The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 20

Red Sauce

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 28, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When Lisbon, Van Pelt and Cho arrive at Jenny Didrikson's house and get out of the car, you can see that only Lisbon's badge is clipped on her belt. However, in the next scene when they decide to go into the house she's wearing her gun and holster on her right hip.

  • Quotes

    • Jane: I'm not saying you knew about the affair, I'm just saying that if you did, you'd be our prime suspect. Funny when your best defense is your apparent lack of the most basic detective skills.

      Marshal Exley: You little son of a bitch.

      Cho: Easy.

      Jane: I'm sorry. I'm just thinking aloud. No offense.

      Marshal Exley: Yeah, right. No offense.

      Jane: None taken.

    • (Talking about the whereabouts of a mafioso Sonny Battaglia)

      Jane: Palm Desert right here in California?

      Lisbon: No.

      Jane: Palm Desert's not in California?

      Lisbon: No, you can't sneak off and talk to Sonny Battaglia.

      Jane: Oh, I thought you meant Palm Desert wasn't in California. It is in California, right?

    • Jane: Thanks for your time, Mr. Battaglia. See you later.

      Sonny Battaglia: Hey, wait a minute. I'm not finished talking with you yet.

      Jane: I'm finished talking with you.

      Sonny Battaglia: What are you, Al Pacino all of a sudden? People don't act that way with me.

      Jane: I do when there's witnesses around.

      Sonny Battaglia: What are we gonna do with this guy? He's got a screw loose.

      Jane: You think you have a certain charm about you, and you do, but you live by oppression. In reality you're just a greedy, twisted little sadist.

      Sonny Battaglia: Hey, screw you blondie. You're lucky you helped me beat Arnold Palmer here or I'd plug you right now. To hell with the witnesses. (Jane just waves at him)

    • Lisbon: What did you learn?

      Jane: She's scared. She's of Italian descent. She bites her nails. She doesn't like pets or pineapple.

      Lisbon: Useful stuff.

    • Kid: Yeah, screw the cops.

      Jane: Even for a midget villain like yourself, that's an untenable position. Every modern society has some kind of police force. It's like saying, screw the public transport system.

    • Rigsby: Teenagers. I hate questioning teenagers. It's like talking to mud.

      Jane: You need some love in your heart.

      Rigsby: Oh, is that my problem.

      Jane: Yeah, it is.

    • Lisbon: Any money go missing lately?

      Playland owner: Nope. And I keep tabs, trust me.

      Jane: And why should we trust you?

      Playland owner: It's just a phrase, like "you know".

      Jane: What do I know?

      Playland owner: No. You don't know anything I'm saying it's just a thing to say.

      Jane: Oh, it's a figure of speech.

      Playland owner: Right.

      Jane: So we shouldn't trust you, really.

      Playland owner: Yeah. No, you should.

    • (Jane has guessed what Rigsby and Van Pelt got Lisbon for her birthday)

      Cho: Okay, two for two. How about mine?

      Jane: Cho. (Cho hands Lisbon a present and Jane covers his eyes.)

      Lisbon That's sweet, thank you.

      Jane: I got it.

      Lisbon: Okay. (Opens the present) Okay, what is it?

      Jane: It's a mid- to high- end bottle of... wine-- aah, no, no, no. Champagne.

      Lisbon: Yes.

      Jane: Yup, there I go. (whispering to Cho.) Re-gift?

      Cho: It's a really good bottle. I don't drink it.

    • Jane: Do I detect a slight residue of grumpiness in you demeanor?

      Lisbon: No.

      Jane: I swear to you, Lisbon, your gift is on its way.

      Lisbon: I am not grumpy and I don't give a damn about your supposed gift.

      Jane: (To Rigsby.) She's still grumpy with me, isn't she?

      Rigsby: Not touching that.

    • (It's Lisbon's birthday and everyone else has given her a gift except Jane.)

      Van Pelt: Where's your gift?

      Jane: Oh, it's on its way. (Rigsby laughs.)

      Lisbon: Typical.

      Jane: You really think that I would forget your birthday present? (Lisbon nods) It's on its way.

      Lisbon: Yeah, right.

      Jane: Little grumpy because daddy didn't buy you a pony?

    • Jane: Look at it this way. We've closed yet another case.

      Lisbon: Toying with mafia bosses is no way to close cases, it's stupid.

      Jane: Meh. You just trying to find fault. And I know why.

      Lisbon: Oh, really?

      Jane: You're still a little grumpy about the birthday present thing.

      Lisbon: Will you leave that alone?

      Jane: Unbelievable. You've got no reason to be grumpy anymore. (He puts a red bow on Lisbon's office door. She opens the door and finds a pony standing in her office. Lisbon smiles and is lost for words.)

  • Notes

    • This episode had 17.11 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • Lisbon's birthday takes place during this episode.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Nitky ke zločinu (Threads to the Crime)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: May 13, 2009 on Nine
      Germany: July 12, 2009 on SAT 1
      United Kingdom: August 6, 2009 on Five
      Belgium: September 23, 2009 on VT4
      Sweden: September 29, 2009 on TV3
      Czech Republic: April 12, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: August 3, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: April 11, 2011 on TVN

  • Allusions

    • In the golf course scene, Sonny Battaglia asks Jane if he knows what consistency is. Jane replies, "The hobgoblin of little minds."

      This is an allusion to Ralph Waldo Emerson's The Essay on Self-Reliance. The entire quote is, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."

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