The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 8

His Red Right Hand

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Featured Music:
      "Darkening Sky" by Peter Bradley Adams
      "Prelude In C Major" by Johann Sebastian Bach (At the doctor's office)
      "Amazing Grace" originally by John Newton (Sung by Rigsby)

    • In the scene where Bosco and the other agents are found, Lisbon goes to Bosco and immediately checks for a pulse. This is the incorrect sequence of steps. The current ABC's of the the American Heart Association are: First, check for open Airway; second, check for Breathing; third, check Circulation(pulse). Not only was Lisbon's pulse check out of sequence, she seems to indicate (barely audible) that Bosco has a pulse then begins to give unnecessary chest compressions on a beating heart. Her attention should have been directed at his airway and breathing since it appeared he wasn't breathing. Even if Bosco had no pulse, the airway and breathing should be checked first.

    • Rigsby begins to sing Amazing Grace during the toast to Bosco. Amazing Grace was written by John Newton in 1779. Newton's early life was rather sordid as a sailor and captain of slave-trading vessels. It was during a fierce storm at sea on March 10, 1748 that Newton "cried to the Lord" for help. He then began a rather hypocritical journey through Christianity. Newton eventually publicly admitted he was wrong and became a strong force to have slavery abolished in the British Empire.
      Traditionally, Amazing Grace is played on the bagpipes at funerals for military and law enforcement personnel.

    • The placement of the dead doctor with the arrangement of yellow flowers is allegorical in nature. Jane makes the statement that "he was posed like this, not just dumped here willy-nilly." In the floral business, different colors represent different emotions or statements. In this case, the yellow flowers "symbolize new beginnings, happiness and friendship." This is the message that Red John is sending to Jane. In mocking fashion, he is telling Jane that he is looking forward to having Jane back in the chase.

    • In the security room, when Rigsby puts his hand on Van Pelt's shoulder to comfort her, you can see a wedding band on the right hand ring finger, although he is not married in the show (but is in real life).

    • Jane and Cho go to retrieve the male murder victim that had been buried in concrete, who was the husband of one of Red John's victims. When they arrive at the morgue, they discover that the body has already been taken by a female CBI agent named Rojo. Rojo is Spanish for "red."

    • The musical piece that is playing in the doctor's office where Agent Hicks is found is from "Well-Tempered Clavier," Prelude 1 in C major (BWV 846), by Johann Sebastian Bach. In the Season 1 finale, Jane finds out from Rosalind Harker (Alicia Witt), that Red John's favorite composer is Bach, and she plays that piece for Jane on her piano. It is also the background music that is playing in the final scene from Season 1 when Jane plucks the orange from the tree.

    • In the scene where Van Pelt is in the security office checking the camera footage, right after the security guard leaves the office, you see Van Pelt put her head on her hand, but then the camera view changes and she is sitting up straight as if she never moved.

  • Quotes

    • (Bosco and Hicks are rummaging through the fridge)

      Lisbon: Hicks? Bosco? Bosco, Hicks. Stealing major crimes' food, violation of penal code section 484, I believe.

      Hicks: (Looking at the food in his hand.) Didn't have a name on it.

      Bosco: Uh, this one does.

      Lisbon: It's mine. It's from Cornaro's.

      Bosco: (Taking a bite) Mm. Meatball sub is really their best thing.

      Lisbon: You better hope I don't tell Mandy you went off your diet.

    • Lisbon: Jane? You and Bosco, at the hospital, what'd he say?

      Jane: Well, he, uh... He told me to look after you.

      Lisbon: (Nods) That's all?

      Jane: No. He said if I didn't look after you, he'd come back and haunt me. (Lisbon smiles) Total nonsense of course, but it wasn't the right time to correct him.

    • (Talking to Jane about Red John)

      Rebecca: You're very much like him, you know, the way you look at people and see right through them. That is just spooky.

    • Bosco: Red John makes mistakes. That proves it. You will catch him.

      Jane: Yes, I will.

      Bosco: Do me a favor. When you catch him, don't arrest him. Kill the son of a bitch.

      Jane: That's the plan.

    • Minelli: (to Lisbon) Keep an eye on Jane. If he screws too bad, shoot him. There's not a court in the land that would convict you. (She laughs)

    • Lisbon: Doctors don't think you're gonna make it.

      Bosco: Well, I'm gonna say it then. Doctors better be right. I love you, Teresa.

      Lisbon: I love you, too.

      Bosco: No, I mean I love you.

      Lisbon: I know what you mean.

      Bosco: It had to be said.

  • Notes

    • This episode had 15.85 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Pravá ruka Rudého Johna (Right Hand of Red John)
      Germany: Grüße von Red John (Greetings from Red John)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: November 23, 2009 on Nine
      United Kingdom: April 9, 2010 on Five
      Germany: April 18, 2010 on SAT 1
      Sweden: April 20, 2010 on TV3
      Czech Republic: September 13, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: July 13, 2011 on Markiza
      Poland: September 19, 2011 on TVN

  • Allusions

    • The episode's title, "His Red Right Hand," is an allusion to Paradise Lost by John Milton and was published in 1667. Specifically, the quote is from Book Second, Line 174. "Should intermitted vengeance arm again His red right hand to plague us?" The speaker is Lucifer (Satan) conspiring with the other expelled angels on how to escape from hell.

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