The Mentalist

Season 4 Episode 23

Red Rover, Red Rover

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 10, 2012 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Red John taunts Jane on the ninth anniversary of his wife and daughter's death. With Jane's attention diverted and his concentration wavering, the current investigation and his CBI career are put at risk.

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  • Jane is fired

    This episode was the build up to the season finale and its on the anniversary of his wife and daughters death and Red John asks him does he give up.This sends Jane to lose it when he burns the Red John files,he gives up on the Red John case,he buries a suspect alive to get him to confess and this leads to a argument between Jane and Wainwright and Wainwright attempts you hit Jane but when he is stopped he fires Jane.An amazing episode to get ready for the season finale.moreless
  • Red Rover

    A solid episode to build up to the season finale next week. It was not special, and I thought Jane snapping over this particular case was a bit odd. They can't just force a confession that way, but that mystery was worth watching, seeing the guilty party deny it so vehemently.

    Solid episode again, but we have seen better.
  • "What's in a name?"

    Throughout the series, the writers have exerted considerable effort to focus the title of each episode on the color red and/or on blood [and such variations/shades of it as pink, rose, carnelian, flame, ruby, scarlet, russet, or crimson]. Clichs, plucked directly from adages or transformed into word-play, abound: "Seeing Red," "Red Herring," "A Price above Rubies," "Rose-colored Glasses," "Bleeding Heart," "Blood Money," "Red Sky at Night," "Like a Red-headed Stepchild." Well-known titles of, and phrases from, other works are revisited and sometimes revised: "The Thin Red Line," "Paint It Red," "The Scarlet Letter," "Red Alert" [homage to "Star Trek"], "The Red Mile," "Rhapsody in Red," "Scarlet Ribbons." Included are a couple of seriously groanable puns and clever plays on the spelling of certain words [emphasis mine]: "REDacted," "REDemption," "Where in the World is CARMINE O'Brien?"

    More intriguing than the carefully consistent episode titles, however, is the moniker of the antagonist: Red John. From the original Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin, and from thence to English, the exceedingly popular masculine name "John" is derived from the Hebrew name meaning "graced by Yahweh" and/or "blessed by God." Other earlier versions of the name mean "God is generous." As a male name, John appears today in such variations as Ivan, Johann, Sean, Juan, Evan, Ian, Jan, Giovanni, Jean, and Hans.

    The female form of today's John is common as well, although less popular these days than the male version. Female versions of John include Jeannie, Jennie, Joanna, Joan, Siobhann and Jane. Patrick JANE. Is Jane indeed Red John? What IS in a name?

  • Great Episode

    I think that this is just one big mind game by Jane. He wants Red John to think that he has been beaten. RJ might still have a friend inside the CBI so Jane has to convince everyone that he is 'losing it'. Everything in the files that were burnt would have already been memorised, and he had already got all the information out of the young girl before he hypnotised her. As for getting fired, you can see by the little smile on Jane's face that this is exactly what he wanted. He could have just quit but he wants RJ to think that he has hit rock bottom. Now RJ thinks Jane is weak and nearly defeated, he might start getting over confident and start making mistakes. Or he might think that Jane is no longer 'playing the game'. so therefore he has no more use for him. He will either stop taunting Jane (unlikely), or he will come after him and try to kill him, walking into Jane's trap as he does so. Cant wait for the next episode to find out whats going to happen.moreless
  • Red Rover, Red Rover

    I think Wo Fat is Red John.
Aaron Lohr

Aaron Lohr

Benjamin Marx

Guest Star

Ray Wise

Ray Wise

Dennis Victor

Guest Star

David Furr

David Furr

Ian Breitler

Guest Star

Michael Rady

Michael Rady

Luthor Wainwright

Recurring Role

Catherine Dent

Catherine Dent

FBI Agent Susan Darcy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Lisbon: (after Jane's been fired) Don't do anything rash. We can work this out. We'll fix it.
      Jane: I doubt that.
      Lisbon: I'll come by your place tonight. We'll talk it out, okay?
      Jane: You're sweet.
      Lisbon: Let me help you.

    • Lisbon: Why did you burn your Red John files?
      Jane: Because he's right. It's time to give up.
      Wainwright: Seriously?
      Lisbon: What do you mean?
      Jane: Well, nothing's working. Nothing. It's just a game, and he keeps winning. The only way for me to stop him is if I stop playing.
      Lisbon: Meaning what?
      Jane: Meaning I put it behind me. I move on.
      Lisbon: That's a big change, Jane.
      Jane: Well, change is good. Isn't it?
      Lisbon: So... Are you leaving the CBI?
      Jane: No, of course not. What would I do for amusement?

    • Van Pelt: Jane seem off to you?
      Cho: Always.

    • Wainright: Jane. Jane, she's a witness.
      Jane: People who can identify Red John end up dead.
      Wainright: I get that you feel protective here.
      Jane: Do you?
      Wainright: This is not your call.
      Jane: Yes, it is. If you try to question her or even talk to her, I will hurt you badly.
      Wainright: Did he really just threaten me?

    • Lisbon: What's up? Where are you?
      Jane: Yeah. Sorry, Lisbon. I had my phone turned off.
      Lisbon: We're in the middle of a toxic waste dump. Hurry up.
      Jane: Ooh. That sounds inviting. I'll see you there.
      Lisbon: Chop chop. Time's a-wastin'.

  • NOTES (3)


    • The episode title, "Red Rover, Red Rover," comprises a double allusion: to a children's game and to a novel by James Fenimore Cooper. Patrick Jane's quest to apprehend and punish Red John, the serial killer who murdered Jane's family, runs through every season's episodes and links them, much as the Mississippi River runs through Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" and links the episodic chapters; that quest provides both structure and the central story arc of "The Mentalist." To Jane, the quest for vengeance/justice is deadly serious; to Red John, it is merely a game -- hence the title: children chant, "Red rover, red rover, let ______ come over," inviting a member of the opposite team to challenge them. Similarly, Red John continually invites Jane to challenge him, but Jane keeps losing, even when he seems to win. In this episode, Jane acknowledges the game by telling Lisbon that the only way to stop it is for Jane to "stop playing." In Cooper's novel "The Red Rover: a Tale," the "rover" is a pirate -- amoral, vicious, thieving, reiving. Red John is, above all else, a reiver, a plunderer who steals life itself, leaving a bloody trail of victims, living and dead.