The Mentalist 2.01 "Redemption" - Recap

The Mentalist season two opener, "Redemption", begins with Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) arriving at a crime scene in a department store. The police officer briefing them thanks them for helping the homicide department out on their case load, and then proceeds to mock Jane for "that ESP crap".

Of course Jane always takes any criticism as a challenge. The officer shows them the body of a 34 year old man, and tells him that store security was able to gather up all of the people in the area at the time of the murder. Jane kneels down by the body, literally sniffing around the crime scene. Asked tauntingly by the officer if the victim told him whodunit, Jane replies with a list of facts about the victims including that he was a ladies man, went after moneyed cougars with moderate success, and played the guitar-not well. Jane decides his "non-creative job in a creative field" was not worth killing over, that the crime was probably romantic, and he asks to see the suspects.

On their way down the escalator to the furniture department, Lisbon warns Jane to take it down a notch-or three. Jane agrees, but we know he won't. It's clear he's confident and in a hurry to get this over with. Jane announces to the witnesses that the murderer could be among them, and that he'll find out who it is. He dismisses two witnesses as being innocent, though Lisbon quickly tells them they need to stick around for a statement. Jane goes around the room asking questions, including a store employee named Neil. When asked what his biggest mistake was, he answers, "My first marriage."

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