The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 12

Red Rum

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 13, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Cody Elkins, a high school football star, is found murdered, all trails point to the local witch, as her motive could be revenge for Cody stealing, torturing and killing her cat. When the CBI goes to investigate, she admits to having put a killing spell on Cody, but Jane still shows skepticism.moreless

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  • Blatant religious bigotry is entertaining?

    Kindly explain to me how an hour-long hatefest containing religious slurs, blatant stereotyping, and flat-out LIES about Wicca is entertaining. I don't get it. If they did this about Christians, there would be a riot, to say nothing of what could happen if they mocked Judaism or Islam. Please explain to me how the studio was not sued out of existence for this garbage.
  • A wicca-based episode; but why nothing about Red John?

    This was an entertaining episode although it was disappointing that after last week's episode where lots of revelations were made about Red John, this week he was completely ignored as if none of last week's episode had ever happened.

    Despite that, the storyline was enjoyable and there was lots of character development, particularly of Grace and Wayne who have some nice chemistry going. Grace surprised me with her football prowess (thank's to her dad who was a coach). Also Kimball was great, his obvious fear of magic and witches came across brilliantly. Teresa didn't have much to do but the others ade up for it.moreless
  • The cliché 'evil witchcraft' episode. The ignorance on display is extremely offensive.

    Why is it that crime series always drag out witchcraft and immediately brand it as evil? Patrick, in particular, shouldn't be spouting such rubbish – my pet peeve is the *upright* pentagram, a symbol of *protection* – given that he's worked in a related industry and should know better. I was immediately offended – the ignorant 'witch' actually used the word 'dark' and 'Wicca' in the same sentence. I'm not sure if that's ignorance on the writer's part or meant to be of the teenage character's. The first rule of Wicca is to do no harm and this little twit says she did a killing curse?! By halfway through the episode, I was *extremely* offended.

    This woman is a nutjob and she dares call herself a Wicca?! She's pieced together bits and pieces of stuff she probably got off the internet then called it Wicca to make it seem legit instead of the nonsense it is.

    Pet peeve – why is it so many shows use Stephen King's Shining's 'redrum' for titles of episodes which have nothing to do with the original story?!

    I'm not sure if this is the writers not doing their homework or whether it was just the character who was supposed to look unhinged, but if it was the latter, the writers never made that clear.moreless
  • Interesting and socially challenging

    I disagree with the poster that was offended by the Wiccan "misinformation".

    The wiccan character comes across as emotionally needy and slightly loopy, granted.

    Her interaction with Cho doesn't speak any more to the "evil" perception of Wicca than to the superstitious nature of Cho (which is also stereotypical--superstitious Asian).

    But her role is pivotal to exposing the real killer, when it is discovered that the victim's brother feels better protected sneaking off to her home than in his own. Without that, and without the belief of the victim's family in her "powers", the case might not have been solved.

    Most watchers (myself included) have a limited understanding of Wicca, and the main impression that came away from this episode is that it is no more violent than an abusive home life, and that it is as subject to the believers/viewers perspective as any other religious belief.moreless
  • A local "witch" becomes a suspect in a murder.

    The Mentalist fresh off its People's Choice Award victory continues to be one of the best shows on television. It's a refreshing change of pace to the rest of the CBS lineup and is just an exciting hour of television with very few dull moments, a claim very few police dramas can make.

    It's just the little things that make this show so great. From Patrick throwing the rock up and down to distract the kids to Grace having surprising knowledge of football it's just details like this that make this such a well-written program. This was similar to a past episode they've done where Patrick did not believe that a woman was a psychic, but the end result was different. Fortunately, that's all I can really complain about this was just another great episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Cho: Man, I thought you were going to have her cast a spell, find the murder weapon.

      Jane: Oh, spell's already cast.

      Cho: When did she cast it?

      Jane: She didn't. I did.

      Cho: You can cast spells?

      Jane: Cho, there's no such thing as spells.

      Cho: I know that.

    • Jane: Witches have the power of telekinesis. She says that she has a spell, which will raise the weapon from wherever it's been concealed, and reveal itself to us.

