The Mentalist Red Menace S02E04 (CBS)

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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The action starts out in Deerfield, CA. Joggers found a man beaten to death. Jane is able to identify the victim as Gordon Hodge easily enough. He takes the Bluetooth earpiece and says Home. It dials his wife who answers. Gordon was a criminal attorney with only one client, the Sinner Saints, a biker gang.

Hodge was busted a week ago for drugs. The DA dropped the charges and maybe flipped him as an informant. His car was found in a lake. Cho finds out that he wasn’t flipped. The charges were dropped because the DA was losing all of their cases against Hodge. They lost 50 cases. The Saints were walking beating a lot of charges thanks to Hodge. The DA told them to stay away from the Saints. They are bulletproof.

They manage to talk with McBride, the leader of the Saints. There is some woman creating a hubbub outside. She leaves before Lisbon can get to her. McBride is a sociopath. Jane says that he lies extremely well.

Van Pelt says that Hodge got a phone call from Constance Hoyt. 3 months ago, there were a lot of calls between her and Hodge. Hoyt was talking 3-4 times a day with McBride. She’s either his girlfriend or his mom. She is getting away on a bike when they try to get her. Van Pelt is driving. It impresses Lisbon. She handily gets Hoyt.

Rigsby and Cho check out Hodge’s office. They find “Burn in hell” spray-painted on his door.

Hoyt was sleeping with Hodge. Hoyt says that Hodge’s wife knew about it. The wife says that she did, and she also knew about the partying and the drugs. The woman from the parking lot broke into Hodge’s office.

They go and ask McBride. He says that she is the sister of a guy he killed a few months back. Her name is Guthrie. Cho questions her. She went to Hodge’s home the day of the murder. They decide to let her go to see if she will implicate herself.

Jane goes to see the Hodges. He talks with the son and helps him with his driving.

The Saints try to get rid of Guthrie, but Rigsby and Cho scare them off. Jane went through her closet and laundry. If she killed him, there is no evidence. Rigsby checks her garbage after Jane prods him about it. They find the victim’s missing cuff links.

At the station, Jane called the Hodges. Jane wanted Lucas to identify Guthrie. Lucas killed him. He was out driving with his dad. After he killed his dad, after he heard the biker bitch on the phone, he called his mom, who told him what to do.

Jane planted a seed of doubt in the gang’s minds by constantly mentioning an informer. He sets up McBride for a fallout with his buddies.

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