The Mentalist: Season 1, Episode 9

Flame Red (2 Dec. 2008)

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CBI uncovers three arson cases, all of which involve men in the same real estate business, and who also served in the same National Guard unit.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mitchell Reese
Tommy Olds
Maddy Garcia
Police Chief Trey Piller
Ben Machado
Susan Garcia


In rural Marquesa, National Guard veteran Rich Garcia is found burned in his garage, locked from the outside. Patrick makes widow Maddy admit an affair with fellow vet police chief Trey Piller. Mechanic Mitchell Reese tells fellow vet Dave martin died in a similar arson three years earlier. Next Wayne Rigsby saves Piller from the next fire. All were started with the same, tricky accelerant, found in vet Ben Machado's barn. Jane discovers the town's secret treasure, a murderous secret and how dangerous setting a trap can be before the killer is caught in the act. Written by KGF Vissers

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The fictional town in which this Episode is set, Marquesas, is a nod to Moby Dick author Herman Melville. Melville's book is based in part on his own experiences as a whaler. He joined the crew of the "Acushnet" in early 1841 but deserted since he found the conditions on board unbearable. Melville deserted the ship at the first stop, Nuku Hiva, capital of the Marquesas islands. See more »


The camera shows Trey trying to take Susan's hand but she pulls it away, but when Patrick walks in and the camera shows Susan again. her arms are in the down position. See more »


Teresa Lisbon: Too bad if the bait gets killed.
Patrick Jane: Well, yes. That's why you use goats, and not babies or virgins for that matter.
Teresa Lisbon: Machado's no a goat.
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References The Mummy (1932) See more »

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This is one ep you have to watch. I know it originally aired in '08, and I've watched entire series through current season, but when a network starts rerunning a series from the start, I sometimes start all over, especially if I like the first years better than the last (can you say "Red John catastrophic conclusion ep?") The entire cast does a great job, Jane solves the crime, as usual, finding the unlikely culprit. The reason for my review is Fred Koehler. According to his bio, he's been in numerous shows, staring in Kate and Ally when he was only 9 (didn't watch series so don't know about his role), but this is the first time I sat up and paid attention to him. The scene in the interview room between him and Jane was outstanding. You had no idea what Jane was trying to accomplish here with this mentally challenged character. The slow transformation on Koehlers face when Jane finally gets him to break is simply amazing. He did it all just with the expression in his eyes . . . unbelievable acting! I have never forgotten Koehlers performance in this episode and every time I see him in a different show, I say, "Oh, yeah. That's the guy from that Mentalists ep!" I don't know if Fred Koehler won an award for his performance, but he certainly deserved one. Simply great, unforgettable episode. Kudos to all involved in bringing it to air.

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