The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 23

Red John's Footsteps

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • This episode had 17.20 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • This was the last episode to be broadcast in the show's original timeslot Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Ve stopách Rudého Johna (In the Footsteps of Red John)

    • The exterior shot of Rosalind's house is the same set as the one from Gilmore Girls that served as Lorelai's house.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 08, 2008 on Nine
      Germany: August 2, 2009 on SAT 1
      United Kingdom: August 20, 2009 on Five
      Sweden: October 20, 2009 on TV3
      Belgium: October 21, 2009 on VT4
      Czech Republic: May 3, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: August 24, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: May 9, 2011 on TVN

  • Allusions