The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 28, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A girl is found stabbed to death in the woods, and her best friend is missing. She is found covered in blood with a knife in her hand, which makes her the prime suspect, but she is suffering from memory loss. Patrick Jane uses his mentalist skills to help find out what really happened.moreless

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  • A girl has amnesia after her friend is killed.

    Another great installment of The Mentalist tonight. Not only are the episodes getting better but the already strong ratings are climbing as well. The show is becoming a hit, something I could not have predicted based on the commercials hyping its debut.

    The great thing about this show is all the red herrings they throw at us. Like tonight we had a suspect built up only for him to not be remotely involved at all. This is very realistic and helps to give the show a unique feel as opposed to other law dramas.

    And of course Patrick Jane was great as usual. From the hand-raising gag to taking the iPod there were numerous gems here tonight.moreless
  • One more pearl added to the repository!

    One more great episode to show why the series is different from other series in TV. Simon Baker always comes with smiles convincing us that he can sense each and every move of the person with whom he is talking. Its a liitle twist this time wherein Lisbon gets in appproachable distance with the culprit while SB works on uncovering the truth. Normally he plays on the suspects minds and uncover truth, but this one is kind of different. The end is great and I can only dream of such thoughts in tense situations in which Lisbon have to escape.

    I agree completely with 'lulakat' that I also have this fantasy about SB and Lisbon getting together someday cause both need someone for each other.moreless
  • Ok show, but this episode was a total rip off of Twin Peaks.

    Good girl from small, eccentric town goes missing and is not as perfect as everyone things she is. She shares a love interest with her best friend. She was killed by a creepy guy who tortured her friend in a cabin in the middle of the woods. Remind you of anything? This was a less wacky, hour long version of Twin Peaks. I believe they even audaciously named her "Kara Palmer" (compare to Twin Peaks: "Laura Palmer"). It was an ok show, but Jane is no Agent Cooper. I believe CBS produced Twin Peaks, so I guess it's their show to rip off.moreless
  • Very enjoyable episode.

    I liked this episode, Jane was extremely good with Nicole. Firm yet still gentle, guiding her through her blocked memories.

    That poor dog! His integrity impugned and the whole time the girl is under the car! Felt for the sheriff, that's just humiliating!

    A very enjoyable episode. Everything was pointing at Nicole, if the sheriff had his way she would have ended up charged with Kara's murder. Though the killer was pretty nuts so he would have slipped up again, sexual predators start with rape and build usual – he started with murder then tried rape. Chances are though that he would probably not have been tied to Kara's murder.moreless
  • Red John, Red Hair And Silver Tape, Red Tide, Ladies In Red, Redwood. What's with all the red?

    When I first read the summary for this episode I couldn't wait. This episode wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be, but, it was still amazing. I love the scene were Patrick steals Nicole from the hospital. I also love how Nicole got so caught up in remembering the past she thought it was real. The writing in this episode in this episode was superb and as usual the cast were all amazing. This episode is ONE of the best episode yet. Here's hoping the show just keeps getting better. The Mentalist is the biggest new hit of the season.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Adore Adore" by Yoav (Nicole's flashback)
      "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven (Played on a piano at the hospital)
      "Adore Adore" by Yoav (Played on Nicole's MP3 player)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lisbon: Hey, can you believe he fell for that old cell-phone gag?

      Jane: Old cell-phone gag? I invented that right there and then. Rather brilliantly, I thought.

      Lisbon: Oh, please. I've seen that done a dozen times.

      Jane: What do you mean? Where?

      Lisbon: On TV.

      Jane: Oh, on TV. Well, anything can happen on TV. The question is, where have you seen that done in real life?

    • (Lisbon is on the phone with Jane and she has just realized that she's alone in a cabin with the killer)

      Lisbon: Okay. Good. Listen, tell Rigsby, Teresa needs his help. (Jane gets her message and looks worried.) Me? I'm at the Eagle Pine Lodge off Route 6.

      Jane: Okay. (Lisbon puts her phone in her pocket but doesn't hang up so Jane can still hear everything. She turns to face the killer and starts to reach for her weapon.)

      Lisbon: Kyle, let's stay calm and think this through.

      Kyle: Think what through?

      Lisbon: I really don't wanna shoot you, but I do have to take you into custody for killing Kara Palmer. What are we gonna do about that?

    • Lisbon: (Answering her phone) Where the hell are you?

      Jane: Nicole remembered everything. She can describe the suspect. We're looking for a tall, well-built man with brown hair and glasses. Mid-thirties.

      Lisbon: That's it? That describes half the men in California.

      Jane: Yeah, that's it. But at least we know it wasn't her that killed Kara. And it wasn't Rulon Farnes.

      Lisbon: Nice work. For this you illegally abducted her from the sheriff's custody?

      Jane: Yeah, I was gonna tell you about it, but seeing that it's illegal, best to keep you out of it so you have deniability.

      Lisbon: How considerate of you.

    • (Talking about a suspect)

      Jane: Oh, let him go.

      Lisbon: Let him go?

      Cho: What for?

      Rigsby: We had to fight to catch him.

      Jane: Oh, you're such policemen. Yes, let him go.

    • Rulon Farnes: So I gotta pay for a little human contact now and then. Shoot me. It's not my fault I look like this.

      Cho: It is actually. With a low-carb diet and exercise you could look very different.

    • (A girl has gone missing and Jane is addressing the people in the search party)

      Jane: I want you to look at me, all of you. And listen closely. I'd like you to raise your hand above you heads like this. (He raises his hands and the others do the same.) Both hands. You too, sheriff. And you, agent Lisbon. Please. (The sheriff and Lisbon both raise their hands, too.) Good. Very good. One of you-- One of you here killed Kara Palmer and abducted Nicole Gilbert. I want that person to lower their right hand now. (Jane lowers his right hand but no one else does.) Okay, okay. It usually gets a hit. Forget I even spoke.

    • Jane: Tell me, of the men on this search party, which one would you guess is a violent sexual predator?

      Sheriff Nelson: What kind of question is--

      Jane: (Interrupting) Who's name just popped into your head? Someone's did. There's always someone.

      Sheriff Nelson: This is your method? Asking people to guess who done it? Strange kind of detective work you guys do.

    • Lisbon: Bad karma doesn't have an expiration date.

      Jane: Uh, actually it does. According to traditional Buddhist teachings. I'm counting on it.

    • Lisbon: (To the local Sheriff) We don't help, we take over.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 16.07 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Sekvoje (Sequoia)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 29, 2008 on Channel 9
      The Netherlands: January 22, 2009 on SBS 6
      Spain: January 29, 2009 on La Sexta
      Norway: February 4, 2009 on TV3
      Belgium: February 25, 2009 on VT4
      Denmark: March 2, 2009 on TV3
      Hungary: March 3, 2009 on RTL-Klub
      Sweden: March 17, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: March 29, 2009 on SAT 1
      United Kingdom: April 23, 2009 on Channel Five
      Finland: October 1, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: December 28, 2009 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: February 1, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: October 4, 2010 on TVN