The Mentalist Blood for Blood S03E14 (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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Van Pelt reports to a US Marshall. They have a lead on a threat on a witness in WITSEC. She hears something outside while patrolling the perimeter. It sounded like a shot. She gets assaulted. She wakes up shortly after and contacts dispatch. More shots are fired. She finds the witness dead. The girl has gone missing. Jane finds her.

They question Adrian Essex, the man whom the witness was testifying against. He gives Cho some lip and they take him in. He’s got an anklet. That’s his alibi.

Some woman came for Trina. She’s an aunt. Jane sneaks in to see the girl. The aunt, whose name is Jodie, hasn’t told the girl that her dad is dead.

Van Pelt might have left the door unlocked when she went to check up on that noise. Laroche of Professional Standards is here to talk with Van Pelt. She has to give a urine sample. For some reason, Laroche asks her about Todd Johnson’s death. He wants her to spy on her team in exchange for sweeping this most recent problem under the rug.

Cho and Rigsby go to see Eugene Boden. He’s one of Essex’s enforcers. At the cabin, they see Essex making a run for it. He’s able to remove the anklet. Essex had a phone wired to dupe the trackers. Boden is in custody. He’s looking at 20 years.

Jane meets with Jodie again. She despised Trina’s dad. Justin beat her sister.

Van Pelt goes out to dinner with her FBI boyfriend. He tells her to spy on her department. Van Pelt doesn’t want to.

Jane finds where Essex is hiding from Boden’s reaction to a list of his boss’ properties. They catch him after he tries to run.

Jane convinces Jodie to let Trina do an ID. She doesn’t remember anything. Afterwards, Jane tells Jodie and the US Marshall that Trina knows who killed her father. It’s just a bluff. The real killer is the US Marshall. Van Pelt and Lisbon catch him trying to kill Trina.

Van Pelt tells Laroche that she isn’t spying on her friends. Craig proposes.

Gorman killed 5 other people. Gorman grew up with Essex. They have him dead to rights.

Jodie calls Jane and Lisbon. Something is wrong with Trina. Trina killed her father. Justin murdered her mother. She found the matches from the motel where her mom killed herself. When she showed it to her dad, he started beating her. He takes out a gun and threatens Trina. She shot him in self-defense.

Jane tries to convince Lisbon not to take Trina in. They are at Juvenile Services when Lisbon changes her mind.

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