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War Of The Roses is the fifteenth episode of Season 4 of The Mentalist.


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.


Patrick Jane gets to a crime scene where charity worker Natalie Gibecki was killed. She was on her way to meet her unknown lover, probably a married man. Erica Flynn calls Jane, claiming that she has information about Natalie, who was a client in her matchmaker agency. Erica says that she knows the killer and that she is the only one who can help because Natalie told no one but Erica about her relationship. Lisbon does not believe Erica really wants to help because she is imprisoned.

Jane visits Erica in the Golden Valley State Prison and asks her why she wants to help. She says that she grew close to Natalie during their sessions and that she really wants to help out. The man she was seeing at the moment of her death was probably the one she met ten months ago. Erica reveals that actually she wants to get out of prison for a short time so that she can enjoy it while she is young. Jane mistrusts her but has to admit that she was not lying at the moment.

Meanwhile, the team keeps working on the case. Cho and Van Pelt head out to the youth facility where Natalie was working. Rigsby requests for a time out so he can go to his appointment with Sarah.

In the youth facility, Cho and Van Pelt discover that one of the youths there escaped and disappeared: Trent Matthews. They head out to see this file.

Lisbon, Jane and Luther Wainwright have a discussion about what to do with Erica. While Jane is convinced that Erica would be a great help, Lisbon is still against the idea. Wainwright agrees with Jane because Erica is stated as a model inmate. Lisbon is horrified that they really made the decision.

At same time, Rigsby and Sarah are in a class for parents-to-be.

Cho and Van Pelt observe a high school where Trent Matthews has been. They find him and take him with them when he was beating another student.

Lisbon and Jane go the prison again to pick Erica up. She is in their custody now and she is supposed to be guarded by two agents but she refuses and takes her own limousine. Patrick accompanies her and Lisbon joins them with an obvious uncomfortable feeling.

Back in the headquarters, Erica gets the session CDs of her matchmaker agency Symphony. Lisbon wonders how she can make the men to do everything for her because one agent constantly brings her things to comfort her.

Cho interrogates Trent Matthews only to find out that he just wanted to be treat like a person what Natalie did. He says that he would never have been able to harm her. But he saw Natalie and the boss from the youth facility fighting for real.

Erica peruses all the videos of Natalie's sessions. She discovers that one is missing and Lisbon wants to take her back to prison but Jane is convinced that she still can help. She concludes that the man Natalie was seeing has to be a co-worker from her former job with the CEO. Jane and Erica head out to her workplace from ten months ago. They meet her former boss Greg and her lover Richard Eldridge. Jane owes Erica a dinner because they bet whether Erica would be able to make him confess that he was seeing Natalie.

Van Pelt goes back to the youth facility to ask the boss what happened in the night of Trent's escape between him and Natalie. He admits to have lied about it but says that he isn't the murderer. He angers Grace by telling her that he sees the people in the facility as if they are animals.

In a hotel room, Erica seduces Patrick. He still mistrusts her and thinks that she tries to escape. But he ends up sharing a kiss with her and leaves without a word.

In the headquarters of the CBI on the next morning, Grace takes a look at a bunch of pictures Natalie took with her camera when she was on vacation. Jane becomes suspicious and takes them with him.

In an interrogation room, Lisbon questions Richard about his relationship with Natalie. It is revealed that in the night of her murderer, she was supposed to meet him at a bar where they often met. She is skeptical.

When she talks to Jane, Lisbon is very horrified that he does not want to let Erica go back to prison and that he needs her. She leaves speechless.

In the evening, Jane and Erica show up at an event in a hotel ball room where Greg and Richard are either. They perform there to reveal the murderer of Natalie. They work with four boxes and four volunteers who have dark secrets. The volunteers have to choose the box which conceals an item of great significance to each of them. Richard receives the necklace that he gave to Natalie. He leaves the stage crying. The next one is Greg and he receives a photo that had been taken a week before. There is supposed to be an orphanage but there is not one. They arrest him leaving an angry crowd behind.

Back at headquarters, he confesses to killing Natalie. When he picked her up on the night of the murder, they had a fight that culminated in him strangling her to death.

Meanwhile, Rigsby brings Sarah into an interrogation room with him asks her to marry him. Sarah refuses, saying she does not want him to feel obligated to marry her just because she is pregnant. She leaves, and both sigh.

Erica, still at the hotel, tells Jane she wants to freshen up before getting back to prison, and that Jane already found out about her plan to escape - her lawyer, also her lover, had been waiting outside with money and false passports for them, but he is arrested before they can escape. They go outside to the car that is supposed to pick her up, and Luther Wainwright signs the custody billets. Erica kisses Jane before getting in the car and departing.

Once she leaves, another car arrives with police officers who say they are there to take custody of Erica, and Jane and Wainwright realize that Erica has deceived them and escaped.

Lisbon comes to Jane's room in the CBI headquarters him to ask whether he knew about Erica's backup escape plan and let her go. He says he knew that she would try to escape, but not at the end. When Lisbon leaves, Jane gets a call from Erica, who is lying by a pool in a tropical location. Jane tells her it's only a matter of time before he finds her, and she responds "I'm almost looking forward to it."


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  • The episode's title is a reference to the civil wars between the House of Lancaster and House of York in Britain's Late Middle Ages, which it also shares with the 1989 film of the same name.
Season 4 Episodes
Scarlet Ribbons  · Little Red Book  · Pretty Red Balloon  · Ring Around the Rosie  · Blood and Sand  · Where in the World is Carmine O'Brien? · Blinking Red Light · Pink Tops · The Redshirt · Fugue In Red · Always Bet On Red · My Bloody Valentine · Red Is The New Black · At First Blush · War Of The Roses · His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts · Cheap Burgundy · Ruddy Cheeks · Pink Champagne on Ice · Something's Rotten in Redmund · Ruby Slippers · So Long, and Thanks for All the Red Snapper · Red Rover, Red Rover · The Crimson Hat