The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 11

Red John's Friends

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 06, 2009 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A convicted murderer convinces Jane to help prove his innocence by telling Jane that he would give him information on Red John. Jane quits CBI to devote all of his time to getting him released.

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  • Red John is here

    The first Red John episode is a very good one when a man called Jared Renfrew tells Jane that he has knowledge about Red John however Jane must prove his innocence in a murder he apparently committed to get him out of jail.Jane does find proof that Jared didn't commit the murder but things go wrong from that point when Jared escapes and goes to Mexico only to be killed by Red John who kills him to stop him saying anything.The part to think about is the message left by Jared which is a clue to RJ's identity.moreless
  • Our first proper Red John episode and it is excellent.

    An excellent case – really two in one: Red John and Renfro.

    Dinelli's threat to fire Patrick is completely stupid – the entire reason Patrick's there is to solve his family's murder. Not letting him work the Red John case will just push him away. Dinelli does what he always does – he backs his team. He is a good man.

    The Red John link turns out to be legit – if Red John hadn't made his presence known, they might never have had confirmation that Renfro really had proof. Red John wants Renfro dead. Given that Patrick got Renfro out of jail, not following through on his part of the deal is exceptionally ungrateful.

    We now know two important things about Red John – he's a genius and he's an excellent hacker.

    Fav quote:

    "It's my name." "You should have lied, as you so often do!"

    Great episode.moreless
  • Jane finds a man who claims to have knowledge on Red John.

    Holy cliffhangers Batman, but what an episode of The Mentalist!

    I was worried that a season long, possibly series long story arc might take away from the show but instead we get one of the best episodes to date. Patrick Jane meets a man in prison who in exchange for his release promises to reveal information on the mysterious Red John who murdered Jane's family. When the fake psychic quits CBI is partners voluntarily suspend themselves to help Jane with his search.

    What's great about this show is that the light-hearted jokes from Jane don't take away from the serious issues? His special skills such as picking up on little things people say and cracking how the mother got into a locked room just separate this show from the rest of CBS' cookie cutter lineup.

    The Mentalist scores with another "A" episode to kick off the new year. Here's to hoping the show gets a pickup and an equally strong second season because I cannot wait to see how the whole Red John issue plays out.moreless
  • Very entertaining episode

    Finally we get back to Red John. I can see this being spun out for another season or so, if they feed us the story in bits and pieces. The loyalty of Jane's team was funny and endearing, as was the reaction of their boss. I'd like to see more character development of the other characters but as long as the show is clever and amusing I'll tune in. The fact that Red John can seemingly tap into the same databases as the CBI team might make for some nice paranoia and make him nearly impossible to catch. And he seems to be as smart as Jane while being much more ruthless so identifying the killer might only be the start; proving it could take even longer.

    The cryptic message left in addition to Red John's signature smiley is enigmatic. Was it left by the victim (almost certainly with Red John's knowledge) or did Red John leave it? "He is Mar" or "He is Man", it's unclear if this is intended as the first part of Red John's name or something else and I assume we'll soon know.moreless
  • At last, an episode that gives us more on Red John.

    This was a really great episode of The Mentalist, a really good way to come back after the new year. Most of the episodes in the season so far have shed no light whatsoever on the mysterious Red John who murdered Patrick Jane's wife and daughter. This episode told us a lot more about Patrick's adversary and did it very well. The sub plot about the murdered girl was also engaging and well-written. The scene where the team were threatened with suspension but still held their ground to support Patrick was particularly well done. This gives great promise for the rest of the season.moreless
Gabriel Olds

Gabriel Olds

Gardner Renfrew

Guest Star

Todd Stashwick

Todd Stashwick

Jared Renfrew

Guest Star

Kathleen Gati

Kathleen Gati

Mariska Kopecki

Guest Star

Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Virgil Minelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Grace Van Pelt looks up Undine's mother, her name on screen is listed as "Marisa Kopecki", although everyone refers to her name as "Mariska".

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Patrick Jane: Eighteen years of secret anger. How did you stand it?

      Muriel Renfrew: Nobody's life is perfect.

    • Virgil Minelli: Please do not dig the hole that you are standing in any deeper than you have already dug it.

      Teresa Lisbon: No, sir.

      Virgil Minelli: That hole is the grave of your very promising career.

      Teresa Lisbon: You should put a flashlight underneath your chin just to complete the effect.

      Virgil Minelli: I'm not kidding.

      Teresa Lisbon: I know.

    • Virgil Minelli: I'm giving you all formal notice. Any further infractions will result in immediate suspension.

      Teresa Lisbon: Sir, you might as well suspend me now because there will be further infractions.

    • Virgil Minelli: I gave this unit a direct written order and they have flagrantly disobeyed that order. Did they do that with your knowledge?

      Teresa Lisbon: I ordered them to do it. I told them you countermanded your earlier order. They had no knowledge whatsoever that they were doing anything irregular.

      Virgil Minelli: Nice try, Mother Teresa. But they already gave themselves up.

      Wayne Rigsby: We never said a word-

    • Grace Van Pelt: Why do people say "Eureka!" when they do something good?

      Kimball Cho: It's Greek for bingo.

    • Virgil Minelli: Gardner Renfrew is a player in this town. You can't go to his house and screw around with him.

      Patrick Jane: Why not? It's a free country.

    • Muriel Renfrew: (to Patrick) Poor George dropped dead after the murder. Broke his heart, people said. George didn't really have a heart, in that sense. He died of embarrassment. A Renfrew in the pokey for murder. Quelle horreur.

    • Teresa Lisbon: Minelli wants me to keep a watch on you.

      Patrick Jane: What are you going to do?

      Teresa Lisbon: I'm not going to follow you around. Let's compromise. When you get into trouble, call me first so I can try and minimize the damage.

    • Teresa Lisbon: (to Patrick) Just do me the favor of listening to me for a minute, so I can say "I told you so" later.

    • Patrick Jane: The law's the law. My desire for revenge doesn't outweigh the rules. I have to accept that.

      Virgil Minelli: I'm glad you understand.

      Patrick Jane: Thanks for your time. (Patrick exits)

      Virgil Minelli: He's lying through his teeth, isn't he?

      Teresa Lisbon: Yes.

    • Jared Renfrew: (to Patrick) Your wife...Red John painted her toenails. Yes. Painted them with her own blood...the police didn't make that public, did they? She's the only instance he did that, huh? A touch of elegance for you alone.

    • Jared Renfrew: Red John is the friend of a friend of mine.

      Patrick Jane: What is this friend's name?

      Jared Renfrew: His name is get me out of here and I'll tell you that and much more. I'll sing like a bird.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Being told to realize he's "not in Kansas anymore" prompts Jane to humorously identify himself with Oz heroine Dorothy Gale. So later he decides Lisbon fits the role of Glinda the Good Witch, Dorothy's magical protector. Both characters were created by L. Frank Baum and appear in many books and films, notably the 1939 MGM musical.