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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Our story begins at the Marquesa residence. The hostess of the party coughs up some foam and falls over the railing.
Jane is questioning a suspect. He’s got him under hypnosis. He was doing a favour for another squad. Lisbon walks in. She sees that what Jane is doing. She makes him stop because hypnosis is against policy.
Scarlett was poisoned. They question the husband, who’s staying with two hotties who keep hugging him. It turns out that Scarlett’s drink was laced with rat poison. Marquesa is having an affair with Azra, one of the hotties. Jane noticed something between them and suspects an affair. Scarlett was part of the woman’s committee of the country club. Jane now knows that Azra is stealing from Marquesa. Her husband says that Scarlett made trinkets that she sold to friends and neighbours.
Jane and Rigsby investigate the country club and meet Heather. They want to talk to the woman’s committee. They are quite hot. Patience was jealous because she lost to Scarlett in the committee election. There is some bitching between her and Jackie. They question them individually. Heather saw Scarlett arguing with Azra at the party. They talk to Mandy, the gossip queen. She doesn’t think that Azra and Victor are sleeping together. Patience hates to lose. Patience thinks that Azra killed Scarlett and is having an affair with Victor.
They find a safe in Scarlett’s office. Since her keys are missing, they can’t get in. Also, they need a search warrant. Van Pelt finds out that Azra emptied her bank accounts this morning. Hadami’s house is empty, she’s escaped.
They go to the Cliffside Inn and find Azra in bed with Mandy. Van Pelt wants to take the lead on the interview with Azra. She borrowed half a million from Victor’s company. She made some bad investments and took money from the reserves of Victor’s company.
Rigsby questions Mandy. Her husband is out of town.
Victor says that Scarlett has been making quite a bit of money. She saved their butts recently. Scarlett had a regular weekly date in Marysville. Victor says that it had to do with the antique’s market there.
Heather’s daughter was killed in the past. She can’t leave because she has negative equity in her house. In Marysville, Lisbon, Van Pelt and Cho are at a dirt bike race. It’s no antique market. Cho arrests a pusher. Cho and Rigsby planted a seed thanks to Mandy. They mentioned to her that they will open the safe tomorrow. Jane and Rigsby wait for the suspect who took Scarlett’s keys.
Digger says that he didn’t have anything to do with Scarlett’s death. He says that Scarlett was one of his biggest customers. She bought hundreds of pills. Recently, Scarlett had been making comments about quitting the drug sales. Another girl had been making calls to Digger to take over from Scarlett.
Patience walks in and opens the safe. She takes out some pills and gets a call from Digger. They arrest her.
Rigsby has been reading up on older women. They are on a stakeout checking out Patience. She has seen them and brings out some paninis for them. The boys are waiting for Patience. Jackie comes up to see Rigsby. She’s wearing the shade of lipstick that they found on the vic’s body. She says that she bought it because Patience was wearing it at Scarlett’s party. They hear screams and rush into the spa. They find her stabbed and killed. Jane says that it was rushed. When Lisbon says that Victor was quick to anger, he’s the perfect suspect.
Lisbon tells Victor about Scarlett’s drug sales. Jane has a talk with Oscar, the kid. He tells him to make believe his mom is still alive. Jane is good with kids.
Jane is having drinks with Heather and Jackie. He’s setting a trap for them. He tells them that they are going after Victor. Heather grabs Jane. She says that she killed them. She killed them both. Jane tells Heather that he suspected her because she wasn’t wearing any of Scarlett’s jewellery. She was unhinged because of her daughter’s death. Her daughter was drugged out of her mind. The pills came from Scarlett, through some intermediaries. When Patience said that she was taking over the business, Heather killed her as well.
Jackie walks into the precinct. She’s looking hot. She’s going out to dinner with Rigsby. Van Pelt looks a bit shocked.
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