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The Mentalist tells the story of Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. He also makes frequent use of his mentalist abilities to lead witnesses or offenders into offering the actual facts of the case, as known only to them.

Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane's role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents.


Character Appearances[]

Main Characters[]

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Notable Guest Cast[]

* Red John's Friends - voice of Simon Baker. Red John's Footsteps - shadow of unknown actor.

Episode List[]

Image Title Writer(s) Director Airdate Viewers Ep. Number
Pilot Pilot Writer(s): Bruno Heller Director: David Nutter September 23, 2008 15.60 1.01
This episode introduces us to the complex life of Patrick Jane, a police detective with a troubled past who has a keen eye for detail. When a man and woman are found dead in their home, many believe they are victims of a serial killer, but Patrick knows better and must prove that this was not the work of serial killer Red John.
Special Guest Cast: Jack Plotnick as Brett Partridge
Episode2the mentalist Red Hair and Silver Tape Writer(s): Bruno Heller Director: David Nutter September 30, 2008 14.84 1.02
The CBI is called in to investigate the murder of a young woman, found tied up and dumped in a Northern Napa County vineyard. Lisbon focuses on the theory that this was the result of a lovers' quarrel, but Jane believes this may be the work of a serial killer. He investigates his own theories and gets the team's assistance with a plan to catch the killer.
Special Guest Cast: Xander Berkeley as Thomas McAllister
Episode3the mentalist Red Tide Writer(s): Ashley Gable Director: David M. Barrett October 14, 2008 14.96 1.03
A drowned girl's body is found on the Santa Marta beach, and many of her surfer friends are suspects. When interviews lead to nothing, Patrick uses his skills to determine and catch the killer.
Episode4the mentalist Ladies in Red Writer(s): Gary Glasberg Director: Chris Long October 21, 2008 15.28 1.04
Jason Sands, a wealthy banker and political contributor is found dead inside his residence vault. After being tortured, he had bled to death in his vault. Patrick and the team delve into Jason's private life to find the murderer.
Episode5the mentalist Redwood Writer(s): Andi Bushell Director: John Behring October 28, 2008 16.07 1.05
A girl is found stabbed to death in the woods, and her best friend is missing. She is found covered in blood with a knife in her hand, which makes her the prime suspect, but she is suffering from memory loss. Patrick Jane uses his mentalist skills to help find out what really happened.
Episode6the mentalist Red Handed Writer(s): Erika Green Swafford Director: Chris Long November 11, 2008 16.51 1.06
A severed hand is found on the California-Nevada state line, that belongs to a murdered hotel casino owner. While the CBI team suspects a mafia hit, Patrick Jane uses the investigation as an opportunity to win at the cards tables.
Episode7the mentalist Seeing Red Writer(s): Gary Glasberg Director: Martha Mitchell November 18, 2008 15.84 1.07
When Rosemary Tennant becomes the victim of a hit and run, Patrick Jane takes on her psychic adviser, who claims to have foreseen her death, as he thinks she is a fraud.
Special Guest Cast: Leslie Hope as Kristina Frye
Episode8the mentalist The Thin Red Line Writer(s): Ken Woodruff Director: Matt Earl Beesley November 25, 2008 15.93 1.08
CBI are called to a murder scene, when the State's witness in a drug trial and a girl are found dead in a motel room. Local police are quick to decide that Rick Carass, the drug dealer on trial, is behind the murder, but Patrick Jane thinks otherwise.
Episode9the mentalist Flame Red Writer(s): Ashley Gable Director: Charles Beeson December 2, 2008 18.74 1.09
A murder in a small town is investigated and soon turns out to be an act of vengeance.
Redbrick Red Brick and Ivy Writer(s): Eoghan Mahony Director: Paris Barclay December 16, 2008 19.31 1.10
