The Mentalist Ball of Fire S03E08 (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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Someone tries to abduct Jane. Jane does a runner and hides. His pursuant has been shot by a fruit store owner who had a gun.

Lisbon and her team are on the scene 35 minutes later. Alex O’Loughlin is the FBI liaison on this. Hightower elects to make a statement to the press to humanize him to his kidnappers.

The one who was shot gets shot by the witness. She’s a blond woman. Her name is Rachel and this is all about her father.

Linus Wagner calls Lisbon from prison. He’s got info on Jane. Lisbon checks it out. He’s had contact with the person who kidnapped Jane. He wants Lisbon to testify for clemency. He faces the death penalty for a double murder. She leaves and comes back. If Jane is alive, she’ll ask for clemency. He tells her that he wrote an article. Shortly after, he received a letter from someone pretending to be a graduate student in psychology. She was obsessed and hostile about Jane.

A car was spotted. Rigsby gets a print. It matches Fred Kiddle. He was most likely hired.

Rachel uses a cattle prod on Jane. Wagner says that Sherry Winger, the witness, is after Jane. They tie her to Don Bowman and his daughter Rachel. Don was in prison with Fred. Don is dead.

The CBI goes to Rachel’s house, but she hasn’t been there in weeks. On her way back, Rachel calls Lisbon on Jane’s cell phone. She directs her to an abandoned gas station. She abducts her as well.

From Kiddle Sr., they learn that Fred got a hunting cabin.

Rachel plans on setting it on fire. Hightower arrives just in time to kill Rachel before she shoots them.

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