The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 12

Red Rum

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



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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".

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