The Mentalist

Season 3 Episode 3

The Blood On His Hands

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 07, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Cult leader Bret Stiles offers Jane information on Red John and the disappearance of Kristina to defuse their rivalry.

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  • Bret Stiles has to be Red John

    This episode was brilliant for me in deciding who I think Red John is because it followed on from the season finale when Kristina was kidnapped by Red John and a murder that leads to Visualize which is a cult which Bret owns.Bret has power like Red John,he knows a lot of people like Red John,He is also the right age for Red John,Jane even calls him Red John and Bret also knows about Red John because he knew the location of Kristina how can he not be Red John.

  • The Mentalist continues a run of great shows. A murder in a self improvement cult is solved, but the cult leader has a clue about Red John and his abduction of Christina.moreless

    In last week's episode we learned that Patrick Jane had worked as a carney. His brother-in-law was a con man, and one scene was reminiscent of The Grifters. In tonight's episode Malcolm McDowell plays a cult leader named Bret Stiles who is also an old friend. The cult seems to be based on Scientology, but not so as you'd be able to sue. Malcolm McDowell was Alex in Clockwork Orange, and his boyish good looks made him seem like the right age for the part. But right before our eyes, he skipped middle age and went straight to geezerdom. Whatever. He is a brilliant actor, whether he is playing Alexander DeLarge, Caligula, a ballet master, or a cult leader. The murder of one of the cult members was solved, and Bret Stiles wasn't the killer--but his cult was under investigation by the FBI, and you got the feeling that he had something up his sleeve. He also knows more about Red John than he should, and though he provides a clue to the abduction of the psychic Christina, the fact that he knew about it was highly suspicious. I predict that we have not seen the last of him. The usual suspects, the team members at the CBI, were great support, as usual. I like Tim Kang as Kimball Cho, he is always aloof, you might even say he was inscrutable. He was at his best when questioning a cult member who tried to interest him in the cult's brand of mumbo jumbo. He was having none of it. Owain Yeoman was solid as Wayne Rigsby. It seems like he was having an office romance with Grace Van Pelt, played by the red head Amanda Righetti. Rigsby is seeing someone else, and Grace tells him that she is upset, but wants to still remain friends. Meanwhile, they are being tailed by a car and when Grace swerves, not very gracefully, to avoid hitting a bike rider, the car that was trailing her collides with them. It turns out to be an FBI agent, but was their meeting fortuitous? Later while explaining why they crashed to their superiors he asks about her father, a football coach, and she seems like she could use a quarterback. I was surprised that after that "meet cute" they didn't exchange digits. The FBI was tailing them because they were investigating Bret Stiles and his cult. So that is two characters who might be back for more episodes: Bret Stiles and the FBI agent. Simon Baker is always good as Patrick Jane. BTW, did anyone ever notice that he had a small part in L.A. Confidential? I noticed that a tuft of his hair sticks out in the back, and it was sticking out the exact same way in last week's episode. Just an observation--I don't know what to make of it. Is he going for a casual look that is actually carefully cultivated? I like it when he takes difficult people and puts them in their place, and I was expecting him to get into it with the cult's lawyer. It didn't actually work out that way. But it was still a good episode. Robin Tunney is also good as the head of the investigative team, Teresa Lisbon. Don't know what to say about her, but she was kind of thin and angular looking as they checked out the scene where Red John was holding the psychic Christina. With her gun drawn, she looked like some kind of crane or maybe a praying mantis holding her big old gun. The ending with the psychic Christina was very strange. It left me wondering what is going on with her. I just might have to keep watching this show to find out.moreless
  • 303

    Okay, now this was a good episode. It focused on Patrick Jane and did not really joke around as much, which I guess you could say is disappointing, but hey, it is an hour long show, so a few serious episodes from time to time are to be expected. Although it did not feature a huge update, it also continued the Red John arc, something that the show needs to utilize more often than the 5% or however many episodes make reference to it.

    The Mentalist is a great show, we all know that, but for the first time all season it actually looked like it.moreless
  • "On again" trend continues.

    In a continuation of last week's excellent if character-centric story line, this week's episode has also made a liar of me; well, sort of.

    My issue has been the on again, off again quality of this series but the past two weeks have been quite wonderful in the same way the early episodes consistently were.

    Jane has a past that he's not proud of; that got him a life he wishes he could pretend never happened, and which got his loved ones harmed. Now it appears that same life is harming his friends, though I'm still holding out for the "friend" as being closer to the enemy he seeks.