      Michael: And you believe this evil crap?

      Jane: Well, you never can tell. We're going to give it a whirl.

    • Jane: Tamzin, the goddess may give you solace and hope and meaning in your life. But she can't protect you from those policemen out there.

    • Van Pelt: Witchcraft creeps me out.

      Rigsby: It doesn't bother me. Nerds in cloaks.

      Van Pelt: There's more to it than that.

      Rigsby: It's just a silly alternative lifestyle, like Star Trek or yoga.

      Van Pelt: I do yoga.

    • Jane: They should wait 10 minutes, then go in.

      Lisbon: Why wait?

      Jane: Let the plot develop, let the fruit ripen, let the yeast rise, etcetera.

    • Michael: You don't speak to my son, without my permission.

      Jane: Oh, well that's a little weird and controlling, but okay. Do you mind if I speak to your son, Mr. Elkins?

    • Jane: Must be tough being Cody Elkins' little brother.

      Brad: No. Well, yeah, sometimes.

      Jane: Me? I'd hate it. He gets all the attention, the glory, the girls flocking around, for what? For running and jumping and catching a thing?

      Brad: Yeah, monkeys could do that.

      Jane: Yeah.

      Brad: Monkeys could do it better.

      Jane: You know, if monkeys played football, they would kick some serious jock butt.

    • Brad: Go away.

      Jane: I can't. I wish I could. It's my job to hound people until I get the truth.

    • Jane: Relax. No such thing as witches.

      Cho: (to himself) Yeah, it's easy for you to say. Weird witch-lady didn't burn you an effigy and bind you to her power.

    • Cho: Why did you give her my name? She said I was going to kneel before the Lord of Beasts. What does that even mean?

      Jane: Oh, come on, you're not telling me you believe she's an actual witch?

      Cho: No, of course not. But, I mean if dark forces did exist, stands to reason that there could be people who control them for their own ends.

      Jane: They're called investment bankers.

    • Lisbon: (to Tamzin) Unfortunately it seems that one of your friends helped your magic along with a blunt instrument. In which case, you're as unmagically guilty as they are.

    • Coach Dieter: I chose to resign.

      Rigsby: With a promise to take anger management class.

      Coach Dieter: Forty-six hours worth. Bored the rage right out of me.

    • Rigsby: What is this?

      Van Pelt: That is healthy and nutritious snacking.

      Rigsby: I'm gonna die.

    • Jane: (while talking to Cody's parents) I have a question. It's always bothered me. Why do they call it football? People don't really use their feet much, do they?

    • Cho: Look, a goat. Goats are signs of Satan.

      Lisbon: So petting zoos are, like, gateways to hell?

      Cho: Pretty much.

    • Tamzin Dove: If a friend of mine had done this, they wouldn't have pointed the police right to me with a pentacle and flame. No, Cody's murder was staged to look like wicca. Any fool in this town would think of it. It's obvious misdirection. There's a witch in town. Duh.

      Jane: A witch that put a killing spell on the boy in question.

      Tamzin Doe: Exactly. It's perfect.

    • Mrs. Elkins: How can you be so cold?

      Jane: Practice.

    • Lisbon: (To Grace on the phone) Things are getting weird, we're off to see a witch.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 18.07 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Rudé běsnění (Red Fury)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: March 04, 2009 on Nine
      The Netherlands: March 12, 2009 on SBS 6
      Belgium: April 15, 2009 on VT4
      Denmark: April 20, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: May 5, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: May 17, 2009 on SAT 1
      United Kingdom: June 11, 2009 on Five
      Finland: November 19, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: February 15, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: March 22, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: November 29, 2010 on TVN


    • The opening with Jane realizing the kids have come to look at the murder victim's corpse evokes the film Stand By Me, which is another Stephen King reference in being based on his story The Body.

    • The Shining
      The episode's title "Red Rum" was made famous by the movie The Shining. One of the characters says it repeatedly, writes it on a door and when it is seen in a mirror it spells "Murder".