The Mentalist

Season 1 Episode 8

The Thin Red Line

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 25, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

CBI are called to a murder scene, when the State's witness in a drug trial and a girl are found dead in a motel room. Local police are quick to decide that Rick Carass, the drug dealer on trial, is behind the murder, but Patrick Jane thinks otherwise.moreless

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  • wrong ending

    in starting we see that the gun is on table, but later sam tells to cbi that the victim pulled the gun to fire him, and he(sam) fired in self defense. If sam was telling truth then gun should be lying on floor not on table
  • Flawed episode

    This episode though interesting as always. Had one flaw, at the beginning when there checking the Crime Scene there is a gun silver on the dresser. During the episode nobody mentions a shoot out, only one gun is mentioned a 38.

    Yet at the end when the guy confesses he mention the dead guy pulling a gun, but the gun was on the dresser.

    it was not self-defense as he made out but cold blooded murder, both victims were facing the door, nobody turned to grab a gun. Yet Jane does not pull him up on it. This is a favourite show of mine, it could do without these silly little flaws. The producers/editors should be like Jane and look at everything.

    thanks pavlosmoreless
  • The story is unfocussed and the investigation feels sloppy.

    This episode felt very unfocussed, the story was erratic and not very well laid out or explained. A Bit disappointing.

    Three different cops are accused of the crime, cops are arrested, careers and reputations ruined before they finally get the right guy. It all feels so unprofessional, not to mention messy.

    Then there's the evidence – when Sam explains, he touches both the door handle and the light switch without gloves and there were no fingerprints?!

    Bradford Tatum?! I haven't seen hide or hair of him in over a decade! He hasn't aged well which is tragic 'cos he was gorgeous when he was young.moreless
  • A bit obvious but a reasonably enjoyable episode.

    Although it seemed to me fairly obvious early on that Sam Blakely was the killer, the twists and turns of the episode were enthralling none the less. The scene where Sam is set up and shoots the dummy in the car was really good. It was obvious it was a set up but enjoyable anyway. The other members of the team are less wooden than in earlier episodes but Patrick Jane is still the only decent character in this. The back story about Patrick's family was ignored in this episode, it comes across as unimportant. Surely that should not be the case.moreless
  • Episode 1x8: The Thin Red Line The Bottom Line: My favorite episode of the series.

    I have to admit this is my favorite episode of the series, so far. Also, I suspected the killer was Officer Sam Blakely from the get-go, but, when they said it was his first his first time coming up on a killing, I kind of let that theory slide. Well, that is about all I have to say, but, I only have Sixty-three words, so, I will just have to keep typing until I meet the 100 word goal. 80, and 82, and 84, and 86, and 88, and 90, and 92, and 94, and we are just about DONE!moreless
Steve Braun

Steve Braun

Officer Sam Blakely

Guest Star

Katie McNeil

Katie McNeil

Katherine Blakely

Guest Star

Mark Rolston

Mark Rolston

Detective Dale Blakely

Guest Star

Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Virgil Minelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The motel used as crime scene in this episode is the same set as the motel used in popular comedy series My Name Is Earl.

    • A gun is found on the night stand of the motel room where the murder took place, but in the flashback later on, you can see the victim grab the gun and go down with it in his hands.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (Jane has stated that he can always tell when Lisbon is lying)

      Jane: Where're we going?

      Lisbon: To the zoo. They have new tiger cubs.

      Jane: Oh. Liar.

      Lisbon: Oh, very good.

    • Cho: Let's do this right. Go in too quickly, someone will get hurt.

      Presiado: This is real police work, sonny, people get hurt. Go push some paper.

    • Jane: Nice to be nice. But if you wanna get ahead in life, sometimes you have to be a bitch. I know you know how.

      Van Pelt: Gee, thanks.

    • (Dale Blakely punches Jane in the face)

      Lisbon: You okay?

      Jane: Assault, assault!

      Lisbon: I would rethink this new technique of yours.

      Jane: (Holding his nose.) Yeah. Yeah, I can't disagree.

    • Jane: It's funny what bad liars cops are. I guess they're not used to concealing themselves under questioning.

      Lisbon: I'm a cop and I lie to you all the time, you never catch it.

      Jane: I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but you're translucent, my dear. I always know when you're lying. Sometimes I let you think you've fooled me just so you don't feel bad.

      Lisbon: Name one time.

      Jane: Last thanksgiving you said you were going back East to your brother's house, but I knew you actually planned to have three days at home alone to watch old movies and eat ice cream.

      Lisbon: Okay, so that's one time.

    • (Talking about Dale Blakely)

      Jane: He's not gonna talk. Poor soul.

      Lisbon: He made his bed. He can lie in it.

      Jane: You know, I never understood that one. Just because someone makes their bed, why do they have to lie in it? What's to stop them from lying in another bed? Or on the floor for that matter.

    • Lisbon: When are you gonna learn to cool it without being told?

      Jane: Oh, come on. They pissed you off, too, the sexist pigs.

      Lisbon: They were.

      Jane: I just said they were.

      Lisbon: You were saying it ironically.

    • Presiado: (to Wayne) Are you guys gonna help or are you gonna stand there and pick your nose?

    • Lisbon: Is this the only .38 in your possession? (Patrick grabs Presiado's wrist)

      Presiado: Yes it is. (To Jane) And if you try to hold my hand again I'm gonna tear your arm off and beat you unconscious with it. Get me?

      Jane: Got you.

    • Jane: It's all about the balance, Grace. Yin - Yang, nice - bitch. A little bit of bitch inside the nice, a little bit of nice inside the bitch.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode had 15.93 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Tenká červená linie (Thin Red Line)

    • Simon Baker (Patrick Jane) and Mark Rolston (Detective Dale Blakely) previously worked together in the movie Not Forgotten (2009).

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: February 04, 2009 on Nine
      Chile: February 5, 2009 on WC
      The Netherlands: February 12, 2009 on SBS 6
      Norway: February 25, 2009 on TV3
      Belgium: March 18, 2009 on VT4
      Denmark: March 23, 2009 on TV3
      Hungary: March 24, 2009 on RTL-Klub
      Germany: April 19, 2009 on SAT 1
      United Kingdom: May 14, 2009 on Channel Five
      Finland: October 22, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: January 18, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: February 22, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: October 25, 2010 on TVN


    • The episode title, The Thin Red Line is the title of two movies from 1964 and 1998. The 1998 movie was an adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the Second World War.

      The variant Thin Blue Line has also been used many times, notably by Errol Morris' 1988 documentary about an alleged cop killing.