The Mentalist – Pink Tops

by Alan Rapp on November 19, 2011

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The Mentalist - Pink Tops

When an undercover narcotics officer (Natalia Castellanos) working to take down a local drug kingin (Kamar De Los Reyes) is shot and killed in a back alley the CBI is called in to investigate but ordered by her commanding officer (Dean Norris) not to reveal her true identity to anyone involved in the case.

Although Jane (Simon Baker) does get to play one of his trademark tricks by swiping a little evidence to help reveal the killer, most of the episode’s humor comes from the exchanges between Cho (Tim Kang) and a hooker named Summer (Samaire Armstrong) who knows just the right buttons to push in the usually tightly-controlled agent.

With Cho taking center stage in the episode’s B-story there isn’t much for Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) or Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) this week. And although Lisbon (Robin Tunney) makes a passing reference to Red John, last week’s cliffhanger and what it means for Jane and the CBI, is largely ignored.

In an episode a little light on memorable moments Cho really steals the show. It’s nice to see the character usually pushed into the background get his own story, especially one that befuddles the agent who never seems to get rattled.

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