The Mentalist (2008–2015)
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Red John's Footsteps 

A victim is discovered in a park deliberately disposed of in CBI jurisdiction with evidence that Red John is involved. The team learns there may be another victim, and suspects Red John is luring Jane.


Chris Long


Bruno Heller (created by), Bruno Heller | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Baker ... Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney ... Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang ... Kimball Cho
Owain Yeoman ... Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti ... Grace Van Pelt
Michael William Freeman ... Mace Gutherie
Michael Mosley ... Sheriff Hardy
Geoff Pierson ... Noah Plaskett
Kate Vernon ... Arden Plaskett
Sally Ann Brooks ... Frankel Fogarty (as Sally Brooks)
Christopher Darga ... Store Keeper
Freda Foh Shen ... Korean Store Owner
Alicia Witt ... Rosalind Harker
Gregory Itzin ... Virgil Minelli
Ron Althoff Ron Althoff ... Deputy Duke


Emma Plaskett is discovered in a country town park, slashed Red John-style. Her twin sister Maya is missing. Patrick Jane assumes another challenge for him. An airplane-written, indeed taunting message traces elaborately to Roy Tagliaferro, a dead trail. Jane realizes the modified MO indicates a second culprit. Sheriff Hardy conducts the search for Maya, CSI the murder investigation. The Plasketts' brother Drake knew Em had an affair with small-time drug supplier local Mace Gutherie, but Jane believes his claim he was threatened anonymously himself and finds a wire. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

19 May 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Sheriff Hardy: How'd you know it was me?
Teresa Lisbon: Don't move!
Patrick Jane: Rosalind mentioned that Dumar was a heavy smoker who was trying to quit. And you, you chew on those nicotine gums all day long.
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The Well-Tempered Clavier
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Not the Usual M.O.
27 June 2009 | by patricia-resnickSee all my reviews

I enjoy The Mentalist as fairly intelligent, light-hearted character-driven hour of TV, one of few I make a point of catching. This episode, though still loyal to the characters, was much darker and more intense. I won't give anything away here, but I will say EXCELLENT turn by Alicia Witt. I knew she was in it and still almost didn't recognize her. She and everyone else were just excellent in this change of pace. I sometimes get irritated by Jane's characteristic child-like grin, but it was completely missing from this episode, and I found myself wishing that something would happen to bring it back. This episode made me appreciate Simon Baker as an actor. I honestly don't want to leave any spoilers here, but this was just an excellent and unforgettable episode, one that I would gladly watch again, just to see what I missed in the details. I'll end by saying excellent use of Alicia Witt's skills as a pianist.

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