The Mentalist Bleeding Heart S02E12 (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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Lisbon and Jane are getting interviewed. Jane doesn’t want to participate. The vic is Martha St-Claire. She worked for the mayor of the little town. The killer wanted the body to be discovered. The mayor was breaking ground for a development. He discovered her.

Lisbon halts the coverage when the interviewer asks about the number of complaints and lawsuits the unit has received. She has to do it. The reporter shows them footage of the breaking of the ground.

They try to trace the necklace that Martha loved. They go to her office. She didn’t have much of a social life. The mayor says that they have been receiving threats from an eco-terrorist group led by Jasper. The mayor disliked Martha very much. The developer called the mayor. Cho and Rigsby go to see him. He heard rumors that Martha was planning to talk to the city council to withhold 10 million in public funding. While they are there, his office gets firebombed. If Rigsby or Cho weren’t there, he would have died.

Cho gets asked some questions by the reporter and he fires back with questions of his own. Rigsby is laughing it up and when Cho turns around, we see him crack a rare smile. He was being evasive to the extreme.

Jane threatens the mayor and finds out that Martha had a lover and that the mayor got a bribe from the developer. Martha died at a convenient time for her. Jane thinks that the whole Jasper thing is a red herring.

Jane doesn’t like being in front of the camera. It’s because of Red John. Jane decides to take the reporter and the cameraman out for tacos. Jasper’s guys arrive and kidnap Jane.

Jasper says that he didn’t kill Martha and didn’t firebomb the office. He’s obviously Martha’s lover. It’s the mayor’s aide Wilson.

Rigsby and Cho find out where Jasper took Jane. The cops find Jane. Wilson got away by using a trap door.

It looks like Jane and Lisbon are laying a trap for the reporter. They told them that Wilson killed Martha when they know he didn’t. The reporter had Martha’s necklace on him. He was going to plant it in Wilson’s place during the bust. They arrest him.

Martha wouldn’t say anything to him. The last time they were together, he found the speech that Martha was going to give to the city council. They had an argument and he killed her for it.

Rigsby and Van Pelt come out to the team. Everyone except Lisbon knew about it.

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