The Mentalist tells the story of Patrick Jane played by Simon Baker, a man specializing in studying the micro-expressions of people who became involved with trying to catch a serial killer named Red John. Red John killed his wife and daughter. Since then, Jane has been working with the stupidly named CBI, California Bureau of Investigations, a kind of state police.
Robin Tunney plays Agent Lisbon, who is in charge of the unit. Van Pelt is the new agent on the squad. Rigsby has a crush on her. The Mentalist is kind of like the TNT show Psych, but it’s not a comedy, it’s a drama. I’ve enjoyed this series because it’s light and interesting. I’ve kind of come to despise Criminal Minds.
Jane uses his semi-celebrity and his lack of protocol to solve cases quickly, cases in which the CBI wouldn’t be able to come up with answers without him. Each episode has the color red in its title. The Mentalist resembles the show Lie to Me, which premiered in 2009 on Fox. The Mentalist started on the 23rd of September 2008 on CBS.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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Alex Nelson is speaking at the Stützer Institute of Leyland University, CA. He takes a few swigs of his water bottle and collapses on stage. A blonde woman walks away from the scene.
Dr Sophie Miller calls Jane at the CBI. Sophie is being questioned. Nelson’s water bottle contained a 10% solution of hydrogen cyanide. She was seen arguing with the victim. Nelson was her ex-husband. She made several death-threats against him. Jane wants them to take the case. Jane knows that she is innocent. Jane tells Lisbon that she doesn’t want to know the reason why they are connected.
The Animal Equality League claims responsibility for the kill or something like that. Chancellor Stern wants protection from the AEL for Dr. Stützer. After getting grief from her supervisor for taking an animal rights case, Lisbon asks Jane for the reason why he forced her to take the case. Jane says that she was his psychiatrist. He implies that he was committed. Sophie helped him through that time. Jane is ashamed of having had a breakdown.
Carrie Sheen brings Jane and Lisbon to see Stützer. Jane gleans that Sheen had an affair with Nelson. Stützer is curing evil. They have identified a section of the brain that governs moral decisions. It is the source of good and evil. They’ve learned to adjust it. They’ve created something they call a morality engine and plunging into the depths of the soul. The essence of the soul is electricity. It’s a switch system tied through morality. They test on animals. They work on a variety of animals. He shows them a gun he has. He’s not intimidated. They’ve moved onto testing into people.
Dr Miller comes to see them as they exit the building. She says that she has issues. That’s the reason why she went into pure research and left the clinical side of psychiatry. Miller had a truce with Nelson. They argued before his death about work.
The team have a list of five names off a partial plate. One of the guys sold his van to a company with no apparent business and no registered employees, working out of a building. They find a guy with a lot of animals. He says that he killed Nelson. He’ll kill Stützer. He’s apparently bonkers. He says that he poisoned Nelson.
They visit Emily, the grieving widow. He had an argument with a woman called Rosie. She lives in Alex’s giant house, which Alex decorated. Her phone keeps ringing. Jane tells her to fly away to some place beautiful to start a new life.
She couldn’t kill anyone unless someone told her to firmly.
Jane notices that Nelson had a thing about blondes. That’s why all of his women had their hair dyed blonde. Jane wants to talk with Sheen. They find her slumped over at her place. She’s dead. They find a suicide note. She drank poison. They find a torn up pictures of Carrie and Alex. Lisbon thinks that Carrie didn’t kill herself. The only viable suspect is Sophie. They go see her again at the Stützer Institute. Miller explains what her research entails. Jane wants to take the tests.
Miller knew that Sheen was having an affair with a married man. She didn’t know that Sheen was having an affair with Nelson. Miller says that she didn’t know Rosie. She switched Susie for Rosie because their morality engine didn’t work. They’ve been falsifying data for almost a year now. Alex threatened to expose what was going on. She knew that they were both killed to cover this up, but she didn’t tell him. She thought that she could manipulate Jane into exonerating her. He tells her if she had anything to do with the murders, now would be the time to get on a flight to Brazil. She still denies her involvement in the murders.
Jane wants to trap Stützer, but Lisbon’s boss doesn’t agree. Jane pretends that he agreed to the sting. Miller tells Stützer and the Chancellor that the morality engine worked on Jane. He leaves before they could calibrate him back to good. He was calibrated for evil. The chancellor confesses to killing Nelson and Sheen. He does so after Jane pretends to shoot Miller. They arrest him.
Miller thinks that she might return to clinical work, since she’s ruined as a scientist.
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