The Mentalist (2008–2015)
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The Desert Rose 

After Patrick discovers that Red John already knows about his list of seven suspects, his dangerous actions during a murder investigation get him and Lisbon banished to the sticks.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Madison Yardley
Sac PD Sergeant
Gavin Yardley
Cody Benbow
Mac the Cook


Investigating the murder of sports star Cody Benbow's girlfriend, Patrick's ample preparations prove fatally flawed for an unfortunate uniformed cop. Instead of actually punishing him or at last Lisbon for utterly failing to supervise, CBI director Bertram just sends them to a faraway desert hellhole. There forensic expert Brett Partridge, like Bertram on the red John suspects shortlist, identifies the accidentally dug-up, two year old, yet posthumously moved corpse of businessman Yardley, reported missing by his openly relieved wife Madison, whom he was divorcing, as she can now evict stepson Gavin, who has a terrible record. The victim had an appointment with a dodgy debtor. Patrick however sets up HQ at a nearby motel, taking great interest in staff and cooking. To his dismay, Lisbon fails to respect his secrecy command about the shortlist, telling Grace, who told Wayne, who tells Cho. This enables Red John to strike at the team. Written by KGF Vissers

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29 September 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This episode of the show marks the first time in which Red John has directly influenced the events of a Season Premiere. See more »


The opening scene, which replays the end of "The Mentalist: Red John's Rules", is missing the shot of Jane breaking the disc after showing Lisbon the message from Red John. See more »


[first lines]
Teresa Lisbon: How'd he do that?
Patrick Jane: Huh?
Teresa Lisbon: That tape was made two months ago. Red John knew the names on the list of suspects before you did. I mean, how is that even possible?
Patrick Jane: Eh, it's a trick.
Teresa Lisbon: A trick how?
Patrick Jane: I don't know.
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Amazing Show
3 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

It was an epic episode of The Mentalist. I must say I'm impressed with the script, the way the writers do the conversation between the characters is fantastic. I know some people in USA have already seen this episode and that many of them are not liking the path of this show, but everyone has to admit this show has shown strong performances and that keeps this show interesting. Many people say this show is getting boring and I don't disagree, but the story is also getting interesting and taking Red John battle to a new level. Simon Baker is doing a terrific job, and I couldn't enjoy more my Monday nights (Portugal) than watching The Mentalist.

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