The Mentalist 2.06 Black Gold and Red Blood (2009, Light Crime Drama) – 7/10 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
Erin Cahill: Donna Hines
Ashley Jones: Sandrine Gerber
Eric Ladin: Rod Gerber
Madison Mason: Theodore Luscom
William Russ: Dooley Gerber
Gregory Itzin: Virgil Minelli
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Bruno Heller
Director: Rod Hardy
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.06 Black Gold and Red Blood (2009)

Jane finds himself arrested and in prison after the bug he planted in Bosco’s office is discovered. That’ll make assisting Lisbon with their latest murder case rather harder. Not much harder, though.


This is rather better than any previous episode in season two because of a good sense of fun, a reasonable suspension of disbelief and a great scene where Jane, who is in prison, wants to personally interrogate a suspect who is not in prison. His only weapons: a couple of phone calls. Genre demands that everything be resolved within forty minutes are dealt with well enough (SPOILER Lisbon has something on Bosco) but the final (fun if unconvincing) confession is a little Columbo-esque in that there is little chance (acknowledged in the episode) that the case will meet prosecution requirements. Still, it’s nice to be reminded of the great macintoshed one and to see a crime drama without bad language, explicit sex or graphic violence.

This Mentalist, The episode contains adult dialogue and mild violence.


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