The Mentalist

Season 4 Episode 21

Ruby Slippers

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 26, 2012 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The CBI investigate the death of a young man found outside a cabaret and who was bullied by everyone on their suspect list.

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  • Bonolover and the Rainbow

    What a shame that someone capable of appreciating artistry -- loves Bono! -- is incapable of recognizing it outside a narrow set of rules. Female impersonators, homosexuals, and transsexuals may not be among your favorite topics, but judgmentalism, patronizing attitudes, and narrow-mindedness are certainly three of my LEAST favorite topics, especially in what otherwise attempts to be a review. Wonder what Bono would think of your "moral stance"? Your "art criticism"? Your obvious disdain of "those sorts of people"? "The Mentalist" manages to deal with sensitive, even painful, topics in a thought-provoking manner -- but all it provoked from some viewers, evidently, is knee-jerk reactions. Pitiful.moreless
  • Just wow!

    The whole episode was going kind of strange because Jane wasn't really able to help much. Near the end I thought it was odd that Jane was so stumped. And then he reveals who Fefe Nix was! And the whole thing came together in a flash. This episode had so much lesson for all of us. Highly emotional in the end with that song.


    This show isn't even meant for your little sister. Not if she is protected from knowing the truth about the world she lives in. I'm no fan of cross dressing men but you can't deny their existence. A show that excludes certain types of people would never get any respect. So its not the show's fault that you have a hard time looking at people who are different from you. Giving a rating of 1.0 without even understanding how important this episode was, is just moronic and selfish.moreless
  • The Mentalist attempts "Paris is Burning"

    Ok, if you like this kind of art. Homosexuals are out there. And they are having sex. And we just need to accept that. And I'm rolling my eyes. Awk-ward! Reminds me of that Star Trek The Next Generation episode "Symbiosis" aka "Drugs are Bad". Yet we should all embrace male prostitution and their unique "art".

    Soon as Jane started snooping around, questioning all the drag queens, I knew our young gay victim was still alive and that photo of Archie posing with Glennda made the connection kinda obvious. Too bad. I was hoping for a cat fight. That tear you see is for wanting to douse Fifi in gasoline and striking a match for crappy lip synching. Not my kind of art.moreless
  • Great

    One of the best episodes ever. Touching, memorable and a great lesson to be learnt by all.
  • For the Archies out there...

    At the the end of this episode i came to the conclusion its not about how ***phobic the suspect were, but what awful humans beings they were.

    A young man abused by his father, maltreated by his lover and picked on by his co-worker, had to resort to fake his own death just so he can start over in a community that accept him. All the three suspects committed crimes against humanity, and that is what we should take from this. Whether you accept there are people different from you or whether u think they are against whatever you believe in, slapping someone around, chaining them, bullying them etc is not humane.

    The poignant end of the episode with young Archie singing "somewhere over the rainbow" made me cry a little because that song is about hope and this kid never had it.moreless
Carlton Wilborn

Carlton Wilborn


Guest Star

Nicholas R. Grava

Nicholas R. Grava

Archie Bloom Jr.

Guest Star

William R. Moses

William R. Moses

Archie Bloom Sr.

Guest Star

Samaire Armstrong

Samaire Armstrong


Recurring Role

John Troy Donovan

John Troy Donovan


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jane: Well, that's a big haul today. Solved a murder. You booked three scumbags, as you coppers like to say. You should be very proud.
      Lisbon: I don't think I've ever been so depressed about a case. I can't get that kid out of my head.
      Jane: You want some tea?
      Lisbon: I don't think tea's gonna do it.

    • Lisbon: Well, Glennda's prints don't match any of the prints at the crime scene, and I did background checks on the drag queens. None of them stand out.
      Jane: Don't let them hear you say that.

    • Jane: You just called Glennda she.
      Lisbon: So?
      Jane : You didn't before. (beat) I have to go.
      Lisbon: Where?
      Jane: I just had a thoughtless impulse or an inspired hunch. I'm not sure which. I'll let you know.

    • Jane: (sniffs the air)
      Lisbon: What?
      Jane: Are you wearing perfume?
      Lisbon: (sarcastically) Right.
      Jane: Well, you've been standing close to someone that is.
      Lisbon: That would be Glennda. She's very fragrant.

    • Jane: Uh, we have some suspects in the murder investigation. I was hoping that you could come in and pick out the killer from the lineup.
      Glennda: I can't do that. Uh, I might make myself his next target. Enough people hate us for who we are. I'm not going to give them added incentive. I thought I made myself clear about that.
      Jane: Well, what you have made clear here is that you know how to celebrate what's different... And Archie Bloom was different, and he was burned alive for it.

    • Lisbon: We've got three prime murder suspects, all of whom are guilty of other crimes.
      Jane: Well, thanks to the evidence you were provided.
      Lisbon: Uncovered, not provided.
      Jane: Semantics.

    • Lisbon: Can I ask you something? Do you always go out like this? In drag, I mean.
      Glennda: Whenever I get dressed, I try to consider where I'm going, who I'm going to see, and how I can blow them away.
      Lisbon: Let me escort you to fingerprinting.
      Glennda: (cheery) A police escort. How could I refuse?

    • Jane: Is that a tear I see?
      Lisbon: Yeah right... just keep watching.

  • NOTES (3)