Patrick Jane becomes very interested in a new case involving his former psychiatrist, who is the victim's ex-wife and also the prime suspect.
Episode11the mentalist Red John's Friends Writer(s): Bruno Heller Director: John Polson January 6, 2009 19.62 1.11
A convicted murderer convinces Jane to help prove his innocence by telling Jane that he would give him information on Red John. Jane quits CBI to devote all of his time to getting him released.
Episode12the mentalist Red Rum Writer(s): Andi Bushell Director: Dean White January 13, 2009 18.07 1.12
When Cody Elkins, a high school football star, is found murdered, all trails point to the local witch, as her motive could be revenge for Cody stealing, torturing and killing her cat. When the CBI goes to investigate, she admits to having put a killing spell on Cody, but Jane still shows skepticism.
Episode13the mentalist Paint It Red Writer(s): Eoghan Mahony Director: David M. Barrett January 18, 2009 16.39 1.13
A business tycoon's son-in-law is found dead near where a $50 million painting once hung in his father-in-law's office. Jane and the CBI try to find out how he might have been involved and who else is responsible.
Episode14the mentalist Crimson Casanova Writer(s): Ken Woodruff Director: Lesli Linka Glatter February 10, 2009 19.70 1.14
The wife of a wealthy businessman is found shot to death in a spa and the CBI suspects that her womanizing lover is connected to the murder.
Episode15the mentalist Scarlet Fever Writer(s): Erika Green Swafford Director: Paul Holahan February 17, 2009 18.23 1.15
A woman is poisoned at a country club, while a party is in full swing, so the CBI is called to investigate. The team soon finds out, that each of the suspects is hiding something.
Bloodshot Bloodshot Writer(s): Gary Glasburg Director: Chris Long March 17, 2009 15.49 1.16
When Patrick is left temporarily blinded after an explosion, he finds himself using unusual methods to investigate the death of a financial advisor that somehow seems to be connected to himself.
Carnelianinc Carnelian, Inc. Writer(s): Bruno Heller Director: Kevin Dowling March 24, 2009 17.62 1.17
The CBI investigates a written threat when the personnel director of Carnelian Inc. plummets to his death at Jane's feet during a skydiving exercise.
Russetpotatoes Russet Potatoes Writer(s): Ashley Gable Director: Norberto Barba March 31, 2009 16.96 1.18
Jane and the CBI track down a person, who hypnotizes people into doing the dirty work for them. Various people gets hypnotized in the process.
Adozenredroses A Dozen Red Roses Writer(s): Andi Bushell Director: Lesli Linka Glatter April 7, 2009 16.92 1.19
CBI investigates the murder of Hollywood movie producer Felix Hanson. Evidence leads to the belief that drugs are involved, but further investigations indicate a connection to a running movie production of a film called "A Dozen Roses".
Redsauce Red Sauce Writer(s): Eoghan Mahony Director: Adam Kane April 28, 2009 17.11 1.20
Jane and the CBI set out to determine who is responsible for the Mob-style execution of a man in the Witness Protection Program, and the main suspect turns out to be a mob boss, Sonny Bataglia.
Missred Miss Red Writer(s): Ken Woodruff Director: Martha Mitchell May 5, 2009 16.68 1.21
When the CEO and founder of a software company vanishes from his yacht, Jane and the CBI team are asked to investigate.
Bloodbrothers Blood Brothers Writer(s): Erika Green Swafford Director: John Polson May 12, 2009 16.21 1.22
Patrick Jane must find a way to convince a group of students at a wilderness program for troubled kids to tell him the truth about the circumstances leading to the death of one of their fellow students.
Redjohnsfootsteps Red John's Footsteps Writer(s): Bruno Heller Director: Chris Long May 19, 2009 17.20 1.23
As the CBI investigates the murder of a young girl and the abduction of her twin sister, everything points towards Red John's return. However, Patrick Jane thinks somebody else is involved as well.
Special Guest Cast: Alicia Witt as Rosalina Harker