The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 2009 on CBS
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Minelli decides to assign the Red John case to Sam Bosco, when he thinks that Lisbon and Jane are too close to the case. Jane thereafter decides to solve one more case, then leave the CBI. They investigate the murder of a woman who is found suffocated after being accused of stealing a million dollars from her employer.moreless

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  • Season premiere is low on laughs, heavy on boredom.

    The Mentalist was one of the few bright spots of last year's TV season. And the opening scene in this episode showed just why: the show is clever, witty, engaging, entertaining and appeals to everybody. But after the scene at the mall and the opening credits things took a most unappealing turn. The story arc for the episode was hard to follow and the love/hate relationship between Patrick Jane and Theresa Lisbon needs to be worked on as there is untapped potential there.

    And the rest of the force needs to show some personality. If the show is going to survive for multiple seasons it can't be a one man show.moreless
  • A very aggressive first episode, excellent.

    This is Jane at his worst – usually he hides his emotions behind a smile and charm. Now he's not even trying. He's giving off such aggression it's amazing people don't get a headache around him. Honestly? I like him like this, though I understand why it would cause no end of harm to a police department.

    If Jane can't work Red John, he has no reason to stay. The team has gotten lazy from working with him, he does so much of the detective work that they will be nearly incapacitated if he leaves. Most of the time, they run off the leads and deductions he makes. If he left, it would take months to readjust and their closure rate would plummet.

    Jane's 'Miles' idea is clever, the natural assumption is 'Miles' is either the killer or connected to the money - whoever starts asking around immediately becomes a suspect. Anyone innocent wouldn't care.

    I knew it was the boss – no-one would be that blasé about losing $1m… unless they knew where the money was.

    I like Cho, he doesn't mind bending the rules. Insists he hears shouting inside the house.

    A very strong first episode, sharp edged.moreless
  • Very good start for the 2nd season!

    This first episode of the new season is great: one case solved in just 7 minutes, many reminiscences of Jane's previous life, and a plot full of twists as usual. More important, it seems very promising for the 2nd season. How often does a series decline with a new season! New material is added, as the team being discharged of the Red John case.

    Actors are great and shooting is polished as usual. Special mention to Simon Baker's performance, who is able to play the fool, get serious, investigate, maybe all this at the same time. The sky-blue French DS is well shown but other CBI cars are getting bigger.moreless
  • New developments in the RJ case and a new character, bringing much needed tension into the show.

    The Mentalist is back and there are a few new twists in the storyline. First of all after the Season 1 finale the chief judges that the team is too emotionally involved with the Red John case and he takes them off it. A new character, Bosco, is assigned to it. In my opinion Bosco is a welcome addition to the show, which had started to get lukewarm as far as character interaction is concerned. Bosco is arrogant, harsh, rude and relentless, and comes into a full head-on collision with Jane. When Jane politely asks him to participate in the case Bosco replies "I wouldn't direct you to the toilet if your ass was on fire." It is evident from the first episode that there is an intense dislike between these two, and as Jane is personally involved in the RJ case there is no way he's going to leave things alone. There will be many future confrontations and dramatic scenes and that's a good thing. The show needs some escalating tension.

    Other than that the Jane-Lisbon merry-go-round, as well as the Rigsby-Van Pelt one pick up from where they left off last season. Rigsby is still too shy to ask Van Pelt for a date, Lisbon still likes Patrick but both of them are too involved in the job and their personal inhibitions to move forward with something more. Lisbon has gotten more strict with her subordinates due to the Chief being mistrustful towards the team and her command of it. And Jane is as inventive, arrogant and unmindful of other people's emotions as always. Also, we learn in this episode that even though Jane appears selfish and only interested in his own personal motives of revenge, it isn't really so. He decides to leave the team since he doesn't have the right to participate in the RJ case anymore, but changes his mind a few minutes later. "There isn't anything else for me to do", he tells Lisbon. The truth is that he has grown attached to the team and to his duties in CBI, and now his relations with the rest of the team can develop further. I hope that happens in this season and we will see everyone operating as a team, rather than Jane running around solving everything on his own while the others watch in awe.moreless
  • Season 2 Opener

    CBS' serious version of Psych premiered with a bang with Patrick Jane solving a case in the first 5 minutes. The excitement and the dramatization wreck havoc for the CBI team, when they learn that the Red John case has been handed over to another unit.

    Jane is obviously pissed and decides to take upon one last case before quitting his job at the CBI. The story was a typical story like any other episode of the show. I personally find things interesting when anything remotely related to Red John's involvement pops up. Jane finally settles down on the news and decides to try other ways to be on the Red John case. Not much is revealed, and it would be really interesting to watch.moreless
Jane Daly

Jane Daly

Rhonda Jaffe

Guest Star

Carter MacIntyre

Carter MacIntyre

Bodhi Andros

Guest Star

Jordan David

Jordan David

Ansel Dunninger

Guest Star

Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Virgil Minelli

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • As Jane is reading the book about the future of the fax machine, he comments that the author is the "Nostradamus of office equipment." Michel de Notredame (1503-66) a.k.a. Nostradamus was a French physician and astrologer. He prophesied extensively of future world events.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Bosco has been given the Red John case.)

      Jane: What do you know about the case?

      Bosco: Not much. He's a serial killer, 15 victims, including your wife and child. I can imagine your pain. Maybe that pain is clouding your judgment.

      Jane: Well... (He leaves the room.)

      Lisbon: And me, Sam? What's clouding my judgment?

      Bosco: Good question. You tell me.

    • (Talking about the aftermath of Jane solving a case)

      Minelli: A dead suspect, quarter-million dollars worth of damages, formal complains of misconduct from the SPD and the Modesto city council!

