The Mentalist

Season 4 Episode 16

His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 23, 2012 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When an anti-cult activist is murdered, Jane must determine if cult leader Bret Stiles is responsible.

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  • Bret Stiles is up to something

    Bret Stiles returned in this episode trying to frame himself to see who would take his place an the CBI are trying to find another murder linking to visualize.In every episode Bret Stiles is in he is showing more how he could be Red John.Bret is clever,cunning and gets what he wants and he is the head of a cult.He is also up to something with Van Pelt as he tried to get her over her problems but he is definitely up to something else.He as always mentions Red John.moreless

    MAYBE grace is red john or is working for him:)i love it when the cult leader was talking with her(and sead LET THE RED SMOKE OUT OF YOU)

    and i cant but wonder if the final goal is making patrick a murderer like themXD

    or patrik is red john like a duble personalityXDlol

  • the one with red riding hood, sleeping beauty

    Really enjoyed this show but don't see it in the episodes. Sleeping Beauty had murdered two other girls and faked her own all most death! I thought I saw it end of Feb or first of March. Anyone else see this?
  • the pieces are falling

    I think I am beginning to understand what Red John is planning and it became clear as we see Jane not only face Styles again but actually best him while playing the same game. Here is my theory, Red John is grooming Jane to become his hunter. In essence he saw an opportunity for the perfect man to hunt him down and decided to make him. Every little action, every event is meant to make Jane better, and the fact is that Styles noticed this. As a whole Red John seems to be creating his legend, and what he wants is the perfect ending. The ending of the last season was a test, to see if Jane had the character to kill him, and obviously he passed. Now all that remains is for Jane to reach is peak and for Red John to set in motion the final game between them. A game where he might just get what he wants, no matter what. Here is a 9.5 rating to hoping that the ending will be something truly epic.moreless
  • Different but good

    I enjoyed this episode, Jane having a little fun playing around with the cult, I didn't expect who it was on this episode so a nice little twist. Hope Grace gets some serious help seems like she needs someone, the interaction between the cult leader and Grace was good, at least she got something out of it. All in all great episode, I wonder what Jane is planning, that's what I like about Jane you'll never know until its to late. When it comes to Jane what he comes up with is epic.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Did anyone else recall the various scenes from "Silence of the Lambs" in which Hannibal Lecter [Anthony Hopkins] was grooming -- or attempting to groom -- Clarice Starlingn [Jodie Foster]? I kept getting flashes of deja vu as Stiles endeavored to use his tricks in order to establish a near-mesmerizing effect on Van Pelt.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Stiles: There's so much more that I could teach you.
      Van Pelt: Is there?
      Stiles: To be free of doubt, anger, fear. Let me show you the world as you've never seen it. Let me show you, you as you've never seen yourself.
      Van Pelt: Great sales pitch. But I'm sort of over bad boys these days.

    • Stiles: Well, I've done my good deed for the day. If there's nothing else, I'll be getting along.
      Lisbon: Just have a few more questions.
      Stiles: Well, uh, could we do it on the walk? Uh, I've gotta get back to running my religion.
      Jane: Yes, your flock won't fleece itself.

    • Lisbon: Get a group of people together. Search the area.
      Van Pelt: (grumbles) Trash duty.
      Lisbon: Is there a problem?
      Van Pelt: No. Nothing.
      Lisbon: All right. When Cho shows up, grab him. Spread the pain around.

  • NOTES (4)


    • The title "His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts…" comprises one line of a chanted prayer from the story "Sredni Vashtar" by Saki [H.H.Munroe]. Continually bullied and psychologically tormented by his elderly cousin/guardian, Mrs. DeRopp, 10-year-old Conradin is given an ragged, elderly hen and a large polecat-ferret by a local butcher's boy, who takes pity upon the lonely, isolated lad. Hiding his treasures in an old tool shed, and pouring out love which has no other outlet, Conradin bestows upon the ferret the mystical name "Sredni Vashtar" and develops a mythology in which the ferret becomes Conradin's protector, a god., in service of whom Conradin makes offerings of stolen spices, fiercely red flowers, and scarlet berries, for the great ferret "…was a god who laid some special stress on the fierce impatient side of things." When Conradin worships Sredni Vashtar, he chants an invocation:

      Sredni Vashtar went forth,

      His thoughts were red thoughts and his teeth were white.

      His enemies called for peace, but he brought them death.

      Sredni Vashtar the Beautiful.

      After Mrs. DeRopp discovers and sells the elderly hen, Conradin adds a repeated plea to his worship, leaving the specifics of the boon unstated: "Do one thing for me, Sredni." When, realizing that Conradin still possesses some secret joy, his guardian again snoops around the shed. Watching from the house, Conradin imagines her "…opening the door of the sacred hutch and peering down with her short-sighted eyes into the thick straw bed where his god lay hidden." For hours, in mingled hope and despair, Conradin awaits her triumphal exit from the shed, carrying his god in its hutch. . . but instead, "out through that doorway came a long, low, yellow-and-brown beast, with eyes a-blink at the waning daylight, and dark wet stains around the fur of jaws and throat." Later, amid the confused babble and outcry evoked by the servants' finding Mrs. DeRopp's body in the shed, Conradin calmly makes himself a piece of toast and slowly savors it.