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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, Patrick 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. Patrick Jane's role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents.

However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon openly resists having Patrick Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Patrick Jane's usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon's team includes agents Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and rookie member Grace Van Pelt, who all think Patrick Jane is a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.

In the third season, Jane comes to suspect a mole inside the CBI, who is working for Red John. When a Red John associate is set on fire in his jail cell and a CBI agent is framed as being Red John's mole, Jane devises a plan to lure out the real culprit. In the season finale, the identity of the mole is discovered and Jane comes face-to-face with a man claiming to be Red John. The third season also reveals information about the characters' pasts, including Rigsby's relationship with his father and Jane's attempt to prove his brother-in-law's innocence of a crime. 


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Image Title Writer(s) Director Airdate Viewers Ep. Number
17 Red Sky At Night Writer(s): Bruno Heller Director: Chris Long September 23, 2010 15.33 3.01
When the CBI investigates the kidnapping of a prominent lawyer and state house lobbyist, the CBI Director wants Jane on the case, but he is uncertain of his future with the unit after his encounter with Red John.
Cbb Cackle-bladder Blood Writer(s): Ashley Gable Director: John Polson September 30, 2010 14.6 3.02
When Jane's brother-in-law returns to town and gets mixed up in a murder investigation, Jane must come to his aid despite personal reservations.
Mentalist4p The Blood On His Hands Writer(s): Tom Szentgyorgyi Director: David M. Barrett October 7, 2010 14.4 3.03
When Patrick Jane faces off once again with cult leader Bret Stiles, Stiles offers Jane information regarding Red John and the missing Kristina Frye.
Red carpet treatment Red Carpet Treatment Writer(s): Daniel Cerone Director: Charles Beeson October 14, 2010 15.1 3.04
Patrick Jane and the CBI team are called in to investigate the murder of a convict who served nine years for rape and murder, but was recently released on DNA evidence.
Robin The Red Ponies Writer(s): Eoghan Mahony Director: John F. Showalter October 21, 2010 14.4 3.05
Patrick Jane and the CBI team hit the horse track when a jockey is found murdered and suspects abound.
PinkChanelSuit Pink Chanel Suit Writer(s): Ken Woodruff Director: Eric Laneuville October 28, 2010 14.8 3.06
The case of a murder and missing person on an intensely secure wealthy family's compound perplexes Jane and the CBI team.
Redhot Red Hot Writer(s): Ashley Gable Director: Chris Long November 04, 2010 14.4 3.07
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.
1 Ball of Fire Writer(s): Tom Szentgyorgyi Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal November 11, 2010 13.8 3.08
Patrick Jane is kidnapped and Lisbon and the team go back through years of Jane's casework to find suspects only to realize that almost everyone he's ever dealt with might want to harm him.
Red moon Red Moon Writer(s): Bruno Heller Director: Simon Baker November 18, 2010 14.7 3.09
Patrick Jane works with a local psychic who insists on helping the CBI team with a triple homicide that involves two cops, and ultimately Red John, Jane's old nemesis.
Jolly Jolly Red Elf Writer(s): Daniel Cerone Director: John F. Showalter December 09, 2010 13.4 3.10
The CBI pursues two lines of investigation when a Santa is murdered: Patrick Jane goes undercover in an AA group; and Rigsby and Van Pelt question members of an authentic Santa society. Meanwhile, following the demise of a person in custody at the CBI, J.J. LaRoche is brought in to question the team when it appears to be an inside job.
Bloodsport Bloodsport Writer(s): Eoghan Mahony Director: Roxann Dawson January 06, 2011 14.9 3.11
Patrick and the team investigate the murder of a woman with ties to one of the fighters. Meanwhile, LaRoche focuses his investigation on Rigsby, who in turn is forced to ask Cho for a huge favor in order to keep his job.
The-Mentalist-3x12 Bloodhounds Writer(s): Erika Green Swafford Director: Charles Beeson January 20, 2011 14.8 3.12
When Patrick Jane and the CBI must work with a criminal profiler, Dr. Montague, to solve a double murder, it becomes a competition for Jane to prove that his methods are superior.
13 Red Alert Writer(s): Jordan Harper Director: Guy Ferland February 03, 2011 15.18 3.13
When Patrick Jane and others are taken hostage by an armed man accused of murder, Jane must think quickly to defuse the situation.
Vps Blood for Blood Writer(s): David Appelbaum Director: Martha Mitchell February 10, 2011 14.86 3.14
Van Pelt's actions are called into question when a witness is murdered while she is assigned to his protection.
Jkjds Red Gold Writer(s): Cindi M. Grossenbacher Director: Tom Verica February 17, 2011 15.01 3.15
When a modern-day prospector is found dead near a mining site and Lisbon is injured during the initial stages of the investigation, Agent Hightower joins Patrick Jane in the field for the first time.
Tumblr lrps7dVI0v1ql3xhqo1 500 Red Queen Writer(s): Daniel Cerone Director: Chris Long February 24, 2011 14.79 3.16
Evidence in the murder of an antiques dealer found dead in a museum indicates that the suspect may be a member of the CBI team.
THE-MENTALIST-Bloodstream-Season-3-Episode-17-2 Bloodstream Writer(s): Erika Green Swafford Director: Bobby Roth March 10, 2011 14.28 3.17
LaRoche demotes Agent Teresa Lisbon and puts Cho in charge of the team as they investigate the murder of a doctor.
CBS MENTALIST 318 CLIP2 640x480 347872 The Red Mile Writer(s): Tom Szentgyorgyi Director: Darnell Martin March 31, 2011 14.27 3.18
A man who claims to have been abducted by aliens is murdered and his body is stolen from the coroner's van.
THE-MENTALIST-Every-Rose-Has-Its-Thorn-Season-3-Episode-19-5 Every Rose Has Its Thorn Writer(s): Ken Woodruff Director: Charles Beeson April 7, 2011 15.17 3.19
When Lisbon questions Patrick's attitude towards a charismatic young widow, he explains it's because he thinks she killed her husband - the victim in the CBI's current case.
100332 D00789b Redacted Writer(s): Eoghan Mahony Director: David M. Barrett April 28, 2011 13.53 3.20
While the CBI investigates a murder of an electronics store owner, Jane tries to hide the secret that he hired a robber who unsuccessfully broke into LaRoche's home.
The-mentalist-season-3-episode-21-like-a-redheaded-stepchild-4 595 Like a Redheaded Stepchild Writer(s): Jordan Harper Director: Eric Laneuville May 5, 2011 14.00 3.21
Rigsby is forced to turn to his ex-con father to help solve the murder of a prison guard.
The-mentalist-rhapsody-in-red-season-3-episode-22-4 595 Rhapsody in Red Writer(s): David Appelbaum Director: David M. Barrett May 12, 2011 15.17 3.22
While the CBI investigates the murder of a concert violinist, Cho helps a boy who is searching for clues that could prove his imprisoned father's innocence.
The Mentalist Season 3 Episode 23 Strawberries And Cream 1-434-800-600-80 595 Strawberries and Cream Writer(s): Ashley Gable & Bruno Heller Director: Chris Long May 19, 2011 14.11 3.23-24
The CBI moles identity comes to light and Patrick Jane's meeting with Red John has serious consequences for the team.