The Mentalist

Season 3 Episode 1

Red Sky At Night

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 23, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After his encounter with Red John, Patrick rethinks his future with the CBI. At the same time, the team investigates two high-profile kidnappings.

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    I love The Mentalist. I want to get that disclaimer in before I trash this episode. That being said, this was a garbage premiere. It was flimsy, it was not funny, it was not entertaining, it was just all over the place. The storyline was just too boring to really suck me in and it seemed like this could have been done on any generic procedural. There was nothing special about this episode, and this is a special show, The Mentalist is.

    Horrible season premiere and I hope that does not cause people to give up on this great program. They just had an off night.moreless
  • The Red John story line is a good thing...

    ...even if its in the background, and the presentation of it in this episode was fitting in light of last season ending. But something(s) is/are missing...

    1) The support cast. This series has a good support cast and they are underused. Particularly at this point of the main story arc, when you would think that for Jane they could be, well, supportive. Cho still had the best line when without hesitation he guessed the wife's age! Love that man!

    2) Character integrity for Jane. Even allowing him some self indulgence given his last experience and his unique insights into Red John, nobody in real life gets away with attitude like he exhibited this episode; especially not to superiors or family of victims. This is beyond "unconventional" and suspension of disbelief is becoming very difficult. Worse yet, I'm becoming too apathetic to try.

    3) Lisbon was insipid. She's Jane's immediate supervisor and she is acting like a minion. Hightower wasn't much better this time out. There is waning character consistency.

    When this show is on, its really on. The trouble for me is the back and forth. And even the back and forth is becoming mostly "back". Audiences are only so elastic, and eventually they break...moreless
  • "The Mentalist" kicks off Season 3 with a premiere full of laughs and memorable moments!

    One of the things that makes "The Mentalist" such a joy to watch is the relationship and smouldering chemistry between Jane and Lisbon and right from the get-go of this episode that relationship was back in full force. Another thing that makes this show stand out among all the other crime dramas on television these days is its light-hearted sense of humour and there certaintly wasn't a shortage of hilarious moments this time around including:

    * When the team is in the car following the killer and Rigsby is singing along to the iPod. The looks on the faces of everyone else is quite hilarious!

    * The scene between Jane and Lisbon where their fighting over the TV! It reminds me of when my brother and I would fight over the remote.

    * Lisbon constantly worrying about when Jane will finally get his revenge on her.

    * In the first scene when the police officer tells Jane, "You can't park there" and cleverly replies, "Sure I can, look."

    * After Jane tricks that guy into thinking he slipped a dead mouse into his pocket and Lisbon just looks at Gale Bertram and says, "He had a rough summer."

    * And the final scene where Jane and Lisbon bicker over whether or not she can tell when he's lying.

    Overall, "Red Sky at Night" is a great addition to the series and a very good season premiere.moreless
Andrew Leeds

Andrew Leeds

Drew Yost

Guest Star

Shanley Caswell

Shanley Caswell

Nadine Russo

Guest Star

Lochlyn Munro

Lochlyn Munro

Keith Farrow

Guest Star

Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

Madeleine Hightower

Recurring Role

Michael Gaston

Michael Gaston

Gale Bertram

Recurring Role

Karl Sonnenberg

Karl Sonnenberg

CBI Karl (Undercover Agent)

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Director Bertram: So that's option two, me? I'm your suspect?

      Jane: Well I was just wondering why you didn't tell us this guy was such a sleezebag and that you are up to your neck in his grubby business.

      Hightower: That's enough.

      Director Bertram: Yes, it is. I don't have time for this. You shall just have to trust in my innocence, Mr. Jane.

      Jane: I'm not good at trust.

    • Lisbon: (About a reporter) What did you tell her?

      Jane: I was complimenting her on her jacket. It's such a vivid colour.

      Lisbon: Liar.

      Jane: You're gonna call me a liar?

      Lisbon: Oh, I hate you. I do.

    • Lisbon: A million dollars for the safe return of Dublin- that kinda sounds like a kidnapping, doesn't it?

      Jane: Doesn't mean it's a kidnapping. Doesn't mean he's not dead.

      Lisbon: Is this a serious theory or is this your revenge? (Jane shrugs.)

