The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 15

Red Herring

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 04, 2010 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Jane and the team are asked to investigate the murder of Jeffrey Barge, a prominent chef, who was poisoned right at a best chef challenge.

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  • Patrick Jane and the team investigate a Chef's death.

    I Don't know about anybody else but I think this is one of The Mentalist's worst episodes of the season, don't get me wrong it was good but not normal Mentalist good. This episode was not strong because there were no good CBI investigating it was boring and for Jane he didn't do any cool stuff that he usally does, to get the answer, the thing he did with the spice was smart but not exciting, I just think the storyline was boring and I also think they should do a episode about Red John, and solve Red John very soon, maybe for the end of season 2.moreless
  • Red Herring

    Filler episode tonight, it would be hard to spin it any other way. A fairly generic plot (a man dies as a result of poisoning) and a whole host of cliched suspects (the brother, the mistress, the wife etc. etc.)

    Sometimes this show can be bloody brilliant, but sometimes it feels like something I want to turn off. Tonight's episode was not that extreme, but this is not something I am going to watch again once TNT starts airing reruns.

    I am glad the show is back and producing new episodes, but for one of TV's most popular shows they need to do better than this.moreless
  • Lazy writer coasts on show's premise

    There have been quite a few writers for this show, some better than others, but all so far have respected the intellect of the audience of the show. We're mystery fans that have read the best and are not easily fooled. There've been no episodes with magical acceptance of Jane's deductive abilities but instead each writer has respected the brand and written honest, suspenseful mystery. For the most part each episode has built on the mystic of the Jane character.

    Unfortunately Mr. Appelbaum, the author of this offense, simply boiled the show down to its base elements and tossed in a few words to fill it out. The show feels like it was written by a producer that said, "Hey! That's easy. I could right an episode! He's like a smart guy that does stuff... and things."

    It reminds me of someone that watches a brilliant comic that makes comedy looks so easy so says, "That's so easy! Everyone around me says I'm funny. I bet I could tell jokes."moreless
  • Jane and the team investigate the poisoning of a chef at a cooking competition.

    WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD; There were some things that were a little hackneyed, but I was kind of surprised by the killer's motive. As soon as I saw the wife on the married cooking team, I figured the victim was having an affair with her, and when she was brought in for questioning, I wasn't surprised when she ended up poisoned too. I also guessed the killer reasonably early, but when I heard the backstory to why the killer had done it, I was a little conflicted. I fell some sympathy for both the killer/killers and the victim(s). One unique element was the medicinal marijuana store owned by the thuggish loan shark, but even more impressive was how subtlely the writer established the elements of his story, from the reason the CBI was called into the case to the victim's relationship with his wife to the subplot involving Lisbon and alcoholism(?). (O.K., maybe that last element wasn't so subtle.) There was plenty of foreshadowing if you were paying attention, and it all tied together. Jon Polito's talents were somewhat wasted, but this was one episode of The Mentalist that I didn't think could be improved by changing the order of some of the scenes.moreless
  • Episode that went through the motions but came out feeling flat. No character depth or development, kind of disappointing after the long break.

    It was an alright episode. Was hoping for some kind of makeup scene between Grace and Rigsby but they didn't address their previous fight or even indicated that they were still together.

    Overall the episode had a weird feel to it. At the beginning Jane asks Lisbon if shes alright which foreshadows a personal problem coming. Then in her office while she's talking to the AG she's organizing her desk and she has these bean bag things that have 'file', 'in', 'out' written on them. At the end Jane asks her again if she's alright which she insists that she is. She sits behind her desk and goes to pull out a bottle of liquor, slightly hesitating, before placing it on her desk. She hesitates again before putting it back and shutting her drawer.

    Hopefully they are using this episode to set something big up in the future, possibly a drinking problem with Lisbon, though it seems cliche.moreless
Dina Meyer

Dina Meyer

Abigail Barge

Guest Star

George Wyner

George Wyner

Coroner Steiner

Guest Star

Jon Polito

Jon Polito

Bertram Duesterberg

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (The CBI team is searching through Abigail's house while Jane is watching TV.)

      Jane: Did you know a full-grown elephant can eat up to 495 pounds of food per day?

      Lisbon: Could you at least pretend to be helping?

    • Jane: What's the trouble, Eliza?

      Eliza: I don't, um...I don't feel well. I should go.

      Lisbon: What's the problem?

      Eliza: Uh, the didn't go down well.

      Lisbon: The pepper? What's wrong with the pepper? If you don't wanna talk about it here, we can take it down to headquarters.

