The Mentalist s06e01 The Desert Rose (2013) – 5/10 detective serial killer drama

Cast / crew
Executive Producer, Series Creator and Writer: Bruno Heller
Patrick Jane: Simon Baker
Teresa Lisbon: Robin Tunney
Kendall Cho: Tim Kang
Wayne Rigsby: Owain Yeoman
Grace Van Pelt: Amanda Righetti
Josie Davis:
Jack Plotnick: Brett Partridge
Lauren Stamile:
Gale Bertram: Michael Gaston
Producer: Michael Weiss
Producer: Erika Green Swafford
Producer: Simon Baker
Director and Executive Producer: Chris Long
Producer: Matthew Carlisle

The Mentalist s06e01 The Desert Rose (2013)

After getting a police officer shot, Lisbon and Jane are sent on an out-of-the-way case where a body has been found in the desert. While both are shook up about the startling revelation that Red John knew Jane’s seven suspects (Bret Stiles, Gale Bertram, Ray Haffner, Reede Smith, Robert Kirkland, Thomas McAllister, Brett Partridge) two months before Jane knew, Jane wants solitude but Lisbon needs an outlet.

5/10

A weak start to season six with two out-of-thin-air solutions undermining the rather more interesting and understandable increase in stress between Lisbon and Jane. Their argument proves a pivotal, if slightly contrived, moment for the episode setting up a pivotal, if slightly contrived, climax that should guarantee us watching next time. It’s also a relief to see Jane realise his error and try to apologise repeatedly instead of his usual thing of smugly grinning that ‘he was right all along and the ends justify the means, so there.’

This The Mentalist episode contains extreme graphic gun violence, gory and unpleasant scenes, adult dialogue

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The Mentalist S05E02 Devil’s Cherry (2012) – 2/10 crime detective drama TV review

Cast / crew
Creator and Executive Producer: Bruno Heller
Actor and Producer Patrick Jane: Simon Baker
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
Dove Cameron: Charlotte Jane
Lee Garlington:
Yani Gellman: Julien
Writer and Executive Producer: Daniel Cerone
Producer: Matthew Carlisle
Director: Randy Zisk

The Mentalist S05E02 Devil’s Cherry (2012)

Six months after losing Lorelei to Red John, Jane is running on auto-pilot but a sip of tea at a gruesome crime scene leads him to a neighbour’s garden where he meets a young woman who claims to be his dead daughter Charlotte.

2/10

I’ve always said that writers resort to psychosis when they’re out of ideas and that’s what we have here. A gruesome coda is worth an extra star (the victim gutted himself under the influence of hallucinogens), Patrick’s daughter (Dove Cameron) is pretty and it’s slickly presented but they are the only positive features. The Mentalist needs to seriously pick things up or it’s going to lose this viewer.

This The Mentalist episode contains mild adult dialogue and extremely gory scenes.

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The Mentalist S05E01 The Red Glass Bead (2012) – 4/10 crime detective drama TV review

Cast / crew
Actor and Producer Patrick Jane: Simon Baker
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
Polly Walker: Alexa Schultz
Amanda Detmer:
Michael Gaston: Gale Bertram
Jim O’Heir:
Drew Powell:
Ivan Sergei:
Emmanuelle Chriqui:
Producer: Matthew Carlisle
Writer and Executive Producer: Bruno Heller
Director: Randy Zisk

The Mentalist S05E01 The Red Glass Bead (2012)

After being a wanted fugitive for six months, pretending to murder Lisbon and leading his team members to abandon all due process and break the law themselves, Patrick Jane finds himself in prison for the rest of his life and concocts an elaborate fantasy to regress into where he and the team are relieved from suspension, escape punishment and are allowed to continue solving murder-of-the-weeks while following all leads to the identity of Red John.

4/10

The problem with this-changes-everything season finalés is that a successful show can’t change everything, it needs to keep on doing what made it successful. So the challenge becomes unchanging-everything. It is a challenge that has rarely been met in television history (Star Trek: The Next Generation managed it once or twice, and that’s about it) and The Mentalist Season Five adds itself to the list of miserable failures at restoring the status quo convincingly or logically.

