The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 4

Ladies in Red

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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