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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, 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.

Season 4 picks up directly after last season's cliffhanger. Jane faces murder charges after he kills a man he suspects to be Red John, while the rest of the CBI team help prove his innocence, despite being under suspension. The end of the episode sees Jane's immediate release and his discovery that the man he killed was not his nemisis. The rest of the season deals with the FBI's investigation into Red John after he is tricked into murdering another serial killer for Jane. Van Pelt also deals with the aftermath of her fiance's death, who attempted to kill her on Red John's orders. At the end of the season Jane seemingly sinks into a depressed state and quits the CBI, revealed later to be a part of a ruse to capture Red John, a plan which ultimately backfires. 


Character Appearances[]

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Notable Guest Cast[]

* Red Is The New Black - unknown actor as Roy Tagliaferro at Rosalind's house. The Crimson Hat - Simon Baker voicing Red John.


Image Title Writer(s) Director Airdate Viewers Ep. Number
Scar Scarlet Ribbons Writer(s): Bruno Heller Director: Charles Beeson September 22, 2011 13.56 4.01
Patrick Jane is arrested, and while he is in prison, he desperately tries to prove that the man he killed was Red John.

Little Little Red Book Writer(s): Tom Szentgyorgyi Director: Eric Laneuville September 29, 2011 12.92 4.02
Lisbon is under suspension and the rest of the team has been reassigned. Jane is reinstated as a CBI consultant and has to work with a new team, but he works to get his former team reinstated.
Special Guest Cast: Reed Diamond as Ray Haffner & Pruitt Taylor Vince as J.J. LaRoche

Pretty Pretty Red Balloon Writer(s): Ashley Gable Director: John F. Showalter October 6, 2011 13.15 4.03
Jane and the CBI team are assigned with a kidnapping case, the victim being the son of a former client from Jane's days as a psychic. Meanwhile, Jane encounters his former client's new "spiritual advisor".

Episode4 6 Ring Around the Rosie Writer(s): Daniel Cerone Director: Chris Long October 13, 2011 12.39 4.04
Jane notices a man carrying a gun at a rally and commits himself to prove that the man is a psychopath, on the brink of murdering someone. Meanwhile, Lisbon investigates the death of a photographer at the same rally.

Mentalist Blood and Sand Writer(s): Eoghan Mahony Director: John Polson October 20, 2011 12.54 4.05
The CBI team investigates the murder of a woman whose corpse washed up on an island off the coast of California. Rigsby worries that his relationship with a public defender will create awkwardness between him and Van Pelt.

Episode6New Where in the World is Carmine O'Brien? Writer(s): David Appelbaum Director: Bobby Roth October 27, 2011 12.42 4.06
When the CBI team travels to a resort town to find out who murdered a police chief, Lisbon crosses paths with her brother Tommy, now a bounty hunter, who's tracking a bail jumper.
Special Guest Cast: Henry Thomas as Tommy Lisbon

The-mentalist-promo-blinking-red-light 450x300 Blinking Red Light Writer(s): Ken Woodruff Director: Simon Baker November 3, 2011 13.66 4.07
­When the CBI are called in to assist the San Francisco police in a homicide investigation, Jane and the team quickly find themselves at the forefront of a search for a serial killer.
Special Guest Cast: David Paymer as James Panzer

THE-MENTALIST-Pink-Tops-Season-4-Episode-8-2- Pink Tops Writer(s): Erika Green Swafford Director: Tom Verica November 17, 2011 12.21 4.08
After an undercover cop is found dead outside a nightclub, the CBI must retrace her investigation in order to find the killer. Enlisting the help of a prostitute who has knowledge of the Sacramento underworld, Jane and the team must investigate an elusive drug kingpin who may be behind the crime.

1403316 The Redshirt Writer(s): Jordan Harper Director: Eric Laneuville December 8, 2011 13.04 4.09
Jane and the CBI investigate when a retired football star quarterback is presumed dead after his car blows up. Meanwhile, while preparing for a court case, Rigsby and Harrigan take their relationship to the next level.

Janehugs Fugue In Red Writer(s): Daniel Cerone Director: Randall Zisk December 15, 2011 13.16 4.10
During the search for a firefighter's killer, Jane is attacked and nearly drowned, resulting in a temporary loss of his memory and a return to his pre-CBI con man persona.

BETONRED Always Bet On Red Writer(s): Ashley Gable Director: John F. Showalter December 15, 2011 13.65 4.11
Jane and the CBI team investigate the murder of a high-end divorce attorney, with many enemies, after he is killed on his speed boat. Meanwhile, Agent Darcy questions Jane about Red John's involvement in Panzer's murder.

