The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 10

Red Brick and Ivy

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 16, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Patrick Jane becomes very interested in a new case involving his former psychiatrist, who is the victim's ex-wife and also the prime suspect.

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  • An episode that reveals more of Patrick's past and develops the partnership with Teresa Lisbon more than previously.

    This was a good episode to go into the break with. Patrick's past breakdown and psychotherapy were explored and gave us more insights into his character than most of the previous episodes. There was plenty of action and the breaking into the warehouse scene to capture the animal activist was especially well done. The dialogue exchanges between Patrick Jane and Teresa Lisbon were also superb throughout. Also the twist at the end was handled well and I enjoyed the way they got the Chancellor to confess. This show has been one of the most popular newbies this season and this episode shows why.moreless
  • A fascinating episode.

    Great episode – Patrick's ex, animal testing and scientists playing god.

    Sophie Miller was Patrick's psychiatrist – Patrick was institutionalized which fits in perfectly with the circumstances of his family's brutal murders. Makes sense at the time but also makes sense of his current flashes of instability.

    I have sympathy for the animal rights activists, they take it to an extreme but I do hate animal testing. Hearing the doctor's rant about eradicating 'evil' through cutting into the brain was disturbing. Cloning is illegal for excellent reasons and this 'theory' smacks of the same kind of 'god complex'.

    Patrick's little 'evil' ruse was typical Holmes – create a show with all the suspects to expose the killer.

    Elizabeth Rohm – I haven't seen her since Angel but I've always loved her as an actress, even if I didn't really like Kate in Angel.moreless
  • Patrick gets a call from his former psychiatrist.

    Patrick gets a call from his former psychiatrist.

    We find out that after the murder of his wife and daughter Patrick had a mental break down and spent some time in a mental hospital. The psychiatrist who treated him is now a researcher and needs his help as she seems to be the prime suspect in a murder.

    This episode gives us a glimpse into the psyche of Patrick Jane and all we see is not roses. He was completely shattered by the murder of his wife and daughter and we left with the impression that there are still some major cracks.

    All around a great episode.moreless
  • Patrick learns that his psychiatrist is a suspect in a murder.

    After a record breaking display with last week's episode becoming the first freshman series to become the #1 show on television The Mentalist continued here with another exciting episode.

    We discovered a little bit more of Patrick Jane's unique past and that he was once in need of serious medical help. But in present time he is still as funny as ever believing that souls are made of "snakes, snails and puppies' tails" and mocking the idea of a machine changing people's morality.

    We had a great final scene with Patrick "snapping" and shooting his doctor, only for it to turn out to be a giant hoax. This is the kind of intense sequence that the show needs more of, but only seems to be prevalent on a recurring basis.

    But a fun installment as most shows are off for Christmas hiatus.moreless
  • Jane toys with vulnerability.

    We all know that Jane likes to be the one controlling the situation: he observes a person carefully and makes even the viewer uncomfortable, wondering; "Am I that easy to read?" However, in this episode for once we get to study the reactions and vulnerability of the Mentalist, as his former psychiatrist asks him to investigate a case in which she is the prime suspect.

    Throughout the episode, we get a sense that their prior relationship was deeper than that of patient/doctor. In frequent flashbacks, they are shown close together and even touching, however a sexual relationship is never alluded to; as we have seen in prior episodes, Jane is just very outwardly affectionate with people he has a "connection" with.

    Apart from the final scene, which is somewhat implausible (despite admittedly offering a pleasing quickening of pace), this is an acceptable episode that leaves you with greater insight into the period of Jane's life following the slaughter of his family.moreless
Mark D. Espinoza

Mark D. Espinoza

Ed MacVicar

Guest Star

Sarah Lafleur

Sarah Lafleur

Emily Nelson

Guest Star

Lawrence Pressman

Lawrence Pressman

Chancellor Stern

Guest Star

Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Virgil Minelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Talking about Sophie Miller.)

      Lisbon: What if we take this case and it turns out she's guilty?

      Jane: She didn't do it.

      Lisbon: How do you know?

      Jane: Because she told me she didn't. She wouldn't lie to me.

      Lisbon: Why not?

      Jane: Because she wouldn't.

      Lisbon: Suppose she did.

      Jane: Well, if shes is guilty, then we need to catch her and punish her, but she's not.

