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Pink Chanel Suit is the sixth episode of Season 3 of The Mentalist.


The case of a murder and missing person on an intensely secure wealthy family's compound perplexes Jane and the CBI team. The victim is a party girl from a powerful family.


During the wake for the mother of Judge Pauline FitzWilliam, Pauline’s daughter Abby is discovered missing and Abby’s boyfriend, Austin Marr, is found dead in the guesthouse. But security is tight around the house, and while security has no log of her leaving, no one has found her on the grounds either.

Pauline immediately fingers Raymond Tubbs, a white supremacist who deals in gangs and the associated unpleasantries, and Tubbs had threatened her and her family. While Lisbon agrees to look into Tubbs, she says they have to rule everyone else out as well. Pauline is adamant that Abby had gotten over her drug and alcohol issues and had been sober for months.

They continue to make their initial questionings around the house. Jane speaks with Ed Saban, the physician to the dead matriarch, and he and Lisbon speak with Abby’s sister, Sophie. Sophie had spied Abby and Austin fighting; she bloodied his nose but Sophie left before she could see more. Not long after, forensics come back with Abby’s fingerprints on the murder weapon.

Lisbon and Whiteside, the head of the security team at the house, have a talk and he insists that there was nowhere to breach the perimeter they had around the house. Additionally, when Van Pelt and Lisbon go out to investigate activity on Abby’s credit card, they instead catch Daniella, Abby’s best friend, having tea with Jane, who chastises them for their manners.

Abby had loaned Daniella the card to get some clothes for a job interview, and Daniella also gives valuable information — that Abby had relapsed, and was drinking wine when she was upset over her grandmother being sick. They send Cho to see Tubbs at the prison to follow up on that. Tubbs is a white supremacist who picks at Cho for being Korean. Cho does not react, gets information about his man inside the security team, and gives him a casually mocking, “Heil Hitler,” as he leaves.

Jane and Pauline have a conversation surrounding Abby and the rug in the study on the afternoon of the mother’s funeral. Abby is contrary, but also many other, more positive things. Just as Rigsby calls Lisbon to let her know they found Howard Dressler, Tubbs’s man on the inside, the alarm goes off. Jane set it off trying to smuggle the rug from the study out of the house to see if would have been possible to get her body out. It was not, but Hightower still isn’t impressed.

Dressler is not much help, insisting that he only occasionally exchanged e-mails with Tubbs. But he reveals that Abby had relapsed on drugs as well as alcohol, and he often obtained things for her and brought them in.

Jane announces that he knows where the body is hidden, and he interrupts the mother’s funeral to announce that Abby’s body is hidden in the casket with her grandmother. Jane, Lisbon, Dr. Saban, and Pauline gather inside with the casket to have a look. When the casket turns up with only her mother, clad in the eponymous pink Chanel suit, Pauline smacks Jane across the face and Hightower intervenes. But now Jane knows for sure what to do and asks them — one more time — to trust him.

Waiting until cover of dark, when we see someone pulling a trash bag-wrapped body into the room with the casket: it is the doctor. He begins looking for his phone when it begins to ring, and eventually he discovers it in the casket — when he answers, Jane and Lisbon pop out of hiding, and she arrests him.

Dr. Saban had been giving Abby drugs to manage her addiction, and one time she overdosed. Austin entered and discovered the doctor with the body and was about to call the police to turn him in and the doctor couldn’t have that. He left Austin, but hid Abby because her overdose pointed the finger at him specifically.

Wrapping up, Jane has the chance to apologize to Pauline for wrecking her mother’s funeral and generally being unprofessional and causing a hubbub. If he does, she will not pursue disciplinary action against him, Lisbon, or Hightower. He makes it pretty clear he has no intention of doing any such thing, even calling her a bat. She’s standing right behind him.

Pauline ends up thanking him instead, because his methods did uncover the truth — but not before calling him arrogant, callous, and juvenile. He walks out, kissing Hightower on the cheek as he goes.


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Season 3 Episodes
Red Sky At Night  · Cackle-bladder Blood  · The Blood On His Hands  · Red Carpet Treatment  · The Red Ponies  · Pink Chanel Suit · Red Hot · Ball of Fire · Red Moon · Jolly Red Elf · Bloodsport · Bloodhounds · Red Alert · Blood for Blood · Red Gold · Red Queen · Bloodstream · The Red Mile · Every Rose Has Its Thorn · Redacted · Like a Redheaded Stepchild · Rhapsody in Red · Strawberries and Cream