The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 7

Seeing Red

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 18, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Rosemary Tennant becomes the victim of a hit and run, Patrick Jane takes on her psychic adviser, who claims to have foreseen her death, as he thinks she is a fraud.

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  • Very bad ending!

    Wow, I could not believe it when Patrick did not expose Kristina at the end! It goes against the hole idea behind the series... There are no Psychics!

    Almost made me stop watching the show.
  • Really poor ending

    Really, really poor ending. This is not what Patrick is all about. There are no Psychics! Patrick should have exposed her for the fraud she is! A far better ending would have been to show that Patrick had manipulated the sceance without Kristina's knowledge thus setting up the final resolution and confession.

    The whole idea of Kristina being 'real' is laughable, but then the show can not be said to be of the real world. I cannot understand why Patrick has been set up as a Houdini type debunker of the spiritual with all the abilities to expose frauds for what they are only to be humiliated by the Kristina character.

    How can Patrick be the same again?

    Ridiculous script, ridiculous concept, ridiculous outcome, very disappointing.moreless
  • Easiest episode to figure out... what a shame.

    First real dissapointment. It's been getting easier and easier to pin point who is the bad guy with each episode. Which is a shame because I like this show and i't had a fresh point of view for me on the who dunnit stories. Still every episode it seems is based on a murder by which we have the person who is the first suspect, then enters the person who the audience should think has done it, and then at the end, tataaa, the person you least expected is the real murderer.. Unfortunately this last person is always a fairly well known actor or actress which makes it even more obvious that he or she has a greater rol in the story. This particular episode I already knew the moment she walked in and from then on it was easy to guess a motive. But the real surprise was the actual reason she did it... because her mommy wouldn't pick up the phone? That's why you killed your confused and traumatized mother who you clearly still loved enough to come down and talk to her in person? Come on... And what was up with the hypnotizing via phone scene? Ridiculous. I did like the medium and espcially enjoyed the ending. But if every episode is like this and will be easy to figure out I will stop watching the show. For now, I'll give it another try.moreless
  • Patrick meets a "psychic".

    A step-down from some of the past couple of episodes, but this was still the great comedy and captivating and compelling crime you have come to expect from The Mentalist.

    Simon Baker continues to do wonders with the role of Patrick Jane. I am not saying that he may enter Emmy contention this year but he is certainly one of the wittiest and best-written characters on television right now. Too many CBS shows are formulaic but The Mentalist is different as it has unique and entertaining characters in addition to its original plots. I was disappointed with the ending to this episode but it was great to see Patrick proven right once again.moreless
  • Does not fall in the "class" that came before

    The promo videos of this episode made me anticipate too much and I was eager to see this episode. The main catch was that Jane is dealing with a Pyshcic. It started of well, as usual, but lost the plot in the middle. The whole episode focused on the Phshcic and Jane's emotions. Jane shined in his role once gain but the whole episode was avergae, far below the usual standard of "MENTALIST". I was disappointed with the ending as well.

    Did no one see that the phone had a missed call / attended call (the last one) just before the mom was killed. I felt the whole episode carried tooo much weight and eventually sunk.moreless
Noel Fisher

Noel Fisher

Travis Tennant

Guest Star

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson

Clara Tennant

Guest Star

Brad Rowe

Brad Rowe

Det. Marco Francis

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Patrick Jane's car, a Citroen DS 21 is first seen in this episode. Incidentally, it is the same type of car that Rupert Giles drove (Grey 1963 Citroen DS) in Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Kristina: I talked to your wife...(Patrick begins to stop her) ah, ah... (Kristina pauses) Ever since your wife and daughter were killed, there's a question about that night's events that's been tormenting you, yes? Yes?

      Jane: Yes.

      Kristina: Your wife wants me to tell you that your daughter never woke up. She didn't know what happened. She wasn't scared, not even for a second.

      Jane: Are you done channeling? That's it?

      Kristina: That's it. (Patrick looks away)

      Jane: (Curtly) Thanks.

      Kristina: Goodbye, Mr. Jane.

    • Van Pelt: I don't like it.

      Rigsby: Me neither. What's the alternative?

      Van Pelt: It's immoral.

      Rigsby: I don't know about that. Say your brain gets cooked if you use 'em a lot. Make you infertile, too.

      Van Pelt: What are you talking about?

      Rigsby: Microwaves. What are you talking about?

      Van Pelt: The séance this evening!

      Rigsby: We were looking at the microwave!

    • (As the Psychic is discussing a séance and Patrick demanding Rosemary's presence)

      Kristina: She's a departed soul, not a wedding singer. You can't book her in advance.

    • (Entering the psychic's home)

      Jane: (Sniff, sniff) Uhm, I smell dead people.

    • (As the Psychic is talking to them about her visions and the murder)

      Kristina: Don't take this the wrong way, but you are completely misreading the situation.

      Jane: (smirking) Oh, I I? This is gonna be good.

    • Cho: They think you killed their mother.

      Jeremy: Well, they don't know anything about me. I loved her.

      Lisbon: Of course you did. That's why you gave Rosemary's necklace to your hot new girlfriend.

      Jeremy: Well, it's no good to Rosemary, is it? So shoot me, I'm a pragmatist.

      Lisbon: That's a good word.

    • Van Pelt: (Talking about Kristina) Excuse me, but you might consider the possibility that she's actually honestly in touch with something beyond your understanding.

      Jane: That would be golf and musical theater of the 30s and 40s.

    • Jane: So you have done some research on me.

      Kristina: I have now. Red John murdered your family. I'm very sorry for your loss. Is that why you gave up your calling?

      Jane: Calling? Is that what this is?

      Kristina: Yeah. Calling, gift, as you like. There's no doubt that you have it. Why did you give it up?

      Jane: It's the suits. Chafing. Horrible.

    • Jane: This is like believing in the Easter Bunny.

      Rigsby: Who says there's no Easter Bunny?

    • Jane: Nice cradling.

      Travis Tennant: You play Lacrosse?

      Jane: No, fast-moving sticks scare me.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode had 15.84 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Vidět rudě (Seeing Red)

    • Simon Baker (Patrick Jane) and Ashley Johnson (Clara Tennant) previously worked together on The Guardian.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: November 19, 2008 on Nine
      The Netherlands: February 5, 2009 on SBS 6
      Norway: February 18, 2009 on TV3
      Belgium: March 11, 2009 on VT4
      Denmark: March 16, 2009 on TV3
      Hungary: March 17, 2009 on RTL-Klub
      Sweden: March 31, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: April 12, 2009 on SAT 1
      United Kingdom: May 7, 2009 on Channel Five
      Finland: October 15, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: January 11, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: February 15, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: October 18, 2010 on TVN