The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 18

Russet Potatoes

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 31, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Jane and the CBI track down a person, who hypnotizes people into doing the dirty work for them.

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  • The power of hypnosis.

    I agree with sramv9's assessment of this episode being good until the end. The concluding scene on the rooftop should have been outstanding and thrilling and action-packed, but it ended up being boring beyond belief. There was a red herring thrown in for no reason, and we all knew Jane was not going over the side.

    But the beginning of this episode told a great story, and had things ended at 9:29 PM when they got the confession from the assistant I would have been satisfied. We had our comedy moments, and our twist, but for some reason they insisted on going Law and Order on us by having 3 more twists.moreless
  • What is the hype about this show about, it's so unoriginal

    Every episode I watched, including this one, is basically the same, the detectives may not even be in the show, the mentalist knows whodunit and how and why from the beginning, not much unlike the old Columbo shows. It grows old very fast in my opinion. Its OK entertainment if you got nothing better to do, but its mediocre in plot and originality at best. If I hear without a trace and cold case may get axed because this one has better ratings I really wonder why, the story lines and plots of the latter two are way superior above the mentalist ones.moreless
  • Very interesting case.

    This is the perfect case for Jane to work on – this is one of his areas of expertise. The killer is very talented – manages to hypnotise people into covering up the murder she committed. Hypnosis is just suggestion, you couldn't make someone kill who wasn't predisposed to it – but – you can convince them they're doing something else: in Rigsby's case, it was convincing him it was the ocean below and not a concrete parking lot, going swimming not throwing someone off a roof.

    I liked Rigsby kissing Grace – he's a good kisser. Grace wasn't exactly fighting him off. It is good for her – shows her how important she is to him. He's naturally shy so he pretends not to remember afterwards – for shame!

    Very interesting case.moreless
  • The best episode so far

    This was definitely my favourite episode, and the best one so far in my opinion. Jane gets thrown back in an environment that is familiar to him, when a hypnotized man shows up in the precinct carrying a sack with a woman's dead body, which he thinks is a sack of potatoes. Jane and the team trace the man back to the NLP seminar center, and try to find their way to the real killer by working their way through layers of hypnotized persons. They finally find the culprit but not before Rigsby gets hypnotized himself. The scene where he kisses Van Pelt was predictable but not less enjoyable due to that. Am I the only one who sees a relationship there before the end of the season?

    This episode was a joy to watch, so many great scenes, hilarious dialogues and even more hilarious deeds from the hypnotized persons. The scene in the playground where Jane gets under Rigsby's skin and tries to get into his subconscious so that he can discover the secret trigger, is simply precious. Jane is extremely intelligent, highly perceptive and keeps a cool mind in all occasions, and that helps him make the best of every situation. Also, when Rigsby tries NLP on Lisbon by imitating her, and she totally blows him off. Very funny scene as well.moreless
  • Who can you trust when there's a hypnotist involved.

    Brilliant episode with a slightly disappointing ending. I felt the revelation of the real killer to be a bit of a let down, but the lead up to that was excellent. Twists on twists, hypnotist against hypnotist, not being able to take things on face value all made this a great episode. Three stand-out moments for me.

    Firstly, the KISS!! Rigsby and Van Pelt get some kissing action in the office in plain view of their colleagues. He may have been hypnotised but Boy did he enjoy it and so did she.

    Secondly, Rigsby childhood memories. Very moving and I hope this will be explored further in future episodes, not too much but it add so much to the character. Excellent acting too.

    Thirdly, Van Pelt's response to Dr. Daniel trying to psycho-analyse her. Fantastic!! Whoever wrote that should get a raise. It's so simple, so basic, just a calm statement that after working with Jane for a while, such games no longer play out as intended. Fantastic and hilarious at the same time.moreless
Alastair MacKenzie

Alastair MacKenzie

Dr. Royston Daniel

Guest Star

Christian Tallman

Christian Tallman

Carl Resnik

Guest Star

Wynn Everett

Wynn Everett

Lindsay Hendricks

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Rigsby: He's lying.

      Jane: Is he?

