The Mentalist (2008–2015)
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Red Dawn 

A flashback to Patrick's first day with the CBI: he arrives to ask for evidence in the Red John investigation, and winds up helping the team solve the murder of a judge's son.


Chris Long


Bruno Heller (created by), Tom Szentgyorgyi


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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 (credit only)
Polly Walker ... Alexa Schultz
Kirk Acevedo ... Christian Dos Santos
Gary Basaraba ... Stephen Hannigan
Amanda Clayton ... Kelly Burbage
David Clennon ... Judge Dellinger
Ian Anthony Dale ... Detective Nathaniel Kim
Kevin Corrigan ... Bob Kirkland
Gregory Itzin ... Virgil Minelli
Ryan Ahern ... Emmet Cox
Christopher Carver ... Winston Dellinger


After Red John murdered Patrick Jane's family, he meets the team when he insists to be given access to the file. Cleverly provoking clumsiest detective Stephen Hannigan gets him scandal-scared director Virgil Minelli's blessing to rid along with Lisbon. her team is soon impressed when his brilliant observation and deductions helps solve the surprisingly complex case of Judge Dellinger's wayward son Winston's murder, where suspects range from street lowlife to moonlighting detective Nathaniel Kim. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

28 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Teresa Lisbon: What the hell are you doing Hannigan?
Stephen Hannigan: Boss...
Teresa Lisbon: I told you to take him downstairs, not beat him up!
Stephen Hannigan: Sorry, okay? Sorry, I lost it.
Patrick Jane: No, no, it's fine, it's fine. My fault, my fault entirely. I provoked you.
Teresa Lisbon: God Hannigan, get him some ice!
Patrick Jane: I'm okay, I'm okay. Seriously, it's not his fault. I deserved it, okay?
Teresa Lisbon: He is supposed to act like a professional law officer all the times. Let's get you some ice, come on
Patrick Jane: Teresa Lisbon. It's a... it's a nice name.
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A visit to Patrick Jane's pre-CBI days
28 October 2012 | by jack34433See all my reviews

The series takes a trip back in time to Patrick Jane's introduction to the CBI unit. Filmed in dark somewhat grainy tones, this surreal approach effectively showcases an initial rough draft of Patrick Jane who evolves to define his trademark observational skills that become the essence of the series. What's very interesting is that the story line and approach to solving the crime in this episode are augmented by the effective use of a pseudo-courtroom style approach that demonstrates the skills of the shows beloved protagonist who never ceases to amaze both the characters and the audience. My hat off to Simon Baker for a fine production.

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