The Mentalist (2008–2015)
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The Scarlet Letter 

While CBI investigates the murder of a California state senator's aide, Patrick works on his own under the assumption that the victim was having an affair with a member of the senator's family.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elliot Batson
Dede Guerra
Walter Crew
Charlotte McAddo
Melinda Batson
Harlan McAdoo


Californian state senator Melinda Batson's recently graduated aid Kristen Marley was pushed from a Sacramento bridge, staged as a suicide. The rumor of an affair with Melinda's husband and chief of staff Elliot is denied and he has an alibi, but Jane taxes their marriage loveless. CSI concentrates on Kristen's dubious stepbrother Harlan McAdoo, who expected a false alibi from her in another crime. Patrick turns a false trail into a crucial clue. And handles Bosco's obstruction in his Red John interest. Written by KGF Vissers

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1 October 2009 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Minelli congratulates Jane for getting Lisbon to "drink the Kool Aid." A reference to the Jonestown mass suicide. See more »


Patrick Jane: [to the Coroner] It's lovely to meet you doc, you're a horse's ass, but you mean well. I'll be in van.
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Strong episode
31 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Once again this was an episode that had everything, and the sad thing is that I really wasn't expecting it: Jane/Lisbon in mortal danger, Rigsby/Van Pelt, Cho/Rigsby "bromance", Lisbon sticking up for Jane AGAIN and Minelli picking up on this and being his usual witty self ......

I don't even know where to start. The knife-at-Jane's-throat-Lisbon-handcuffing-herself-to-the-door scene was pretty awesome. Would have been better if they don't use guest stars that I recognise and therefore know deep down that there's probably more to that character than you first think. I felt for sure that they were going to use this moment as the trigger and that at the end of the episode you would see Lisbon go and see her therapist willingly. Maybe they're saving that for the next episode.

The Lisbon/Minelli/Jane dynamic is one of my favourite things about the show. Loved how Minelli sees Lisbon slowly going over to "the dark side", how he wants to just tell them off but can't because they did solve the case, how Lisbon defends Jane even though afterwards she hates that she felt she had to do so......

Van Pelt was awesome in this episode. What was even funnier was that scene in the interrogation room was with the same actor who plays JJ's boyfriend on Criminal Minds. Aww, Rigsby/Van Pelt/Cho .... Definitely want more scenes like this! Speaking of which, Cho you are awesome. Continuity points for bringing up that woman's niece during the RJ case whilst still fleshing out Cho's character to show that he has a personal life of sorts.

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