The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 22

Red Letter

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 13, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When the CBI team investigates the death of top charity organizer Hector Brava, Patrick is reunited with the psychic Kristina Frye.

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  • Big Mistake... Whole Episode for nothing Spoiler Alert!

    what the Hell.... the Episode could Ended from the First 5 min...... the Researcher hit the victim with Fire Extinguisher while he is holding it with his hands (No gloves no nothing).... why they didn't just swab for Fingerprints... Specially they know that its the Murder Weapon....!!!!!
  • Red Letter

    A season one like plot, but unfortunately not season one like quality for The Mentalist. Where did things go wrong? Everything was just a bit too simple, to put it in lamen's term. The characters were all cliched suspects by The Mentalist standards, and by the end of the episode nobody was really surprised when the truth came out. No Law and Order like plot twists here.

    I hope we get an update on Red John before the season is over, but I am not even sure if that is the long-term goal for this program anymore. Can they stretch that arc out for 9-10 seasons?moreless
  • Errors

    However much I enjoy this series, when they make mistakes they do, do it big. so lets go first to the error, the guy who did the killing, wasn't wearing gloves and dropped the murder weapon with his prints all over it on the floor near the body, it is clearly seen when the body is discovered, so they would have known who it was from the beginning, however the sheriff does say there's no usable prints on it, that would be however almost impossible given the way it had to be held to be used as a weapon. I suggest the powers that be hold one, and test it after you will find prints even if they are only partial. These errors spoil such a fun series.

    Also adding the woo woo factor, just makes it become childish. A medium again for F sake, and the hint they are going to get together. Jane may like her but he also thinks she's a liar, that is not conducive to a good relationship.moreless
  • Ok... I don't get it. Spoilers galore, for those who haven 't seen the episode.

    Well, over all I didn't like this episode, some things just plain didn't make any sense.

    So when they first see the scene, Jane says it was a frantic, unplanned robbery. The speech is missing, and Jane guesses someone doesn't want it read.

    However, it turns out it was a planned murder. Which is okay, Jane is human and makes mistakes. But who stole the speech? In the flashback, the researcher doesn't do anything to the body (other than bludgeon it). Not to mention there would be no reason for him to steal the speech. If the guy was planning on exposing the blackmail fraud, how would the researcher know that was in his speech?

    That doesn't even matter, because we still don't know who stole the speech, when they stole it, or how they stole it.

    Second, why did the researcher kill his partner-in-crime too? I guess some would argue that a prostitute would turn on him and testify quickly, but that wouldn't even matter if the guy who they were planning to blackmail couldn't press charges.

    I could have done without the "Maybe Kristina Frye really is a psychic!!!!1!!one!!" bit. One of the main parts of the show is Jane denouncing his former fraudulent self. Psychics don't exist, what does exist is good guessing, cold reading, hot reading, and attention to detail. The "I communicating with her departed soul, she's DEAD!" and "Blood will be spilled" really, really, really cheapened the show. I hope Red John kills her slow.

    Also, if my boss ever told me who to start dating, she would be told to shove her ideas for my personal life so far up where the sun don't shine, they would tickle the back of her throat. Frankly, that kind of stuff is what bosses simply do not do in fear of HR hearing about it. I'm surprised Jane let her get away with it.moreless
  • boring main plot but intriguing set up for next ep as Jane and Kristina do their 'dance'

    Okay, maybe the other reviewers are right about the errors re. the murder plot and yes the show should get those right. But for me the case was just a vehicle to show us this dance between Jane and Kristina again. I do not think for a moment that Jane is buying even a fraction of a percent of her supposed psychic abilities - I think he is feigning that seed of doubt to try to make Kristina more confident as he continues to try to find out what makes her able to do some of the tricks he can't yet solve. I don't think he actually likes her. I think it is all an act. Maybe I have too much faith in him but that is what I think for now...

