"I'll call my friends at the FBI, get them to take over from you. In fact, I will do that."
―Dean Harken, on his powerful friends

Dean Harken is a character in Code Red.

He's an Agent of CDCA (California Disease Control Agency), based on real CDC (Center of Disease Control and Prevention), that investigate on biological menace, especially on dangerous diseases.

He's probably married (has a wedding ring at finger), and Patrick Jane describe him as one who like scared people, and an irksome man.

Appearance and activitiesEdit

Harken investigate of the poisoning with a GMO virus, of dr. Alicia Seberg, in a biologica war research center.

Jane and Lisbon arrive by helicopter and meet the CDCA agents who had already been on site for an inventory check. The agent in charge, Harkin, is very territorial and makes it known that they are there at his pleasure. He very much likes to be in charge. Despite Alicia’s claim of foul play, the CDCA still believe that she opened the flask on accident and wouldn’t admit it. Lisbon and Jane go in to see Alicia with Cliff Edmunds, her co-worker and husband. There is an antidote to the virus, but it only works if you take it before you’re exposed.

Harken and Lisbon clash again when they ask when they can get in to look at the crime scene; they still don’t believe that there was a crime committed here. Jane is needling them when the CDCA is questioning the co-workers, deriding them for wasting time. Lisbon sends him away to the closest vending machine with a dollar, so that the CDCA and CBI don’t end up coming to blows.

While he’s playing around, Jane’s retina scan is accepted by the security system and opens the door to the containment tank: more than five people had access to the Cryptohansa B. They confront Mr. Price, the company’s head of security, and when Lisbon and Harken start arguing over who has jurisdiction to question him, he runs away. Before he can make a clean getaway, though, he crashes in the parking lot. When they bring him inside, he admits that the system software has been glitching for months. Harken issues some threats about calling in FBI, which doesn't phase the CDI, but does scare Price.

Dean Harken, Jane, Lisbon and dr. Edmunds control the virus vials

While Lisbon is talking to Harken about questioning of suspect on Lilith Nash, Jane performs his own interrogation with his a overly nice calm tone, learning not only of a back door route to leaving the company property, but that she was in love with Cliff but didn’t kill Alicia. Then he encourages her to run, which she does.

When Lisbon and Harken emerge, Nash is long gone, and another CDCA agent has discovered a flask labeled Cryptohansa B with a note reading “I am sorry.” They rush to the biohazard cabinet where they had placed the virus, and Jane distracted them by throwing a glass beaker aside to distract them while he grabs one of the flasks. Lisbon is freaking out, asking Jane if this is one of his tricks, and then asks him to swear on his child’s grave that it is not a trick, which startles Jane. Harken said that they will die all, and the build will bombing.

The lockdown commences, and Lisbon calls Cho, giving a farewell speech and request. Among them that her brother Tommy should make peace with their other brothers. Jane calls back Cho, though, to tell him to disregard Lisbon’s message because they aren’t actually dying and it was a trick and they need to go wait at this backroad Nash told him about earlier. When he gets off the phone, Lisbon punches him. Jane proves to be right in his predictions that the trick would flush out the killer. When Harken comes to them because someone has been reported missing, Cho and Rigsby are waiting for Welks, who had snuck out.


Harken and Jane in the Biotech Facility

Welks had been stealing small amounts of the virus for a long time and selling it on the black market. He set up Alicia in order to cover for the missing quantity. Someone had to take the fall. Harkin takes over from Jane the real vial of the virus, while Jane runs away.

In Black Cherry, his name is in Jane's List of Suspects to be Red John, with the notes: Agent CDCA - Red Hair - Biotech Facility. Jane talk briefly on him with Lisbon.

Trivia on Red John suspectEdit

See also: Red John Theories#Dean Harken

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