The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 5

Red Scare

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CBI are called to Beckworth Mansion, where a murdered body was found. The local deputy sheriff believes that Walter Beckworth's ghost haunts the mansion and killed the new owner, so the investigation is accompanied by a discussion about the existence of ghosts.

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  • A ghastly(?) episode...

    For the first few moments I wasn't certain if I had picked the right program to watch, because it sure looked like an episode of Supernatural in the beginning: spooky lights, the music...

    That was about as far as spookiness went, but it was thoroughly enjoyable.

    The plot moved a bit too fast, as if they had trouble concentrating on all they wanted to show. Still, this was a good episode, with enough twists and turns to keep things interesting.

    I was a little disappointed in the end, because the case was closed so smoothly. We've seen this approach into cracking a case one too many times in this show, but at least Patrick's taunting made it a bit more interesting.

    The best part of this episode was the interaction between the characters.

    I think I must state that I'm genuinely happy for Rigsby and Van Pelt (who is still so damn beautiful to look at!) for "coming out of the closet" - at least for each other.

    Cho also managed to be incredibly amusing - once again - while suggesting for Rigsby to consider therapy. (I don't know if it's the tone or the expression, but he makes me laugh and feel giddy inside every time that happens.)moreless
  • Finally, a good episode! After hating the show last week, I was relieved.

    Im still steaming from the show last week, a bit. One of the things I dislike about this show, is it assumes we are on the side of Jayne and the team no matter what. I really disliked how it pegged the bikers and being scum, and the overweight middle aged housewife as nice. I don't mind seeing Jaynes darker side. I always saw him as being cruel and perverse in many ways. But I don't want to see smart people fall for stupid traps like him making the other bikers think their leader was a rat. COME ON! Would a six year old fall for that? Not likely!! It insults us, the AUDIENCE!!! Grr. Ok...

    Now tonight's show was fun, lighthearted, and I liked all of it except for the end. I can't say I care about Van Pelt or Rigsby enough to watch them kiss. They are both rigid, manly, and cold. Their passive aggressive attraction that they ignore for the sake of their careers is just blah. It contrasts with the subtle, charming way that Jayne and Lisbon flirt perfectly. Now that would be a kiss!!!moreless
  • Drinking good wine in a plastic glass: what a crime!

    Drinking old and good wine in a plastic glass is just a crime. The plastic is attacked by the acids from the wine and delivers a bad taste. A plastic glass is perfectly convenient for a coke.

    A wine glass, either in glass or in crystal, is needed to help the wine maturing and exhaling its flavours. Each wine requires a specific size and shape of glass.

    For such educated a person as Jane who drives a French Citroën DS, drinks tea and not coffee, quotes Shakespeare every once, what a shame!

    The writers should put more attention on those small details that make a great difference on the main character.moreless
  • Is it just me or is Lisbon indulging Jane a little too much lately?

    This is the second week in a row that Lisbon has not only allowed Jane to do his thing without censure but has also involved herself in his little schemes. They're fun to watch, sure, but half the fun of the first season was seeing how Jane would slip his schemes by Lisbon--now that she's basically complicit in his games half the fun is gone.

    I'm not usually a fan of Halloween episodes on investigative-type shows. They tend toward the hokey and seem to be heavy on the puns, which is painful to watch. And because of the wacky that Jane tends to bring to the team, I went into viewing this episode on the lookout for the campy and cliche. And, honestly, I found it. A haunted house? Secret passages? A tricked-out sound-system from way-back-when that helps the ghost story along? A hidden family treasure--complete with secret notes leading them on a treasure hunt? Cliches, all.

    On the plus side this was the first episode in a long time that didn't even mention Red John, which was refreshing. I get that Jane is obsessed with the guy--who wouldn't be, with Jane's personality and what Red John did to his family? But every week, nothing but Red John this, Red John that? It was getting tedius. And I know we'll be back to that soon--it's part of what the series is based on, after all--but the episodes that are basically stand-alones, that don't feed into the Red John mytharc are some of my favourites.moreless
  • Nice episode altogether...

    It was a nice episode, I thought the makers could've written more 'secrets' into the mansion in that episode... And, they should've left the 'a ghost might have killed the guy' possibility hanging till the end of the episode... I don't believe in ghosts, but it think it would've amounted to better storytelling in the given episode... All I'm saying is, the episode didn't look as mysterious as advertised... I guessed it would either be the antiquities guy or the nephew the minute I saw them... I gave it a 10 anyway as it was a good episode if not what I expected...

