The Mentalist Red Herring S02E15 (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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In a cooking competition, some chef gets poisoned. He had a fight with the event organizer. It was about truffles. They find that his tongue was all shriveled up. He was poisoned. He was poisoned by ricin.

They talk with the ex-wife and the brother. He says that Jeff was sober. He had an alcohol problem. He called her last night at 12:30AM. He apologized to her. Jane finds Jeff’s stash. It’s been poisoned with ricin. They take in Hannah, the tattooed chef. She admits to trying to get him drunk.

Van Pelt called his restaurant and talked for over an hour. The brother tries to rob the sous-chef Eliza. She was going to deposit the earnings of the restaurant. Kevin says that Jeff owed Sean Horlick money. He’s a loan-shark and has been pressuring Kevin to pay back his brother’s debt.

Rigsby and Van Pelt pay Horlick a visit. Horlick says that Jeff was pretending to be poor, but he stayed at the Ritz. He stayed there a bunch of times.

Jane finds out that one of the other cooks was having an affair with Jeff. They had been seeing each other for 5 months. They ended it the night before. Julia is taken in and she collapses a short while later. She’s been poisoned. She was poisoned by ricin. She must have been poisoned at the resort.

Julia had money and her husband will inherit it all. Arliss says that Abigail had an argument with Jeff. Abigail lied to them. Jane divines that Abigail is preggers with Jeff’s child.

Jane is in the kitchens again and starts a fire for some reason. He went with Lisbon to a celebratory dinner thrown by the cooking competition. He puts some pepper in the soup on purpose. When they learn that Julia’s pepper had been used, Eliza starts freaking out.

It turns out that Julia and Jeffrey squashed Eliza’s restaurant. That night, he called to apologize.

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