The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 23

Red Sky In The Morning

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 20, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When the CBI conducts an investigation into a murder committed by a Red John copycat, Jane convinces Hightower not to let Kristina Frye help in the case, but then she tries to contact the real Red John on TV.

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  • Tyger Tyger burning bright in the forest of the night what immortal hand or eye can frame thy fearful symmetery

    An amazing Red John episode with lots of questions to be answered for like how Red John knew that Kristina Frye said roll tide to the waiter at the beginning and why Kristina would go on TV about Red John if she knows how he will react unless she knows him or she is Red John.Another question to be answered is how Red John got Kristina out of her house and most importantly what does Red Johns message to Jane mean.All these unanswered questions make the show even better and make you want to continue watching.moreless
  • season finale

    Another season of The Mentalist is now in the books. The season finale was pretty good, but this did not satisfy the needs of fans seeking some answers in the Red John mystery, to be quite honest. Isn't it a little convenient that he never shows up until May every year?

    The Mentalist needs to take a lesson from Law and Order: SVU and NCIS. While a feel that the Simon Baker drama is better than those two shows, the latter knows how to create compelling cases about a single topic (dead marines) and SVU does it for rapes. The Mentalist has an endless possibility of cases as the only prerequisite is that the CBI investigates them, and yet they can't come up with as many good storylines as those other two shows can.

    The Red John stuff is always good, but the cases need some work.moreless
  • Much better season finale than the first!

    The first season finale... albeit entertaining and exciting (and a little confusing)... left me feeling a little disappointed once the credits rolled. This one, however, was much more satisfying.


    What I Loved:

    1. The Patrick/Kristina Date - I like them as a couple. I didn't see it ever happening when she made her first appearance on the show, but now I definitely do. I love their chemistry... their back-and-forth. I have a feeling nothing more will come of this, but that's all right. It was nice while it lasted. Besides, we all know Jane and Lisbon are endgame.

    2. Red John - Any episode with Red John in it turns out to be a classic. I understand why they don't have him on the show very much... they're afraid he'll get old and people will grow tired of his mystery... but I think that only featuring him once or twice a season is a crime. When Nip/Tuck ran it's "Carver" storyline, every Carver episode was amazing... and there were a bunch of them. If only this show worked that way with Red John...

    3. Kristina disappeared. Even though her house was surrounded by cops, Red John still managed to get to her. Which is precisely why I think that Red John is someone affiliated with the CBI. I just started the third season, so I'm still clueless to who he is. But I have my suspicions.

    4. Liz from "Gilmore Girls" was the professor. That made me chuckle. Love her. I like how almost every episode of "The Mentalist" has someone who's famous from another show on it.

    5. The Red John/Patrick scene. It was creepy! And made up for the semi-ridiculous "film student" storyline that kind of copied off the Scream franchise... only not managing to do it as well as Kevin Williamson does it (KW's a genius for sure, as far as I'm concerned).

    What I Didn't Like:

    1. Like I mentioned previously, the film student storyline. I liked the Red John copycat story (although it would have been much better if it was actually Red John himself), but the culprits and motive were disappointing.

    2. Red John's voice. What was with that? lol. It didn't follow what we know about Red John's voice so far... When he called Patrick in the season one mid-season finale, he had a deep voice. And didn't the blind lady in the first season finale said it was smooth and soothing? Or something like that? IDK, that's just what I remember...moreless
  • I absolutely love this show!

    When I first watched this show, I thought, not another CSI show. Then, as I watched I just couldn't get enough. Jane is such a great character to watch. I could almost compare him to House. He annoys his boss and co-workers like crazy, but always comes up with the right answers. The only thing I want, is to learn more about Cho. He seems like an interesting character that needs to be known. Rigsby and Van-Pelt are somewhat boring to me. It is Jane and Cho that really interest me.

    Anyway, love the show and can't wait for the new season!moreless
  • Another Superb season finale. More of Red John in Season 3 please.

    I'm gonna review Season 2. It's been a great season but far to many episodes between Red John confrontations.

