The Mentalist

Season 3 Episode 5

The Red Ponies

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 21, 2010 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.