The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 2

Red Hair and Silver Tape

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 30, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CBI is called in to investigate the murder of a young woman, found tied up and dumped in a Northern Napa County vineyard. Lisbon focuses on the theory that this was the result of a lovers' quarrel, but Jane believes this may be the work of a serial killer. He investigates his own theories and gets the team's assistance with a plan to catch the killer.moreless

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  • I'm tried but I'm done.

    I've given it two weeks but as much as I like the concept I just can't get into this show. I think it's a combination of script writing and case topics. This one was a young girl was murder by her bosses. The case and watching the team follow the evidence, which was all over the place was just a challenge. I don't see any chemistry within the team that's actually work related. In the pilot there was hints of a serial killer after Jane which brought him to his current position. But there was only a brief mention of it within this episode. But overall, I just expected a bigger hook and I'm not, so I'm done.moreless
  • If they can't bother with any continuity I might give up on The Mentalist.

    In the opening it's clearly established that the cause of death is *Spoiler* suffocation. Yet in a flashback the killer is shown stabbing the victim. Surely CBI would be aware of a stab wound so I'm not sure how this error crept in.

    Also, the premise of a married couple who are serial killers is too far-fetched for me, one crazy person just happened to find another and for some reason they opened up about those crazy urges of theirs? Otherwise, the show was well-acted but I might find Jane's smile wearing over time. I did enjoy that he set up Van Pelt and Rigsby up on a date engineered to end with a face-slapping and the chemistry is pretty good. Rigsby and Kang aren't cookie-cutter characters but they are too one-dimensional so I hope to see them fleshed out more. Overall, I plan to see a few more episodes before giving up but I consider an error this glaring to be a serious flaw.moreless
  • Very good second episode.

    Not as excellent as the pilot but still a very strong episode.

    Patrick's sting was good but didn't anticipate the local cops keeping an eye on the restaurant too.

    Husband and wife killing team – Patrick was right, soulmates – how else do you explain two homicidal people finding each other? That's an immense level of trust to have in someone - to conspire to kill.

    Patrick was good with the victim's little brother. He must have loved her very much to want to avenge her death. The axe was kinda scary, I'm not sure if it's just what was at hand or speaks to what he wanted to do to her killer.moreless
  • This episode shows more of Jane's observation talents, finding particulars about in the victim that others might have missed. Along with a great demonstration of how hypnotism can be used to extract informaion out of unwilling suspects.moreless

    I'm so far liking this series. The humour in it is great. This episode shows more of Jane's observation talents, finding particulars about in the victim that others might have missed. Along with a great demonstration of how hypnotism can be used to extract informaion out of unwilling suspects.It was funny to see the others reaction to hypnotism, (Some fascinated, some all against it because it's against the rules). Developing the thought pattern of the killer and then drawing them out by using one of his team mates, Grace Van Pelt, as bait by setting up a fake date gone wrong was brilliant! All in all a satisfying episode. Looks like the characters are going to develop nicely. Hopefully the next episodes will have as good a plot and script.moreless
  • The team is called into investigate the murder of an 18-year-old waitress in Napa Valley. Meanwhile Jane runs an undercover operation using Van Pelt as bait.

    So, as my classification says this is another great installment in the continuing adventures of Patrick Jane. This show just keeps getting better. The cast is wonderful. Robin Tunney is underappreciated and her character is great, it's great having her on the show. Also, I enjoy seeing how Patrick does his job. The scene with the game of rock paper scissors was hilarious and...what else? I really enjoyed the character of Hector and I think who ever played him was great in the part too! Also, this episode was 10x better than the first here's hoping they just keep getting better.moreless
Xander Berkeley

Xander Berkeley

Sheriff McAllister

Guest Star

Eric Stonestreet

Eric Stonestreet

Malcolm Boatwright

Guest Star

Judith Hoag

Judith Hoag

Sandra Boatwright

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the scene in which Jane and Lisbon first meet the couple who own the restaurant, Jane is seen eating and enjoying his food. The camera pans to a different angle where the audience can see Jane's back but can still see him twirl the food onto his fork. The camera then pans back to Jane who has no food on his fork, but still puts it in his mouth and chews as though he had taken another bite.

    • Before Teresa exits the pit where she is examining Melanie's body, she takes off a glove, but in the next shot she has both gloves on.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Sheriff McAllister: (about Jane) Who is this guy?

      Lisbon: He's a consultant. You want CBI assistance, he comes as part of the package.

      Sheriff McAllister: Consultant, huh? What, are you clairvoyant or some gizmo? You got psychic powers?

      Jane: No, no powers. Had them once. I mean' I pretented I had them, obviously.

    • Jane: The killer plans to bring his victim back to this room, and when he does, we're gonna be here to greet him. How sweet is that?

      Lisbon: This is all a big elaborate joke you're gonna apologize for now, yes?

    • (Talking about Raquel)

      Lisbon: That was funny, the way she gave him up so easily like that?

      Jane: Yeah, it was. But you were right, huh? Secret lover. Guess I was wrong about the whole red-hair-and-duct-tape thing.