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

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The Mentalist 2.18 Aingavite Baa (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
Rosa Evangelina Arredondo: Dolores Brinton
Gil Birmingham: Markham Willis
Sean Bridgers: Ranger Tisdale
Tracy Middendorf: Jane Doe
K.T. Thangavelu: Doctor
Wes Studi: Joeseph Silverwing
Aunjanue Ellis: Madeleine Hightower
Co-Executive Producer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Writer: Erika Green Swafford
Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.18 Aingavite Baa (2010)

6/10

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The Mentalist 2.17 The Red Box (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
Kevin Alejandro: Victor Bandino
Aunjanue Ellis: Madeleine Hightower
Consulting Producer: John Mankiewicz
Executive Producer: Chris Long
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: John Mankiewicz
Director: Chris Long
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.17 Red Box, The (2010)

6/10

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The Mentalist 2.16 Code Red (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
J.C. Mackenzie: Griffin Welks
Matt Malloy: Scott Price
George Newbern: Dr. Cliff Edmunds
Amy Price-Francis: Dr. Alicia Seberg
Casey Strand: Lilith Nash
Tony Curran: Dean Harken
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Bruno Heller
Director: John F. Showalter
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.16 Code Red (2010)

Jane gets a phone call: “Please come immediately. I’ve been murdered.”

6/10

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The Mentalist 2.23 Red Sky in the Morning (2010, Crime Drama) – 7/10 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
Carrie Finklea: Ruth
Jack Plotnick: Brett Partridge
Stephen Sowan: Dylan
Cameron Van Cleave: Wesley Blankfein
Kathleen Wilhoite: Margo
Leslie Hope: Kristina Frye
Aunjanue Ellis: Madelaine Hightower
Executive Producer: Chris Long
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Bruno Heller
Director: Chris Long
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.23 Red Sky in the Morning (2010)

Jane goes on a date with Kristina but just as he is about to flee, Red John interrupts by posting a video to the internet showing a point-of-view of his latest killing.

7/10

Being a Red John episode this is much more intense than most of the show and it’s good to see Simon Baker step up and convey that tension brilliantly. The know-it-all is still there (decrying the other know-it-all, Kristina, of course) but he also delivers genuine fear, panic and horror at the unfolding events. We get the voice of Red John in this episode but Jane’s calmness and lying about Red John speaking to him afterward is a bit perplexing. As expected, would-be girlfriend Kristina becomes a target though the way it happens is interesting, resonant and convincing.

This Mentalist, The episode contains gory and unpleasant scenes, graphic gun violence, extremely unpleasant inferred scenes.

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The Mentalist 2.22 Red Letter (2010, Crime Drama) – 5/10 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
Eugene Byrd: Russell Bigelow
Alice Evans: Ilsa Engels
Melissa Fumero: Carmen Reyes
Rick Hoffman: Christopher Lynch
Shaun Duke Moosekian: Tariq Sharif
Nick Searcy: Sheriff Andy Burnside
Leslie Hope: Kristina Frye
Aunjanue Ellis: Madelaine Hightower
Supervising Producer: Eoghan Mahony
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Eoghan Mahony
Director: John F. Showalter
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.22 Red Letter (2010)

CBI investigate the murder of a anti-human trafficking campaigner but Jane has conflicting emotions when a real psychic consultant for another police force, Kristina Frye, is brought on board.

5/10

This poorly plotted episode sees Jane magic solutions out of thin air and has a conclusion that negates his own comments on the initial murder scene. The introduction of a possible romance is also terrible as the person in question is a real psychic and, therefore, Jane and her could never have such a relationship. Her re-introduction is clearly to put her in peril in the season finalé next time.

This Mentalist, The episode contains unexpectedly extreme beating with a fire extinguisher.

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The Menalist 2.21 18-5-4 (2010, 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
Lucy Davis: Daphne
Rich Hutchman: Rafe
Scott Menville: Adrian Mosca
Evan Peters: Oliver
Fisher Stevens: Tolman
Consulting Producer: Leonard Dick
Writer: Leonard Dick
Writer: Ken Woodruff
Director: Charles Beeson
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.21 18-5-4 (2010)

A brilliant but penniless mathematician is shot to death by a clown who then steals his finger.

6/10

Opening with a more graphic than usual murder (we don’t normally see them), Jane is beginning to seriously suffer from a complete lack of character development; there’s no sense that he’s a real person. The identity of the murderer, however, is brilliantly done because the main clue is given to both Jane and us and the director even lingers on it; but neither Jane nor us pick up on it. Jane, of course, gets there eventually. I’m always impressed when a mystery drama manages to give the audience the same clues and information as the investigator.