      Rigsby: Given that the girl he dragged in is not actually a bag of spuds like he says, then yeah.

      Jane: It's not lying if he believes it.

      Rigsby: True.

    • Cho: Yeah, you took down a 100-pound woman. Put in that context, you did good.

      Rigsby: What do you mean, in that context?

      Lisbon: In the context of someone letting himself get hypnotized, nearly throwing his colleague off a building and then finally being able to overpower a small, crazy woman to retrieve the situation, you did good.

    • Lisbon: We better go pick up Daniel.

      Jane: If we walk, you can burn some case-closed pizza calories.

      Lisbon: Ha, ha. Cute.

    • Rigsby: Oh, I've been hypnotized, have I? You gonna make me do embarrassing things? Pretend I'm Tina Turner or something?

      Jane: You wanna be like Tina Turner?

    • Lisbon: Carl is still our prime suspect in this. We can't use him a bait.

      Jane: Well, as long as we don't lose him or break him, then what's the problem?

    • Lisbon: This case is closed. You're just seeing suggestion everywhere, Jane. You're too suggestible.

      Jane: Hmm.

      Lisbon: Oh, right. Too much of a control freak for that?

      Rigsby: Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, pot. (Lisbon gives him a look.)

    • (Jane is trying to convince everyone else that Rigsby is hypnotized)

      Jane: Deeply hypnotized subjects are very suggestible and have very little inhibition. Rigsby, do me a favor. Close your eyes. Please. (Rigsby closes his eyes.) Now, relax. Don't tell me, but think about it. Think about what you most wanna be doing right now. You can do anything you like in the whole world. What are you gonna do? I want you to open your eyes and do it. (Rigsby opens his eyes, gets up and kisses Van Pelt.)

      Jane: Oh, yeah. That's what I'm talking about.

      Cho: Huh.

      Lisbon: Okay, he's hypnotized.

      Van Pelt: (coming to her senses and walking away) Well UN-hypnotize him.

      Jane: You sure?

    • Jane: Hypnosis is just a way to connect to the imagination rather than the conscious mind. The mind will accept whatever the imagination creates, however bizarre.

      Lisbon: Hypnotism is what you use against my explicit orders to get witnesses to tell the truth. It's a little different than convincing somebody that a dead girl is a sack of vegetables.

      Jane: Different in scale.

    • (Talking about Carl Resnik who's been hypnotized)

      Jane: He's all soft and squishy and malleable.

      Lisbon: Well, can you fix him? Lift the trance, make him remember what happened?

      Jane: I could try but without knowing the trigger it would be like you and me playing Marco Polo in the Atlantic. Take forever and you get all pruny. Easier just to find the hypnotist and ask him.

    • Lisbon: What's NLP?

      Lindsay Hendricks: Neurolinguistic programming.

      Jane: Well, sneaky ways to influence people doesn't sound quite as catchy.

    • (Rigsby pretends that he doesn't remember kissing Van Pelt when he was hypnotized)

      Jane: Coward.

      Rigsby: What?

      Jane: You honestly don't remember it?

      Rigsby: Don't remember what?

      Cho: He remembers.

      Lisbon: He so remembers.

      Rigsby: What?

      Jane: It'll come to you.

    • Dr. Daniel: You're ambitious, more than you let anyone see. A girl from nowheresville, desperate to make it big, but you're worried that you'll always be smalltown, smalltime, you haven't got what it takes, and that's why you're so shut down to everything but this job.

      Van Pelt: Dr. Daniel, no offense, but I've been working with Patrick Jane for nine months now. You wanna get under my skin, you're gonna have to up your game.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 16.96 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Vražda a hypnóza (Murder and Hypnosis)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: April 29, 2009 on Nine
      Belgium: May 27, 2009 on VT4
      Denmark: June 1, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: June 28, 2009 on SAT 1
      Croatia: July 1, 2009 on RTL
      United Kingdom: July 23, 2009 on Five
      Sweden: September 15, 2009 on TV3
      Czech Republic: March 29, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: July 20, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: March 28, 2011 on TVN