The Mentalist (2008–2015)
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A girl is found stabbed to death in a forest and her amnesiac best friend is the prime suspect, although Patrick has doubts and attempts to jog her memory.


John Behring


Bruno Heller (created by), Andi Bushell




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
W. Earl Brown ... Rulon Farnes
Shelby Fenner ... Nicole Gilbert
Bryce Johnson ... Ranger Kyle
Rif Hutton ... Doctor
Lily Knight Lily Knight ... Leslie Palmer
Pepper Sweeney ... Deputy Parker
Chad Todhunter ... Jason O'Toole
Tom Virtue ... George Palmer
Michael O'Neill ... Sheriff Nelson
Isabella Acres ... Charlotte Anne Jane - Daughter


A female is found dead under a truck and it turns out that her best friend, Nicole, is found holding the murder weapon with no memory of what took place. Jane believes that Nicole is innocent and forces her to deal with the blocked memories to help identify the real killer. That is, of course, if Nicole is actually innocent. Written by boucy772

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In the final scene, as the protagonists drive off, the license plate of the car is 2GAT123 - possibly the most famous and ubiquitous Hollywood prop license plate, which has appeared in multiple commercials, TV shows, and in movies such as Beverly Hills Cop 2 and L.A. Story - just to name a few. See more »


When Jane asked how fast the missing girl was moving, meaning if she was on foot or in a car, the police dog handler said that the dog was following skin cells falling from the body but he didn't know if they were following a person on foot or one inside the car. If the girl was in a car, her skin cells would have fallen inside the car and not on the ground, thus leaving no trail for the dog to follow. See more »


Teresa Lisbon: Bad karma doesn't have an expiration date.
Patrick Jane: Uh, actually it does. According to traditional Buddhist teachings, I'm counting on it.
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A plot full of twists keeps you guessing until the end...
1 February 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

But don't ask me to explain the story. I came in on this one just shortly after it started and had a hard time following the heavy-handed plot as it unfolded. All I know is the suspense was terrific, the acting by SIMON BAKER and cast was excellent, and it had me glued to the end to see who the killer would turn out to be.

A girl's amnesia is a big part of the proceedings, but cleverly "The Mentalist" gets her to remember key points that her mind is blocking as she struggles to recover from a night of violence, forced to remember things from her hospital bed. Lots of the plotting seems a bit far fetched to be credible but, hey, this is a TV series. For instance, the girl equating the sound of rushing water with a Diesel engine.

Clever story is a bit too plot heavy for its own good, but keeps the viewer's interest due to the excellent performances and good direction.

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28 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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