The Mentalist (season 2)

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The Mentalist (season 2)
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Season 2 U.S. DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Original network CBS
Original release September 24, 2009 (2009-09-24) – May 20, 2010 (2010-05-20)
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The second season of The Mentalist premiered on September 24, 2009 and concluded in May 2010. It consists of 23 episodes. CBS moved the show from Tuesdays at 9:00 pm to Thursdays at 10:00 pm. The second season of The Mentalist premiered in the United Kingdom on FIVE on Friday February 19, 2010 at 9:00 pm.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Notable Guest Cast[edit]


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
241"Redemption"Chris LongBruno HellerSeptember 24, 2009 (2009-09-24)3X535115.07[2]
Minelli decides to assign the Red John case to Agent Sam Bosco, believing that Lisbon and Patrick are too close to the case. Patrick therefore decides to solve "one more case", then leave the CBI. They investigate the murder of a woman who is found suffocated after being accused of stealing a million dollars from her employer.
252"The Scarlet Letter"Charles BeesonTom SzentgyorgyiOctober 1, 2009 (2009-10-01)3X535215.75[3]
The CBI team are called in to investigate the murder of Kristin Marley, a prominent State Senator's intern & aide, who was rumored to have had an affair with the Senator's husband. Lisbon is late to her psychiatrist for the third time in a row and tries to convince him she's alright. Meanwhile, Patrick, who is keeping an eye on Sam Bosco and his team, attempts to figure out what new information Bosco has discovered on the Red John case, all the while boasting that he can find the murderer in the CBI's current case within 24 hours.
263"Red Badge"Eric LaneuvilleAshley GableOctober 8, 2009 (2009-10-08)3X535314.70[4]
Lisbon is still attending counselling after five weeks and is upset that the psychiatrist won't sign her off yet. The CBI receives an anonymous tip about a murder, and the team finds the dead body of a criminal from Lisbon's past —- a child molester Lisbon had arrested years ago while partnered with Sam Bosco. Lisbon is quickly named the prime suspect after her fingerprints are found on the murder weapon and she is unable to recall the night of the murder. When a lie detector test is performed, it is shown she has strong feelings of deception. She then becomes severely depressed because she cannot understand why she does not remember what happened that night. Patrick attempts to hypnotize her to help her remember, and soon realizes the reason she cannot recall any details of that night is because she has been drugged. Jane and Lisbon then put on a show in the office that makes Teresa seem crazy, after which the murderer is revealed to be Teresa's psychiatrist, who was paid to do this by a defendant against whom Lisbon was scheduled to testify.
274"Red Menace"Norberto BarbaLeonard DickOctober 15, 2009 (2009-10-15)3X535415.08[5]
The CBI team investigates the murder of a powerful, successful and under-handed criminal attorney whose only client is one of California's most powerful and notorious motorcycle gangs.
285"Red Scare"Lesli Linka GlatterKen WoodruffOctober 29, 2009 (2009-10-29)3X535515.53[6]
The CBI team is called to investigate the death of the wealthy new owner of the old Beckworth Mansion, which is the site where his murdered body was found. The victim and his wife bought the Mansion with the hope of fixing it up, and the sentimental former owner developed a grudge. The local deputy sheriff, and other witnesses, believe that Walter Beckworth's ghost haunts the mansion and killed the new owner, so the investigation is accompanied by a discussion about the existence of ghosts. Jane discovers that the ghost was actually an illusion created by a system Beckworth built into the house to entertain his guests and also points out that the house is full of secret passages that the killer could have used. The CBI team and others, headed by Jane, then try to find a treasure supposedly hidden in the house, and come upon a riddle instead. The killer (the former owner's jealous nephew) is tricked into sneaking undetected into the mansion again in an attempt to locate the treasure, whereupon he is apprehended by the CBI upon arrival. Patrick then reveals that he wrote the riddle himself. Van Pelt and Rigsby become closer during this episode, and finally express their feelings for one another.
296"Black Gold and Red Blood"Rod HardyBruno HellerNovember 5, 2009 (2009-11-05)3X535616.21[7]
During a murder investigation, Bosco arrests Jane after discovering the bug Patrick placed in his office to keep track of the Red John case. Bosco demands Jane's resignation from the CBI in exchange for not pressing charges, only Patrick, deciding that prison will be a great new experience, allows Bosco to charge him with spying on Bosco's team and the Red John case, and happily arrives at the county jail facility. Even from a jail cell, however, Patrick still manages to help Lisbon's team with their ongoing investigation —- while in jail, he uses the telephone to orchestrate a train of events that help the CBI solve the murder of a young man who was killed because of his knowledge that a prospective oil drilling site was the habitat of a protected species. After figuring out who the culprit is, Patrick escapes from jail and tricks her into confessing. Facing the additional charges for escaping, Patrick urges Lisbon to use her leverage —- which he assumes is Bosco's love for her -— to convince him to drop the charges against Jane. Patrick soon discovers that the power imbalance in Lisbon's relationship with Bosco stems from an incident while they were partners in which Lisbon covered for Bosco when he murdered a killer, which she threatens to reveal if Bosco goes any further in his pursuit of Jane. Shaken, Bosco agrees.
