An acquaintance of Patrick requests his help in solving a murder related to a neurological science project which involves animal testing.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Professor Stutzer
Ed MacVicar (as Mark Espinoza)
Emily Nelson
Chancellor Stern
Sophie Miller
James Di Giacomo ...
Rookie Cop
Female Student #2
Medical Examiner (as Jack Harding)
Alex Maxwell


At Leyland State Universitye's prestigious, lucrative Stutzer Institute's annual neurological symposium, cosmonaut Alex Nelson dies after drinking water poisoned with hydrogen cyanide. Patrick pushes Lisbon to take the case when he hears his former psychiatrist, Alex's ex and still research partner, reported the case and is a suspect. The CBI also investigates Alex's present wife Emily, research assistant Kerry Sheehan, animal rights extremists and the Stutzer project for moral mind re-calibration by electric current. Written by KGF Vissers

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16 December 2008 (USA)  »

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When Lisbon and Jane arrive at Stutzer's office, the door is open at a right angle, however when the angle changes away, and back to the pair, the door is now open on a sharper angle. See more »


Sophie Miller: Well, I'm ruined as a scientist. So, I'll probably go back to helping people one by one.
Patrick Jane: I think that's a great idea. You're very good at that.
Sophie Miller: ...Thanks...
[Patrick leans across and kisses her on the cheek]
Patrick Jane: Goodbye, Sophie. Be well.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


Believe (Jane's Theme)
Performed by BLAKE NEELY
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Jane is asked to clear his former psychiatrist
17 October 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When a neuroscientist is poisoned in front of a crowded lecture theatre his ex-wife, who is also his research partner is the prime suspect. As it happened at a State University the crime comes under the possible jurisdiction of the CBI; Jane asks Lisbon for them to take the case as the accused has contacted him… she was the psychiatrist who helped Jane after the murder of his wife and child. Jane is convinced she is innocent and it soon looks as if he must be right when a group of animal rights terrorists came responsibility and promise further attacks if the research, which involves animals, isn't halted… unfortunately this isn't a great lead as the group turns out to be one man and his cats! There are other possibilities though; especially when we learn the nature of the research being undertaken.

This was another solid episode; partly because of the enjoyable central mystery but also because we learn more about Jane's past. So often in fiction a character has suffered a loss at the hands of a killer but rarely do we see that it had a psychological effect other than creating a desire for revenge; here we see that Jane was driven almost to the point of suicide by what happened. The research being undertaken does look a bit sci-fi but the resolution explains it is a way that makes clear that it doesn't work as hoped… it also provides an excuse for a great finale where the killer is exposed. There are a good number of suspects and the identity of the killer is far from obvious… I certainly didn't suspect the person who is ultimately exposed! Overall an impressive episode.

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