The Mentalist

Season 3 Episode 5

The Red Ponies

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 21, 2010 on CBS
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The CBI team is called upon to look into the murder of a well-known jockey.

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    Finally, we get a good episode of The Mentalist. The show, which has become one of CBS' staples, has slowly been creeping into irrelevance, but tonight's episode showed me that the unique procedural that we all fell in love with in 2008 can still dish out an entertaining hour of television. And they managed to have that good episode with a plot involving horse racing, not even a subject that interests the huge sports junkie that I am, so props to the crew there.

    7.5/10 for a fast-moving, witty and very Mentalist episode this Thursday night. I know that I was lol'ing when Jane reproduced Rigsby's card at the crime scene.moreless
Olesya Rulin

Olesya Rulin

Sam Starks

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Greg Roman

Greg Roman

Ellis Barnes

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Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Cobb Holwell

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Christina Cox (Delinda Lecure) also guest starred in "Bones" episode titled "Death in the Saddle". She played a woman (Annie Oakley) who was involved in S&M acts with horse theme.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Lisbon: Jane, let's go. Now.
      Jane: I won the trifecta. I got a little cash to collect.
      Lisbon: (sarcastically) Cool. Go ahead, then. We have plenty of time.
      Jane: Okay.
      Lisbon: I'm kidding! Come on. Let's go.

    • Jane : Eh, the mysterious case of the jilted jockey.
      Lisbon: Don't be flippant. You think he's a jockey?
      Jane: I know he is.
      Rigsby: Why, because he's small?
      Jane: Small, bowlegged, hungry-thin in a thousand dollar jacket, deep tan from working outdoors, raccoon eyes from wearing goggles.

    • Jane: Where is everybody?

      Van Pelt: Oh. Somewhere else doing interesting things.

      Jane: Okay. Come on. Let's go.

      Van Pelt: Go where?

      Jane: Come on.

      Van Pelt: Wait. Did you okay this with Lisbon?

      Jane: I certainly did. What kind of question is that, anyway? It's almost like you don't trust me.

    • Lisbon: You took a terrible chance.

      Jane: Well, I figured the odds were 70-30. I was right. I wouldn't call that terrible. A betting man would call that risky, but certainly not terrible.

    • Rigsby: Well, I vote for whoever won at the track pays for pizza.

      Van Pelt: The results were thrown out. Jane didn't win anything.

      Rigsby: Nah, he's still got the money from the trifecta, the one, two, three.

      Jane: Well, ah, not so much. It cost a lot of money to win that. I had to cover every 3-way combination of every horse in the race. Cost me 5,000 dollars, and I only won 486 dollars.

      Van Pelt: Wait a minute. So... you can't read horses?

      Jane: Of course not. But it's always a good idea to seem like you know what you're talking about.

    • Jane: I come bearing a practical and speedy solution for all your crime detection problems.

      Lisbon: Really?

      Jane: Really and truly. We are off to the races.

    • (Talking about Sam Starks)

      Jane: Tough girl. Scared, though. Terrified, even.

      Lisbon: Of what?

      Jane: Ah, there's the rub. Of what is she so scared?

      Lisbon: And the answer is...

      Jane: Well, it's a rhetorical question. I have no idea. Well, I do have an idea, but I'm not gonna tell you, because that would be premature.

      Lisbon: And I am not going to amuse you by demanding to know, so there.

      Jane: So we're both happy.

    • Lisbon: Are you sure you just don't wanna go to play the ponies?

      Jane: No playing. Strictly business.

      Lisbon: Sheepdip.

    • Lisbon: Since when do you know about horses?

      Jane: I'm not one to brag.

      Lisbon: How'd you do it? Analyze the form?

      Jane: Ah, just picked the coolest names.

      Lisbon: Come on. Tell me how you won.

      Jane: Think about it.

      Lisbon: I hate it when you say that.

    • Cho: Why would anyone date a jockey? Hungry little guy, smells like horses.

      Rigsby: Don't like horses?

      Cho: They're like dogs, but bigger.

      Rigsby: You don't like dogs?

      Cho: It's all an act with dogs. They do it for the food.

      Rigsby: Everybody does.

      Cho: That's deep.

    • Jane: Why does horse manure smell so good?

      Lisbon: It doesn't.

  • NOTES (3)

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

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Rudí kon (Red Horses)
      Germany: Schnell wie der wind (Fast as the wind)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 21, 2010 on CTV
      United Kingdom: November 12, 2010 on Five/Five HD
      The Netherlands: December 9, 2010 on SBS 6
      Sweden: February 1, 2011 on TV3
      Australia: February 13, 2011 on Nine
      Germany: March 13, 2011 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: November 29, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: February 1, 2012 on TV Nova
      Poland: May 14, 2012 on TVN


    • In the opening teaser they find the body and Patrick says "Ah, the mysterious case of the jilted jockey". This is likely an allusion to the show/book "Perry Mason: The Case of the Jilted Jockey", written by Erle Stanley Gardner.

      When Lisbon asks why the victim was a "jilted" jockey, he responds that alliteration is always more fun. This is also likely a continuation of their brief homage to the Perry Mason franchise as many of the case names are alliterations.