    Looking forward to the finale and hope it solves the Red John mystery.moreless
Leslie Hope

Leslie Hope

Kristina Frye

Guest Star

Nick Searcy

Nick Searcy

Sheriff Andy Burnside

Guest Star

Melissa Fumero

Melissa Fumero

Carmen Reyes

Guest Star

Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

Madeleine Hightower

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Hightower: She likes you, that one.
      Jane: Which one?
      Hightower: The blonde one.

      It's obvious from the events in the episode that Hightower is referring to the character Kristina Frye, but that character is a redhead, not a blonde.

    • At the crime scene, the Sheriff explains that there were no usable prints on the fire extinguisher. However, during the murder scene, the killer is wearing no gloves at all and can be seen firmly holding the fire extinguisher with both hands.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Jane: Kristina?

      Kristina Frye: Yes.

      Jane: That's with a K, right?

      Kristina Frye: Yes.

      Jane: You wanna go get a coffee? I'll drink tea myself, but you can drink as much coffee as you want.

      Kristina Frye: Yeah, I'd like that. I can't right now though, I have to be somewhere else. Uh, maybe some other time?

      Jane: Some other time.

      Kristina Frye: Sorry, not maybe. Definitely. Sometime soon. Call me.

    • Jane: There's just something about motels. Old-fashioned and illicit, both at the same time.

      Kristina Frye: (Showing up behind him.) Is that an invitation?

      Jane: Whoa. Well, look at you just showing up like a bad penny.

      Kristina Frye: I had a premonition you'd be here.

      Jane: Really?

      Kristina Frye: No, Lisbon told me.

    • (Jane and Hightower see Lisbon and Kristina Frye talking in another room)

      Hightower: She likes you, that one.

      Jane: Which one?

      Hightower: The blonde one.

      Jane: What?

      Hightower: And you like her.

      Jane: Wha-- I'm not sure I know where this is headed.

      Hightower: You know exactly where this is headed. Do you ever consider dating again? (Jane just stares at her) Do you?

      Jane: How did we get to this point so quickly?

      Hightower: I'm just saying, I think it would be a good thing.

    • Jane: Ilsa, did your husband ever cheat on you? Did you cheat on him?

      Ilsa Engels: Why would you ask that?

      Jane: You're very noble and dignified. Very stoic. A Jackie O. thing going on there. Uh, maybe you don't give a crap. Maybe you're happy he's dead. (Ilsa is quiet for a while and then she throws a saucer at Jane who ducks out of the way.) Maybe not.

    • Kristina Frye: I think our gift obliges us to help other people.

      Jane: Oh, is that what you think? Our gift gives us an obligation to help. I like that line. I'm gonna use it.

    • Jane: So, you got the Sheriff wrapped around your finger.

      Kristina Frye: Sheriff Burnside is a man with an admirably open mind.

      Jane: Mm, yes. He's also a man that likes to watch television with a cat curled up asleep on his lap while his mother sits next to him and knits. But I'm sure he'd prefer that to remain a secret.

    • (Jane asks Lisbon to meet him in the hotel bar.)

      Jane: (to Lisbon) Oh sweetheart, there you are. Join us. Uh... I've got us a room and our friend here...

      Girl: Novela.

      Jane: Novela! She's gonna help us explore some boundaries.

      Lisbon: No she's not.

      Jane: Work with me, Teresa. (winks)

    • Jane: So is she telling the truth?

      Kristina Frye: I'm not sure. Brava's spirit is deeply conflicted. I can't get a clear reading.

      Jane: What are you using, dial-up?

    • Kristina Frye: You think you manipulated me into coming with you, don't you?

      Jane: No, I don't. I think you manipulated me into thinking I manipulated you into coming with me.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 14.84 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Rudé písmeno (Red Letter)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 13, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: June 7, 2010 on Channel 9
      United Kingdom: July 16, 2010 on Five/Five HD
      Sweden: September 21, 2010 on TV3
      Germany: October 17, 2010 on SAT 1
      Czech Republic: December 20, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: October 11, 2011 on Markiza
      Poland: March 26, 2012 on TVN