"The Mentalist: Redemption (#2.1)"
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"The Mentalist" Redemption (2009)

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Lisbon and Jane check out a victim in a department store. Jane sniffs the body and then gives a complete assessment of the case, based on his gigolo clothes. He presumes he was scoping cougars in the store and died for romantic reasons. Going to talk to the witnesses, Lisbon tells him to dial it down three notches. Instead, he accuses one of them of being the murderer.

He looks at two people, declares them innocent and says they can go. He goes through another woman's purse. He asks a milquetoast sales clerk named Neil what the biggest mistake he ever made was. He says his first marriage. A 40 something woman stands up, indignant, asking if this is a joke. Jane refers to her as "Ms. Grumpy and Entitled." She rants about her husband being on the local city council. The local cop tries to shut Jane down, but Lisbon says to give him a minute. Jane announces that the woman will soon be leading them to the murder weapon. He says he needs physical contact to read her mind. He assures her if he fails, he'll look like an idiot and invites her to prove him wrong.

He takes her wrists and watches her eyes as he leads her around the store. He stops at a box of wine glasses, one of which has blood on the stem. The woman protests that she didn't kill him.

Jane agrees, saying he used her as a decoy to read the real killer's eyes.

He singles out Neil then says the victim was having an affair with his current wife and he forgave her like an idiot and then when the victim came by and rubbed his face in it he snapped. Neil runs, knocking over tons of display cases. The police chase him and shots are fired.

Back at the office, boss man Virgil chews him out for the damages and dead suspect. He thinks they've been careless since the Red John case and Jane saving Lisbon's life has made her cut him too much slack . Virgil announces that an agent named Sam Boscoe (Terry Kinney) will be taking over. They protest. Boscoe recaps Red John, that he killed 15 people including Jane's wife and child. He says Jane's pain might be clouding his judgment.

Lisbon breaks the news to the team as Jane packs up. "Frankly, if I can't use this job to seek some kind of personal revenge, there's not much here for me," he says. Lisbon tells him to go back to his fraud life and they'll go back to being useless.

They leave on a call.

In the car, Lisbon assures the team they'll be fine without Jane. Then he joins them, saying he'll do one more case.

Twenty Palms, Cali.

There's a Jane Doe in a motel. It looks like she was hit with a stun gun then suffocated. The room is ransacked. Jane dismisses the idea it could be a personal crime.

Jane think she's a law abiding middle class housewife who did something bad, something bad enough to make her hide. He stole a family photo with a girl wearing a Bullfrogs high school jersey and medal. Van Pelt Googles the team name and championship then checks the result against reports of players' last names and the word disappearance.

She finds a report on 43-year-old Monica Dunninger, a secretary accused of stealing $1 million from her employers. They leave for her home in Bayshore.

Jane wants to look for empty houses nearby but won't tell Lisbon why. She tells him no secrets, that's the rule. He protests then implies they'd be lost without him. Then he says so outright. Lisbon drives off without him.

Then Cho pulls up and gives him a ride. Jane tells him they need to find a house for sale. The drive around and find one. Jane gets out. He finds the name Miles Thorsen on the mail in the box. He leaves a note on the door that says "Monica, call me - Miles" with a number.

Then he sees some roadside strawberries. He brings some to Lisbon. He apologizes and asks to please continue working with them. He says she knows he didn't really mean he was quitting. He says he has nothing else to do. She says from now on there have to be boundaries and he can't make a mess for her to clean up. She says he can stay.

The team visits with Monica's family. Her son had cancer, but it's in remission. Her daughter is angry. She says her mom had a lover named Bodie Andruss. Her son found them doing it at her yoga practice one day. She calls her mom a "selfish cow." Her husband defends her.

Her daughter says it was only because the theft was in the news that a hospital reached out to help her brother and treated him for free.

Before they go, Jane asks all three if they know Miles Thorsen. Outside, Lisbon asks who he is. Jane says he's casting a wide invisible net.

Jane's eager to get back to the office to meet with Boscoe.

At the yoga facility, Bodie runs when he sees Cho and Rigsby coming. They find him in a storage container.

Jane meets with Sam Boscoe, saying he could be a good resource for him if he keeps him up to date. Boscoe smiles and calls Jane a "party entertainer, a clown" and says he won't share leads with him. They take turns reading each other, with Boscoe telling Jane he's equal part self love and self loathing. He says Jane isn't a detective, he's a victim.

Jaffe Printing Company, Monica Dunninger's work place. Lisbon asks Jane how it went with Boscoe. Jane says they had a "frank exchange of views," and Boscoe won't be sharing. Jane plans to do nothing. "If you sit down by the river bank long enough, you will see the bodies of your enemies float by," he says.

Lisbon and Jane meet with Rhonda Jaffe, a company owner. She calls the situation sad, lamenting the loss of trust. Jane asks her if she knows Miles Thorsen. They meet with the finance manager. Jane asks him about Thorsen, too.

Van Pelt calls Lisbon and says the daughter started paying all the family bills in cash five months ago.

Cho talks to Bodie. He's a complete rube. Cho asks him if he knows Miles Thorsen.

Van Pelt interviews Cassie Denninger. She says her mom called a month after she ran off. Two days later she got a letter with $5,000 cash inside and a note that said "Love, Mom." She never told her dad about it. She got $5,000 every month. Lisbon likes Cassie for the murder.

She accuses Jane of being distracted by Boscoe and Red John. She says maybe they are too close and it's good they're off it.

Lisbon leaves for a deposition, telling Jane to go through a box of Monica's things. Instead he gets Cho and Rigsby to go catch a killer in Twenty Palms.

They pull up to Miles Thorsen's house with gear for sitting. He freely admits he has no idea who Thorsen is. The note is in case the killer gets them before them.

Jane explains that everybody involved now know the name Miles Thorsen. The killer will be even more curious and they may think he has whatever they didn't find in Monica's motel, especially when they find that Miles lives near her motel. Jane looks at Monica's book about the history of fax machines. As Rigsby starts to carp about them going against Lisbon's orders Jane sends him to the library. "You punishment for being a wuss is I'm not going to tell you why," he says.

Rigsby leaves. Jane tells Cho he already solved the case and now they're on a fishing expedition.

Hours pass.

Cho gets frustrated and wonders if maybe the killer already has the money. Jane says he doesn't think Monica ever had it. They hear voices outside. It's a real estate agent showing the house.

Jane runs them off by muttering something about a grisly homicide.

Moments later, Rhonda Jaffe comes in. She says she's there out of curiosity and has nothing else to say without her lawyer.

Jane says he knew it was her. Or suspected when he saw a picture in her office of her holding a large check to the hospital that treated Dunniger's son. He doesn't know why she took the money but says when she was threatened with exposure, she made a deal with Monica to disappear in exchange for her son's treatment and a monthly salary. But then Monica's son got better and there was no way Monica would stay gone.

Jane says he has proof. At the library Rigsby has figured out that the fax machine book was swapped. He finds the one in its place, an account book - with a DVD inside.

Monica's family watches it at CBI HQ. In it, she says she swears the account book is true and says she hopes the deal she made will help them. She says she loves them, especially her daughter.

Jane calls someone, identifying himself as Sam Boscoe and asking how to change his in-house password. He says he thinks it was compromised. Yes, he'll hold.


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