The Mentalist The Red Ponies S03E05 (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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A jilted jockey is found murdered. They find a ring and a note saying asking them to forgive him. The note was written on a napkin from a nearby restaurant. His name is Bill Sutton and he used to date the hostess, Delinda LeCoeur.

Billy was a jockey, just like Jane surmised. They go to the stables.

They’re like dogs, but only bigger.

At Belinda’s, some girl does a runner. Cho and Rigsby go after her. She’s not Belinda. They arrest one girl. Bill was suspended 2 years ago from horseracing. He was banned for a year. Belinda’s been with him for 4 years. Belinda says that one time, Bill went at a driver in a fender bender and hurt him badly. They went home, fought half the night, and she left the next day. She comes from an abusive family. He was driving a muscle car.

They go back to the stables and talk with Sam Starks, the jockey apprentice who replaced Bill.

They find the guy in the fender bender. Bill visited him in the hospital to make amends. He gave him $18K.

There is an altercation between Barnes and Starks. Barnes was one of the riders injured during the race where Sutton got suspended. Barnes says that he threatened Sutton, as well as Starks because Lockheart paid him to do so.

Lockheart wants Halwell out of business so that he can buy up the stables and develop them into real estate.

Jane takes Van Pelt to the track. She’s been bugging everyone to leave the office. She rides Castor’s Folly and then his crazy twin, Pollux’s Dream.

At the track, Jane puts $10K on Castor’s Folly to win. Halwell isn’t happy when he finds out because this will shorten the odds. He tells Halwell that he switched Pollux and Castor in the stables. Halwell had already switched the horses. Jane had switched them back. Halwell killed Sutton when he refused to go along with his plan.

Castor’s Folly wins the race. Halwell gets arrested. Jane didn’t switch the horses and made $1 million. The results of the race were disqualified, so Jane didn’t win anything.

It cost Jane $5K to make everyone believe that he could read horses.

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