The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 3

Red Tide

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 14, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A drowned girl's body is found on the Santa Marta beach, and many of her surfer friends are suspects. When interviews lead to nothing, Patrick uses his skills to determine and catch the killer.

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  • The psychology really does work.

    This whole episode was based excessively on psychology and trickery, and that is amazing. Really. Rose is definitely very clever - but not as clever as Jane. I applaud the writers for coming up with something so brilliant, I really enjoyed this episode.

    I tried the animal thing with my friends today in Math class. I think I scared the wits out of my Math teacher, who probably thinks I'm not very smart, but ended up reading his mind a couple of times today.

    Anyways, I know my friends pretty well, but was curious to try it out. They all answered, and their reasoning behind each choice matched their subconscious mind perfectly. It really does work.moreless
  • Lackluster by comparison

    Red Tide felt like it was lacking some of the usual mystery and pizazz of the previous episodes of The Mentalist. I absolutely LOVE Simon Baker, but even he was on my nerves in this episode. It all felt contrived; there were so few clues as to who was truly guilty that the ending was almost a shock, though none of the other endings have been. I also thought it felt scattered. There was too much going on in one short episode. It felt like everyone was going in different directions and the viewer was caught in the middle. If The Mentalist is to survive harsh critics, it needs to fix a few things: 1. get rid of Robin Tunney - she tries to play tough but comes off weak or catty 2. come up with more outrageous story lines 3. don't neglect Patrick Jane's history.moreless
  • Very interesting episode.

    Liked Patrick's questions to the initial witnesses – it's bizarre but genius: your instinctive answers to colour and animal indicate your unconscious impressions of someone. The choice of rabbit equals who Chris was – gentle, sweet, helpless. It's a nice play on psychology – the hawk and the rabbit. Rose really was smart – make the entire group participate and it creates a pact of silence.

    I liked Lisbon reaching out to Chris' father – the two remaining kids have lost their mother and sister, the father should do everything he can.

    Patrick's sandcastle was awesome. Loved the look on the little girl's face!

    Very interesting episode – nicely complex with psychology thrown in.moreless
  • A dead girl is found in the ocean.

    The Mentalist is really starting to come into its own. Sure, we're only 3 episodes in and the program is formulaic by CBS standards, but it is still a well-written show.

    Patrick Jane is one of the most compelling characters on television. Like a chess master he is always one step ahead of his adversaries, and coincidentally is literally well-versed in the game. The scene with him building a spectacular sandcastle was hilarious on so many levels.

    At points the episode dragged, but as a whole it had me glued to my screen hoping to solve the mystery along with the CBI unit. I was guessing from start to finish and the end came as somewhat of a surprise. It's not necessary to constantly have a plethora of plot twists (like Law and Order often does) but an occasional tricking of the viewer is always a good thing.

    It's easy to see why The Mentalist has become the highest-rated new show.moreless
  • The show's gettin better.

    I really do think that! The first episode was, lets be honest, a little bit annoying. A guy whose fakes psychic abilities, and then becomes police consultant??!! Come on! That can't be serious.

    But then, next episode's got little bit better and better, so I started to think, that it still might be worth to watch.

    This episode - Red Tide - was the best episode since. Well written, interesting and whit a lot of laugh (the scene on the beach, while building a castle; the opening scene - looking for the keys, tha was funny:D ). Have to admit - I'm ipressed by the development of the show. Still have some doubts, but mainly, thanks to this episode, I'm willing to give it a second chance :)moreless
Brando Eaton

Brando Eaton

Danny Kurtik

Guest Star

Jamie McShane

Jamie McShane

Jack Tanner

Guest Star

Michelle Page

Michelle Page


Guest Star

Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Virgil Minelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Hope, Danny, Andy and Win were interrogated alone, without presence of their parents or legal guardians or lawyers. As they are minors police must wait for the arrival of their legal guardians even if the suspects didn't ask for them, or to provide some sort of public legal guardian to bear witness that the interrogation was not under coercion. Otherwise, all the confessions and all the information received during interrogation are inadmissible in the court. And police can not pursuit any leads from such information because it's called "fruits of a poisonous tree" and also inadmissible.

    • When Patrick gathers Christine's four friends at Devon point in order to put his cunning plan in motion the day is bright. Once they've pushed the gate and sit on the beach it's complete dark.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Cho: You had the keys the whole time.

      Rigsby: You gotta let it go, man.

      Cho: Did you have the keys in your hand?

      Jane: If I tell you how it's done, the Magic Circle will send a team of assassins to kill us all. It's the law.

    • Van Pelt: It's gotta be tough.

      Lisbon: What?

      Van Pelt: I mean, a drunk driver. Isn't that what happened to your mother? (Lisbon stares at her) Sorry. It's not my business.

      Lisbon: We don't discuss our personal lives in this unit. It's not useful and it's not professional.

    • Jane: You want symbolic? You're a hawk and Christine was a rabbit.

      Hope: What does that even mean?

      Jane: Bird of prey, rabbit. You tell me.

    • (Talking about Dane Kurtik.)

      Jane: He's not gonna confess.

      Lisbon: What'd you think, he'd break under the bad lighting conditions?

    • Lisbon: You have good kids.

      Jack Tanner: Yeah, I do.

      Lisbon: You're all they have.

      Jack Tanner: Yeah, I know.

      Lisbon: Be good to them.

      Jack Tanner: I am good to them.

      Lisbon: My father was a good man, just like you are. And after my mother died... he was a self-pitying drunk, just like you are. He killed himself. Damn near killed me and my brothers too. Get some help. Your kids deserve it. So do you.

    • Philip Handler: I guess, uh, you must be bad cop.

      Lisbon: I try.

    • (After Patrick Jane was hit by Dane Kurtik)

      Virgil Minelli: You couldn't just give Kurtik a stern talking to instead?

      Lisbon: What about Christine Tanner, sir? If Kurtik was having sex with her, that gives him motive to kill.

      Virgil Minelli: If! And that's a hunch. Based on rockabilly.

      Lisbon: It's a Jane hunch, you keep him around for a reason.

    • Dane Kurtik: I never touched Christine Tanner.

      Jane: Liar.

      Dane Kurtik: Believe me, when I tell you that you just now made the worst mistake of your miserable little life.

      Jane: Believe me, no matter how this turns out, I've made worse mistakes.

    • (Lisbon and Jane are interviewing a suspect)

      Jane: See, the thing is, Flip, Lisbon here is looking at you like you're a pork chop, because you fit the profile. Your life is in chaos, you're lonely, you're depressed, you're addicted to drugs and pornography and a little nuts, to be honest. You're exactly the kind of man that does terrible things to women. But I don't think you did this.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 14.96 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Rudý příliv (Red High Tide)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 22, 2008 on Nine
      The Netherlands: January 8, 2009 on SBS6
      Spain: January 15, 2009 on La Sexta
      Norway: January 21, 2009 on TV3
      Belgium: February 11, 2009 on VT4
      Denmark: February 16, 2009 on TV3
      Hungary: February 16, 2009 on RTL-Klub
      Sweden: March 3, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: March 15, 2009 on SAT 1
      United Kingdom: April 9, 2009 on Channel Five
      Thailand: April 23, 2009 on True Series
      Finland: September 17, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: December 14, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: January 18, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: September 20, 2010 on TVN
      India: November 22, 2010 on Zee Cafe