    About the treasure apparently 'stole' unlawfully by Jane... I think Jane just took a bottle of the whole collection... He didn't take the entire treasure... After all, He was the one who found it... Jane might have left the rest of the treasure there without touching it... The person who buried it himself wanted the worthy to find it.. If he wanted to give it away to his family, he would've done it himself...moreless
Derk Cheetwood

Derk Cheetwood

Jeb Haas

Guest Star

Ron Canada

Ron Canada

Philip Raimey

Guest Star

Frances Fisher

Frances Fisher

Victoria Abner

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Lillian Foster: Do you think they know how we feel? The dead, I sorry we we wish things could be different? Do you think they understand?

      Jane: (pauses.) No. Sorry.

    • Jane: Whoever killed Foster was simply trying to scare him from the mansion. It could have been anyone that wanted the treasure, even you, deputy Fisher.

      Deputy Fisher:(sarcastically) That's right. I killed him.

      Jane: Did you? You denied it earlier.

      Deputy Fisher: Stop doing that!

    • Victoria Abner: Your aura is fascinating, Mr. Jane. So many hues.

      Jane: Thank you.

    • Rigsby: I told Grace I love her.

      Cho: Wow. Okay. Well done. Then what happened?

      Rigsby: Oh, nothing. Jane interrupted and she hasn't said a word since.

      Cho: So tell her again.

      Rigsby: Right, okay. Tell her again. Okay, right.

    • Jane: Grace, you're the spiritual sort. Do you believe in ghosts?

      Van Pelt: I believe the spirit survives death, and a troubled spirit can make itself known.

      Rigsby: Oh, come on. You don't seriously think there's a ghost here.

      Jane: Meh. I don't know. If you see one, let me know.

    • Deputy Fisher: I appreciate your people coming in on this, agent Lisbon. Haven't handled many homicides...none in fact. Frankly, I'm looking to learn from you.

      Lisbon: Not a problem, deputy Fisher.

      Deputy Fisher: Small town. We don't get much trouble.

      Jane: Well, that's a shame.

      Deputy Fisher: It is?

      Jane: Trouble's your business.

      Deputy Fisher: You could say.

    • Victoria Abner: But the fortune could still be here.

      Jane: I just need time to find it.

      Lisbon: We're not gonna waste any more time. I'm shutting this down. Everybody out. Cho, secure the place and set the alarm. Have Rigsby and Van Pelt set up on the mansion tonight. We'll take the shift after them. Nobody gets in this place, especially Jane. Understood?

      Cho: Got it. Everybody out.

      Jane: Lisbon., Lisbon...this...

      Lisbon: Bite me. We're done for the night.

      Jane: (looks a bit put out and waits until everyone else has left the room) Bite me?

      Lisbon: It's too much?

      Jane: Uh, a smidge. (Lisbon walks away) Worked. It's fine, just a little over-the-top.

    • Cho: As far as I can tell, no one's entered or left this building except the victim.

      Deputy Fisher: But that's impossible. Isn't it?

      Jane: Spooky.

    • Deputy Fisher: Clear signs of struggle rules out suicide.

      Lisbon: That, and suicides usually open the window before they jump.

    • Rigsby: (About Van Pelt) She's volunteering in the homeless kitchen.

      Cho: That's cool.

      Rigsby: There's a man in there and she' know?

      Cho: Dating a homeless guy?

      Rigsby: No! A volunteer. A chef. And she's...I don't know...not yet...maybe...I

      Cho: Dude, you need counseling.

    • (Van Pelt pulls Rigsby into a side room and kisses him)

      Van Pelt: I'm gonna leave in a few minutes. Wait five and then meet me at my car.

      Rigsby: Okay.

      Grace: Okay. (Grace kisses him again and walks out of the room)

    • Deputy Fisher: (talking about Jane) What's this guy's problem?

      Lisbon: That would take way too long to answer.

    • Rigsby: Grace. I love you. I've loved you from the first moment I met you. Screw the rules. Screw the CBI. I need you.

      Van Pelt: I... (Starts babbling)

      Rigsby: Unless you stop me I'm going to kiss you now.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 15.53 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Duch (Ghost)
      Germany: Peppers geist (Ghost peppers)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: November 2, 2009 on Channel 9
      The Netherlands: February 11, 2010 on SBS6
      United Kindom: March 19, 2010 on Five
      Germany: March 28, 2010 on SAT 1
      Sweden: March 30, 2010 on TV3
      Czech Republic: June 7, 2010 on TV Nova
      Poland: June 13, 2011 on TVN
      Slovakia: July 6, 2011 on Markiza