The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 4

Ladies in Red

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 21, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Jason Sands, a wealthy banker and political contributor is found dead inside his residence vault. After being tortured, he had bled to death in his vault. Patrick and the team delve into Jason's private life to find the murderer.

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  • The Mentalist keeps getting better.

    CBS and network TV's top new show keeps on getting better. Simon Baker is perfect in the role of Patrick Jane and is one of the most compelling characters on a procedural drama in a long time. Too many shows feature generic, bland characters that fail to have any special talents. Jane is both funny and unique, and he is just such an interesting television personality.

    The story was really good here and again The Mentalist keeps you guessing until the very end. I suspected foul play from the widow at the beginning, as did Patrick Jane, but I did not expect things to unfold the way they did. Great showing from The Mentalist, the best yet.moreless
  • Great Show!!

    awesome episode, I thought the wife was the culprit all along, however, I thought the girlfriend was in on the murder also. I think this is the best new show that has come on the tv scene this fall. The Mentalist has it all, it is crime drama with a twist. I love Patrick Jane's quirky sense of humor. The cast seems to mesh like they have been working together for years instead of just months. Bravo CBS, for putting together another great new crime drama. I use to watch The Guardian and I just loved him on that show also and was sad to see The Guardian go off the air.moreless
  • Very good episode.

    What's the point of a safe room that doesn't have an alarm to a security company or the police? If it had, he'd probably still be alive. It's obvious the man was paranoid – even his wife didn't know about the panic room.

    This is interesting – answers a question I had, why the CBI tolerates Jane – because of his case closure rate.

    It's obvious from the first that the wife's dirty, she realizes Jane's her best chance to get the diamonds. Adriana is the one who went for the daughter and the mother goes after the diamonds. The last nail in the coffin was her ignorance about Peter and the Wolf.

    Fav quote:

    - "That's where he stares at the back of her neck for several hours, women love that."

    - "Why would I want a crowd of women following me around?"

    - "I mistakenly treat him like a responsible adult."

    A very strong episode.moreless
  • The team investigates the murder of Jason Sands, a wealthy banker, who bled to death inside his residence vault after being tortured. Meanwhile, Jane works over the suspects to learn which one will reveal their true colors.moreless

    This episode was my all time favorite back when I first saw it. This episode is deftly written and cleverly plotted. A fine example and great installment. The diamonds were right their in plain sight, I can't believe I missed, but, it's not like they made it the most predictable thing in the world. I mean you didn't even learn about the diamonds, until 10 minutes after you first saw that room. The mistress storyline was interesting. Also, this episode started to reveal more personality behind Rigsby, he had more lines in this episode than in any other episodes. THERE!moreless
Denise Dowse

Denise Dowse

SFPD Det. Carla Mulvey

Guest Star

Lisa Brenner

Lisa Brenner

Jennifer Sands

Guest Star

Jade Pettyjohn

Jade Pettyjohn

Julie Sands

Guest Star

Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Virgil Minelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Jane realizes that the wife's alibi of being at a performance of "Peter and the Wolf" is false when he asks her whether the duck was represented by a flute or bassoon and she says "bassoon" (the duck's theme is played by an oboe). However in the reveal, when he tells her this, he says that the wolf is a bassoon. Actually, the wolf is played by French horns, and the bassoon represents the grandfather.

    • The mistress Adrianna Jonović is referred to as being Armenian. However, Jonović is a Balkan (Serbian/Croat) surname, while most Armenian surnames end in -ian. Due to major ethnic differences, it's highly unlikely an Armenian would have married into a Balkan family during the Cold War, thus adopting the surname.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (talking about seduction)
      Rigsby: Okay, I'll bite. What's the basic principle?
      Jane: Cost you a dollar.
      Rigsby: For what?
      Jane: So you'll pay attention.
      (Rigsby gives Jane a dollar)
      Jane: Love and affection.
      Rigsby: What?
      Jane: Love and affection.
      Rigsby: Give me my dollar back.
      Jane: When you're seducing someone, what are you offering them? Love and affection. Who doesn't want love and affection. It's simple.
      Rigsby: Seriously, give me my dollar back.

    • Rigsby: Seduction's not my strong point.
      Jane: Seduction's easy once you know the basic principles. There's nothing to it.
      Rigsby: Oh, really? Well, I don't see a crowd of women following you around.
      Jane: Why would I want a crowd of women following me around?

    • (talking about Jennifer Sands)
      Lisbon: You're not soft on her, are you?
      Jane: No...maybe a little. We need to talk to the lawyer--
      Lisbon: Bennett. We need to talk to him. You need to stay well away. Did you say maybe a little?
      Jane: She's a gorgeous grieving widow. Of course maybe a little. (Lisbon stares at him) Don't worry, it's not gonna affect my work. I'm a law-enforcement professional. Jeez.

    • Lisbon: (about Jane) I mistakenly treated him as a responsible adult.

    • (talking about Grace Van Pelt)
      Rigsby: I sent out the vibes. I got nothing back, okay? So I'm leaving her alone.
      Jane: Vibes. Really? Vibes?
      Cho: That's where he stares at the back of her neck for several hours. Women love that.
      Rigsby: Oh, shut up, Cho!
      Jane: You gotta go get her, man. You gotta seduce her.

    • (investigating the crime scene)
      Jane: (talking about Jason Sands) He's still here.
      Det. Carla Mulvey: Not unless he's invisible. He's not, Agent Jane.
      Lisbon: He's not an agent. He's a consultant.
      Jane: No badge. No gun. (Whispering) They don't even give me dental.
      Det. Carla Mulvey: Oh, yeah. You're the one they were telling me about, the psychic. Sorry, Gandalf. In our own bumbling way, we did look around pretty good. He's not here.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode had 15.28 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Dámy v rudém (Ladies in Red)

    • Simon Baker (Patrick Jane) and Denise Dowse (SFPD Det. Carla Mulvey) previously worked together on The Guardian.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 22, 2008 on Channel 9
      Latin America: November 27, 2008 on AXN
      The Netherlands: January 15, 2009 on Net 5
      Spain: January 22, 2009 on La Sexta
      Norway: January 28, 2009 on TV3
      Belgium: February 18, 2009 on VT4
      Denmark: February 23, 2009 on TV3
      Hungary: February 23, 2009 on RTL-Klub
      Sweden: March 10, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: March 22, 2009 on SAT 1
      United Kingdom: April 16, 2009 on Channel Five
      Thailand: April 30, 2009 on True Series
      Finland: September 24, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: December 21, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: January 25, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: September 27, 2010 on TVN
      India: November 23, 2010 on Zee Cafe


    • Jane talks to Jennifer Sands about Peter and the Wolf, which is a musical composition for orchestra written by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. It is a children's story where each character has a distinctive theme played by a different musical instrument.

    • Wayne Rigsby: (about Van Pelt) Suddenly she's Steve McQueen.

      Steve McQueen (1930-1980) was an American movie actor, known mostly for his "anti-hero" persona. He is recognized for doing his own stunts.

    • Det. Carla Mulvey: Sorry, Gandalf.

      Gandalf is a major character from J.R.R Tolkien's novels The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings.

    • When Patrick is keying in numbers to find the way in to the secret room he is singing Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain. For we've received orders for to sail back to Boston. And so nevermore shall we see you again." This was made famous as a quote from the 1975 film Jaws. Originally it is a British Capstan Shanty from the late 1700's (Old England instead of Boston) used to keep the rhythm of the Capstan turning.