The leak of a dangerous virus at a bio-research facility results in the death of a scientist, and Lisbon and Jane clash with a Disease Control official when they decide to treat the death as a homicide.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Griffin Welks
Scott Price
Dr. Cliff Edmunds
Alicia Seberg
Lilith Nash
Greta Skye
Isabel Seberg
Dean Harken
Tom Billett ...
CDCA Agent #2


Dr. Alicia Seberg calls Jane from the Zitek Biosystems lab at Los Corrados to report she's (being) murdered: someone opened a flask of airborne Cryptohansa-B, one of the biological warfare germs Zitek develops antidotes against. Alas this one needs to be taken in advance. Her husband Dr. Cliff Edmunds and further colleagues Griffin Welks, Dr. Florian Tripp and Lilith Nash also had access to it. Alicia had an affair but Cliff knew and both accepted an 'open marriage'. Jane discovers the biometric access equipment was disabled for two months and manager Price knew. Janes takes offense at CDC inspector Dean Harken's arrogant rank pulling and sets an apocalyptic trap. Written by KGF Vissers

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11 March 2010 (USA)  »

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At the beginning, Alicia says the virus kills anywhere from 2 to 6 hours. Later, Cliff says it kills anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. Then, several seconds later, Cliff remarks that they'll all be dead within 4 hours. See more »


Kimball Cho: [over the phone] Hey boss; we're about 5 minutes from your location.
Teresa Lisbon: Look, Cho; Jane and I have been exposed to the virus and it looks like we might die soon.
Kimball Cho: ...Okay.
Teresa Lisbon: I just wanted to thank you and Rigsby and Van Pelt. It has been an honor working with you. I need you to call my brother Tommy. His number is in my desk diary, it's under Town & Country Electrical. Tell him that I love him and that I forgive him for whatever. And he needs to make peace with his brothers; it's my last dying wish, ...
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Thought For Sure It Must Be A Guest Writer!
27 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This script was filled with bizarre comments. Harken says, "Okay, we're copacetic." That doesn't seem like something a bureaucratic would say after putting away a deadly virus. More like, "We're clear", or even just a sigh of relief. And when Jane said "Fig for procedure", I laughed out loud! Who talks like that!? Not even Jane would say something weird like that. "A fig for a care, a fig for a woe!" Oh wait, that was John Heywood back in the 1500s. The episode was filled with random stuff like that, and it jerked me out of the story, which was pretty grandiose to begin with.

I mean, the average episode of The Mentalist has always been quirky with Jane responsible for 99% of it, and that's part of why I love the show. But in Code Red, everyone's dialog was filled with oddities that I can only imagine made the actors' jobs extra difficult. How do you say, "Fig for procedure" with a straight face?

I was shocked to see that Bruno Heller was the writer. My wife suggests that Bruno's no-talent cousin ghost wrote the episode for him because Bruno was too busy with other stuff. I wouldn't be surprised if she's right.

P.S. Alicia Seberg(Amy Price-Francis)'s death performance was laughable. A little coughing up of stage blood might have been gratuitous, but at least it would perhaps have given some visible cause for the odd gasping act that she gave. During the episode my wife speculated that maybe the death was being staged prematurely as part of the plot as a ploy set up by Jane, which would explain the shoddy performance because a scientist would be a bad actor. Eek. That was actually her acting.

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