The Mentalist: "Red Scare"

The Mentalist tells the story of Patrick Jane played by Simon Baker, a man specializing in studying the micro-expressions of people who became involved with trying to catch a serial killer named Red John. Red John killed his wife and daughter. Since then, Jane has been working with the stupidly named CBI, California Bureau of Investigations, a kind of state police.


Robin Tunney plays Agent Lisbon, who is in charge of the unit. Van Pelt is the new agent on the squad. Rigsby has a crush on her. The Mentalist is kind of like the TNT show Psych, but it’s not a comedy, it’s a drama. I’ve enjoyed this series because it’s light and interesting. I’ve kind of come to despise Criminal Minds.


Jane uses his semi-celebrity and his lack of protocol to solve cases quickly, cases in which the CBI wouldn’t be able to come up with answers without him. Each episode has the color red in its title. The Mentalist resembles the show Lie to Me, which premiered in 2009 on Fox. The Mentalist started on the 23rd of September 2008 on CBS.




In Eagle Creek, at the Beckworth Mansion, a rich dude is killed. He was an architect named Alan Forrester. They find a brass button with the letter B in his hand. Sheriff Fisher denies knowing anything about this. Fisher says that the button could have been from Walter Beckworth, who’s supposed to be haunting the mansion.


Van Pelt goes on about how volunteering is bringing joy to her life. She’s dating a chef there. Rigsby is all messed up about this.


Forrester’s wife says that the previous owner of the Beckworth mansion was pestering her husband. After they had closed on the place, she claimed that they had stolen it away from her. Jane tells Lisbon that Beckworth died the exact same way as Forrester. The widow mentions that Alan mentions sounds and stuff moving around.


Rigsby and Van Pelt find that someone broke into the storage area and stole a bunch of tools.


Victoria is being questioned by Cho. Her nephew Drew arrives. He’s a lawyer. She says that Forrester’s aura was pink. She says that Alan was going to gut the mansion. He wasn’t going to restore it. She’s kind of got an alibi. Jane phones him and says that Beckworth was involved in spiritualism. There might only be a rumored treasure at the mansion. Victoria confirms it. Beckworth was a successful bootlegger.


While exploring the mansion, Rigsby and Van Pelt are surprised by Jane’s ghost. It’s a setup. The mansion was rigged. Old school rigs. Someone tried to scare Forrester. Jane says that the house is riddled with secret passages because Beckworth was a bootlegger.


Lisbon questions the local thief. They find the stuff in his truck. He wants a deal on the breaking and entering charges. Cho also mentions tax evasion charges. He says that he saw Forrester’s wife in the woods in a black BMW. She sat there the whole team. Cho was lying about the tax charges.


Rigbsy and Van Pelt have a moment in the tunnels, he tells her that he loves her and has so since the moment he met her. He almost has time to kiss her when Jane bursts into the scene.


Cho and Lisbon go to see Forrester. They see Victoria and Drew at her place. Lillian gets violent. There is a cat fight. Lisbon and Cho break it up. Lillian admits to spying on Alan because he was unfaithful before. Jane already knew this. She didn’t trust him anymore. No one showed up. She left at around 10.


Rigbsy asks Cho for advice. He says that he told Van Pelt that he loved her and she hasn’t said anything since. Cho tells him that he should tell her again.


Lisbon and Jane question Victoria. Jane suspects that she was after the treasure. They go back to the historian. He found a clue to the treasure. It’s riddle. He told Abner, but the house was already sold.


Jane takes the clue and convenes all of the suspects at the mansion. They find a grand piano there. He finds a box with another riddle. Lisbon and Jane stage a little show for the suspects. Lisbon pretends to stop the search and they sit on the mansion for the night. Drew goes into the house trying to find the treasure. Drew was trying to scare Forrester, but he didn’t buy it. He killed Forrester while trying to get away and then threw him away. Jane says that Drew killed Forrester for an old key. Lisbon says that Jane is just messing with him.


The widow was rebuffing Jane when he told her that he knew how it felt. She asked around and comes to see him at the end of the episode.


The team is celebrating the end of the case. Van Pelt takes Rigsby to a closed office and they kiss. It’s cute. She tells him that she will leave in 5 minutes. He should meet her at her car. As soon as they arrive, Jane knows that something is up between them.


Jane says that Beckworth collected wine. He’s got millions of dollars worth in old wine.

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