The Mentalist: Season 1, Episode 11

Red John's Friends (6 Jan. 2009)

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Patrick makes a deal to try and prove a convict's innocence in exchange for information about Red John.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Charlotte Cornwell ...
Muriel Renfrew
Gardner Renfrew
Jared Renfrew
Mariska Kopecki / Vanna Clooney
Undine Kopecki
Breck Renfrew
David Loren ...
Junior Lawyer


Jared Renfrew has lost the last appeal against his conviction for the rape and murder of Undine Kopecki, the daughter of his family estate's housekeeper. Jared promises to deliver Red John to Patrick if he gets him out by proving his innocence. Jane accepts, but has to resign and the whole CBI team risks suspension to help him. Jared's brother and business 'heir', Gardner Renfrew, opposes their efforts. Red John meanwhile has infiltrated the CBI computer network and seems to stay one move ahead, however brilliantly Patrick advances. Written by KGF Vissers

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When Jane accuses Vanna Clooney of lying about her daughters and Jareds Relationship he says: "You took your twenty Pieces of Silver", referring to the Bible where the Traitor Judas gets paid by the Priests to Sell out Jesus. Judas did in fact get thirty Pieces of Silver, not twenty. See more »


When the bodies are found Red John's symbol is placed on the side wall. This means it is not visible unless they turn to see it after looking directly at the dead bodies. For continuity, per the The Mentalist: Pilot episode, the symbol should have been placed on the tile above them or on the door to the bathroom. This is a critical detail that does not change over the run of the series. See more »


Teresa Lisbon: Minelli wants me to keep a watch on you.
Patrick Jane: What are you going to do?
Teresa Lisbon: I'm not going to follow you around. Let's compromise, when you get in trouble, call me first so I can try and minimize the damage.
Patrick Jane: Deal.
Teresa Lisbon: And-and don't use your CBI card. The Bureau find out you used it without authorization, you're done.
Patrick Jane: I hear you.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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I don't like faked scenes!
9 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Overall, I like "The Mentalist" enough to watch for a few more episodes even though it is a bit of a retread of other sleuth shows. The main character's past as a phony mentalist reformed by a tragedy is a bit pedestrian to me and the whole idea of "looking for the mysterious murderer of my wife and child" is a bit of a throwback to "The Fugitive".

That said, nothing bugs me more than having a completely fake scene.

Sometimes I see in documentaries and commercials a scene showing a fire or smokestack that is obviously a reverse of the original. A zoom out is reversed to zoom in for dramatic effect but it is obvious (at least to me) that the smoke is going down the stack or the fire is leaping toward the logs. I hate it! And, it really gets my (old) goat when the scene is static and I can see no reason (dramatic or otherwise) for it to be played backwards.

In the latest episode of "The Mentalist", the scene of the key being pulled back into the hole is actually a reverse of the key being pushed from the keyhole and lowered on the string. That means there is a hole in the plot that couldn't be resolved (they never succeeded in pulling the key back up) or the director was just too lazy (or pressed for time) to do the scene right. I think it is more likely the former meaning the whole "frame" is shot to hell.

Another point about the scene is the glaring fact that old key locks like that one can be easily picked with the key IN the lock. Therefore, it is not necessary to go to so much trouble to set the "frame".

One other scene that looks plainly wrong is the one after Jared is picked up from prison. The black SUV is shown speeding from screen left to screen right but on the wrong side of the road! For some reason, the director didn't like it going from right to left. It looks ridiculous because it gives the impression that the vehicle is in a country with right-hand drive vehicles like Great Britain.

For me, little things like this completely kill the "spell" and can collapse any suspension of disbelief on my part.

I'll keep watching "The Mentalist" for now. But, in the past, stuff like this has irritated me so much that I have stopped watching a show ("24" - which just got boring as hell after the novelty wore off) and moved on to suffer through other crud ("Lost") until the plot holes and other gaffs forced me to move on again.

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