The Mentalist

Season 3 Episode 15

Red Gold

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

In what's a first, Agent Hightower and Patrick Jane are forced to work together in the field after Lisbon is injured during the investigation of a dead miner.

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  • 315

    Gold was at the forefront of today's episode, although Kenny Banya would not say that it was, "Gold, Jerry, gold!" Just an average installment of The Mentalist from my point of view.

    They keep trying to shove this Agent Hightower character down our throats and I just do not think the show needs her. It's the same thing they tried with the new boss in Season 2. This show became a breakout hit with this core cast, no need to keep shaking things up. This is not someone who will prevent anymore ratings drops either.

    You also had the uber-annoying ex-Michael Corinthos in Drew Garrett in a small role here. Forgettable appearance by the child actor.

    Not an excellent Mentalist at all, but don't let my criticism deterred you. It was still worth watching.moreless
  • Red Gold...

    This is exactly how a formulaic cop show should be done! The crime was fairly obvious, and the solving of it was as charming as it usually is when done by Patrick Jane, but this episode was not about that at all. Putting Lisbon on the side line allowed us a nice view into a secondary character's life for a refreshing take on this show. Teaming Hightower with Jane gave a new dynamic to the episode and felt a lot like watching a new show altogether, albeit for just 30 minutes or so. I really hope that the writers keep coming back to these types of episodes centered a lot more around character progression than the fairly mundane and obvious crimes that tend to occur. Don't get me wrong, when they write a genuine mystery and you really have to wait until the reveal to discover exactly what it is that happened, this is a much better show than most of the other crime "dramas" on TV right now, but the character centric episodes are even better. If they keep this balance whilst now and then returning to the Red John case this show really does have legs to out-do all of it's competition. The characters remain thoroughly likable and Simon Baker continues to excel. Absolutely nothing wrong with this episode, perhaps just a little more mystery to the case and it would be 9.5 or 10.moreless
  • I have a whole new respect for Hightower.

    This episode was worth mostly on the character level. Mostly, to see Hightower take down the bad guy while said baddie was using Jane as a human shield! Looks like Jane isn't the only team member who can manipulate a situation to his own ends. Maybe Hightower is even better. I mean, has Lisbon ever had Jane almost singing singing soprano after a take down? I think not. ;o} I think she was really picturing the baddie as being her hubby...

    Lisbon turned babysitter this time out, falling back on her past experience with her three "feral" brothers to do the job. I'm sensing that Hightower might just have a whole new outlook on her team.

    And maybe that new found team spirit, and having the boss lady behind them, will come in handy as the J.J. (and I think Craig too) schtick starts hitting the fan...moreless
Drew Garrett

Drew Garrett

Jeff Loomis

Guest Star

Dylan Bruno

Dylan Bruno

Dean Puttock

Guest Star

Amy Farrington

Amy Farrington

Melinda Drew

Guest Star

Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

Madeleine Hightower

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Attwood: Hey, now, I didn't kill anybody. I mean, I'm a killer salesman, but... you know, I'm not a killer.

      Cho: Ask yourself whether this is the right moment for humor, Mr. Attwood.

    • Jane: Chamomile tea... excellent for repressed rage.

      Hightower: I'm not angry.

      Jane: Sure you are. Letting it out would be helpful, I guarantee it. Shout, scream, hit something, preferably not me. It'll do you wonders.

    • Mimi: Are you disabled?

      Lisbon: No. No, I'm injured. Not that disabled is bad, but I'm not. I'm injured.

      Mimi: You walk like disabled.

    • Hightower: What were you doing back there?

      Jane: Five card draw.

      Hightower: For money?

      Jane: No! For gold.

      Hightower: Oh, gold. Gold. That makes it all right, then.

    • Hightower: I hope they weren't too much trouble.

      Lisbon: Not at all. I had three nearly feral brothers. Your kids are sweethearts.

    • Jane: You know, I should applaud your bravery, but I gotta say, practically speaking I-I-I... What were you thinking? You could have killed me!

      Hightower: I'm sorry. I got mad. I didn't know what I was thinking.

      Jane: That was some good shooting, though. That leg shot that took him down was very precise.

      Hightower: I was aming for his head.

      Jane: Oh, fantastic.

    • Hightower: Did, um, Rick carry a gun with him when he would go off by himself?

      Cheryl Meade: No, Rick didn't believe in guns.

      Jane: He didn't think guns existed?

      Cheryl Meade: No, he didn't like them.

      Jane: Me neither. Terribly dangerous. Have you seen the statistics on police shootings? One bullet out of every ten hits a bad guy. And that's the trained people.

    • Jane: So, you play bad cop.

      Hightower: I'll be me, thank you.

      Jane: Right. Exactly what I said.

      Hightower: Funny... so funny.

    • Jane: You're really committed to keeping your temper contained, huh? What's up with that?

      Hightower: You're really committed to testing my temper, huh? What's up with that?

    • Sheriff Hughes: Rick Loomis. Been in town for five months. Dead in his truck by the creek.

      Jane: Well, maybe he died of happiness. Too much natural beauty. Stendhal syndrome.

      Sheriff Hughes: No.

      Jane: No?

      Sheriff Hughes: He was shot in the head.

      Jane: Oh, well. Never mind.

    • (After Jane's been in the field with Hightower)

      Lisbon: What was it like?

      Jane: It?

      Lisbon: You know...

      Jane: Oh. You mean going out with another woman?

      Lisbon: Yeah. No. Uh, come on. You know what I mean.

      Jane: It was great. It's fun, intense, um, challenging. She's super dynamic. Yeah. I think we had a great connection.

      Lisbon: That's great.

      Jane: What, you a little jealous?

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 15.01 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Rudé zlato (Red Gold)
      Germany: Goldrausch (Gold rush)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 17, 2011 on CTV
      The Netherlands: March 31, 2011 on SBS 6
      United Kingdom: April 1, 2011 on Channel 5/Channel 5 HD
      Australia: April 10, 2011 on Nine
      Sweden: June 7, 2011 on TV3
      Germany: September 11, 2011 on SAT 1
      Czech Republic: April 11, 2012 on TV Nova