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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A SWAT team storms a house. A man is covered in blood in a bed with a dead woman.
A year later, Jane visits the same man in jail who says that he’s got information about Red John. He raped and murdered his housekeeper’s daughter. He doesn’t know what happened. He did some blow and meth. He seems innocent, but Jane doesn’t think that he has anything on Red John. He reveals that Jane’s wife toenails were painted in her own blood. This detail wasn’t released by the cops.
Lisbon’s boss Minelli doesn’t want to reopen the case. Jared Renfrew was found hugging the dead girl. He is guilty. Lisbon thinks that he is being conned. Jane isn’t going to back down. He decides to investigate anyway. He goes to question Renfrew’s brother, who thinks that Jared is guilty. Jane goes to talk with Jared’s mother, who lives in the guesthouse. She says that he was a bully, a liar and a sadist. These are qualities that she liked in him. As he got older, he got worse. At one point, he came in line to run the family business. George the father dropped dead a week after the murder.
The girl told her mom Mariska that she was afraid of Jared. He was stalking her apparently. She no longer works for the Renfrews. The mother gives him the housekeeper’s address. Minelli is furious. Gardner called the cops, but the mother sends them away. Minelli threatens Jane of firing him. Jane quits.
The team isn’t happy. Van Pelt found a connection between Red John and Renfrew. He served time with a guy who was framed by Red John named Tanner. Tanner is dead. They start checking up on Tanner. The person Tanner killed was killed in the Red John style. The team stands up to Minelli. He suspends them all. In his office, he tells her that he is leaving to visit his sick sister for a week. That’s how long Lisbon has to resolve this affair. She calls Jane, who thanks her.
Mariska changed her name to Clooney. They log onto the DOJ network and IM with Red John, who forwarded them some information. He tapped into the DOJ secure network. He’s been spying on them. He wants them to succeed. He wants them to free Renfrew so that he can get to him.
They visit Vana Clooney about her daughter. She bought a condo recently. She obviously got money from the Renfrews. She was paid to say that her daughter and Jared weren’t lovers. She doesn’t know who paid her. She got it through a private investigator. His name was Austin Samson.
Jane shows the Renfrews how Jared was framed. It was pretty clever. They try to blackmail the Renfrews to see if they will make them an offer not to talk. The mother calls Jane. She wants to pay him. Undean was George’s child by Mariska. When she found out about the affair, she tried to make it stop.
She killed Undean and collected some blood in order to prove that she did it, not Jared. They go to get Jared. He puts on a bullet proof vest. He wants a cheeseburger and fries. On their way there, they stumble into a protest. Jared uses this as a way to get away from the agents.
Jared had friends get him out of town fast. He calls Jane. He says that talking about Red John was too dangerous. He’s in Tijuana Mexico with a hooker. They trace him easily, but Red John knows where he is as well since he’s actively spying on the CBI. They find Jared and the hooker dead, killed in Red John’s manner. They find “He is Mar” written in blood on the wall. It was a message from Jared. The hooker’s phone rings. Jane picks up. There is a laughing man on the other side.
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