With Lisbon's team obliterated in the aftermath of their last bungled operation, Betram has installed Jane into a new team, much to his chagrin.
The new team, under the leadership of Agent Haffner, comes across as more by the book than Lisbon's crew.
Jane's case with the new team involves a gym worker who turns up dead on his own front lawn. Jane checks out the crime scene then meets up with Lisbon, who is out of a job, at her apartment. She tells him as long as gets Red John, she doesn't so much care that she lost her job.
There are many suspects in the Kuzmenko case, as the trainer had angered a lot of people including lovers and lovers' boyfriends. As Jane sets about to solve the case, he devises a plan to kill two birds with one stone. He plots to pit his new teammates against each other so that they can get fired and he can rehire his old team.
After Lisbon visits Sally Carter, the wife of the Red John impersonator, in prison, she heads to the gym with Jane to set a trap for Kuzmenko's killer red-handed. It turns out to be the gym's owner, who was worried Kuzmenko's new gym would present too much competition for hers.
With this success, Lisbon gets her job back. Jane brings Red John's blind lover to have her identify the body of the man Jane shot in the mall. She feels his face and determines it doesn't belong to the man they're after.
Red John is definitely still out there.