The Mentalist Cackle Bladder Blood S03E02 (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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Jane is playing with a mini remote control helicopter. He gets a call from a friend who needs his help. Like an idiot, Jane goes to help out. The cops find him with a gun in his hands and a dead body at his feet.

The dude who called is his brother-in-law, Danny Ruskin. He called him. Landen Wells is the dead guy. They found a ruby on him. At his home, the wife finds that a statue of Aphrodite is missing from their safe. It was worth over $200K. The ruby comes from that statue. That’s really tacky.

Lisbon and Jane go to a carnival. Jane finds out where Danny is and leaves Lisbon at the fairgrounds.

The dead man’s sister met Danny. She was introduced to him by Murphy Traver. Lisbon and Cho go to Traver’s office. Traver is a conman. Traver says that Danny hooked Landon pretty good. He was going to hand over a statue worth $200K. He says that Danny is with Trixie, who’s hot and rich. Trixie is Trixie Murcado.

Van Pelt is all dressed up to meet someone. Jane meets up with her and Nikki. Nikki is supposed to know where Danny is. Jane used her to get Nikki.

Ruskin is packing up. He is about to leave Trixie, but Jane is waiting for him. Danny pulls a gun and cocks it. Lisbon is outside with some cops. They manage to elude the cops.

Landon’s partner says that their real estate business was tanking. It was going under. Landon is worth more dead than alive. Melanie, the sister, took out a 2 million dollar life insurance policy on Landon.

Ruskin tells Jane that he didn’t kill Landon. He found the body the night that he was supposed to hand over the statue.

Lisbon finds Jane. Ruskin surrenders.

Rigsby talks with Melanie about the life insurance policy. The police arrest Ruskin. It doesn’t take long for him to escape, thanks to Jane’s diversion.

Jane goes to see the widow. He tells her that Danny wants to kill her. He thinks that she killed her husband. Landon was going to escape to Brazil with his lusty assistant.

Jane tries to divine where the statue is. Ruskin arrives and shoots Jane. It’s fake. She shows him the statue as a way of buying her life. Lisbon and Cho arrive and arrest her. Lisbon lets Danny go.

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