The Mentalist

Season 4 Episode 2

Little Red Book

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 2011 on CBS
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The CBI has a new supervising agent, Ray Haffner, while Patrick Jane is trying to get his team back together.

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  • 402

    Tonight's murder is set against the backdrop of an unfaithful trainer at a gym. As someone who frequents weightlifting I liked the idea of this, but as a whole the episode was a little dull. I have no interest in the new officers and I don't think I am alone in that notion. I also think the show has been moving a bit too slowly this season, but maybe that's just what Mentalist will be from now on. It was a good story and I will say I am glad there was not an abundant number of twists tonight. Sometimes making the killer predictable is the right move.

  • Two steps forward and one step back. I liked the episode, but not the style.

    Seems like somebody decided to turn of the lights again, because the tint took a dive into darkness again this week. This is a step back to the style of thelate Season 3 episodes, which I will never stop complaining about. However, thatis probably just amatter of taste, so let's move on past that to the episode itself.

    The case-of-the-week was rather uninteresting, and there wasn't enough world-building nor characterization to keep me interested. This is however very much justified by everything going on in the sidelines. Jane's quest to bring back the team was great both in terms of execution and sense of humor. Unlike other scheemes, pretty much everyone involved actually saw right through him,but this was of course part of the plan as well.

    Strict diets lead to murder. Sure, why not?

    Also nice to see the Timothy Carter/Red John? plot carried on into this episode, and a certain returning character brought some incredible acting to the "final judgement". Not to mention how Blake Neely's musical addition to the last scene sent a shiver down my spine.

    All in all, a great episode, but I hope for a slightly more thought-out case next week. It's not a good sign when you can guess the killer from watching the CBS Promo.moreless
Reed Diamond

Reed Diamond

CBI Agent Ray Haffner

Guest Star

Joshua Biton

Joshua Biton

CBI Agent Tork

Guest Star

Omar J. Dorsey

Omar J. Dorsey

CBI Agent Anthony Niskin

Guest Star

Pruitt Taylor Vince

Pruitt Taylor Vince

J .J. LaRoche, Investigator with the Professional Standards Unit

Recurring Role

Michael Gaston

Michael Gaston

Gale Bertram

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Haffner: Jane?
      Jane: Hmm?
      Haffner: Any thoughts?
      Jane: Yeah. (pause) "The years teach us patience. The shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting."
      Niskin: That's pretty deep. Is it Buddha?
      Jane: Elizabeth Taylor. (points to the body) This man is dead. I'm all but certain of it.

    • Haffner: I read Jane's file. I know what's gonna happen. He's gonna go behind my back, lie to me, run a scam on me, right?
      Cho: Pretty much.

    • Haffner: What do you think of Jane?
      Cho: What do you mean?
      Haffner: You trust him?
      Cho: Depends.
      Haffner: Think he's smarter than you?
      Cho: Yes.
      Haffner: Think he's smarter than me?
      Cho: Yes.

    • Lisbon: Go to Haffner and apologize. Tell him it was all Jane's fault.
      Jane: Oh, well, that hardly seems fair.
      Lisbon: Maybe you can convince him to give you another chance.
      Van Pelt: It's not gonna happen.
      Rigsby: She's right.
      Lisbon: Oh, God. Why are you doing this? You were okay, all you had to do was keep your heads down.
      Van Pelt: We wanna work for you.

    • Jane: The way I see it, we got one shot at saving Lisbon's job.
      Rigsby: You think we can?
      Jane: All we have to do is solve the murder without Haffner. Then we take the murderer to Bertram, use our success as leverage to get Lisbon back.
      Rigsby: That's not gonna work.
      Jane: Come on. When have I steered you wrong?
      Rigsby: Recently?

    • LaRoche: It was... interesting working with you and Jane.
      Lisbon: I think that's the polite word for what it was, but thanks.

    • Lisbon: I could kill you with my bare hands.
      Jane: Well it's not the first time.

    • Bertram: Now I have a problem, because our urgent need for your skills is precisely balanced by my desire to fire you, before you destroy the bureau or my career or both.
      Jane: I understand. You're in a tough spot. You know who's always been a very, uh, healthy, moderating influence on me?
      Bertram: Yeah, of course, Lisbon. I'm sorry. Not possible.
      Jane: Well, then... you will continue to have a problem.

    • Lisbon: How'd you do it? Get Bertram to come around?
      Jane: Oh, wasn't so hard. Rational discussion between two reasonable men.
      Lisbon: Rational discussion, I bet.

    • Jane : Go ahead.
      Lisbon: I'm sorry?
      Jane : Say it. I won't get embarrased.
      Lisbon: Say what? (pause) Oh, you mean say "thank you"?
      Jane: Oh, you're welcome. Was it so hard?
      Lisbon: The thing is, not dealing with you every day has been very restful for me. My back pain's gone. I sleep really well. So, I'm actually not so sure I'm grateful to be back.
      Jane: You're a terrible liar. No offense. Good, honest people- always bad liars.
      Lisbon: Which makes you what?

    • Jane : You're rehiring me and firing Lisbon. That's a little perverse, don't you think?
      Bertram: No, see, you close cases. Agent Lisbon ran a covert operation that led to the deaths of two police officers and one FBI agent. There just has to be some accountability there.
      Jane: My operation. That was my operation.
      Bertram : Well, that's exactly the problem. We expect better supervision from our senior agents, which is why Lisbon is being investigated and her team reassigned to other posts.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Germany: Der letze Beweis (The final proof)

    • This episode had 12.92 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 29, 2011 on CTV
      Australia: October 10, 2011 on Nine
      Portugal: October 17, 2011 on RTP2
      Sweden: October 19, 2011 on TV3
      United Kingdom: November 17, 2011 on Channel 5/Channel 5 HD
      Germany: February 12, 2012 on Sat.1


    • The title "The Little Red Book" is a direct allusion to the collected quotations of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, of which various editions were published from approximately 1964 to 1972. Because of its small size [designed for easy carrying everywhere, by everyone] and vivid red binding [designed to be seen by everyone, everywhere], the diminutive volume was called "The Little Red Book" rather than its official moniker, "Collected Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung." Carrying, reading, reciting, and discussion of the book were mandatory for anyone who desired advancement in the Chinese Communist Party – and not carrying, reading, etc., comprised grounds for suspicion and investigation. Taken OUT of context, many of the sayings appear wise, well-grounded, solid, democratic, and positive. Taken IN the context of the Chinese "cultural revolution" and the horrors of living in a repressive totalitarian dictatorship, the contents reek with lies, hypocrisy, narcissism, and an utter disconnect from the harsh realities of life for China's multi-million majority. In this episode, the book most likely alludes to the many "rules" of the CBI, FBI, and other law-enforcement agencies, rules which SOUND fair, sensible, wise, well-grounded, and positive – just like the contents of Mao's "Little Red Book." But Red John is playing by his OWN set of rules, and unless Jane defies them, and assists Lisbon's team to defy them, Red John will remain free to wreak havoc simply because he CAN. The "rules" of normal criminal procedures help only Red John; they nearly cripple those who seek to apprehend him. Mao's quotations comprise the opposite of what they seem to say – and in this case, the "rules" of fighting crime help only the criminals.