The Mentalist: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (23 Sep. 2008)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
8.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 1,130 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 1 critic

A double murder seems to be the work of a notorious serial killer named Red John, but CBI consultant Patrick Jane thinks it's the work of a copycat.

Director:

Writers:

(creator),
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 656 titles
created 31 Jan 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 25 May 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 05 Aug 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 14 Nov 2013
 
a list of 1283 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Pilot" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Pilot (23 Sep 2008)

Pilot (23 Sep 2008) on IMDb 8.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Mentalist.
1 of 151 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

1 video »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Morgan Tolliver
...
Tag Randolph
...
...
Price Randolph
...
...
Medical Examiner
Lana Asanin ...
Kelly
...
Lawyer
Mark Llewellyn ...
Homicide Detective (as Mark Llewelyn)
...
Jenny
Edit

Storyline

Police consultant Patrick Jane is suspended after inadvertently driving a wife to shoot her devoted husband, by deducing a family drama at first sight. He's soon asked back to the CBI profiling unit, however, for what initially appears to be a victim of the serial killer Red John. He takes extreme risks and uses his dirtiest tricks to solve the sinister, complicated case which involves prescription drug lies and a diary. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 September 2008 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Teresa Lisbon: [to Van Pelt] You checked luggage? What are you, on vacation?
See more »

Connections

References The Secret (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Meet Patrick Jane
5 June 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Who could have thought that after shocking viewers with the sex-and-blood-soaked Rome, TV writer Bruno Heller would "move on" to a seemingly more conventional program, i.e. a cop show? Of course, his knack for great characters means that the show isn't all normal. In fact, The Mentalist is one of the more interesting and fun additions to the genre.

The focus is on a man named Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), a "mentalist" - the term is explained at the beginning of every subsequent episode - who helps the CBI (California Bureau of Investigation) with tricky cases, thanks to extraordinary deduction skills that once allowed him to make a living posing as a psychic. The only downside is that, following a personal tragedy (his wife and daughter were killed), he masks his shattered life through a quirky sense of humor that occasionally irritates his superior, Theresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney), and his colleagues (Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman and Amanda Righetti). That attitude is about to be tested as the team is assigned a case that looks like the latest Red John murder, whereas Jane, who has a personal stake in the investigation (Red John is the one who killed his family), believes it's the work of a copycat.

What strikes about the pilot of The Mentalist is its blend of classic and new: on the one hand, it uses the entrance of a new character (Grave van Pelt, played by Righetti) to act as the viewer's guide (and cause some awkward sexual tension with one of the male investigators); on the other hand, it's far less interested in the case (although it gets solved by the end of the episode) than in establishing the tormented psychology of the protagonist, not to mention his detective skills, which are demonstrated in the teaser. This approach enables us to understand and somehow relate to Jane's situation, even if revealing all the details at once isn't necessarily a good storytelling device (compare with the gradual revelations about Dr. House, for instance).

Naturally, what makes such developments matter is the man playing the role, and Baker, having spent a lifetime playing supporting parts in Hollywood (starting with L.A. Confidential in 1997) and getting rid of his Australian accent (much like Hugh Laurie masks his Englishness on House), is perfectly quirky and charming as the unconventional detective, backed by a solid supporting cast (with most of the limelight stolen by the excellent Tunney). Guest work is also remarkable, since this episode alone sees Baker square off against people like Steven Culp and the consistently mesmerizing Zeljko Ivanek.

In short, as pilots go, this one has some extra edge by adding a vital subplot to what is clearly meant to be a case-of-the-week series and putting said cases' outcome in the hands of a weird but charismatic investigator. Not bad at all.


23 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
List of 7 Red John suspects packersfan100
A fan theory which I believe solves two Red John plot holes. barrygormley1
One doubt before starting to watch it varundev
Why did Kirkland kill Jason Lennon? packersfan100
I've never been able to buy Jane/Lisbon as a couple. elocs1
How is Rigsby still alive? packersfan100
Discuss Pilot (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?