The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 6


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A severed hand is found on the California-Nevada state line, that belongs to a murdered hotel casino owner. While the CBI team suspects a mafia hit, Patrick Jane uses the investigation as an opportunity to win at the cards tables.

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  • A hand is found in the middle of the road.

    Another fine episode from everybody's favorite show with a guy who people think is psychic but really is not. Okay, not a whole lot of competition in that field but I did still thoroughly enjoy this episode.

    Maybe I watch too many crime dramas but I could tell from the minute the guy overreacted at the football game that he was guilty. Why they would give away such a glaring detail really boggles my mind.

    Patrick was his usual entertaining self this time winning mountains of money with relative ease. Very little involvement from the supporting cast but Simon Baker can easily keep a show exciting for the full hour.moreless
  • Episode 1x6: Red Handed The Bottom Line: The Mentalist just keeps getting better.

    The Mentalist is the biggest new hit of the season. And it just keeps getting. This episode was probably my second favorite right after Ladies In Red. The cast continues to deliver wonderful performances, the writing didn't disappoint, do I need to go on. My favorite scene was in the beginning when Jane got down on his hands and knees, sniffed the hand and made a positive I.D. of the victim. Rigsby's line was the funniest thing about the scene. All in all, Red Handed was another great episode and continues to prove why The Mentalist is the biggest new hit of the season.moreless
  • Very interesting gambling episode.

    Those necklaces are gorgeous and the watches are horrible. The girls are nuts – why return the necklaces?! He won that money, it's his to spend. Putting the package into the Planet Aid container was the perfect use of the money. The second lot went to another worthy cause – pay for a transplant. This is why Patrick can sleep at night.

    This is why 'professional' gambling disgusts me – it destroys lives and entire families. This scumbag bet his *wife* on a poker game and killed his wife's father.

    Andrea Parker – I haven't seen her since Pretender. She's aged beautifully. Never seen her with blond hair before.

    Interesting episode.moreless
  • As usual, Jane works with the CBI to investigate the mystery of a cut hand lying on the road.

    The episode starts with a bang, as usual, where Jane describes the likely owner of a sliced hand to his counterparts. The look on the face of his collegaues and cops when Jane examines the cut hand too closely 'is amazing'. The casino owner who is also the owner of the cut hand is missing and CBI-Jane combo go in search of him.

    For the first time in the series, they show some good attributes of Jane after winning thousands of dollars in the casino. I like the scene wherein the girls return him the gift that he had bought while the guys didn't. The casino and cards scenes are great as well!

    The mystery is kind of unravelled quickly at the end (it seemed to me). The culprit agrees directly of killing the casino owner, which is unlike this series. The other angle of mafia was never even explored even though it was mentioned few times. All in all, this expisode was great to watch and I felt that it was over too soon. The one hour just flies when I watch Mentalist.

    The promo of the next episode loooks tooooo great. I cant wait to see it.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Jane: Let's go. I got us a table booked at the best restaurant in town. Apparently they tell you the name of the cow your steak came from.

      Van Pelt: That's horrible.

    • Jane: You guys are gonna be going over a punch of boring files now, I expect. So I think I'll work here, play a little, get the lay of the land. Give me a hundred bucks?

      Lisbon: I don't think that's such a good idea.

      Jane: Sure you do. I'll give it back to you double.

      Lisbon: Look, here's a hundred, but you'll pay me back double, right?

      Jane: Triple.

    • Matt Etienne: The Casino's on the Nevada side of the resort and offers full-service gaming. We recently spent ten million upgrading the facilities to improve the experience.

      Jane: They use the same techniques in state-of-the-art animal husbandry to make cows and sheep feel more comfortable.

      Matt Etienne: Really?

      Jane: Dim lights, soft music, a maze of passages that lead you back to the pens, or in this case the slots.

      Matt Etienne: Don't hold back. Speak your mind.

      Jane: There's no clocks or windows anywhere, so there's no passage of time. Low priced alcohol is poured down you by attractive young women. Oxygen is pumped into the place to make you stay awake and the constant symphony of bells and sirens that make it seem like someone's winning all the time.

      Matt Etienne: But someone is always winning. You see, our machines are carefully designed to let every gambler have a taste of victory. Just enough to keep them pumping their money into the machines and on to the table. So what's your point?

      Jane: Oh, no point. I love it.

    • (A severed hand has been found on a road)

      Rigsby: No. We're gonna be talking to the hand for a long while.

      Jane: Why so glum? A case is a case.

      Rigsby: We're in the middle of nowhere. Windy as all hell. I haven't eaten anything. Dismemberments are a bitch. Spend months assembling the victim, there's always a piece missing.

      Jane: There's already plenty to work with right here.

      Van Pelt: It's a right hand with the number 43 on it.

    • Jane: (To Jessica Meier) Your father died protecting you. So in the end he-- he was there for you.

    • Daniel: That last hand. How did you do that?

      Jane: Oh, I cheated.

      Daniel: But how?

      Jane: Next time we play, I'll show you.

    • (Daniel has confessed to killing his father-in-law.)

      Lisbon: Did your wife have anything to do with this?

      Daniel: No. No. She had nothing to do with this. And the idiot never suspected it was me. How's that for denial? How did you know it was me?

      Jane: Well, when we first met, you were more concerned about the college football scores than you were your father-in-law's murder.

      Daniel: So?

      Jane: So when you're searching for a killer, the degenerate gambler in the room is a good person to look at.

      Daniel: I'm not degenerate. I'm a professional. I'm just having a streak of bad luck.

      Lisbon: Yes, you are.

    • (Agent Lisbon asked why he did not tell her about his hunch)

      Jane: If I told you about every hunch, you would get very irritated.

    • Lisbon: (To Jane) You people are carnie folk, it's finally making sense to me.

    • Jane: (To Lisbon) Why do we get so hung up on every little law everyone breaks?

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 16.51 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Špinavé ruce (Dirty Hands)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: January 29, 2009 on SBS 6
      Norway: February 11, 2009, on Tv3
      Belgium: March 4, 2009 on VT4
      Denmark: March 9, 2009 on TV3
      Hungary: March 10, 2009 on RTL-Klub
      Sweden: March 24, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: April 5, 2009 on SAT 1
      United Kingdom: April 30, 2009 on Channel Five
      Finland: October 8, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: January 4, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: February 8, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: October 11, 2010 on TVN