.
      Van Pelt: (cheery) Really?

    • Cho: What are you trying to do?
      Jane: Well, bring a ray of hope to a family, I suppose. And help my friends solve a crime.
      Cho: I don't buy it. You don't help us because you like us.
      Jane: I don't like you?
      Cho: Well, you don't not like us. But you have deeper reasons for helping people. Without those reasons, you're a hustler.

    • Cho: How should we act when he gets here?
      Lisbon: Normal.
      Van Pelt: I never know how to act around Jane normally.
      Lisbon: Then you're all set.

    • Jane: Are we sleeping together?
      Lisbon: Excuse me?
      Jane: Well, you're a cop, that's obvious, but you're not treating me like a suspect. And I can't see any other reason for a police officer to come to my bedside unless we're...unless we're sleeping together.
      Lisbon: You don't know who I am?
      Jane: Please don't take it personally. I'm sure you're quite memorable. I just--I-I've been through a lot...apparently.

  • NOTES (3)