The Mentalist 2.02 The Scarlet Letter (2009, Light Crime Drama ) – 6/10 TV review

Creator: Bruno Heller
Simon Baker: Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
Terry Kinney: Sam Bosco
Christian Clemenson:
Paul Fitzgerald:
Treisa Gary:
Paul Michael Glaser:
Mary Pat Gleason:
Fay Masterson:
Josh Stewart:
George Wyner:
Daniel Zacapa:
Gregory Itzin: Virgil Minelli
Co-Executive Producer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Director: Charles Beeson

Mentalist, The 2.02 Scarlet Letter, The (2009)

Jane investigates the death of a political aide who was rumoured to be having an affair with her Senator’s husband. Meanwhile, somebody’s moved Jane’s couch in the office by a few centimetres.


The only thing with this show being consistently pleasant and untaxing is that there simply doesn’t seem to be much to say about it. The concluding gag (SPOILER Cho and Rigsby are holding up a corpse to make it look like he is spilling the beans) is good fun though. What this is, after many years of waiting, is a suitable replacement for the likes of Columbo and those other mild but entertaining seventies crime shows. They are not horrible, they don’t contain explicit or objectionable material, there’s no bad language and it features a cheerable hero putting bad people away. It’s the kind of thing that can be earning money by being repeated for the next fifty years on a Sunday afternoon and, frankly, you wonder why they don’t make more shows like that.

This Mentalist, The episode contains adult dialogue and unpleasant scenes.


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