The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 20

Red All Over

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CBI are called to the murder of Xander Harrington, a wealthy media corporation's CEO. The investigation leads to the Visualize Self-Realization Center, a cult-like religious group.

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  • red all over

    Great episode of The Mentalist tonight. You had an adrenaline packed scene with Lisbon possibly being kept in a room with a bomb to save a girl, before she decided to pull a wire and end its explosive power. Great moment of television there that had me legitimately worried for Patrick Jane's favorite counterpart.

    The plot was easy to follow, not a plethora of twists or turns, and you had a classic Mentalist way of the truth finally coming out. This will be an episode that is worth watching again when the show stars reairing on TNT in the year 2011.moreless
  • A fun one.

    This was a fun one becuae of Malcolm McDowell! Loved the wasy the cult "seemed" to be like that horrible cult Scientology. The "gimic" box Jane had to sit in from off and answer questions. LOVED it.

    I wish that the story had kept going back to McDowell. But I knew who did it as soon as the rich Husband wouldn't hold his child. I told my husband, the kid's not his, it's the Husbands son and he killed his son because of it. Then of course, it was the other son that had the affair and he killed the wrong son. NO suprises but fun to watch.

    I didn't like the bomb sequence. You knew nothing was going to happen. The only good thing was Jane's reaction to the fact that Lisbon was in trouble.

    All in all I enjoyed the show. Would like a script that surprised us though. Can't believe McDowell is Red John because in the previous episode when Red John passes the secretary that killed Boscoe and he touches her....with poison....the actor that passed her in the hall wasn't McDowell, even though we only saw the back of his head you could tell it wasn't him.

    It would have fit though with him being Red John and running a cult while at the same time being a cold blooded killer.moreless
  • The team's investigation of a media conglomerate's newly appointed CEO leads it to a self-help group and its leader.

    Is there another term involving red or a homonym thereof the producers could have used as a title, since they already used "Red Herring"? Depending on your point of view, the self-visualization group was either a huge McGuffin or a possible foreshadowing of the season finale. Like season one's "Miss Red," the pace of this episode seemed accelerated compared to your average episode of The Mentalist. Jane names a suspect in the teaser in a manner that displays both his observation skills and his flair for the dramatic, and Cho interrogates her in the first scene after the titles with the new boss watching. No time wasted there. Eventually, Jane and Cho visit a self-visualization group that was to be the subject of an investigation the murder victim's newspaper was planning to run, and its leader (Malcolm McDowell), who's playing games from the start. This, contrary to what the previews would have you believe, was not the focus of the episode, but it helped fill the hour pretty well, as I wasn't bored and the motive (if not necessarily the identity) of the killer caught me completely me off-guard. Two highlights of this episode for me were the bomb scene, where Lisbon takes action independent of, and contrary to, Jane's advice and it pays off and the scene where the self-visualization group's leader brings up Jane's murdered family and Lisbon backs Jane up unreservedly. Hopefully, he's not Red John himself. With only a few new episodes left this season, the show has definitely recovered from killing off Boscoe too soon and continues to display the lessons it's learned from season one.moreless
Bob Gunton

Bob Gunton

Alexander Harrington

Guest Star

Robyn Lively

Robyn Lively

Sadie Cardoza Harrington

Guest Star

Tanc Sade

Tanc Sade

Edward Harrington

Guest Star

Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

Madeleine Hightower

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Elizabeth Stanfeld: Just because you've stopped my work doesn't mean others won't follow in my path. You can't imprison the truth.

      Jane: Oh, Lizzy, you are batnuts crazy. Batnuts, girl. But that's okay, you're young, you can recover your wits.

    • Jane: That's important to you, isn't it...guts?

      Alexander Harrington: Of course. Guts, heart. What else is there?

      Jane: Spleen, liver, kidneys, uh, genitalia. Lot of important stuff there.

    • (The Visualize Self-Realization Center has a big eye as a logo.)

      Cho: Creepy.

      Jane: What, you don't like giant eyeballs?

      Cho: No.

    • (Jane, Ashley and Lisbon are playing cards and Lisbon is about to put a card on the table.)

      Jane: (to Ashley) She's about to throw out the queen of spades.

      Lisbon: Stop showing off. (She throws out the jack of spades instead.) Ha!

      Jane: That's what's called cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    • Jane: (Answering his phone.) Hello.

      Lisbon: It's me. I need your help.

      Jane: Well, Lisbon. You need my help?

      Lisbon: I need your help finding a bomb. (Jane looks alerted.) There's still time. You're good at this kind of thing. If we find the bomb intact, maybe we can still get rid of it.

      Jane: What, are you nuts? What do you want to do that for? It's a bomb. Just get out of there. The guy's got comprehensive home insurance, I'm sure.

      Lisbon: Oh, come on, Jane. We've got two minutes. All right? Where did they put it? They said it's somewhere in the grand salon.

      Jane: Well, if they called it the grand salon, then obviously they're insiders.

      Lisbon: Good point. Leading us where?

      Jane: Uh, let me see. If I was familiar with that room, I would plant a bomb...try under the sofa. No, no, no, no, no. The cupboard over by the dutch forgery.

      Lisbon: The painting? How do you know it's a forgery?

      Jane: Eh, the brushwork, it's all wrong. It's way too loose.

      (Lisbon opens the cupboard and finds the bomb.)

      Lisbon: Oh my god. You were right.

      Jane: Yeah, well, of course. That looser feeling didn't develop until much later on.

      Lisbon: No! The bomb. I found it!

    • Jane: My eyes aren't windows or doors or even keys for that matter. I use them to look at things, and what I'm looking at right now is a big, fat liar.

      Bret Stiles: (Laughs) Really?

      Jane: Really. Yes. Betrayed by a faint facial tremor. You could work on that in the mirror. You'd get some great results.

      Bret Stiles: Mm. You know, now I see why...Red John really enjoys sparring with you. A worthy adversary, yeah?

      Jane: Yes. Straight for the jugular.

      Lisbon: Obviously, you struck a nerve.

      Jane: Hmm.

      Bret Stiles: Losing a wife and a child like that...well, it makes a man reckless, untethered. Fills him with anger and shame that he cannot express. (To Lisbon) Well, must make your job very hard, hmm?

      Lisbon: Yes, but the health plan's great.

    • Jane: Believe me when I say this Bret, you don't want to make this personal. Now give us Stanfeld, or I will make it my sole purpose to hound you for the rest of your miserable, phony life.

      Bret Stiles: (Laughs) Whoa. Am I hearing a threat here? I mean, aren't there rules about this sort of thing? Hmm?

      Lisbon: Like you said, untethered.

    • Elizabeth Stanfeld: I'm looking down at you from a great height. You're like ants. It's sad how far I am beyond you people, spiritually and mentally.

      Jane: Mm. But, uh, physically, I think we might have the upper hand.

    • Jane: You know, I was hoping to dazzle you all with my uncanny detective skills, but you force me, you force me to just reveal the humdrum facts and point out that you have blood on your shoes, Heather.

    • Lisbon: Quit that!

      Jane: What?

      Lisbon: Poking the bigwig.

      Jane: Poking the bigwig. Ah, I like it. It's got a nice ring to it.

      Lisbon: I understand it's a compulsion you're not fully in control of but I wish you would try. It would make our work a lot easier if you did...try.

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