The Mentalist: Season 2, Episode 21

18-5-4 (6 May 2010)

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A brilliant mathematician is shot and killed by a clown, and the team discovers that he was working on a priceless code-breaking device.



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Episode cast overview:
Daphne Valiquette
Rich Hutchman ...
Rafe Valiquette
Alec Mosca
Oliver McDaniel
Tolman Bunting
Ronald William Lawrence ...
Police Chief Hambrick
Noah Valiquette
Hana Jane ...
Annika (as Hana Hwang)


Unemployed math genius and social cripple Noah Valiquette (32) is shot in a park by a clown who cut off his right index. Suspects abound due to a circus movie audition. After his widow reports the house ransacked, it appears the finger was the key to a safe, but the robber failed to realize the treasure was a spa locker-room key, hidden in a cheap chess set. It was a universal code hacker, ordered by Noah's partner, Toman Bundiger, from Noah, a Dutchman and closed psych ward patient Oliver McDaniel, who escapes once told about the key. Written by KGF Vissers

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Locker key number 42 is a reference to Douglas Adams' book/radio show "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" - the answer to life, the universe, and everything... a fitting repository for a "universal hack". See more »


In the opening scene the killer is shown wearing a hard (papier mâché/plastic) mask. Towards the end, the killer is shown preparing for the deed, putting on whiteface makeup and carefully drawing a black eyebrow - no mask in sight. See more »


Kimball Cho: That's a high end sensor lock. It's gonna be tough to bust into. I'll call tech services. Tell them we need a locksmith.
Teresa Lisbon: [Finding the victim's severed finger] Uh, don't bother. I found a key.
Kimball Cho: No, this type of safe doesn't use a key.
Teresa Lisbon: [Lisbon puts the finger on the sensor] Oh yes it does.
[Lisbon gives the finger to Van Pelt]
Teresa Lisbon: Bag it.
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References A Beautiful Mind (2001) See more »

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