Patrick Jane (played by Simon Baker) works as an independent consultant for the CBI (California Bureau of Investigation). Using his amazing skills of observation, Jane is able to solve many seemingly perfect crimes just by using his brain. An expert in behaviour and the human thought process, because of a traumatic event that happens to him, Jane is forced to admit his psychic abilities are a sham. Jane knows what it is to lose someone you love as his wife and child were ruthlessly murdered by a still on the lam serial killer dubbed Red John. He still hunts for the man who took his family away from him.
The Mentalist was a hit right off the bat as it was the most watched new series last year.
Episode 1: Pilot: An introduction to the life of Patrick Jane.
Episode 2: Red Hair and Silver Tape: Jane believes the latest victim is the work of a serial killer and he and the CBI agents investigate the case with that in mind.
Episode 3: Red Tide: When a drowned girl's body washes up on the beach many of the suspects in her murder are her surfer friends.
Episode 4: Ladies in Red: The very wealthy Jason Sands is found dead inside the vault in his house.
Episode 5: Redwood: A girl is found stabbed to death in the woods and her best friend is missing.
Episode 6: Red-Handed: The severed hand found on the state line of California and Nevada is believed to belong to a murdered casino owner.
Episode 7: Seeing Red: Rosemary Tennant (played by Nancy Stafford) is the victim of a hit and run and Jane believes her psychic is a fraud.
Episode 8: The Thin Red Line: The State's witness and a girl are found dead in a motel room and the CBI is called in to investigate.
Episode 9: Flame Red: The murder in a small town ends up being more than it looks to be.
Episode 10: Red Brick and Ivy: Jane becomes very involved in a case involving his former psychiatrist, who is also the victim's ex-wife.
Episode 11: Red John's Friends: A convicted murderer convinces Jane to help free him in exchange for information about Red John.
Episode 12: Red Rum: A high school football star is found murdered.
Episode 13: Paint it Red: A successful businessman's son-in-law is found dead near where a $50 million painting once hung.
Episode 14: Crimson Casanova: The CBI investigate a case in which a married woman is found dead in bed with her lover.
Episode 15: Scarlett Fever: While a party is happening at a country club a woman drops dead of poisoning.
Episode 16: Bloodshot: Jane is left temporarily blind after an explosion.
Episode 17: Carnelian Inc: During a skydiving exercise the personnel director at Carnelian Inc. falls dead at Jane's feet.
Episode 18: Russet Potatoes: A man who hypnotizes people into doing things for him is the latest case for Jane and the CBI.
Episode 19: A Dozen Red Roses: Hollywood movie producer Felix Hanson is found dead.
Episode 20: Red Sauce: A man in the Witness Protection Program is taken out mob style.
Episode 21: Miss Red: The founder/CEO of a software company disappears from his yacht and it's Jane and the CBI to the rescue.
Episode 22: Blood Brothers: Jane has to try and convince a group of troubled kids to tell what really happened to lead to the death of one of them.
Episode 23: Red John's Footsteps: A young girl is dead and her twin has been abducted and everything points to Red John being responsible.
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