The body of CBI's latest murder victim is stolen, and the team later learns the the victim later claims that he was abducted by aliens. Meanwhile, coroner Steiner surprisingly confides a surprising secret with Patrick.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Vella
Peregrine Hartley
Newsome Kirk
Jim Matthews
Owen Melling


Hedge fund Wilder broker Timothy Hartley, Nathan Vella's partner, is shot and has his throat slit in a field 100 miles from his even richer wife Peregrine née Cook's Hillsborough mansion. The corps is stolen by two armed men during transport in coroner Steiner's van. Given two earlier victim thefts inter-state, the FBI suspects organ tissue trade and sends special agent Craig O'Laughlin. Tim also was treated for an alien abduction delusion in that distant field. The coroner is allowed to collaborate clumsily for a morbid reason, which Jane helps carry to the bitter end. Written by KGF Vissers

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31 March 2011 (USA)  »

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Ethan Philips plays the leader of an alien-encounter organisation in this episode. He used to play an alien himself on the series Star Trek Voyager named Neelix. See more »


Teresa Lisbon: Who do you think did it?
Patrick Jane: Jabba the Hutt.
Teresa Lisbon: Seriously.
Patrick Jane: Ming the Merciless.
Teresa Lisbon: Okay.
Patrick Jane: Alf?
Teresa Lisbon: When the aliens do come, I hope they eat you.
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References Flash Gordon (1936) See more »

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Good episode, but the last scene is a classic
30 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The red mile is a good episode with the standard well-written, witty remarks and interesting plot. The most interesting part of this episode is the hard right turn the relationship between Patrick Jane and Coroner Steiner takes which culminates in one of the most touching scenes of the series.

The episode kicks off with the standard conflict between Jane and Coroner Steiner with Jane making fun of Steiner's staunchness with a small joke at Steiner's expense.

The episode advances with Jane befriending Steiner for reasons initially unclear. Steiner is invited to help Jane investigate a murder and, by this offer of friendship, even comes to respect Jane as an investigator.

The last scene in the most dramatic and striking. Steiner invites Jane over to his house and makes both a revelation and a request. Jane initially refuses, but, as he always seems to do, he does the most compassionate thing...which, as often happens, includes a cup of tea.

Regardless of one's beliefs, this last scene is sure to give people thought on both their own humanity and their compassion for others.

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