The Mentalist: Meet Patrick Jane's Brother-in Law


Patrick Jane's obsession with Red John stems from a wound created by Red John's murder of Jane's wife and child.


In Thursday's episode (10/9c on CBS), fresh salt gets poured in that wound when Jane (Simon Baker) has a run-in with his con-man brother-in-law. Danny Ruskin, (guest star Kevin Rankin), who still blames Jane for his sister's death.


"The resentment is still fresh," Rankin tells TVGuide.com, noting that his character isn't just angry with Jane because of his sister's murder. "Danny was sort of the wonder boy of his family and a mini version of Patrick Jane. When Patrick came into his life and married his sister, he really stole his thunder. There was a bit of jealousy and envy. But he did respect him."


It's perhaps that respect that forces Danny to call on Jane for help when Danny becomes a murder suspect. That, and the chance to match wits with Jane once more.


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