The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 2

The Scarlet Letter

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (After Minelli has reprimanded the team.)

      Jane: Well, I thought that went pretty well.

      Lisbon: Great, yeah.

      Jane: Highlight for me was definitely your speech. Passionate, articulate, strong.

      Lisbon: Whatever.

    • Lisbon: Sir, Crew and Batson manipulated us into arresting the wrong person. They bugged our offices and subverted our case. I don't think we did anything wrong. I think we should be commended.

      Minelli: (nods to Jane) Congratulations. You finally got her to drink the kool-aid.

    • (Lisbon is in therapy.)

      Dr. Carmen: Do you know why counselling is mandatory for CBI agents who've been involved in a shooting?

      Lisbon: Because nobody would come if it was voluntary?

    • (Jane and the others have used a corpse to get a confession)

      Jane: We got a confession.

      Minelli: Suppose you didn't. Suppose you'd been wrong. Have you any idea of the vastness of the the crap storm that would follow? It would blot out the sun.

    • Jane: It's lovely to meet you, doc. You're a horse's ass, but you mean well.

    • Jane: (Points to Dr. Steiner with a stick.) And I can see what you're thinking right now.

      Dr. Steiner: Uh, I was thinking that you, sir, are a bumptious fool, and I was wondering exactly what training in forensic pathology you have.

      Jane: Ah, but right before that, you were wondering whether you would choose Lisbon or Van Pelt as your concubine in that little fantasy kingdom you like to go to sometimes.

      Dr. Steiner: I...I do not.

    • Lisbon: Shall I recap the case, sleepyhead?

      Jane: Kristin Marley, Lady Senator's aide, rumored romance with the senator's husband.

      Lisbon: Very good.

      Jane: Oh, I trained myself to hear and take in information while asleep.

      Lisbon: The others told you?

      Jane: Yes, they did.

    • Jane: (Lying on the couch) Wow. There's a stain on the ceiling that looks like Elvis, but today it looks more like a basset hound.

      Cho: (Dry) Someone call the media, it's a miracle.

    • Lisbon: You are taking over the McAdoo interview.

      Van Pelt: I'm totally ready for that. I can get him to confess to this.

      Lisbon: Yeah. Maybe. Main thing is you keep him there long enough for us to search his car. Be friendly. He thinks he is a player. He'll live it up.

      Van Pelt: What do you mean, "be friendly"?

      Lisbon: Need a map?

    • Minelli: How did the Batson interview go?

      Jane: Oh, that was very exciting.

      Minelli: (To Lisbon) What did he do?

      Lisbon: Nothing that can't be repaired.

    • Rigsby: You have any plans for tonight?

      Van Pelt: Home. TV.

      Rigsby: Well...have fun.

      Van Pelt: You too. (Leaves the room)

      Cho: (to Rigsby) You're gonna die alone.

    • Minelli: You abused a corpse to get a confession.

      Jane: Used. Used a corpse. There's no "ab".

  • Notes

    • This episode had 15.75 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: �arlatové písmeno (The Scarlet Letter)
      Germany: Der problemlöser (The problem solver)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 05, 2009 on Nine
      Belgium: November 4, 2009 on VT4
      United Kingdom: February 26, 2010 on Five
      Germany: March 7, 2010 on SAT 1
      Sweden: March 9, 2010 on TV3
      Czech Republic: May 17, 2010 on TV Nova
      Poland: May 23, 2011 on TVN
      Slovakia: June 22, 2011 on Markiza

    • As of this episode, the show has a new intro.

  • Allusions

    • Minelli: (To Jane about Lisbon) Congratulations, you finally got her to drink the Kool Aid.

      The phrase Drinking the Kool Aid means that a person (in this case Lisbon) follows an argument or philosophy (here: Jane's plan to catch the murderer) blindly.
      The term originated in the Jonestown Massacre.

    • Title: "The Scarlet Letter"

      The title of this episode is an allusion to a novel of the same name written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. First published in 1850, the story takes place in 17th century Boston and centers around an adulterous wife who was forced to wear a scarlet cloth bearing an upper case letter "A". This identified her as having committed adultery and made her subject to public humiliation.