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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Ivar Rasmussen was found murdered in a store. Rasmussen is a cougar hunter and works in advertising. He also uses coke. Jane finds the murder weapon very quickly. He was having an affair with a clerk in the store. When Jane accuses him, Neil tries to do a runner. They hear a few shots.
Virgil assigns the Red John case to Bosco. Jane is packing up his stuff. He decides to do another case with them.
The new case is about a Jane Doe. Her apartment was searched. Nothing seems to have been found. Jane uses a photo and Van Pelt to get an ID within a few seconds. They have to drive to Bayshore. The Jane Doe stole over 1 million from her employers. Jane makes some disparaging remarks to the unit and the leave him there. Cho comes to get him in the other car.
Jane has Cho drive around to find a house for sale. He leaves a message saying “Monica, call me” with his number.
The unit arrives in Bayshore. Jane apologizes to Lisbon and says that this is the only thing that he has to do right now. She sets some ground rules for him to follow. They inform the family. The son is in remission from cancer. When Anselm was diagnosed, she got hooked on pills and got a cheap lover named Body Andrews. She was banging her yoga teacher. Jane is using a lure to catch the killer.
Cho and Rigsby go visit the lover. He tries to hide. Cho was in juvie for some gang related stuff.
He has a meeting with Bosco. He wants to get on the Red John case again. He wants to get into the loop. Bosco isn’t about to do that.
They visit Monica’s workplace. They visit the CEO at Jaffe Printing. Humphreys was her direct supervisor. They have him take them through how Monica stole the money.
Van Pelt discovers that Monica’s daughter has been paying the rent and utilities cash for 5 months. Her mom was giving them money.
Body tells Cho that he was afraid. He doesn’t want to get killed. Cho also lays the lure. Lisbon has a deposition, so Jane goes against orders and takes Rigsby and Cho with him to Miles’ place.
Rhonda the CEO shows up. She stole the money and killed Monica. She paid off Monica and sent the boy to the best cancer program in the country. When he was cured, she no longer had any leverage. Monica left a DVD in the library. It was left in the place of a book she took out of the library. They find an accounts book there as well. She left a message there spelling out the deal she had with the CEO.
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