The Mentalist 2.15 Red Herring (2010, 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
Federico Dordei: Ludo
Elaine Hendrix: Julia St. Germain
Brian Howe: Arliss St. Germain
Gina Lapiana: Hannah
Dina Meyer: Abigail
Jon Polito: Duesterberg
Skyler Stone: Kevin
Robin Weigert: Eliza
George Wyner: Coroner Steiner
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: David Appelbaum
Director: Eric Laneuville
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.15 Red Herring (2010)

A top chef keels over, poisoned to death, at the beginning of a prestigious culinary competition. That’ll give something for Jane to get his teeth into.

6/10

Good fun with an agreeable, if probably unlawful, climax. The Mentalist certainly suffers from the Columbo syndrome where he almost certainly gets the right man but frequently won’t have enough irrefutable evidence or a confession without duress that would stand in a court of law. There’s a good plot element this week that sees both Jane and the detectives learning the same piece of information (about an affair) through their own methods; the detectives via detective work and Jane through observation of people interacting. I would like to see more of that because, while we like our maverick hero detectives, it’s nice to see the police not treated as a bunch of fools. Interesting to note that there does not appear to be a CSI department in Sacramento, presumably due to a shortage of sunglasses or something, so Rigsby has to do the forensic examination of the victim’s apartment himself.

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

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