    Well yeah,if there's to much about Red John there won't be any thrill when he appears but 2 episodes is not what I would have wanted. 3 would had been great,with a 2-episode finale that sticks together. About Red John theories of who he might be I think maybe a police man. He got Kristina out of the house,killed/poisoned his "right hand"(Rebecca),had knownledge of the ongoing case with Red John copycats.

    Looking forward to Season 3,but please not more then 4 Seasons.moreless
Leslie Hope

Leslie Hope

Kristina Frye

Guest Star

Carrie Finklea

Carrie Finklea


Guest Star

Stephen Sowan

Stephen Sowan


Guest Star

Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

Madeleine Hightower

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
      In the forests of the night,
      What immortal hand or eye
      Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

      These lines said by Red John and Patrick Jane are the first stanza of William Blake's poem "The Tyger" (from Songs of Experience). The first two lines describe the chaos and evil "the Tyger" creates in mankind, while the second two lines are musing about the creator of "the Tyger".

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Red John: (to copycats) If there's one thing I can't tolerate, It's cheap imitations of my work.

    • Kristina: Why are you here?

      Jane: I am here because I want to protect you.

      Kristina: And how are you gonna protect me? If Red John comes through that door right now, what are you gonna do, hypnotize him?

      Jane: I will do what I need to do.

    • Kristina: You can smile your arrogant smile and act like you know everything about everything, but you don't. There are whole worlds that you can't even begin to understand.

      Jane: Synchronized swimming is, uh, the only world that springs to mind. But I'm sure you're right. There may be many others.

    • (Jane is on a date with Kristina Frye)

      Jane: You clean up very nicely, if you don't mind me saying so.

      Kristina: I don't mind you saying so. Thanks. You look...pretty much the same as you always look.

      Jane: Oh, really?

      Kristina: Yes.

      Jane: This is my date outfit.

      Kristina: Really? Is this your first date? I mean, um, since your wife died?

      Jane: Do I seem out of practice?

    • (Talking about Kristina Frye)

      Hightower: If she can help us, why not?

      Jane: Nothing she says is more than clever guesswork.

      Hightower: So she has essentially the same skills as you, without all the drama.

    • Ruth: I think, Marley was a bit embarrassed for hooking up with a cop, you know? So she kept him on the down low.

      Lisbon: Embarrassed, why?

      Ruth: Marley was cool. And, well, cops are sort of nerds with guns, aren't they?

      Dylan: Ruth, hello?

      Ruth: No offense. (Jane laughs.)

    • (Talking about Kristina Frye's house)

      Jane: Nice place, huh? Tasteful.

      Lisbon: To me, it looks like we're about to pay way too much money to get our legs waxed.

      Jane: Hmm.

    • Lisbon: Do you really wanna hang out at Kristina's house, waiting for Red John to show up? Let's just go back to the office and we'll work the Marley Sparrow case.

      Jane: There's nothing useful that I can do there. This Blankfein character, he looks good for it, right?

      Lisbon: Fine. Go and wait for Red John. It's not a good idea, though. (She starts to walk away.)

      Jane: Hey, we're in Nevada. You can't just walk off and leave me here.

    • Lisbon: Jane, you stay here. Take a break.

      Jane: I don't need a break.

      Lisbon: I think you do.

      Jane: I'd rather keep active.

      Lisbon: You're too hyped up to be out in the field.

      Jane: Oh, that's nonsense.

      Hightower: I agree with Lisbon. Get some rest.

      Jane: Some rest? Oh, I just lie down and catch up on some Z's. Kick back with a good book. Rest? I'm fine.

      Higtower: Debatable.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 15.22 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Rudá ranní obloha (Red Morning Sky)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 20, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: June 21, 2010 on Channel 9
      United Kingdom: July 23, 2010 on Five/Five HD
      Sweden: September 28, 2010 on TV3
      Germany: October 24, 2010 on SAT 1
      Czech Republic: December 20, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: October 18, 2011 on Markiza
      Poland: April 2, 2012 on TVN