      Lisbon: Jane, I know I said I wouldn't ask, but I'm asking. Who is this woman? What's the connection?

      Jane: You don't wanna know.

    • Jane: Yeah, I went through a rough patch. Did a little time in a hospital. Sophie helped me through that time.

      Lisbon: It's not on your record.

      Jane: No. Believe me,'s not easy to do. I know there's nothing shameful about having a breakdown, but I gotta confess, I am ashamed of it.

      Lisbon: Thank you for being so honest with me.

      Jane: Sorry I kept it from you.

    • Lisbon: Seriously, I've stuck my stupid neck out for you for the umpteenth time. I think I deserve the truth. Why is Sophie Miller so important to you?

      Jane: She was my doctor.

      Lisbon: She's a psychiatrist.

      Jane: Yes. She was my psychiatrist.

      Lisbon: But you hate psychiatrists. So you always say.

      Jane: She was a good psychiatrist.

      Lisbon: She must have been, if she managed to keep you in the room.

      Jane: It was a locked room.

      Lisbon: (pauses) Oh.

    • Jane: You don't like the way I drive, you despise it.

      Lisbon: You drive way too fast.

      Jane: I drive just fast enough. You hate not being the one in control and yet you're willing to overcome your irrational fears to cheer me up. That's a beautiful thing, Lisbon. Thank you, I'd love to drive.

      Lisbon: Never mind.

    • Lisbon: Aw. Jane kissed a girl.

      Jane: What? Yeah on the cheek.

      Lisbon: Still counts.

    • Lisbon: We have agents at your house right now with a search warrant.

      Chancellor Stern: Inadmissible.

      Lisbon: Yes. I'd hate to be a State's Attorney. Jane's always pulling crap like this on them but they always win.

    • Jane: Let's keep it casual to start with Sophie. Let her relax. If she gets her guard up, we'll get nothing from her.

      Lisbon: You're very combative all of a sudden.

      Jane: Yeah, if she is guilty, she lied to me and I believed it. She fooled me.

      Lisbon: The ultimate sin.

      Jane: Yes it is.

    • Jane: The widow's not a true blonde. She's naturally dark.

      Lisbon: And what?

      Jane: And her hair's colored and styled to look like Sophie, only younger. She was a brunette when I knew her.

      Lisbon: So Nelson was a control freak like you said.

      Jane: A control freak with a serious thing for getting his women to dye their hair blonde.

      Lisbon: Kerry Sheenan has roots.

      Jane: Yes, she does.

      Lisbon: Sheenan and Alex Nelson were having an affair.

      Jane: Bravo!

    • Cho: How did you kill Nelson?

      Howie: Poison.

      Cho: What kind of poison did you use?

      Howie: Wouldn't you like to know.

      Cho: I do know, I'm wondering if you do.

      Howie: Do you realize that the real rulers of this planet are insects?

    • Van Pelt: (talking about Howie) He's crazy.

      Rigsby: Yeah, crazy don't make him innocent. Crazy is what makes people kill other people.

    • Stutzer: You are skeptical. Nevertheless, it's true we are plumbing the depths of the human soul. Do you know what's down there? Do you know what your soul is made of?

      Jane: Frogs and snails and puppy dogs' tails?

      Stutzer: Ah. Humor. Good.

    • Jane: Hey, thanks for not telling I made you take the case. Lisbon? Hello?

      Lisbon: Tell me the truth.

      Jane: Truth. Darth Vader? Luke's father.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 19.31 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Prestiž nadevše (Prestige Over Everything)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: February 11, 2009 on Nine
      The Netherlands: February 26, 2009 on SBS 6
      Belgium: April 1, 2009 on VT4
      Denmark: April 6, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: April 21, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: May 3, 2009 on SAT 1
      United Kingdom: May 28, 2009 on Five
      Finland: November 5, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: February 1, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: March 8, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: November 15, 2010 on TVN


    • Patrick: (Sitting in Dr. Stutzer's office) Frogs and snails or puppy dogs' tails.

      This is a line from the popular nursery rhyme What Are Little Boys Made Of?. This rhyme is from a larger work attributed to an English poet named Robert Southey (1774-1843) entitled What Folks Are Made Of, published around 1820 by Burton Stevenson.

    • Patrick: Truth. Darth Vader? Luke's father.

      Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker are characters from the Star Wars universe. The revelation that Darth Vader was Luke's father was made in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.