PromoMBV My Bloody Valentine Writer(s): Bruno Heller Director: Elodie Keene January 19, 2012 14.22 4.12
Jane investigates the death of a mob boss's son. Meanwhile, Van Pelt is haunted by memories of O'Laughlin's shooting.
Special Guest Cast: Eric Winter as Craig O'Laughlin

RedistheNewBlack Red Is The New Black Writer(s): Eoghan Mahony Director: Tom Verica February 2, 2012 13.87 4.13
Jane and the CBI narrow down the list of suspects after a disgraced clothing designer on the verge of a comeback becomes a fashion victim. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Darcy continues her investigation into finding Red John

AtFirstBlush At First Blush Writer(s): David Appelbaum Director: Roxann Dawson February 9, 2012 14.68 4.14
Patrick believes that a woman on trial for murder is innocent, and convinces Lisbon to open an investigation just as the jury begins its deliberations.

WaroftheRoses War Of The Roses Writer(s): Ken Woodruff Director: Geary McLeod February 16, 2012 13.55 4.15
When a charity worker is killed, Jane has Erica Flynn, a murderer he helped imprison, furloughed in exchange for information she claims to have about the case. Meanwhile, Rigsby and Sarah try to adjust to impending parenthood.
Special Guest Cast: Morena Baccarin as Erica Flynn

Thoughtswerered His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts Writer(s): Jordan Harper Director: Charles Beeson February 16, 2012 13.36 4.16
Jane is reunited with his former nemesis, cult leader Brett Stiles, when the head of an anti-cult activist is murdered. Stiles attempts to recruit Grace into his cult, Visualize. Surprisingly, he gets dangerously close to her.
Special Guest Cast: Malcolm McDowell as Bret Stiles

Cheapburgundy Cheap Burgundy Writer(s): Bruno Heller Director: Bruno Heller March 8, 2012 13.84 4.17
While CBI tries to get a smug business owner to confess to a murder, FBI agent Darcy asks for Patrick's help with her murder investigation. However, her real motive is to find out more about Patrick's relationship to Red John.

Ruddycheeks Ruddy Cheeks Writer(s): Erika Green Swafford Director: Eric Laneuville March 9, 2012 11.83 4.18
As CBI tries to figure out who murdered a terminally ill cancer patient, who only had weeks to live, Cho's addiction results in a near - tragic mistake in the field.

Pinkchampagneonice Pink Champagne on Ice Writer(s): Eoghan Mahony Director: David Von Ancken March 29, 2012 13.62 4.19
Patrick discovers that an old magician friend is being forced to rob the casino where he works in order to rescue his kidnapped girlfriend.

The-Mentalist-Somethings-Rotten-In-Redmund-Season-4-Episode-20-4 595 watermark Something's Rotten in Redmund Writer(s): Rebecca Perry Cutter Director: Guy Ferland April 5, 2012 12.59 4.20
The investigation of a murder of a high school English teacher gives Jane an opportunity to show off his acting skills to a drama class.

Promotional-Photos-4x21-Ruby-Slippers-the-mentalist-30118339-500-333 Ruby Slippers Writer(s): Daniel Cerone Director: Kevin Hooks 26, 2012 12.03 4.21
Jane and the CBI get involved in the world of a Drag Queen Cabaret when a body is found burned to death in the alley behind their theater.

The-Mentalist-Episode-4-22-So-Long-and-Thanks-for-All-the-Red-Snapper-Promotional-Photo-the-mentalist-30497876-500-333 So Long, and Thanks for All the Red Snapper Writer(s): Ashley Gable Director: Chris Long May 3, 2012 12.94 4.22
The investigation into the death of a surfer get Lisbon back in touch with an old flame, while Summer makes a fateful decision that could affect her relationship with Cho.

The-Mentalist-Season-4-Episode-23-Red-Rover-Red-Rover-3 Red Rover, Red Rover Writer(s): Tom Szentgyorgyi Director: John F. Showalter May 10, 2012 12.62 4.23
While Jane contemplates whether to give up trying to find Red John, his unorthodox methods of getting confessions out of murder suspects may have finally crossed the line.

3 595 watermark The Crimson Hat Writer(s): Bruno Heller Director: Chris Long May 17, 2012 13.09 4.24
After another failed attempt to defeat Red John, Patrick Jane hits rock bottom, finds a lover and shoots one of his own.
Special Guest Cast: Emmanuelle Chriqui as Lorelei Martins