The Mentalist

Season 4 Episode 24

The Crimson Hat

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 17, 2012 on CBS



  • Allusions

    • The "crimson hat" referred to in the title of this episode most likely refers to one or to both of the vestments worn by Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church. The smaller zucchetto, much like a skullcap, is worn directly upon the cardinal's head; the larger biretta, with three or four points, is worn over the zucchetto on exceptionally formal occasions. Surpassed only by the Pope in power, the College of Cardinals virtually rules the RCC and comprises the chief strength of the Vatican hierarchy; it is the cardinals who elect the Pope. Red John's having a source high in the FBI would be the laic equivalent of a criminal's having a mole in the Vatican: someone exceedingly powerful and theoretically above reproach.