The Mentalist 2.07 Red Bulls (2009, Light Crime Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
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
Rey Gallegos: Raoul
Dominic Hoffman: Hicks
Seana Kofoed: Mrs. Kent
Art LaFleur: Louis Earlen
Meredith Monroe: Verona Westlake
Marissa Skell: Mia Westlake
Vincent Ventresca: Duncan Weaver
Gregory Itzin: Virgil Minelli
Co-Executive Producer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Director: David McCoy Barrett
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.07 Red Bulls (2009)

Bosco and Lisbon are assigned to team up together when their cases overlap. Lisbon has the five-years-dead body of a kidnap victim while Bosco is handling a current kidnap with a very similar modus operandi. Bosco is dismayed to have Jane on his team while Jane sees an opportunity to prove himself and perhaps assist Bosco on the Red John case.

6/10

Fun episode with the police even doing a bit of detection (Lisbon gleans the vital information from a retired cop) and Jane pulling out an improbable stunt ("I’ve got expensive stunts if you don’t like the cheap ones.") to trap the guilty. The macho posturing between Bosco and Jane is fun and there is an exciting interlude for Rigsby and Van Pelt (after the action sequence, she ostentatiously doesn’t return his "I love you" but the physical contact of a chastising slap is probably the next best thing). Again, no objectionable explicitness and a light touch are keeping this show highly watchable.

This Mentalist, The episode contains gun violence.

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