The Mentalist

The Mentalist – Golden Hammer

by Alan Rapp on January 14, 2014

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The Mentalist - Golden Hammer

Jane (Simon Baker) and the FBI head to Houston to investigate the suspicious death of a government-paid cartographer working on Pentagon defense contracts who was investigating a potential security leak in the company before his unlikely drug overdose on an assorted cocktail of everything from amphetamines to horse tranquilizers. Although initially fingering the victim’s brother (Travis Schuldt) as a lark, Jane will use the man’s obvious motive to later lay a trap for the real killer.

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The Mentalist – White Lines

by Alan Rapp on January 6, 2014

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The Mentalist - White Lies

Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) heads to Corpus Cristi to help the FBI solve the murder of five DEA agents by local criminals who may, or may not, be tied to a Gulf Coast drug ring. During the investigation Jane begins dating the former girlfriend (Brianna Brown) of a recently deceased member of the ring which piques the interest, and jealousy, of both Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and Fischer (Emily Swallow).

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The Mentalist – Green Thumb

by Alan Rapp on December 10, 2013

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The Mentalist - Green Thumb

After Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) decides to spend three months in isolated detention rather than accept the FBI’s deal, Kim Fischer (Emily Swallow) heads out to the Cannon River Police Station to convince Lisbon (Robin Tunney)  to return with her and get Jane to work on a case involving the disappearance of the computer programmer (Shane Edelman) who wrote code to protect the Federal Reserve banking system. However, neither Fischer nor Abbot (Rockmond Dunbar) are prepared for Jane’s antics.

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The Mentalist – My Blue Heaven

by Alan Rapp on December 3, 2013

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The Mentalist - My Blue Heaven

Two years after the events of last week’s episode where Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) caught-up with and killed Red John (Xander Berkeley), “My Blue Heaven” picks up with Jane on a small island with no extradition treaty living a simple life which is interrupted by the separate arrivals of both a beautiful woman and FBI Agent Abbot (Rockmond Dunbar) who each, in their own way, tempt the Mentalist to end his island isolation and return to the real world. We also glimpse in on the lives of various former members of the CBI who have moved on to other interests after Jane’s departure. Although the show will be continuing after this episode, it appears to be the last stop for Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) and Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) with both actors leaving the show.

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The Mentalist – Red John

by Alan Rapp on November 26, 2013

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The Mentalist - Red John

With the CBI shut down by the FBI and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and her team all under investigation by Agent Abbot (Rockmond Dunbar) after Patrick Jane‘s (Simon Baker) revelation to the press that Gale Bertram (Michael Gaston) is Red John, Jane stays out of his sight waiting for Bertam’s call. Thanks to the help of Lisbon, Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), Cho (Harry Groener), and Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) who get themselves all arrested, Jane is free to keep his meeting with Red John who, as I suspected, is not Gale Bertram (which Jane knew as well).

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The Mentalist – The Great Red Dragon

by Alan Rapp on November 19, 2013

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The Mentalist - The Great Red Dragon

With Ray Haffner (Reed Diamond), Sheriff Thomas McAllister (Xander Berkeley), and Bret Styles (Malcolm McDowell) confirmed dead, and Patrick Jane (Simon Baker)  unconscious following the explosion in his home, Lisbon leads the CBI after a wounded Reede Smith (Drew Powell) who she believes to be Red John due to catching a glimpse of the three dots on his left shoulder unaware that her boss Gale Bertram (Michael Gaston), who also survived the explosion, shares the same tattoo.

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The Mentalist – Fire and Brimstone

by Alan Rapp on November 12, 2013

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The Mentalist - Fire and Brimstone

With no murder case of the week to solve The Mentalist centers its entire episode on setting up a fateful meeting to get Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) one step closer to identifying Red John. Over two days the events of the episode slowly build tension as Jane and the CBI arrange for all five of the remaining suspects to be at a predetermined time and place of his choosing allowing Jane to identify and, if The Mentalist gets his way, kill Red John.

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The Mentalist – The Red Tattoo

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2013

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The Mentalist - The Red Tattoo

The CBI is called in to solve the murder of a prominent member of Visualize who was killed in his locked hotel room. The case also brings in the cult’s head of security, and one of Jane‘s (Simon Baker) remaining five Red John suspects, Ray Haffner (Reed Diamond) as an observer. As Lisbon (Robin Tunney) sits down with Visualize’s second-in-command Jason Cooper (Robert Picardo), Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) investigates a nearby car-jacking that looks to be tied to the murder, and Jane and Cho (Harry Groener) head to the dead gymnastic coach’s gym to talk with his students, their parents, and the dead man’s partner (Ray Abruzzo) who hated the victim’s connection to the cult.

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The Mentalist – Red Listed

by Alan Rapp on October 22, 2013

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The Mentalist - Red Listed

Two of Jane‘s (Simon BakerRed John suspects, Reede Smith (Drew Powell) and Robert Kirkland (Kevin Corrigan), investigate Jane as a suspect in the torture and killing of a murderer he once buried alive to coerce a confession. One, however, already knows who is responsible. Jane finds the entire situation interesting since the misinformation he left out to be found by whoever was spying on the mentalist pointed to the man as one of seven fake Red John suspects. Not willing to let the other seriously awful people meet the same fate, Lisbon (Robin Tunney) enlists the help of Cho (Harry Groener), Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), and Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) to offer them all CBI protection.

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The Mentalist – Wedding in Red

by Alan Rapp on October 15, 2013

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The Mentalist - Wedding in Red

Hoping to spend a little time further studying one of his remaining six Red John suspects, Jane (Simon Baker) drags Lisbon (Robin Tunney) to Napa to investigate the murder of a wedding party and keep a close eye on Sheriff Thomas McAllister (Xander Berkeley). None of the wedding party, other than the bride’s mother (Christine Dunford), seems particularly sad that the estranged uncle met his end in the lake behind the winery’s chapel. In order to get the two families to honestly open up about what they may know, Jane decides to publicly air the problems the groom’s sister (Lexi Lawson) has with the bride (Erica Piccininni) and the fact that the bride’s mother made out with the groom’s father (Miguel Nájera) the night of the murder.

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