The Mentalist

Season 3 Episode 16

Red Queen

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 2011 on CBS
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The CBI team is under suspicion when a museum antiques dealer is murdered. Evidence seems to suggest that one member of the team is responsible.

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  • One step closer to Red John

    This was a good episode to decide who you think Red John's friend in the CBI is as they set up Hightower for being the mole but Jane knows that she isn't the mole as he attempts to set a trap for the real mole that he thinks will lead him to Red John.The trap is to go along with Hightower being the mole and he tries to see who is left from La Roche's list.The strangest part is when Bertram said part of the poem from William Blake and La Roche said it was William Blake and that is from the poem Red John read to Jane. It is a really good episode as the tension builds.moreless
  • Hightower takes Jane hostage as LaRoche tightens his net on the killer of a suspect in CBI custody.

    There have been at least two episodes of The Mentalist that I thought would have been improved if the order of the scenes had been changed or if the teaser had at least been a flashforward (ala Alias Smith and Jones). I would have preferred if the opening scene after the titles hadn't been captioned "36 hours earlier," but "Red Queen" was still a pretty good episode,.

    My interest kind of waned when I realized it was going to end on a cliffhanger. The episode did manage to surprise me, however. I was very interested in how the murder Lisbon's team was investigating would tie in to the teaser and was pleasantly surprised with how they dovetailed into each other. I was also pleasantly surprised with how Jane wasn't automatically convinced of Hightower's innocence and was ready to kill her because he thought she might have inhibited his hunt for Red John. And the repartee between Cho and Grigsby as they approached the warehouse featured the drollest dialogue Cho has had all season. I don't understand why no one bothered to check Hightower's phone records to see who called her before she left the briefing or why no one immediately thought to put a watch on or secure Hightower's kids, but this season's finale is shaping up to be a big improvement over last season's if the threads the writers seem to be setting up amount to anything.moreless
  • 316

    "Red Queen" continues the Red John story to an extent, although they really need to start moving this along faster. I do think they are planning to reveal him during the series finale, but it is not fair to make the viewers wait that long in my mind.

    Good episode here, and they had me convinced that Hightower actually was bad. Shame on me. I liked the Leverage style flashback explaining their plan though.

    Whenever The Mentalist has an episode that differs from just the usual murder of the week they have one of the best hours of TV of the week. Now they just need to work on making those regular episodes good again.moreless
  • Red Queen...

    I'm not sure that I can put my feelings for this episode into words. From the get go you knew that this was going to be a particularly good episode of what is already a great show. With Hightower holding a shotgun to Patrick's neck, you knew something was going to be a miss throughout the episode. The standard The Mentalist murder mystery, mixed in with a bit of the hunt for a murderer in the CBI's midst, lead to a sadly obvious outcome that has given a platform for a great ending to this season. The downfall of the writers in this episode was that they did too good of a job making Hightower likable to make it believable that she was in fact the "bad guy". They did it in such a way that it didn't feel like an "Oh my god SHE did it!?" but more like a "There's no way she did it, I wonder what Patrick is up to?" kind of situation. However that small point aside, this was a fantastic episode of The Mentalist. A somewhat subtle suggestion that Bertram is going to be Red John's insider (perhaps even Red John?) with his totally unnecessary poem quotation is really exciting me for the future of this show. One would imagine that some kind of showdown has to occur before the end of the season, but as this show is destined to continue, you can never be sure exactly how they are going to handle the Red John case. Overall a top quality episode of a great show.moreless
  • The Red John story continues...

    The weekly mystery unravels to bring us more Red John clues. I almost like how they did it, except I'm still confused about the weekly mystery, but not a biggie, since they moved the Red John story along finally.

    The big IA cop questioned Hightower (Lisbon's immediate boss) about her relations with a cop that was killed a while back. Hightower clams up, saying something like her private business isn't any of his business.

    But later on, the big IA cop brings in this cool poster board with many layers of transparencies, each with the position of each CBI employee in the building the day Hightower's former lover was killed. It was obvious he put in a LOT of work on the poster/transparencies thing. Each time he flipped a transparency, the suspect list narrowed, until there was only five left - Hightower was the only one with known motive (scorned lover). She admitted she was the cop's lover, but there's still not enough evidence to detain Hightower.