    • (After a meeting with Bertram and Hightower)

      Lisbon: What the hell was that? Are you insane? And where the hell did you come up with that supid-ass diamond story?

      Jane: I don't know what came over me. I see that man, I get an immediate urge to wind him up.

      Lisbon: He's the director.

      Jane: I'm sorry. He amuses me.

      Lisbon: I'm glad he entertains you, because he's gonna fire you now probably.

      Jane: No. You guys need me too much.

    • Jane: Anybody that gets close to me, bad things happen to them.

      Lisbon: A, that's not true, and B, even if it were, I'm a cop. It's our job to be in harm's way.

      Jane: You're not listening to me.

      Lisbon: We're family. What you're doing is a kind of betrayal.

      Jane: Oh.

      Lisbon: A surrender. A defeat. You're letting Red John win.

    • Mrs. Dublin: Why, Kimball? Why am I being punished? I'm a good person.

      Cho: Yes, ma'am.

      Mrs. Dublin: Stop calling me ma'am. I'm not your grandmother. How old do you think I am anyway?

      Cho: 48, 49. (she starts to sob)

    • Lisbon: Where is Mrs. Dublin now?

      Cho: She cries a lot. Then she has to freshen her makeup, then she cries again. Sort of a cycle.

    • Lisbon: A trap for who?
      Jane: Guess.
      Lisbon: Just tell me.
      Jane: Guess.
      Lisbon: You know what? Screw you. You crossed a line already and now you're playing guessing games with me?
      Jane: No, it's just that I'm not sure myself. I have a plan, though.
      Lisbon: Oh, sheepdip. You are still trying to punish me for lying to you. Well you know what? I'm sorry. Sorry. You wanted off this case. You're off. You can take a nap in your thinking room. We'll solve this case without you, the right way. With good, solid detective work.
      (Lisbon walks away and leaves Jane alone)
      Jane: So, I take it you don't want to hear my plan? (imitates Lisbon) "No, I don't want to hear your plan. Sheepdip your plan."

    • Lisbon: Why did you say he was dead?

      Jane: Because he is. He's dead and it's not a kidnapping.

      Lisbon: Give me a reason.

      Jane: I'll bet you all the tea in China.

      Lisbon: Ugh. That is not a reason.

    • Lisbon: I can tell when you're lying now.

      Jane: No, you can't tell.

      Lisbon: I can, too.

      Jane: That's nonsense. You're lying. Liar, liar, pants on fire.

      Lisbon: I'm not lying.

      Jane: You are.

    • Lisbon: How do you think the director is going to feel when he finds out you fooled him into talking complete garbage on TV?

      Jane: It's not garbage, and he'll be very angry or very happy, depending on whether I'm right or wrong.

      Lisbon: Right about what? There is no diamond-- oh. I see. A trap. Very clever.

    • Director Bertram: What do you mean you won't be working on this one?

      Jane: Well, statehouse lobbyist's really not my cup of tea.

      Director Bertram: Well that's-- that's kind of unprofessional, don't you think?

      Jane: I guess, but I'm not actually a professional.

    • Jane: Really, I'm impressed. You played me like a fish and you lied to me.

      Lisbon: I kind of did, didn't I? Sorry.

      Jane: No, I'm glad to see you're finally learning a few things. Of course, uh, now I shall have my revenge.

      Lisbon: What do you mean?! (Jane laughs)

    • Jane: New boss? I thought Hightower was boss.

      Lisbon: The boss of Hightower. The director of the entire division. I told you about him last week. Your memory's going.

      Jane: My memory is a mighty fortress, Lisbon, from which no fact ever escapes once committed. Now, when you tell me boring things, I set them free immediately. Saves overcrowding.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 15.33 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Rudá noní obloha (Red Night Sky)
      Germany: Die diamantenfalle (The diamond case)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 23, 2010 on CTV
      United Kingdom: October 15, 2010 on Five/Five HD
      Australia: October 25, 2010 on Channel 9
      The Netherlands: November 11, 2010 on SBS 6
      Sweden: January 4, 2011 on TV3
      Germany: February 13, 2011 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: October 25, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: January 4, 2012 on TV Nova
      Poland: April 16, 2012 on TVN