      Jane: How long can we keep her there?

      Lisbon: Forty-eight hours.

      Jane: Wow, that's a strech of time.

      Eliza: I have to leave. I have to leave right now.

      Jane: No, that would be rude. I don't think so.

      Duesterberg: What is wrong with you?

      Eliza: We all...have to go to the hospital, right now.

      Lisbon: What for?

      Eliza: The pepper...I think it was poisoned. I-I-I saw Ludo put something into it.

      Ludo: I did not. How dare you.

      Jane: Maybe you're just cramping a little? Just a little--

      Eliza: All right, all right. I poisoned Julia's pepper.

      Lisbon: And Jeffrey's gin?

      Eliza: Yes, yes! Just bring me to a hospital.

      Jane: No, hospitals are terrible germ factories. You don't wanna go there.

      Eliza: Are you insane!?

    • Jane: You're quite the ghoul, aren't you, Duesterberg? Dragging on this meaningless contest after a man has been killed.

      Duesterberg: This contest, Mr. Jane, is an affirmation of life. It's a testament that appetite still exists, even in the face of death.

      Jane: And you need the money.

    • Jane: I'm a mite peckish.

      Cho: What does that mean?

      Jane: It means I'm hungry.

    • Kevin: I can tell you why I went after the money, all right, but I'm gonna need some guarantees.

      Lisbon: Oh, so we're negotiating now, are we?

      Kevin: I have valuable information. I can help you solve Jeff's murder.

      Lisbon: But you're not gonna tell us anything unless we cut you a deal? (Kevin nods.) We're talking about your brother here, Kevin. That's pretty low.

    • Lisbon: So you rob your dead brother's wife?

      Kevin: She was always trying to turn Jeff against me. Said I was a bad influence or somethin'.

      Lisbon: Imagine that, huh? Crazy.

    • Lisbon: You have five seconds to tell me what's going on.

      Jane: (Takes two glasses of champagne from a tray.) First, we need a drink.

      Lisbon: Is it that bad?

      Jane: (takes a sip from his glass) It's lovely.

    • Lisbon: What are you doing?

      Jane: Oh, um... trying to get the taste of salty food out of my mouth. (Points to the food in his hand.) Pot de crème. It's basically just pretentious chocolate pudding. Very nice. You want some?

      Lisbon: No. We have to go and talk to the victim's wife.

      Jane: Mmm. Well, maybe she'll want some. Comfort food. (Lisbon rolls her eyes.)

    • Lisbon: You said you had a fight with the victim. About what?

      Duesterberg: Truffels.

      Lisbon: Truffels?

      Jane: Yes. They- they're a very pricey fungus--

      Lisbon: I know what a truffel is!

    • Lisbon: If this guy died of natural causes, we're going home.

      Jane: Why so grumpy?

      Lisbon: I'm not.

      Rigsby: Why are we here? We don't even know if it's a murder.

      Lisbon: One of the chefs called her daddy who's a state senator, who called the A.G. who called the assistant A.G. who called me. So we're here... I hate politics.

    • Lisbon: (About Abigail Barge) It's okay. She's gone.

      Jane: Who's gone?

      Lisbon: Oh, please. Your guilty conscience is obvious and well deserved.

      Jane: Meh. Justice can be a harsh mistress. Omelets and eggs, ends to means, all's well that ends well.

      Lisbon: A glip answer's no excuse.

    • Lisbon: Where are my keys? (Jane shows Lisbon the keys in his hand.) You picked my pocket?

      Jane: My turn to drive.

      Lisbon: Jane!

      Jane: Oh, don't be such an old lady. Get in. (Lisbon shakes her head) Your fears are groundless.

      Lisbon: You're right. The car has air bags.

    • Jane: Dr. Steiner. Long time. New threads. Sharp.

      Dr. Steiner: Yes, the move from Sacramento has been quite pleasant. Fine wine, lovely weather, no Patrick Jane. Or so I'd hope.

      Jane: Cheeky.

    • Lisbon: Oh, and Abigail said to tell you that you're a mean, irresponsible sadist.

      Jane: That's pretty accurate.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 14.87 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Pálivá omáka (Hot Sauce)
      Germany: Der geschmack des todes (The taste of death)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 4, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: March 15, 2010 on Nine
      United Kingdom: May 28, 2010 on Five
      Germany: June 6, 2010 on SAT 1
      Sweden: June 8, 2010 on TV3
      Czech Republic: November 1, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: August 23, 2011 on Markiza
      Poland: November 7, 2011 on TVN