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 CBI is called to a crime scene in Sutter Valley Meadow, CA. Local PD stomped all over the crime scene, so they don’t think that forensics will turn up anything. The vic was Kirby Heinz, a local welder.
Rigsby tells Van Pelt that Jane knows about them. It’s just a feeling. It gets ugly quickly. Some old dude gets arrested. Bosco has Jane arrested for his bug. Bosco offers not to file charges if Jane resigns from the CBI. Jane tells him to charge him. He’ll be in jail for a few days at least. Jane goes to jail. He doesn’t want protective custody. Jane’s cellmate is accused of raping and stabbing someone. They bond. Bill tells him that a bunch of people know that he’s a cop, so tomorrow might be difficult.
The next day, Jane meets the other prisoners. He meets the shotcaller and befuddles him before using the phone.
Bosco comes to see Lisbon. He wants them to be cool. She tells him that she needs to think about it.
They found a notebook on Kirby. Cho is talking with Ted, the old guy. Ted says that the 10-acres on which Kirby died belonged to his grandfather. His uncle stole it and sold it to the Gerber. It’s all down to oil sands. It’s worth 50-60 million. He took the Gerbers to court and didn’t get anything.
Lisbon and Van Pelt go to see the Heinz family and the widow. Donna’s family is the Gerbers. They kind of were too much for him. She stands to gain about $80,000 a year from the oil deal. Kirby was pretty badly beaten up 3 weeks before he died.
Jane is hypnotizing the shotcaller. He is trying to get him off the glue sniffing. Jane gets a visitor. It’s Cho. He brought the case paperwork and some Sudoku puzzle.
Lisbon is questioning Donna’s father. He thought that Donna deserved better than Kirby.
Cho and Rigsby go see Bosco to get out Jane out of trouble. He doesn’t want their help nor will he relax his stance.
In his notebook, Kirby wrote down vultures. Jane has got an idea, but he needs to talk to Roddy Gerber. Jane warns Rigsby that Gerber might be hard to deal with. It’s all part of his plan to get Gerber into jail. He calls Gerber and asks him about his affair with Kirby. When Rigsby arrives, Roddy punches him. Rigsby arrests him. He arrives at the jail. Jane says that Kirby found turkey vultures nesting on Gerber’s land. If he found them, they are protected, they can’t drill on their oil land. Jane tells Roddy that he shot the vultures so that he wouldn’t lose 1 million. He kicked his ass but he didn’t kill him.
The team asks Lisbon to ask Bosco to get Jane out. Bosco is sweet on Lisbon, it’s obvious to everyone but her. Jane calls her. He wants her to come see him in jail. He says that Roddy is innocent. They are here to see Roddy talking with Donna’s father.
Jane tells Lisbon that she can make Bosco do anything she wants. She denies that Bosco is like this. Jane says that she is keeping him in jail to teach him a lesson. It isn’t going to work.
Jane shares the muffin that she brought him to catch a mouse. The next day, Jane fakes that he passed out to get to the infirmary. My guess is that he’s trying to pull his own Prison Break. He uses the mouse to scare one of the guards who has a phobia of mice. He gets out quite easily.
Virgil and Bosco want Lisbon to lure him back. Jane calls Bosco. He’s at Julie Gerber’s house. He says that he’d have Kirby’s killer in 10 minutes. He asks Donna how it made her feel when her brother beat up her husband. Jane links the glitter found on Kirby’s body to Sandrine, Donna’s stepmom. He warned her that he would come clean about their affair. She begged him not to tell. Their affair was over quickly. Kirby was back with his wife. Sandrine killed Kirby to keep him quiet. The cops arrive.
Lisbon tells Bosco that he has to let Jane go or she’ll talk about what happened 8 years ago. Bosco is surprised. He doesn’t believe her. She emphasizes it.
Jane is out. He tells Lisbon that Bosco loves her, but his guess is that Bosco killed a bad guy that they couldn’t catch him any other way. She let him go because the bad guy deserved it. She had something on him.
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- The Mentalist S01E01
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- The Mentalist S01E04
- The Mentalist S01E05
- The Mentalist S01E06
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- The Mentalist S01E08
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- The Mentalist S01E10
- The Mentalist S01E11
- The Mentalist S01E12
- The Mentalist S01E13
- The Mentalist S01E15
- The Mentalist S02E01
- The Mentalist S02E02
- The Mentalist S02E03
- The Mentalist S02E04
- The Mentalist S02E05