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The Golden Hammer 

A mapmaker whose employer has a contract with the Pentagon is murdered, and Wayne and Grace help a friend of Lisbon's who thinks someone is spying on him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Wylie
Gabriel Quinn
Leo Drembelas
Hassan Zarif
Curtis Whitaker
Avery Schultz
Sergei Sokolov


The team goes to investigate the suspicious death of a man who works for a company that occasionally works for the Pentagon. Jane thinks the man suspected that someone at the company was passing secrets. So they set a trap and find the middle man. They need to make the person they are looking for feel safe so they arrest the man's brother for his murder. Lisbon is approached by Ardiles, the prosecutor she worked with at the CBI. And he says he thinks someone is following him. Lisbon thinks he's paranoid. Written by

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12 January 2014 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Charles Whitaker is posthumously awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. The medal presented (five-pointed blue and gold star with blue and white ribbon) is nothing like the real medal (16-pointed white and gold star with red, gold, white and blue ribbon). See more »


Teresa Lisbon: [on the other side of the plaza, Cho has just arrested Avery Schultz. Lisbon says to Jane] I woulda never thought it was her
Patrick Jane: Huh. Really? You surprise me. Normally you have such good people instincts
Teresa Lisbon: I do?
Patrick Jane: No, I'm kidding.
[Lisbon hits him]
Patrick Jane: W... I was kidding that I was kidding. You have Very good people instincts... It's just your people skills are a little...
Teresa Lisbon: You're hillarious
Patrick Jane: [pause. Cho, still on the other side of the plaza, Jane says softly so only Lisbon can hear] Nicely done Cho
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A Brilliant Start To A New Mystery
13 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Golden hammer is surely an outstanding episode among other Re-Booted Episodes,In The Golden Hammer the new dynamic of The Mentalist 2 begins mature as the characters begin to understand their new roles in this new world,and the viewers begin to adapt to the FBI and start to enjoy This New territory.Every thing is new even the old characters are changed,the crimes are evolving,there are much more important things at stake than before,murders have bigger reasons and consequence. The other important aspect of The Golden Hammer is that it introduces a New Mystery to The Mentalist,A mystery that could be much more dangerous than Red John....

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