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Red Tide 

The body of a young surfer girl is washed up on the Santa Marta Beach and Patrick socializes with her friends to find the killer.


(as David M. Barrett)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Grace Van Pelt
Jack Tanner
Win (as Will Rothaar)
Darlene Pappas
Jf Pryor ...
Dane Kurtik


Christine 'Chris' Tanner (15) body washes up on the Santa Monica beach, found drowned in ditch water, with a surf board head-wound. Dad Jack Tanner, a construction worker whose wife died in a truck crash, claims the decent surfer crowd turned her away from drugs, but Philip 'Flipper' Handler has an assault record. Her old friend Darlene said she also saw an old creep. Jane helps the CBI investigate surfers and Danny's father's construction firm, both with discrete other activities. They find a worker's corps and links, Patrick uses hypnosis his way and taps into a web of lies he then sees through. Written by KGF Vissers

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14 October 2008 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Early in the episode when Agent Lisbon is talking to Christine Tanner's father, he says the line "Person of Interest?" Interestingly, Brett Cullen who appears in the episode later on played the role of major character Nathan Ingram in the CBS show Person Of Interest. See more »


When the police first see the body, they say that Christine has a wound on her head from being hit with a surfboard. Later, when there's a flashback to the night of Christine's death, it shows her getting hit over the head with a shovel rather than a surfboard. See more »


Patrick Jane: [to Flipper] You see, the thing is, Flip. Lisbon here, is looking at you like you're a porkchop. Because you fit the profile. Your life is in chaos. You're lonely. You're depressed. You're addicted to drugs and pornography, and uh, a little nuts to be honest. You're exactly the kind of man who does terrible things to women.
[Starts to leave, then Jane stops and turns around]
Patrick Jane: But I don't think he did it. Because I think deep down, you're a good man. You should learn to use your bishops a little ...
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References America's Funniest Home Videos (1989) See more »

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