    Nonetheless, this episode went even further than last week and stepped up to the ensemble cast at hand. It now feels like a team. It now feels like they have Jane's back; that they WANT to have Jane's back. Every cast member got a chance to shine, and whomever the lead writer for last night was?...they should stay lead writer.

    Nicely done...moreless
Leslie Hope

Leslie Hope

Kristina Frye

Guest Star

Malcolm McDowell

Malcolm McDowell

Bret Stiles

Guest Star

Eric Pierpoint

Eric Pierpoint

Vint Molinari

Guest Star

Eric Winter

Eric Winter

FBI Agent Craig O'Laughlin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Lisbon: So, what are you doing?

      Jane: Nothing.

      Lisbon: Why don't we just skip the part where you lie to me and get right to the part where you tell me what you're gonna do?

      Jane: Red John let Kristina make a call that could be traced. He's playing a game.

      Lisbon: With who?

    • Jane: Why offer only six dimensions? Is it to hold off a couple of dimensions to sell later?

      Bret Stiles: (laughs) I think six is quite enough.

    • Bret Stiles: We gurus must always speak the truth or... nothing

      Jane: You were surprised I was here about Celia. Why did you think I was here?

      Bret Stiles: Kristina Frye, of course.

      Jane: Kristina Frye?

      Bret Stiles: Red John has her, right? It's a terrible thing. First your wife and child, now Miss Frye. Sounds like he's jealous, Patrick. It sounds like he wants to take away everything and everyone that you care about. It's a form of love, you know.

      Jane: What do you know about Kristina Frye and Red John?

      Bret Stiles: Patrick, I like you. I like your vim. And Red John... he seems to be a perfectly unpleasant sort of fellow. If I knew how to get you even half a step closer to him, I would cross desert wastes to tell you. But I don't know.

    • Vander Hoek: I spent 11 years working Seattle Homicide, seven years in the Intelligence Division.

      Jane: Ooh. That's a whole lot of cop for a self-help group.

      Vander Hoek: We have enemies. As Mr. Stiles says, the truth always does.

    • Jane: Where is Bret?

      Wench: I'm afraid brother Stiles is busy with church business at the moment.

      Jane: And why are you so afraid?

      Wench: It's a figure of speech.

      Jane: Yes, it is.

    • (The team is examining a body of a dead woman.)

      Jane: Lisbon, check between her toes.

      Lisbon: Why?

      Jane: Because I don't really want to.

    • Lisbon: Ah. Nice of you to show up, pokey.

      Rigsby: Yeah, sorry I'm late. Had a little traffic on the 50.

      Lisbon: Looks like the coroner's finishing up. Talk to him, see what he's got.

      Van Pelt: (after Lisbon is out of earshot.) Looks like the traffic got lipstick on you.

      Rigsby: What? Where?

      Van Pelt: Hope she gave you breakfast. Forensics ate all the bagels.

    • Lisbon: (about Jane) Is he okay?

      Cho: I guess. Why?

      Lisbon: Nothing. Stiles just seems to get to him a little bit.

      Cho: That's a neat trick.

      Lisbon: Yeah, I wish he'd teach it to me.

    • Jane: It's been about half an hour. This is outrageous. I'm getting bored.

      Lisbon: Mr. Stiles is calling in every important person he knows to try and get us fired. It takes time.

    • Male Visualize Member: God is in your mind, right here (points at his forehead), all you have to do to see him, is clear out the bad energy.

      Cho: I repeat the question. Have you seen Celia Jovanovich in the past 48 hours?

      Male Visualize Member: I've been visiting my mother in Chino. I got back this morning.

      Cho: That is all I need. Thanks.

      Male Visualize Member: Aren't you interested in the path of spiritual clarity and personal freedom?

      Cho: No.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 14.4 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Krev na jeho rukách (The Blood on his Hands)
      Germany: Die feinde der wahrheit (The enemies of truth)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 7, 2010 on CTV
      United Kingdom: October 29, 2010 on Five/Five HD
      Australia: November 8, 2010 on GEM
      The Netherlands: November 25, 2010 on SBS 6
      Sweden: January 18, 2011 on TV3
      Germany: February 27, 2011 on SAT 1
      Finland: October 20, 2011 on MTV3
      Slovakia: November 15, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: January 18, 2012 on TV Nova
      Poland: April 30, 2012 on TVN