The Mentalist (2008–2015)
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Black-Winged Redbird 

While the team investigates the death of a software engineer by a drone strike, Patrick picks up clues about how Red John is staying one step ahead of him.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Rigsby
Sheriff McAllister
Elliott Winston
Kris Makkena
Reede Smith
Aaron Kalinoski
Carol Mathews
Officer Sam Chase
Titus Stone


Drone design company star engineer Titus Stone dies when his car explodes, hit by a drone his company secretly develops for the Pentagon. Patrick solves the case as surprisingly as effortlessly while the team concentrates on Red John after he murdered the forensic expert on the suspect shortlist, lured Lisbon there but let her off with his trademark red smiley in the victim's blood. CBI director Bertram and two more shortlist suspects confer while Patrick checks out of Red John 'read' Jane's mind trough his former therapist, whom he finds killed at home. Written by KGF Vissers

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6 October 2013 (USA)  »

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When the policeman shows his dashboard camera recording of the exploding car, the car passes the camera when in fact the car left from in front of the police car, hence from in front of the dashboard camera. See more »


Teresa Lisbon: What are you doing here?
Ray Haffner: Well, I heard that my favorite CBI agent was laid up. I thought I'd stop by.
Teresa Lisbon: Well, thanks. Nice suit. Private sector's treating you all right.
Ray Haffner: Yeah, I do okay. So, what happened?
Teresa Lisbon: Oh, nothing. My... I scraped my knee.
Ray Haffner: That's not what I hear. I hear you were this close to Red John. That's some scary stuff. Are you okay?
Teresa Lisbon: Fine. Yeah, it turns out Red John isn't so tough. You know, he barely laid a hand on me.
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As expected
8 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Beforehand, I won't write anything story related to this episode.

After the very decent start of this season we are getting our usual *The Mentlalist* qualities. The acting is good enough to deliver and we see Jane and his group solving several cases. As usual it is interesting to watch, with the well known portion of comedy and wit.

We are finally getting closer to Red John, which on my opinion, has already been stretched far enough. I am really looking forward to the solution and I am very interested in how the further story is able to develop.

Worth watching !

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