The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 23

Red John's Footsteps

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 19, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

As the CBI investigates the murder of a young girl and the abduction of her twin sister, everything points towards Red John's return. However, Patrick Jane thinks somebody else is involved as well.

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  • Red John was watching

    Red John is back when he kills a girl and kidnaps her sister and Jane must try to find her and find Red John.Then Jane finds where Red John is keeping the girl but Jane is double crossed by deputy Hardy who is actually working for Red John and allows him to escape but Jane saves the girl.In a brilliant episode Red John escapes and a clue is left about Red John which is that he likes tea and not many people on the mentalist drink tea????moreless
  • What a waste of time

    What a waste of time on a tedious episode, and an obvious ending, for the last 10 minutes I was waiting for the cop to die. Could the writers not come up with anything more original than the cop getting shot? I'm sure the writers are going to milk the mentalist for another 500 series like the other series at present (lost, heroes etc), and give us nothing at the end of each except disappointment. Do we not get anything after sitting through tons upon tons of near misses and close calls with red john. Way to go mentalist writers, I wont be bothering with any more mentalist. :(moreless
  • A stunning conclusion with enough to keep us watching.

    In this episode we ttruly do follow Jane down into the darkness both physically and metaphorically.

    He is caught between finding Red John and his own life at the hands of a RJ "friend". We learn a couple of things in this episode, that Jane when he really has to, will confront his demons and be able to move past them. That RJ is an older person, that there are connections going back years, that RJ has not killed everyone he knew & came across.

    What really got me hooked though was Jane. There have been alot of criticisms about how Jane handled the shot gun, he is not a fighter, he is not one who likes guns and he would chose life over death any day. He was in 1 moment confronted with a lot. Lisbon in danger, handling a weapon, killing a man and then finally killing a man who held the keys to Red John. So credit where credit is due, we see the range of emotions and horror in Jane and Baker pulled it off perfectly.

    Season 2, I'm ready!moreless
  • what AN Epoisde !

    what a reallt great epoide ! the really save the best for the last , it's the BEST epoisde of this Great AND Awesome season . the epoide had evreything the story , the drama , the actin , the thriller , the twist , the comady what else ! i mean evreything . and Simon is really a great actor he really desavre his emmy awared . but i really hoped to see Red John but it's still a Perfact epoisde . overall it's a GREAT new show and it's will be one of the best show next season wiht Fringe !

    10 / 10 for SURE ! .moreless
  • Very good continuation of Red John. Game playing on both sides.

    Red John is back and not even attempting to hide his identity, in fact – he's throwing it in Jane's face. The blood on the toenails is straight at Jane – only his wife was treated like that – but the smiley face skywriting was a slap in the face. Jane makes an excellent point immediately – Red John has only broken pattern once before and it was personal. Therefore if he's broken pattern again, it's meaningful.

    Seeing the symbol on Rosalind's wall – the first instinct is to call Lisbon, to tell Rosalind what's there but by not saying anything, engaging her about Roy, they find out volumes she never would have volunteered otherwise.

    I'm actually surprised at Jane's control – that he actually used his thirst for vengeance to reverse the trap. Lisbon was right – Jane killed Hardy, his only link to Red John, rather than let someone die. The one thing that's left unanswered – and only Red John knows the answer – is why now? Why suddenly bother with Jane five years after killing his wife. It's not like Jane was on the verge of finding him, he only had a brief brush with Red John a few months ago and that was it. Jane's not a threat really so does Red John view him as a rival? Someone he considers on the same level as himself? This was an incredibly risky game Red John played here – letting Jane get that close, being in the same building as him and even letting Jane meet one of his accomplices? Someone who knew Red John very well? I agree with Patrick – Hardy never would have talked. This guy was friends with a serial killer, what on earth are you going to threaten him with?!

    A very interesting episode, nice end to the season.moreless
Michael Mosley

Michael Mosley

Sheriff Hardy

Guest Star

Kate Vernon

Kate Vernon

Arden Plaskett

Guest Star

Geoff Pierson

Geoff Pierson

Noah Plaskett

Guest Star

Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Virgil Minelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the final scene where Jane is walking past a stand of orange trees, he stops at one of the trees and plucks an orange which he begins to peel. This is a very visual allegory concerning the "tree of life." It implies that possibly Jane is considering Lisbon's earlier statement in the cellar about choosing life over his own self-destructive quest for Red John. Although the tree of life is prevalent in many cultures and religions, this particular tree is most likely the tree of life mentioned in both the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible. Considering that Lisbon's cross is plainly in view when she confronts Jane in the cellar and that the background music playing when Jane takes the orange was composed by J.S. Bach (he wrote church music as an expression of his own religious feelings), the allegorical context is Judeo-Christian in nature.

    • In the cellar scene, Lisbon subdues Sheriff Hardy and begins to handcuff him with his face down and his hands behind his back. Later, Sheriff Hardy is seen on the floor of the cellar, face up and handcuffs in front of him.

    • In one of the final scenes when Sheriff Hardy and Jane arrive at the farm, Hardy pumps his shotgun once making it ready to fire. He then pumps it a second time in the cellar with Jane. This was unnecessary since he didn't discharge the weapon after the first pump.

    • The piano piece played by Alicia Witt (Rosalind Harker) is "Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, Prelude in C major" by Johann Sebastian Bach.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Lisbon: Why so cruel?

      Jane: Statistically, it's dad that did it.

      Lisbon: Since when do you care about statistics?

      Jane: Just wanted to raise his pulse a little.

    • Jane: Do you always follow your husband's lead? Do you never struggle against his desire to control?

      Mr. Plaskett: Excuse me?

      Jane: Just because you drink too much doesn't mean you don't have a say. I should think he's at least half the reason you drink in the first place. Yeah? A good man, but cold, pious.

      Mr. Plaskett: You know, possession of that badge does not excuse you from acting with human decency.

    • (Jane is interrogating a suspect)

      Jane: Please understand something. I have a very personal interest in this case. I'll do whatever it takes. I will have you framed for murder. I will torture you, I will kill you myself if I have to. (Lisbon and Minelli are listening on the other side of the glass.)

      Minelli: Geez, Lisbon. Come on, this is on tape. Control your man there.

      Lisbon: Cut him some slack. Look, he's just playing the guy. He doesn't mean it.

      Minelli: Doesn't he? You know what Red John does to him. He can't think straight. He would do all that he said and more if you let him.

      Lisbon: I won't let him.

    • Jane: If we catch Red John, he's not walking anywhere. He's mine.

      Lisbon: Don't talk like that. I can't let you anywhere near this case if you start talking crazy like that.

      Jane: Crazy? You're crazy if you think you're gonna stop me. Red John is mine. You try to stand in my way and you will regret it.

      Lisbon: Are you threatening me?

      Jane: No, I'm just saying that if you stand in my way you--

      Lisbon: (interrupting) I've had it with your egotistical crap. This isn't about justice or the law. This is about you and your wounded pride. I'm done with it.

    • Lisbon: We still have Hardy, okay? He's gonna tell us what we need to know.

      Jane: Oh, you think so? You should have waited. We agreed on that.

      Lisbon: What if Hardy had killed you right here?

      Jane: He would have led you straight to Red John.

      Lisbon: You'd be dead.

      Jane: But you would have Red John.

      Lisbon: I don't think you mean what you say. I think you'd choose life.

      Jane: Well, you think wrong.

      Lisbon: No. No, you think wrong. Can't you see there's people who care about you? Who need you? You're being selfish and childish and I want you to stop it.

      Jane: I wish that I could, but, you know, some things you just can't fix.

  • NOTES (5)