The Mentalist

Season 4 Episode 1

Scarlet Ribbons

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 2011 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After being imprisoned, Patrick Jane has to prove that the man he shot really was Red John. Meanwhile, Lisbon is trying to persuade Van Pelt to seek counseling in the aftermath of her fiancé's death.

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  • well done

    good start to a new season
  • long wait has been rewarded!

    It maybe just the fact that after all those months of watching re-runs i finally got to see how this mess of a season 3 finale will be untangled.

    I loved this show from episode 1, mainly because of the fantastic castaing, writing and the tremendous Simon Baker (come on, where are his globes and emmies?).

    As soon as season's 3 finale ended my jaw stayed dropped for quite some time. i was wondering how can he get out of this one,simultaneouslyknowing that he will not go to jail and that CAN'T be Red John. The pursuit was planned meticulously by the writers and i refused to believe that they would give us Red John so easily. i felt that this storyline might have been wrapped to quickly, but nevertheless it was a great start to a new season.moreless
  • lol @ score of only 8


    Clearly fans of another show who think this one copies it (which it probably does) have been marking it down.

    I give this episode a solid 10, loved every minute of it.

    And i'm glad to see i was absolutely spot on about the last episodes ending where the majority just went along with what the show was leading you to believe *roll eyes*.
  • Poor writing without creativity ruins great Previous Season Finale.

    The last season finale of the mentalist was superb. Red John was dead with a great dramatic scene percectly closing up a long search. Patrick Killed his Nemesis and proved that he was comitted to his word.

    But this first episode of the new Season, not only completely ruins the superb ending of the last finale, but also turns Patrick into the first steps to become Dexter:a "serial killer" vigilante, (now that he has to kill red john, and has alread killed a man).

    I never saw so poor writing in this series. I don't want to "down see" any writer, but really? Do you lack so much imagination for finding a new motivation for the Mentalist, that you have to revive his first target??

    Didn't you think 1 second that maybe the audience was starting to get bored of that red john saga, and it was time to get this into closure? And worst of all, right when you bring a perfect closure, you spoil it all with this new episode?

    What will we watch now? A mentalist that killed the wrong man and became a kind of murderer vigilante, and will kill anyone who things who is Red John? Not so much of a Mentalist then? Couldn't you see that your Protagonist would loose respect by writing this??

    To conlude this review, I will blame the lack of imagination of the writers. A 6 years old could have find better motivations for the mentalist's new seasons, than bringing back the old enemy back to life. Shame on you guys.moreless
  • Could it have been any more obvious? No. For one thing Jane must have been a real idiot to assume what we all knew to be false. If he had half a brain he wouldn't have killed that guy. That guy could have led him to where he needed to go.moreless

    But no..clever, masterful jane does what he usually does. Something stupid that all the silly fans overlook. In fact everything he does is spretty stupid. And unlikely to work. One look at janes smile and people would be likely to put him away for life. He looks like a reptile. Cold, and cruel and immoral. And he is so obviously trying to play everyone. Thats one thing I would never believe. that jane could make any one, including a jury member like him. I hate him, and I generally like handsome men. Not that i think he is handsome anymore. Not after watching him treat about ten fathers of missing children like scum. I don't think finding their kids makes up for it. I don't see how it could. I wouldn't forgive him. In fct this whole kids are far more important then anyone else. Life depreciates rapidly at 19, so by the time someone is 20 they are not worth squat. But when they are 6 they are worth the lives and happiness of every adult everywhere is starting to annoy me.moreless
David Norona

David Norona

D.A. Osvaldo Ardiles

Guest Star

Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford

Ross/Red John

Guest Star

Kate Norby

Kate Norby

Sally Carter

Guest Star

Michael Gaston

Michael Gaston

Gale Bertram

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Lisbon: You killed an unarmed man in front of 500 witnesses. You're not okay.
      Jane: He had a gun. Someone must have taken it and switched the cell phone. It's the only possible explanation.
      Lisbon: That, or you went nuts for a moment.
      Jane: Lisbon, look at me. I didn't go nuts.
      Lisbon: I believe you. I'm not sure a jury will.

    • Lisbon: We have no hard facts, just your word.
      Jane: And you're beginning to think that maybe my word is dubious. Maybe I'm crazy. Maybe I shot some random guy.
      Lisbon: No. (Jane stares at her) It's crossed my mind, yeah.
      Jane: Fair enough. I guess I'm gonna have to get out of here to help you with this.
      Lisbon: How? Your bail's set at a million bucks.
      Jane: Yeah, that's no problem. Once I get the money together, I'll call you.
      Lisbon: How you gonna do that?
      Jane: I'll think of something. Meantime I need you to get ahold of Timothy Carter's personal effects from forensics.
      Lisbon: How am I gonna do that?
      Jane: You'll think of something.

    • Lisbon: So, what did you do, honestly?
      Jane: He had a gun.
      Lisbon: No, I mean how did you raise the bail money?
      Jane: Oh, that. Uh, murder for hire. Killed a snitch. Stabbed him in the kidneys.
      Lisbon: You did not.
      Jane: I did not. I won it in a card game, but I had you for a moment. You really do fear for my sanity.

    • Lisbon: Well, you've done what you set out to do. You got your vengeance. Do you feel different? Feel better?
      Jane: No. I feel guilty.
      Lisbon: Guilty? Why?
      Jane: For deceiving the jury. I mean, I had no choice. Going to prison for murder would have been a victory for Red John.
      Lisbon: What do you mean? Red John's dead.
      Jane: Timothy Carter's dead. He was an evil man, but he wasn't Red John. Red John... is still alive.

    • Lisbon: Is it possible your husband hid things from you? Other aspects of his life?
      Mrs. Carter: We were very close. We didn't keep secrets from each other, ever.
      Van Pelt: How do you know?
      Mrs. Carter: Excuse me?
      Van Pelt: I mean, a secret, by definition, is something you don't know, right?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Germany: Eine Harte Woche (A rough week)

    • This episode had 13.56 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 22, 2011 on CTV 2
      Australia: October 03, 2011 on Nine
      Portugal: October 10, 2011 on RTP2
      Sweden: October 12, 2011 on TV3
      United Kingdom: November 10, 2011 on Channel 5/Channel 5 HD
      Germany: February 5, 2012 on Sat.1