The Mentalist

Season 4 Episode 6

Where in the World is Carmine O'Brien

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 2011 on CBS
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While trying to solve the murder of a police chief Lisbon runs into her brother Tommy, a bounty hunter, who's tracking a bail jumper.

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  • Make way for this seasons auntie Reese story. :)

    While the episode starts off a bit boring, it gets better in the long run. We get our case presented, a cop having been killed and as it turns out, not on the location. The team - and not just Jane - shows some actual police deductions to find a location connected to the murder and before we know it, a 15-year old girl is pointing a gun at Rigsby. Those who saw the promo already know what this is about.

    I'll point out right away that this episode does not compare to previous Lisbon-centric episodes á la "Red Badge" and "Red Hot", but for an average episode it's quite alright. This season has yet to present me with an episode I won't be eager to rewatch when the DVD is released next year. It's nice to see some bright forest environment, not to mention the resort, and it's hard not to get at least a little bit engaged in the Lisbon family relationship.

    Jane performing most of the investigation on his own could have been better handled, seeing as its not all that interesting watching him spin his web in silence. This is not complaining about the tricks in themselves, as they actually provide some guessing-games like in classical Season 1 episodes (Obligatory mention).

    Oddly it's not Teresa who gets the sympathy card in her interactions with Tommy. While you can understand where she's coming from, it's just as easy to relate to his desire to live his own life as an adult. As for the niece, Annabeth (ANNIE!!), I hope we get to see more of her in the future, becase her interactions with pretty much anyone are the highpoints of this episode.

    Van Pelt continues to deliver, this time in a subplot where's working undercover with Jane. Jane has been hanging around a bit too much with Lisbon lately, so it's great to see him sparring with some more of the cast for once. Hope to see more of this.

    Another plus for team members other than Jane discussing something else than the case (VP and Rigsby this time).

    I still don't get all the dislike for this season on sites like IMDB. In my mind, every episode is bringing it closer and closer to being the best one yet. Nothing below average yet. Season 2 lasted 8 straight episodes and Season 3 lasted 10, so we'll see post-mid season.

    On another note, next weeks episode can't come soon enough. Direction by Simon Baker, a serial killer plot and what Bruno Heller called "the best episode so far". How can it go wrong? :)moreless
Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas

Tommy Lisbon

Guest Star

Madison McLaughlin

Madison McLaughlin

Annabeth Lisbon

Guest Star

Malcolm Barrett

Malcolm Barrett

Officer Price

Guest Star

John Troy Donovan

John Troy Donovan


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Teresa: I love you, but...
      Tommy: "I love you, but.." But, what, sis? "But you're a loser. You'll always be a loser. Just quit"?
      Teresa: I love you, but you and Annabeth need to go home.

    • Teresa: I cannot believe my brother's a bounty hunter.
      Jane: There we go.
      Teresa: I mean, all of a sudden he's some sort of tough guy? Who does he think he's fooling?
      Jane: Not you.
      Teresa: You know what bugs me? He didn't even tell me. It's not like we don't talk. I could have told him this was a bad idea. All he had to do was pick up the phone and call, but instead, nothing.
      Jane: I wonder why that is...
      Teresa: I basically raised that punk and his brothers, it's not my fault if he doesn't communicate. (pause) Oh, you think it is my fault?
      Jane: No, I didn't say that. You said that. I say live and let live. You'll all be happier.
      Teresa: Oh, mind your own business.

    • Teresa: Picking pockets. Nice.
      Jane: Oh, I promised I'd show her if she'd tell me her best auntie Reese stories.
      Teresa: Don't you dare.
      Annie: Of course not. I was just stringing him along.
      Jane: Oh, you were, were you? I guess I won't give you this, then. (shows her the phone he's just stolen from her pocket)

    • Teresa: (shaking her head) Tommy, Tommy...
      Tommy: Oh, don't even start with that.
      Teresa: With what?
      Tommy: Busting my chops like you always do, like I don't know what I'm doing.
      Teresa: Well, you don't.
      Tommy: I know what I'm doing. I'm a professional.
      Teresa: Oh, right. Taking your 13-year-old daughter along with you as back up, that's very professional.

    • Teresa: You could have killed somebody or gotten killed.
      Annie: Hey, it's a tough business.
      Tommy: Hey, quit that. She knows not touch the guns in the field, not ever.
      Teresa: In the field?
      Tommy: Not ever.
      Annie: Jeez, sorry for trying to help out.

  • NOTES (4)


    • The title of this episode is an allusion to Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, a franchise that includes multiple computer games and television series.