The Mentalist

Season 3 Episode 21

Like A Redheaded Stepchild

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 05, 2011 on CBS
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Patrick Jane suspects a state prison inmate is the killer of a prison guard who was stabbed to death outside a jewelry store. Rigsby decides to ask his father what he knows about the murder.

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  • Like a Redheaded Stepchild...

    After a few Patrick-centric episodes in a series of strong character pieces for The Mentalist, Rigsby gets his time in the spotlight this week in "Like A Redheaded Stepchild". When the team is investigating the murder of a prison guard/aspiring detective outside of a jewelry store, Patrick immediately points to his place of work for the killer. As the team works several angles of the case, Rigsby heads to talk to previous inmates of the prison living in the area, including his father. The former meth dealer turned cigarette runner gives us a fair insight into the early years of Rigsby as he shows little love for his son whilst Cho gets to learn more about the prison guard. After the team discovers that their victim was working his own case to try and move one of his prisoners to a super-max facility, Patrick and Lisbon head off to a criminology class that he was attending in an effort to learn who. When they discover that he was trying to bring down the most feared criminal in his custody there is the usual misdirection and deception by Patrick as he tricks the bad guys into revealing their hand; not only ending the reign of the target of the victim, but also catching the killer too. As I said before "Like A Redheaded Stepchild" wasn't really about the case when it came down to it, more it was a convenient plot device to get Wayne to confront his father. We get too see that despite his father being nothing to aspire to, Rigsby still tries to impress his dad, that when his father uses him, he is slightly more than mad. When the case is shut they finally have the heart-to-heart/fist-to-fist that you'd expect and there are some deeper personal revelations for Wayne to face in the end. It's hardly a secret that he is still in love with Grace, but he finally admits it to her after telling her that he can't attend her wedding; unable to watch her marry another man.

    It's becoming a familiar way for me to wrap up talking about The Mentalist by saying that it's striking a very good balance between character and crime, but if something is true, then it may as well be said. Whether or not we'll get a resolution to the Wayne/Grace will they/won't they relationship saga before the end of the season is unclear, but this week served as a strong set up for the inevitable confrontation between them about their feelings whenever it may arrive. Again, it was a well constructed and well executed episode, I just hope they keep coming.moreless
  • 321

    The penultimate episode of The Mentalist's third season was fairly strong, although the actor they had portraying Wayne Rigsby's father did not really get the job across. It looked like Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan out there. The fight scene was pretty awkward too, but it was a nice little look into the background of Wayne.

    Disappointed by the lack of Red John here tonight, although I am sure we will get that in the season finale next Thursday. I hope they stick to the case and Red John then though, and not delve on the "relationship" between Wayne and Grace for too long. Save that for ABC Thursdays not CBS.moreless
  • A good episode, seemed a little boring, but not quite. A crime, a police could never solve by chasing the evidence

    This week's episode might seem a little bit boring for people who don't watch the show regularly.

    Actually, after seeing the last week's episode and learned about LaRoche's list and what it meant to Jane, this episode was a downer because it didn't focus or mention anything about that. However, this week's murder was a bit interesting. A prison guard is found dead, stabbed multiple times. It was Patrick who concluded that the guard is murdered not by a knife but by a shank, thus a con is responsible. No detailed spoilers here, so I am going to cut this short. For me the most interesting scene was the first moment Patrick caught the killer in his mind. When he was in prison, he asked the guard to show him the trustees and he picked the guy with clean and manicured hands, thus proving that he is breaking out the prison on a regular basis. All in all, a 10 !moreless
William Forsythe

William Forsythe

Steven Robert Rigsby

Guest Star

Clifton Powell

Clifton Powell

Correctional Officer Earl

Guest Star

Robert Cicchini

Robert Cicchini

Nick Monaco

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jane: Hello, class. Memory is unreliable because the untrained brain has a crappy filing system. It takes everything that happens to you and throws it all willy-nilly into a big, dark closet. When you go in there looking for something, all you can find are the big obvious things like when your mom died. Or stuff that you don't really need, stuff that you're not looking for like, uh, the words to "Copacabana". You can't find what you need, but don't panic, because it is still there. Now if we may, my lovely assistant and I will help you rummage through your magic closets. Somewhere in there lurks a name, so start digging and sorting and pulling things out.

    • Lecturer: Studies constantly show that eyewitness identification is wrong as often as it is right, because the human brain is not a computer. Can anyone tell me what day of the week may 31st, 1976 fell on? Tell me quickly. You see--
      Jane: (interrupting) Monday.
      Lecturer: Pardon me?
      Jane: Monday. It was a monday. My brain is a computer. It's a steel trap. A computerized steel trap.

    • Lisbon: Walton had bought a gold necklace just before he died and you were worried that he was gonna leave you?

      Jane: Because he was a good person? He wasn't your usual type, was he?

      Shelley: Yeah, tell me about it. I don't know if I'll meet another guy like Walton.

      Jane: Yes, your taste for bad boys is a sad relic of your childhood mistreatment. No need to pick it back up again.

      Shelley: Oh, gee, thanks for the advice, Dr. Phil.

      Jane: Just because you've heard it before doesn't mean it's not good advice.

    • Marcus: I've been a dead man for ten years. The outside world's got no hold on me. You think some screw poking into my business bothers me?

      Jane: Aw, you're not so tough. There's always bigger fish.

      Marcus: Not in my pond.

      Jane: Well, Walton wanted you transferred. You might have ended up in a pond with a giant pike or snapping turtles.

    • Jane: Personally, I think you got the cheekbones that you can support something really short. I mean, it'd look great on you. You got a great skull, I've always said that.
      Lisbon: I really wish you'd stop.

    • Rigsby: Looks like Butch Carwin's got himself a good old-fashioned meth lab, and he's armed. That's probable cause. We can take him right now.

      Van Pelt: We should call for backup.

      Rigsby: No need. This is gonna be easy.

      Van Pelt: You don't need to prove anything to anyone.

      Rigsby: Huh?

      Van Pelt: Your father is the last person in the world you should be trying to impress. You're a good person, in spite of him. You don't owe him anything.

      Rigsby: You got me wrong. I don't give a damn about my dad. I'm just saying we can take Carwin down now, no problem.

    • Rigsby: I'm sorry, but I'm not gonna be at your wedding.

      Van Pelt: Oh. That's too bad. You have something else planned that day?

      Rigsby: No. You see, the problem is... I'm still in love with you.

      Van Pelt: You can't...

      Rigsby: Hold on. I'm not trying to win you back. You're marrying a good man. That's not gonna change. But neither am I. This whole thing where we pretend that we're just friends, it--it doesn't work. I don't know if it will work, but I know one thing. I can't watch you marry another man.

      Van Pelt: All right.

      Rigsby: You have a good day and a good life.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 14.00 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Odstrený syn (Left Out Son)
      Germany: Alte schule (Old school)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 5, 2011 on CTV
      The Netherlands: May 12, 2011 on SBS 6
      United Kingdom: May 20, 2011 on Channel 5/Channel 5 HD
      Australia: June 19, 2011 on Nine
      Sweden: September 14, 2011 on TV3
      Germany: October 23, 2011 on SAT 1
      Czech Republic: May 23, 2012 on TV Nova