This Mentalist, The episode contains brief, graphic gun violence, brief,extremely unpleasant scene of finger amputation, other unpleasant scenes.

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The Mentalist 2.20 Red All Over (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
Malcolm McDowell: Bret Stiles
Michelle Clunie: Tara Harrington
Steven Hack: David
Robyn Lively: Sadie Cardoza Harrington
Tanc Sade: Edward Harrington
Joseph Will: Steven Wench
Virginia Williams: Heather Evans
Bob Gunton: Alexander Harrington
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Carolyn Ingber
Director: Roxann Dawson
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.20 Red All Over (2010)

The CEO of a major international media group is murdered and his under-achieving brother is prime suspect.

6/10

The final solution is pretty interesting (father kills son who had an affair with his wife and sired a daughter; only he kills the wrong son) but how we get there is, frankly, unexplained. Jane wanders around for a bit, there’s an astoundingly ridiculous bomb-cultist story branch then he sets up the killer. It’s fun enough and Malcolm McDowell is always good for a bit of sliminess, but the formula is wearing thin.

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The Mentalist 2.19 Blood Money (2010, 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
John Ales: Cale Sylvan
Dwayne L. Barnes: Jayden Flower
K. Callan: Annabelle Draber
John Kapelos: Hank Draber
William Lucking: Judge Franklin T. Hildred
Mia Riverton: Dana Munn
Stephen Spinella: ADA Marc Odenthal
Aunjanue Ellis: Madeleine Hightower
Co-Executive Producer: Ashley Gable
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Ashley Gable
Writer: Jordan Harper
Director: Adam Kane
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.19 Blood Money (2010)

CBI investigate the death of an Assistant District Attorney but identifying the killer isn’t too much of a problem. Because he’s a professional killer, though, catching and convicting him is going to be the hard part.

6/10

There’s some good fun here but this is a slightly more serious episode than most as the baddie is a psychopath and is clearly presented as such and, well, psychopaths are disturbing. Additionally, the series is beginning to struggle under the weight of Jane’s recklessness as he deliberately upsets an armed smuggler, a psychopathic hitman, a murderer and a judge. Though it’s still fun.

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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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The Mentalist 2.14 Blood In, Blood Out (2010, Crime Drama) – 5/10 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
David Barrera: Frank Rodriguez
Alexandra Holden: Crystal Hargrove
Sandrine Holt: Elise Chaye
Jon Sklaroff: Adam Reed
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Ken Woodruff
Director: John Polson
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.14 Blood In, Blood Out (2010)

Cho’s best friend from his gang-banger days is shot to death after trying to contact Cho for help. Cho is reluctant to get involved in the investigation, ostensibly because it’s an open-and-shut case of gang rivalry but more because he wants to avoid the guilt that may come from knowing he could have helped and didn’t.

5/10

A ‘this time it’s personal’ episode for supporting character Kendall Cho and, despite containing decent character material, feels silly and unconvincing, especially in the transparent climax. Though it remains mindlessly entertaining enough, through it’s undisguised predictability, The Mentalist is in serious danger of losing viewer interest.

This Mentalist, The episode contains adult dialogue and substance abuse and violence, brief graphic gun violence.

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The Mentalist 2.13 Redline (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
Paul Ben-Victor: Noah Landau
Mark Deklin: James Kinsey
Richard Kahan: Jeff Sparhawk
Peter Onorati: Oliver Westhoff
Kevin Rahm: Brad Elias
Currie Graham: Walter Mashburn
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Jordan Harper
Director: Bill D’elia
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.13 Redline (2010)

A saleswoman is found dead inside the trunk of an expensive car in Los Angeles’ most prestigious car showroom.

6/10

There’s some good fun as Jane and the plot steamroller into a rich guy who is delighted, or, rather, thrilled, to be a murder suspect. Currie Graham does a great job of mixing potential murderer and gleeful rich boy. The murder mystery is reasonable enough with the exception of the murder weapon: it is almost impossible to deliberately kill someone with a car.

This Mentalist, The episode contains bad language and unpleasant scenes.

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The Mentalist 2.12 Bleeding Heart (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
Jack Conley: Chief Donner
Roark Critchlow: Mike Brewster
Joe Egender: Bart Henrik
Sean Maher: Wilson Fontano
Vyto Ruginis: Heaton Krupp
Rebecca Wisocky: Brenda Shettrick
Sharon Lawrence: Mayor Melba Walker Shannon
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Erika Green Swafford
Director: Norberto Barba
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.12 Bleeding Heart (2010)

The discovery of a mayoral aide buried at an official ground-breaking for a new development gets CBI involved but Jane is discomfited about a TV news reporter who gains fly-on-the-wall access to the investigation.

