The Mentalist

Season 3 Episode 9

Red Moon

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 18, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ellis Mars, a local astrologer, helps Patrick Jane solve a triple murder involving two policemen and an EMT's fiancé.

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  • Todd Johnson knew about Red John

    An episode I never thought would involve Red John when a few murders was committed at the start they found themselves after a serial killer and when Jane an the team apprehended the killer Todd Johnson he was burnt because he knew about Red John and the last thing he says to Jane before he died was Tyger Tyger which is what Red John said to Jane on the season 2 finale.It was unexpected ending and such a great episode.moreless
  • He said... "Tiger, tiger."

    Excellent episode. The tension building within Jane is becoming more and more evident in each episode as his hunger for revenge continues to rise for Red John.

    The only true flaw in this entire masterpiece is the fact that any editing master would allow such important words as what the villain spoke at the end, be so inaudible. But thanks to closed captioning technology, I was able to confirm that the villain muttered the words "tiger, tiger" just before he dies. This is a direct link to Red John and therefore, leaves you thriving for more. Unfortunately, it looks as if we have to wait until December for a new episode. I for one... will be watching!moreless
  • You can just feel Jane's tension mounting.

    With each new episode and case, there is a tangible heightening of Jane's tension, and it makes you wonder if his patience will win out, or his desire for revenge.

    Cases lately seem to keep taking Jane "back", metaphorically speaking, and his grip seems ever more tenuous. I like it. It gives him an edge that balances the flaky and sometimes annoyingly cocky parts of his character and behaviour.

    The whole episode was much more graphic than most weeks. And not just visually. Psychologically too, which is infinitely more effective. I actually jumped when the Sheriff was shot. I guess I should have seen it coming but kudos for the sneaky approach to that one!

    For Jane, it must have been like looking into the eyes of a very familiar evil with Todd Johnson at the end there. But I have to ask: what did Todd say to Jane on his way "out"? Did I miss it, or was it intentionally inaudible? Was it just a harbinger of things to come? Its got me on the hook for next week anyway, and that's a first this season!moreless
  • Superb episode, rich in complexity. Two psychics, one real and another fake. Two men looking for revenge. A deer and a tiger.

    "Red Moon" is a superb, rather dark but complex episode.

    Although the episode is self-contained, it provides lot of material for further development.

    On the funny side, there're two psychics, one real and another fake. Patrick has part of his job done by Ellis Mars, in a rather funny way.

    On the dark side, there're two men looking for revenge.

    Todd Johnson had his revenge, Patrick is still looking for his own.

    First pictures show a deer. When Jane meets Ellis Mars, he dreams about a tiger catching a deer.

    Photography is great, with landscapes and elaborate camera moves.

    As in other episodes, this episode adds some clues added to the Red John puzzle. I hope coming episodes will keep the momentum high!moreless
  • Tiger Title!

    This was such a GOOD episode! I wasn't surprised when the Sheriff was shot though. When Jane found the villian on fire....I was guessing Red John did it. Remember when Red John killed the woman that had helped him kill Bosco and three others. He managed to walk right by her and poison her as the guards were taking her to lock up. My husband and I couldn't understand the final words spoken by the villian.....I hit rewind and listened,don't know how many times until I could figure it out. I'm pretty sure he says "Tiger Title" hinting that Red John is actually behind the killings and burning him alive. The reason I'm thinking this is because I remembered that Red John whispered that to Jane in the season finale last year. Referring to the Poem "The Tiger." "Tiger, Tiger burning bright...."

    All in all this show is getting better and better!

    Can't wait to see how it continues to unfold.

    Oh, I agree with the other reviewer about Jane being on the's a nice change from his cockiness.moreless
Josh Braaten

Josh Braaten

Todd Johnson

Guest Star

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Ellis Mars

Guest Star

Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer

Deputy Woolgar

Guest Star

Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

Madeleine Hightower

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Lisbon: When the day comes, when we find Red John, I'm gonna be there to stop you from doing anything foolish. We're gonna put him in front of a judge and a jury.

      Jane: You really believe that?

      Lisbon: Yes, I do.

      Jane: Really? I just assumed you took that judge and jury stuff with a grain of salt.

      Lisbon: Well you assumed wrong. No salt.

    • Sheriff Mullery: Leave him alone with me for ten minutes. I'll get a confession.

      Jane: That's a great idea.

      Lisbon: That's not the way we work.

      Sheriff Mullery: Don't worry about it, little lady. Go get yourself a latte. Check your e-mail. It won't take long.

      Lisbon: Sheriff, I believe we have some cultural differences here. I think we take this gentleman back to Sacramento, question him there, avoid friction. Come on. (She leaves with the suspect.)

      Jane: (to Sheriff Mullery) You had her at "little lady".

    • Jane: A little hypocritical of you to lecture him on revenge, don't you think?

      Lisbon: How's that?

      Jane: All these years you've been helping me seek revenge?

      Lisbon: That's different.

      Jane: How's that?

      Lisbon: I'm in control of the situation.

      Jane: Oh, really?

    • Lisbon: Yeesh. This is trouble.

      Jane: Interesting, though. Three different methods of killing. Why is that?

      Lisbon: It's always bad when local cops are personally involved. Think the feds would like this one?

      Jane: The bodies have been arranged as well, not in an ostentatious way, but there's a definite aesthetic at work here. He took his time. Yeah, it's a truly complicated maniac we're dealing with.

      Lisbon: Yes. I think I will call the feds.

      Jane: No. Don't do that. I don't know why, but I... I want this case. Or vice versa.

      Lisbon: All right, but I have a feeling I'm gonna be sorry.

    • Todd: Rest assured, I...I won't be pulling any vigilante nonsense.

      Lisbon: We're very sorry for your loss. And I'm glad you see it that way. There's no upside to taking the law into your own hands. Revenge truly doesn't work.

      Jane: Well, that's just a sweeping statement, isn't it? I'm sure we can all think of examples where revenge has worked splendidly.

      Lisbon: Thanks for your input.

    • Jane: Red John is mine and I will exact my revenge on him.

      Lisbon: I think when the time comes you'll see that violence is not the answer.

      Jane: I had no idea your naive idealism was so deeply felt.

    • Todd: I can't do that, Mr. Jane. I find who did this to-to Keeley, I will kill him. I can't swear to do otherwise.

      Jane: Todd, you repeat what I tell you now, and I will deny every word of it. If you truly want revenge, you have to be hard. You have to be dishonest and devious and cold. You can't let people see what's in your heart.

    • Lisbon: Vengeance is not legal. People need to know that.

      Jane: So I have justice and humanity on my side, and Lisbon has a teachable moment.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 14.7 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Rudý msíc (Red Moon)
      Germany: tiger tiger (tiger tiger)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 18, 2010 on CTV
      United Kingdom: December 10, 2010 on Five/Five HD
      The Netherlands: January 13, 2011 on SBS 6
      Australia: February 27, 2011 on Nine
      Sweden: March 1, 2011 on TV3
      Germany: April 10, 2011 on SAT 1
      Czech Republic: February 29, 2012 on TV Nova