The Mentalist

Season 4 Episode 15

War of Roses

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 16, 2012 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

When Erica Flynn, someone Jane helped convict of murder, claims to have information about the death of a charity worker, Jane has her furloughed in exchange for that information.

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  • I do not like that woman!

    Was a good stand alone episode of The Mentalist.

    Generally I've enjoyed the last few episodes. The chemistry between Jane and Lisbon has been great. The Red john story is moving slow, but interestingly. I loved the Cho/Summer thing, as clear as it was from the start - it's much more enjoyable than the awkward Van Pelt/Rigsby story.

    I knew it would end like it did, it was sort of in the cards. And I tip my hat to for making Erica Flynn such a loathable character. I can't wait for Jane to catch her, and it is actualy nice to have another "villain" out there, other than RJ.

    The Rigsby and Sarah moments were a bit teethgrinding though. 8/10 from me.moreless
  • Lacking Logic or Reality

    The show is definitely taking Jane's usual manipulation to an extreme. Before he was somewhat controlled, but lately, its getting unpractical for government operations and completely unrealistic portrayal (more than it already was). The fact is that Jane could have solved this murder without Erica, and in the middle when Lisbon said "let's send her back", (when jane was sitting on the couch), he said no I need her.

    The episode made it seem like Jane was on-top when the lawyer was caught, but then an immediate turn around. The only way that this whole thing makes sense is if there was a deeper purpose and Jane was ok with her escaping. Perhaps, if he feels she can help him with Red John or something crazy like that. If the story is just about her, then its just a failure which doesn't suit Jane's character in my opinion.

    The fact there wasn't a hi-speed chase, again shows how disconnected from reality this was. They put agents on her, but they couldn't have put an alarming anklet or something physical to guarantee she won't make it far?moreless
  • Disappointing

    Although I hate Erica, this episode could have been interesting IF Jane hadn't been so disappointing (and no, I'm not one of J/L shippers though I respect their opinion). It doesn't suit his character to be attracted by a criminal; I know this concept of "being attracted by someone evil" is generally interesting but not with Jane, in my opinion. I do hope Erica won't come back again UNLESS this return gives Jane the opportunity to be stronger and to "wake up" instead of falling for her.moreless
  • I didn't like it

    I found this episode completely stupid and predictable. First, I don't like Erica and then I knew she was gonna escape so I can't see how useful it was to bring her back. I don't think she'll ever come back again unless she goes to jail once and for all and I hope so. The kiss was a complete joke. It's the first time that I really dislike a Mentalist episode and I hope I won't be that disappointed again.moreless
  • no surprises

    I didn't like this one! So silly....allowing her to just go in the limo.....the lack of security for a person convicted of manslaughter. I KNEW she would escape. Even when they showed her lawyer being hauled off.....I told my husband ...she's still going to get away....and (sigh) she did. Very obvious when when she got in the police car.....then another one would pull up shortly after. OMG>..they realized she got away and had PLENTY of time to chase her down in the real police car that came to pick her up. The actresss is a beautiul woman and I love the first episode she was in....mainly because Jane WOULD NOT fall for her because he knew she was a cold blooded murderer. It just did not fit when he kissed her THEN when he was happy she escaped. BIG let down on this one writers. I would like to see her come back ONLY if Jane catches her and she's put away!! Hopefully this actress will just stay on Homeland. She is a good actressmoreless
Morena Baccarin

Morena Baccarin

Erica Flynn

Guest Star

Jillian Bach

Jillian Bach

Sarah Harrigan

Guest Star

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

Greg Relin

Guest Star

Michael Rady

Michael Rady

Luthor Wainwright

Recurring Role

John Troy Donovan

John Troy Donovan


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Erica: (while searching the suspect) Him. You buy me dinner at my restaurant of choice if I'm right.
      Jane: No bet. You're right. He's the only man that didn't look at you. I'll spring for dinner if you can get him to confess right now.
      Erica: (cheery) Ooh. Bet.
      Jane: Do your thing.

    • Erica: Would you hate me if I told you I was lying? It's just these days I don't get to spend much time alone with charming men.
      Jane: Well, there's a reason for that so you don't kill them.
      Erica: We all have our baggage.

    • Jane: What about him?
      Erica: Handsome but dim, like a golden retriever. Natalie would never be interested in someone like that.
      Jane: Who would she be interested in?
      Erica: Someone attractive, witty, compassionate, 25 to 35, fit, good hair, and a romantic at heart.
      Jane: Oh, that's all? No wonder she enlisted the help of a professional.
      Erica: Good ones are out there, if you know where to look.

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