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Red Sky in the Morning 

The tension between Patrick and Kristina escalates when a Red John impostor strikes and Kristina offers her services to the CBI. However, the case causes the real Red John to come back and meet Patrick for the first time face-to-face.


Chris Long


Bruno Heller (created by), Bruno Heller | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Baker ... Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney ... Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang ... Kimball Cho
Owain Yeoman ... Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti ... Grace Van Pelt
Carrie Finklea ... Ruth
Jack Plotnick ... Brett Partridge
Stephen Sowan ... Dylan
Cameron Van Cleave Cameron Van Cleave ... Wesley Blankfein
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Margo Ketchum
Anne Gee Byrd ... Neighbor Lady
Kevin Will ... Waiter
Leslie Hope ... Kristina Frye
Aunjanue Ellis ... Madeleine Hightower
Tracy Fraim ... FBI Agent Fenton


Asian student Marley Sparrow's bloody murder in theatrical Red John style is posted on the Internet before the corps is found, by water like 'medium' Kristina Frye predicted. Jane objects to her being involved and claims it's a copy-cat. Marley was going steady with a man she described to her friends, who never saw him, as cop Grady Shipp. Jane remembers that's the name of an executed cannibalistic serial killer who was in Lompoc jail with Orval Tanner, a friend of Red John. After Kristina makes a TV appeal for Red John to seek help, Jane gets CBI to protect her full-time. "Shipp's" address proves the layer of a camera-obsessed young man. Marley's professor supervising the film club also taught a class mentioning red John the previous semester. The only other student involved in both like Marley, acting talent Wesley Blankfein, went missing. At lake Tahoe, Jaqueline Sandoval, who interviewed Frye, is killed also in Red John style, this time convincing Patrick. Kristina disappears on ... Written by KGF Vissers

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The episode title is from an old sailors' mnemonic: "Red sky at night, sailors delight; red sky in morning, sailors take warning." A colorful sunset often portends good weather, while a red sunrise tends to precede a day of bad weather (because weather patterns commonly move from west to east, especially along ocean trade routes). This isn't always true, but it's true enough to be worth remembering. It also echoes the old shepherds' mnemonic: 'Red sky at night; shepherds' delight. Red sky in the morning; shepherds' warning.' from which the sailors' rhyme was taken. The next episode's title, The Mentalist: Red Sky at Night (2010) takes its name from the same place. See more »


Patrick Jane: Are you blind? You've done exactly what I did. I went on television, and talked about him as though I knew him, and he killed my wife and child.
Kristina Frye: Patrick, he was punishing you. Because you lied about him. I was telling the truth. He won't take offense with me. He might even listen to what I said, in fact, - I believe he will. People do change, Patrick, it's possible. Agent Hightower, I'm truly sorry for dismaying you. If you'll excuse me, I have some appointments.
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26 June 2020 | by rolltide-13419See all my reviews

You'll have to watch this episode to get my title. Roll Tide!

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20 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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