The Mentalist Throwing Fire S02E10 (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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Some guy named Barney Sloop was killed. He’s a multi-million dollar baseball agent. His partner is at the scene. The team is in the Sloop Academy. On the way to his house, Jane gets knocked out by a baseball.

There is a flashback to 1986. Jane is on stage with his dad. He’s an overbearing ass. He was fine-tuning his divining act.

Barney lived in a stationary RV. The wife moved out last year when their 3-year old son died in an accident. The wife is the sole beneficiary of Barney’s life insurance, which is worth 20 million.

Rigsby and Van Pelt arrive at the wife’s place. They find a distressed baseball player there screaming about how Lesley stole his Lamborghini. She went to her boy’s grave. They find her there. She’s got a gun. Van Pelt talks her down.

Jane collapses again. His dad is training Jane in the way of investigating and divining stuff about people. They are working at a fair. The father is a con-man. He’s rounded up a new mark for Jane to exploit.

They find another witness. He says that one of the baseball players was very angry with Sloop. After Sloop showed him some paperwork, the baseball player got very quiet. He IDs Scotty. The father and Barney’s partner stop Scotty from talking.

Lesley is on pills and drunk. She was at the Zen garden that night. She says that he was already dead. That’s what he implies.

Jane tells Lisbon to check the security cams from the baseball field. The wife and Narsisco have an alibi.

Jane, Lisbon, and Cho head back to the Sloop Academy. Scotty says that his dad set up a new bank account.

Jane finds out that Snake isn’t 17, but 22. His father killed Barney when he found out. He was going to kick Snake out. The father killed Barney.

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