    Things get really crazy soon the big IA cop's poster board scene. Beware of cops reciting poetry! I'm not surprised Lisbon didn't catch it, since she's a bit coarse and probably wouldn't recognize the poem as Blake's. The big IA cop seems like he might have read poetry in college, but perhaps he's not as invested into the Red John case to know the significance.moreless
Chris Coy

Chris Coy


Guest Star

Dakin Matthews

Dakin Matthews


Guest Star

Stacy Highsmith

Stacy Highsmith


Guest Star

Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

Madeleine Hightower

Recurring Role

Pruitt Taylor Vince

Pruitt Taylor Vince

J .J. LaRoche, Investigator with the Professional Standards Unit

Recurring Role

Michael Gaston

Michael Gaston

Gale Bertram

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This episode reveals that Virgil Minelli has warned Hightower about the presence of Red John's moles in the CBI.

    • Hightower mentions "Virgil" to Jane when the two discuss the extent of Red John conspiracy inside CBI. "Virgil" is the first name of her predecessor, Special Agent in Charge Minelli.

    • William Blake, whose poem is recited by the CBI Director in the aftermath of Hightower escape and name is mentioned by LaRoche shortly after, is the author of Tyger, Tyger poem which Red John and Todd Johnson had mentioned in Red Sky in the Morning and Red Moon respectively.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Jane: I'm better off alone.
      Hightower: Nobody is better off alone. (kisses Jane on the cheek and gets into the car to get away)

    • Hightower: If you don't point that shotgun away from me, I swear I will use it to beat you like a rented mule.
      Jane: Spoken like a true lunatic killer.

    • Christo: Montero was on the run.
      Rigsby: On the run from who?
      Christo: Nobody. He- he traveled. He was always running to South America. His career was in ruins.
      Rigsby: Well, tough times for everybody.
      Christo: Not for Montero. He had a lot of money.
      Rigsby: Well, you just said he was in ruins.
      Christo: Yes, Toltec. Mayan.
      Rigsby: Oh, Montero was an archaeologist?

    • Lisbon: Is there a rib broken off?
      Jane: Exactly.
      Lisbon: You think somebody climbed up there and stole it?
      Jane: Well, two options, the first involves cloning. The second and more likely it was used to break a very thick piece of glass.

    • Jane: Are you a killer?

      Hightower: I don't know your game here, but I don't have time to be taken on one of your emotional joyrides.

      Jane: Not that I'm judging. Seeking revenge on men that are responsible for the death of someone you love, it's a hobby I like to dabble in myself.

    • Lisbon: Hey, Jane. You were right.

      Jane: Well, of course. What instance of rightness are we speaking of?

      Lisbon: Yesterday, when you said Montero was killed for reasons having nothing to do with the stolen artifacts. So, I stayed up late last night and researched his personal life.

      Jane: Someone should stay up and research yours.

    • Jane: There's only one person that has this singular effect on people. You've been LaRoched, haven't you?

      Hightower: I suppose I have.

      Jane: Well, there's no shame in it. We're all pots in his kitchen, and he's a sous chef just waiting for one of us to boil over.

    • Hightower: What?

      Jane: I didn't say anything.

      Hightower: You were thinking it, mentalizing me.

      Jane: You can tell?

      Hightower: I can read it on your face, so stop.

      Jane: Well, if you can read it on my face, then you're mentalizing me, so you stop.

    • Cho: I don't wanna cross hobo alley to order lunch from a truck that's near the sewage ditch under the freeway.

      Rigsby: But there's tacos there.

    • Jane: Meet Caroline, one of the most well preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex ever discovered. Isn't she awesome?

      Lisbon: We've got a dead man over there.

      Jane: A dead man I've seen. But this...

      Lisbon: Could we get back to work, please?

    • Lisbon: Why aren't you answering your cell phone?

      Jane: Is it ringing?

      Lisbon: For two hours.

      Jane: I'm sorry. I thought it was my brain. Doctor said it's to be expected.

    • Jane: You have a fluffy white dog and an entire house. Are those hummel figurines?

      LaRoche: Yeah. You find that amusing?

      Jane: Well I just didn't picture you living in an actual house.

      LaRoche: Where did you think I lived?

      Jane: In a burrow on a riverbank. Somewhere like that.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 14.79 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Srdcová královna (Queen of Hearts)
      Germany: Besser allein (Better alone)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 24, 2011 on CTV
      The Netherlands: April 7, 2011 on SBS 6
      United Kingdom: April 8, 2011 on Channel 5/Channel 5 HD
      Australia: May 15, 2011 on Nine
      Sweden: June 14, 2011 on TV3
      Germany: September 18, 2011 on SAT 1
      Czech Republic: April 18, 2012 on TV Nova


    • The title is a reference to the character the Queen of Hearts in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll who frequently says, "Off with his head!" During this episode, Madeleine Hightower threatens to blow off Patrick Jane's head with a shotgun.