6/10

I love the way Jane runs as fast as possible from any physical confrontation. Beyond the obvious headline cold-reading skills of the character, this is, I feel, The Mentalist‘s most interesting and unusual contribution to the crime genre. Rigsby undoes his shirt for the second episode in a row while the awesomely nonchalant Cho most unusually cracks a smirk.

This Mentalist, The episode contains mild adult dialogue and unpleasant scene.

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The Mentalist 2.11 Rose-Colored Glasses (2010, Light Crime Drama) – 7/10 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
Carmen Argenziano: Vice Principal Joseph DeSouza
Debra Christofferson: Kay Vickers
Gonzalo Menendez: L.J. Cordova
Kathleen Rose Perkins: Willa Brock
Michael Rodrick: Gabe Nyland
Gregory Sporleder: Terence Badali
Kevin Sussman: Phil Redmond
Consulting Producer: Leonard Dick
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Leonard Dick
Director: Dan Lerner
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.11 Rose-Colored Glasses (2010)

Investigating the death of a couple of their way to a school reunion, Jane gets an insight into something he never experienced: high school. Still, he seems quite good at starting fights.

7/10

Much more balanced and fun for the post-Winter break return of Patrick Jane. Best scene is comfortably the one where his well-meaning motivational advice to have a quiet word with someone turns into a mass punch-up. The secret romance between Rigsby and Van Pelt is now officially unconvincing and annoying.

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

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The Mentalist 2.10 Throwing Fire (2009, Light Crime Drama) – 5/10 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
Chris Brochu: Young Patrick Jane
Matt Cedeno: Narcisco Robrero
Nick Chinlund: Alex
Jude Ciccolella: Freddy Fitch
Lesley Fera: Leslie Sloop
Frank Gallegos: Jupiter Calidos
Ellen Geer: Grandmother
Brent Sexton: Doc Sinclair
Consulting Producer: John Mankiewicz
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: John Mankiewicz
Director: Martha Mitchell
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.10 Throwing Fire (2009)

CBI investigate the death of a baseball scout in his zen garden.

5/10

Despite a brilliant baseball-in-the-side-of-the-head and interesting childhood (Iowa, 1986) flashback’s for Jane, this is an otherwise weak episode with a poorly defined story and suspects and too much all-knowing Jane being smug. Chris Bochu plays the young Patrick Jane and, despite his blond hair, reminded me very much of Smallville‘s Tom Welling.

This Mentalist, The episode contains unpleasant scenes.

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The Mentalist 2.09 A Price Above Rubies (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
Michael Benyaer: Clinic Director
Callard Harris: Tomas Doverton
Jonell Kennedy: Coroner Pat
David Monahan: George Doverton
David Warshofsky: Donald Culpepper
Dey Young: Esther Doverton
Supervising Producer: Eoghan Mahony
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Eoghan Mahony
Director: Charles Beeson
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.09 Price Above Rubies, A (2009)

When a jewellery store robbery ends up with the manager shot, Jane states that the victim must be the prime suspect because he used to be a tennis pro.

6/10

Hypnotism isn’t really a useful interrogation technique. If it was, there’d be no need for torture. Elsewhere, this is an entirely ordinary episode but that means it’s quite entertaining, inoffensive and highly watchable. Favourite line was Jane’s response to "he’s not my uncle": "Sorry, the man having sex with your aunt, then."

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

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The Mentalist 2.08 His Red Right Hand (2009, Crime Drama) – 8/10 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
Shauna Bloom: Rebecca
Michael Chieffo: Coroner
Suzy Nakamura: Dr. Fox
Gregory Itzin: Virgil Minelli
Co-Executive Producer: Ashley Gable
Executive Producer: Chris Long
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Ashley Gable
Director: Chris Long
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.08 His Red Right Hand (2009)

The case of a frozen doctor posed naked and garnished with yellow flowers in a cemetery is just the tip of the iceberg when Red John decides it’s time to reassert himself.