      Lisbon: Those damages were way padded.

    • Minelli: (to Jane) Ever since the Tanner incident, you've been runnin' way too hot. I fear a terminal screw up is coming.

      Lisbon: That's not gonna happen. I can handle him.

      Minelli: Can you? Maybe since he saved your life, you're going easy on him. Maybe you feel compelled to cut him some slack.

      Lisbon: No, sir. That is absolutely not the case.

    • Jane: Candice, take my advice. Forgive your mother. Maybe the headaches will stop.

      Candice: I love my mother.

      Jane: Oh, I'm wrong. Ignore my advice.

    • (Jane's meeting with Bosco)

      Jane: Well, I'm not gonna lie. I'm not happy I'm off the Red John case. You might be right. Here's the thing Sam, if I may. I know this case. I can be a very good resource for you if we could just come to some kind of understanding.

      Bosco: You want me to keep you up-to-date on the case?

      Jane: Yeah... sure.

      Bosco: Tell you about fresh leads and so?

      Jane: Yeah, let's just keep an open line of communication.

      Bosco: Let me communicate this to you. You're a party entertainer. A clown. Fresh leads? I wouldn't tell you where the bathroom is if your ass was on fire.

      Jane: (laughs)

      Bosco: Do we have a good understanding now?

      Jane: I understand you. It may take you some time to understand me.

      Bosco: You're filled with equal parts of self-loathing and self-love. You're addicted to control, you're terrified of confinement. Your wife wanted you to quit psychic trade. She begged you to stop. But you were making too much money, you were having too much fun, you can still hear her pleading with you. How am I doing?

      Jane: You read the interviews in my case file. You can read. Very impressive.

      Bosco: Look, Patrick. I'm sorry for being so blunt with you. You're not a detective. You're a victim. (leaves)

    • Cho: Yeah, the door was open.

      Rigsby: Uh, no, it wasn't.

      Jane: AHA! Of course.

      Cho: What?

      Jane: Rigsby, you're right. You shouldn't be here. Let us take this. You go find the nearest library.

      Rigsby: Why?

      Jane: Your punishment for being a wuss is I'm not gonna tell you.

      Rigsby: Oh, come on.

      Jane: Nope, I'm not gonna tell you.

    • Jane: You're glad Bosco has the Red John case, aren't you?

      Lisbon: Bosco is a good agent. He's as good as they come. It might not be such a bad thing that we're off the case for a while. We got too close.

      Jane: Is that what your shrink tells you?

      Lisbon: Everybody tells me that.

      Jane: But your shrink did tell you that, didn't he?

    • Lisbon: Who's Miles Thorsen?

      Jane: No one in particular.

      Lisbon: This is what I'm talking about.

      Jane: Oh. No, me too. You want no fuss, no mess, right? I am casting a wide, invisible net, the killer won't even know he's in it until it's too late.

      Lisbon: Miles Thorsen is an invisible net?

      Jane: Yes, he is.

    • Lisbon: No secrets, Jane. No lies, no tricks, no surprises. The truth.

      Jane: Since when is that the rule?

      Lisbon: Since I said so.

      Jane: Or else what?

      Lisbon: You're off the unit.

      Jane: That's not leverage. This is my last case, remember. The only reason I'm still here is because I'm worried about how you guys would cope without me.

      Lisbon: Oh, really? So we're lost without you, are we?

      Jane: Well, yeah. Let's be honest here. (Lisbon slams the car door shut right in front of Jane and gets in with Rigsby and Van Pelt)

      Lisbon: Let's go!

    • Lisbon: You're leaving?

      Jane: Well, frankly if I can't use this job to seek some kind of personal revenge then, uh, there's not a whole lot here for me. I don't make anything better. I can't bring dead people back to life. What good do we do? We drive around California visiting unhappy people.

      Van Pelt: We're fighting evil and injustice.

      Jane: And how's that going? Any progress lately?

      Cho: We put bad guys away where they can't hurt people. That's good enough.

      Jane: Nah. I was doing more good as a psychic. I was giving people hope at least. False hope, but hope anyway.

      Lisbon: You're right. Best you leave. That way you can go back to being a full-time fraud and we can continue our useless jobs in peace.

    • Jane: Can I please continue working with you?

      Lisbon: I thought you were quitting.

      Jane: You know I didn't mean that.

      Lisbon: So the job is worthwhile, is it?

      Jane: Uh, it's not that. I mean, it' not that at all. It's just... I have nothing else to do.

      Lisbon: No jokes. From now, there have to be boundaries.

      Jane: Agreed.

      Lisbon: I need to know that you can do your work and be effective without creating a mess that I have to clean up.

      Jane: No mess, I swear.

      Lisbon: On that basis, you can remain with the unit.

      Jane: Thank you. (He hugs her)

    • Lisbon: How did it go with Bosco?

      Jane: Good. It was, uh, it was very good. We had a frank exchange of views.

      Lisbon: So he's gonna keep us in the loop?

      Jane: No.

      Lisbon: No?

      Jane: Wouldn't direct me to the bathroom if my ass was on fire.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Jane: If you sit down by the river bank and wait long enough, you will see the bodies of your enemies float by. This particular saying is attributed to Sun Tzu, the author of The Art of War.

      No, it's not by Sun Tzu. It's from a misinterpretation of Confucius' words.

    • Jane: If you sit down by the river bank and wait long enough, you will see the bodies of your enemies float by.

      This particular saying is attributed to Sun Tzu, the author of The Art of War.

    • In the opening scene, the police captain refers to Jane as "Carnac", while he is examining the murder victim. This is an allusion to "Carnac, The Magnificent", which was a comedic role played by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Carnac was a psychic who wore an unusually large turban and could ascertain the contents of sealed envelopes.