After a serial killer named Red John murdered Patrick Jane's wife and daughter, Jane dedicated his life to hunting down and killing Red John. To that end he gave up his lucrative pretense of being a psychic and joined the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a consultant to the team responsible for investigating the Red John case, led by Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon. Using Jane's exceptional gift for observation and his mentalist tric able to close an unprecedented number of cases, but Jane's unconventional and often outright illegal methods also bring much censure down on Lisbon's head, making his assistance both a blessing and a curse. Meanwhile, the hunt for Red John continues...
He reads between the lies
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Did You Know?
At the end of the pilot episode, Jane brings the team donuts to celebrate closing the case. The case-closing celebration becomes a CBI tradition, with the food of choice changing to pizza. See more
On occasion, such as the teaser to "Russett Potatoes", California State Police officers can be seen working. The California State Police were dissolved in 1995, those that remained became a part of the California Highway patrol. See more
If we catch Red John, he's not walking anywhere. He's mine.
Don't talk like that. I can't let you anywhere near the case if you start talking crazy like that.
Crazy? You're crazy if you think you're gonna stop me. Red John is mine. You try to stand in my way and you... I... you... you will regret it.