8/10

This is a great episode, even more so if you go in without spoilers, and worthy of acclaim as it tackles a crime drama tradition (SPOILER the mid-season clear-out) without feeling stereotypical and predictable. With the exception of one scene where Jane unplugs a patient’s morphine dispenser for no obvious reason, it is scripted sensitively and Simon Baker does well as our hero. Gregory Itzin also gets a good scene where he tears into a journalist for asking a stupid question. As this is a Red John episode, please note that it is more violent and darker in the tone than the regular episodes.

This Mentalist, The episode contains mild swear words and strong knife violence, graphic gun violence, gory and unpleasant scenes and sexuality.

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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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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.

7/10

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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The Mentalist 2.05 Red Scare (2009, Light Crime Drama) – 5/10 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
Matthew John Armstrong:
Ron Canada:
Christina Chang:
Derk Cheetwood:
Michael McMillian:
Frances Fisher:
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Ken Woodruff
Director: Lesli Linka Glatter
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.05 Red Scare (2009)

The CBI investigate a murder that appears to have been committed by a ghost.

5/10

Another weak episode. I understand that Jane is the hero but the writers need to present conflict means that they have to make his associates frequently pooh-pooh Jane’s observations despite their own experience that his viewpoint is always worthwhile. It’s also becoming irritating that Jane knows everything about everything. Even a scene this week where he goes to a shop to learn about local history sees him interrogating the shopkeeper (who, awfully, turns out to be a suspect) with little cause. The makers are presuming that Jane can do anything as long as he does his little smile and, frankly, they’re wrong.

This Mentalist, The episode contains unpleasant scenes.

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The Mentalist 2.04 Red Menace (2009, Light Crime Drama TV) – 4/10 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
Abby Brammell:
Mac Brandt:
Julia Campbell:
Jesse James:
Mark Pellegrino:
Molly Price:
Consulting Producer: Leonard Dick
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Leonard Dick
Director: Norberto Barba
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.04 Red Menace (2009)

A defence lawyer for a biker gang is found beaten to death.

4/10

‘A lie gets heavy, real quick.’ This worthwhile observation is, along with the genial tone, the only redeeming feature of this poorly written episode. It makes little sense as it goes along, is unconvincing in the interaction with the bikers and it ends with Jane SPOILER arranging, at best, someone’s beating up, possibly their death which is all kinds of wrong.

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

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The Mentalist 2.03 Red Badge (2009, Light Crime Drama TV) – 6/10 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: Dr. Roy Carmen
Kyle Davis:
Mozhan Marnò:
Bonnie Root:
Gregory Itzin: Virgil Minelli
Co-Executive Producer: Ashley Gable
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Ashley Gable
Director: Eric Laneuville
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.03 Red Badge (2009)

The murdered body of a paroled child molester that Lisbon sent to prison is found just around the corner from CBI with three neatly grouped gun shot wounds. Lisbon starts to investigate but finds her own fingerprints on bullets and cannot find her own memories of the night of the murder.

6/10

Hypnosis simply does not work on television; in fact, it doesn’t work to watch it on anybody you don’t know at least quite well. It always has the same effect on drama: it brings proceedings to a crushing halt. It’s always used to deliver a deus ex machina (in this episode, a critical clue that could be gleaned no other way though, admirably, it initially appears to be an non-deus ex machina). If your episode has hypnosis in it as an unavoidable plot point, you’ve failed. Outside of this, the episode is slickly paced, nicely acted and solidly entertaining. Robin Tunney gets a fun episode as she starts freaking out, loses it and prances around in just a football jersey. If your episode has an attractive woman prancing around in just a football jersey as an unavoidable plot point, you’ve succeeded.

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

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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.

6/10

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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The Mentalist 2.01 Redemption (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
Jane Daly:
Carter MacIntyre:
Stacie Leah Rippy:
Geoffrey Rivas:
Raphael Sbarge:
Gregory Itzin: Virgil Minelli
Executive Producer: Chris Long
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Bruno Heller
Director: Chris Long

Mentalist, The 2.01 Redemption (2009)

Jane is miffed when he and the team are taken off the Red John case but belatedly reels in his petulance to help investigate the murder of a woman in a motel who has stolen $1 million from her employer.

6/10

Light, agreeable fun but, as was clear last season, the Red John story thread simply isn’t needed and dragging it out or continuously reminding us it’s there will become a weakness. However, the great news is that this is very much more of the same with a jolly tone and bad people getting caught.

This Mentalist, The episode contains mild adult dialogue and unpleasant scene.

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