      Lisbon: You hypnotized her, didn't you?

      Jane: I certainly did not. (Lisbon just stares at him.) Okay, no. Yes, I did hypnotize her, but--

      Lisbon: But nothing. It's unprofessional and it's illegal. It's totally out of bounds.

      Cho: That's what I told him.

      Jane: I was gonna say you had nothing to do with it, but hey.

      Lisbon: (to Cho) You allow him to pull that stuff again, and you'll be showing visitors around the statehouse in a stupid hat.

    • Jane: (about Hector) He's telling the truth.

      Lisbon: Now you're just trying to be contrary. Have you read his sheet?

      Jane: Did you hear what he said?

      Lisbon: He's a good actor. It was you who thought it was him in the first place.

      Jane: I said Melanie had a lover, I didn't say he killed her.

      Lisbon: If it wasn't him, then who was it? And if you say "a man who likes red hair and silver duct tape", I'll scream.

      Jane: I don't want you to scream.

    • (After Jane's plan to lure in the suspect has gone awry.)

      Lisbon: Everything's funny.

      Jane: Well, if you try. I mean, come on. That was pretty funny. Strange though. I was sure the Chef would bite. I mean, there's still a chance he could show up.

      Lisbon: The chef? Malcolm? Why do you think it's him?

      Jane: He uses way too much butter.

      Lisbon: Say--?

      Jane: He's a gluttonous baby. He's self indulgent. He wants what he wants and takes it.

      Lisbon: Too much butter.

      Jane: Yeah.

      Lisbon: It's fascinating, the way your mind works.

    • Jane: I have a daughter who would be about your age if I hadn't caused her death. Her and her mother.
      Frankie O'Keefe: How?
      Jane: Out of arrogance, stupidity. I made an evil man very angry and he killed them to teach me a lesson. To make me sorry for what I'd done. And I am sorry. Being sorry is far worse punishment than being dead. Everybody dies... very few people ever feel truly sorry for the bad things they've done. It hurts.

    • Jane: No such thing as psychic powers.

      Sheriff McAllister: So what is it you do exactly?

      Jane: You know rock paper scissors?

      Sheriff McAllister: I do.

      Jane: Play me. On three; one, two, three. (Patrick wins six consecutive games)

    • Van Pelt: I don't get it. She actually enjoyed helping him kill. One crazy, evil person I understand, but two? Husband and wife? Marriage is suppose to be a sacred, loving thing.

      Jane: Yeah, they were soulmates in their strange own way.

    • Jane: (making a call on his cell phone) Hi. Uh, I made a booking for two for this afternoon. Could you put us on the terrace? It's more romantic. Thanks. Yeah, Patrick. Lovely. See you then. (ends phone call then looks at Lisbon) Don't fret. I wouldn't seduce you over a meal. That'd be very sophomoric.
      Lisbon: I didn't think you were trying to seduce me.
      Jane: Come on. How could that thought not have entered your head? (Lisbon stares speechlessly at Jane) Your denial that it did intrigues me.
      Lisbon: Bite me.

    • (talking about the relationship between Melanie and Hector)

      Hector Ramirez: What we had... was special.

      Jane: You made her feel like a captured princess instead of a small town choir nerd. And she made you feel like a dashing pirate instead of what you are... sort of a bad-tempered pharmacist.

    • (staring into Raquel's eyes)

      Jane: Raquel, look at me. Before you fall asleep tonight while you're lying in your bed relaxing and slowly drifting off into sleep... I want you to think of me. Think of me and imagine that you can fly. Imagine that you're weightless. You can float gently into the air if you want to. Safe, and calm, and serene. You can fly away and leave all your burdens and worries and fears behind you. (pauses) Imagine that. What a nice feeling it is. Next time you see me, (taps Raquel gently on the knee) when I say hello you'll remember that good feeling and you will want to tell me the truth. Because when you do tell the truth, you feel that a heavy weight has been lifted from your shoulders. I'll say hello and you will feel as light as a feather... as if you are floating on air. (leans back with a smile on face) Why don't you sit here a moment and think about that before you go back to work?

      Raquel: Whatever. (turns to Cho) Your friend's crazy. Can I go now?

      Cho: Yes.

      Jane: (looking at Cho) It worked on the chicken.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 14.84 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • Simon Baker (Patrick Jane) and Judith Hoag (Sandra Boatwright) previously worked together on The Guardian's episode "Hazel Park".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: January 1, 2009 on SBS6
      Spain: January 8, 2009 on LaSexta
      Norway: January 14, 2009 on TV3
      Belgium: February 4, 2009 on VT4
      Denmark: February 9, 2009 on TV3
      Hungary: February 9, 2009 on RTL-Klub
      Sweden: February 24, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: March 8, 2009 on SAT 1
      United Kingdom: April 2, 2009 on Channel Five
      Australia: April 8, 2009 on Channel 9
      Thailand: April 16, 2009 on True Series
      Finland: September 10, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: December 7, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: January 11, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: September 13, 2010 on TVN
      India: November 17, 2010 on Zee Cafe