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Red Hot is the seventh episode of Season 3 of The Mentalist.


Jane and the CBI team narrowly escape a fiery end when a building explodes while they're investigating a death threat. Meanwhile, sparks fly between Lisbon and billionaire Walter Mashburn when they meet again while on the case.


The episode starts with Jane and Lisbon being called to a building, but there are no police cars or anything else there. Walter is the one that called them in, because he's about to sign a deal with a competitor named Yuri and Yuri was getting death threats. Walter is excited to finally beat his rival into the ground and buy his company, so he didn't want anything to happen to Yuri before the papers were signed. As they go in to sign the papers and Walter pauses to flirt with Lisbon, the office blows up, killing Yuri and his head of security.

The question is now whether someone was targeting Yuri or Walter. They speak to Yuri's widow, who admits she used to be engaged to Walter. They are led to another businessman/rival of the two men, Markam. He was used by Walter to buy up shares of Yuri's company to take over, and he has reason to dislike both of them. While looking for Markam, they are shot at and it comes very close to killing both Lisbon and Markam. Bad enough that a bullet hole is on her collar. Jane wanders around Yuri's house and notices something about his toupee cabinet, but he's escorted out.

Jane manages to get Markam to come out of hiding by going to an auction and using Walter's card to buy something he knows Markam wants. Then when they have a party for Walter, he puts it on display, and the man comes out of hiding to throw a temper tantrum. They talk to him, but it seems to be a dead end. Another option is Walter's ex-girlfriend who is violent and psychotic, but she only goes after other women who like him; such as Lisbon. The ex-girlfriend has been stalking him, and she does have some useful photos. They see that Walter knew Yuri's chief of security and they start to think maybe he planned all of this.

Lisbon accuses Walter of this while the widow speaks with Jane, and Walter abruptly speeds off. They chase after him. It turns out Yuri never died at all. This was all his plan to kill Walter and run off with his wife with a great deal of money. He set the bomb and didn't realize Walter stopped to talk to Lisbon, so the plan was ruined. So he tried to shoot him, but again, no such luck. The widow was in on it. Lisbon's with Walter, and makes it clear to him this was just a one night sort of thing.


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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