307"Red Bulls"David M. BarrettTom SzentgyorgyiNovember 12, 2009 (2009-11-12)3X535816.17[8]
When two separate cases overlap (after a lead brings Bosco's team to one of Lisbon's crime scenes, nearly resulting in a shooting), Minelli orders Bosco's and Lisbon's units to team up for the investigation of a case in which the sister of a wealthy woman has been kidnapped, and work together to solve the crime. While the CBI attempts to find the culprits, the two different procedural approaches start to collide and soon cause tensions among the team members —- Bosco struggles with the idea of working with Patrick, believing that Jane is ruining the reputations of those who work with him. While following a suspect, Van Pelt is shot; Rigsby shoots and kills the suspect after she attempts to shoot a member of Bosco's team. With the ransom deadline looming, Patrick realizes that there is an insider involved in the kidnapping, who turns out to be the nanny. The team finds her after she makes a phone call to the captors, then traces that number to a house at which they then arrive in time to retrieve the woman. In response to Jane's help on the kidnapping case, Bosco acknowledges that Patrick offers a valuable perspective and asks for his input on the Red John case.
318"His Red Right Hand"Chris LongAshley GableNovember 19, 2009 (2009-11-19)3X535915.85[9]
Lisbon's team arrives at CBI Headquarters and, upon going inside Bosco's office for an urgent briefing, find it is the scene of a fatal shooting — two members of Bosco's team have been killed, and Bosco himself is also wounded and in critical condition. An investigation begins, and when Patrick recognizes a link between a recent murder the team was investigating and Red John, the team hurriedly arrives at the workplace of the victim, only to find the third member of Bosco's team dead, murdered by Red John. Red John is revealed as being behind the carefully orchestrated series of attacks, which are found to have been triggered by Bosco having come uncomfortably close to identifying the infamous serial killer while investigating the discovery of the body of a Red John victim that had been missing. It turns out that the body had been removed and hidden because of forensic evidence left by Red John himself. However, the team arrives too late to recover the victim's body, as someone impersonating a CBI agent has picked it up, and later destroys all of the evidence relating to the case. It is found that the person who recovered the evidence was Bosco's secretary, Rebecca, who was also the assailant who shot Bosco and his team. Lisbon arrives at Bosco's hospital room to apprehend her just before she finishes him off. Before Bosco dies, he declares his love to Lisbon and wishes Patrick luck in finding Red John. Patrick interrogates Rebecca, demanding why she killed Bosco and his team. Although it seems to have been due to the fact that they were close to finding Red John, Rebecca admits that the real reason Bosco's team was eliminated is because Red John wants Patrick to continue working on the case and ultimately solve it. Later on, Rebecca is poisoned while in custody and dies. Minelli is upset by the week's occurrences and decides to retire, while Rigsby and Van Pelt's relationship becomes more serious.
329"A Price Above Rubies"Charles BeesonEoghan MahonyDecember 10, 2009 (2009-12-10)3X536016.37[10]
While attending a black tie fundraiser for the CBI, Carl Ward —- a wealthy jeweler and husband of CBI sponsor Esther Doverton -— is shot and nearly killed at their jewelery store during a robbery. It is revealed that Carl was using an alias and had a criminal record, making him the prime suspect. However, safe cracker Doyle Murphy is seen on a security camera, so Jane and Lisbon search for a link between the two. They discover that one of Esther's nephews was Murphy's sponsor at rehab. By faking the kidnapping of Esther, the CBI team tricks her nephew Tom Doverton into admitting his guilt as he talks on the phone to a person who he believes is the kidnapper. He is taken into custody and Esther's husband recovers in the hospital. Throughout the episode, Rigsby and Van Pelt struggle with the thought of announcing their relationship.
3310"Throwing Fire"Martha MitchellJohn MankiewiczDecember 17, 2009 (2009-12-17)3X535715.77[11]
The CBI team investigate the murder of Barney Sloop; a former professional baseball player, who is found dead in his Zen garden. The victim had been the founder of a baseball academy, which he started as his own baseball talent scouting and training facility for young up-and-coming baseball talents. During the investigation, Patrick is hit on the head with a baseball and knocked unconscious, after which he experiences flashbacks of his past as a stage performer with his father, Alex, and shows signs of his "psychic" abilities. The CBI team interviews several people close to the victim, including his ex-wife and his business partner Freddie. It is revealed that a player on the team was too old to attend the academy, so his father had been paying Freddie double the normal rate. After Sloop found out, the player's father killed him to prevent Sloop from ruining his son's future.
3411"Rose-Colored Glasses"Dan LernerLeonard DickJanuary 14, 2010 (2010-01-14)3X536115.38[12]
The CBI team investigate the double homicide of Selby and Jana Vickers; a couple murdered on their way to Selby's 15th high school reunion. The CBI team attends the reunion to gather information. Patrick soon discovers a link to an old high school rivalry -— Selby had pulled a cruel prank on Derek Logan back in high school, and Logan has not been seen in years. Rigsby goes undercover posing as Derek Logan, and everyone at the reunion expresses surprise at his attendance. Two of Logan's former classmates, L.J. and Willa, become very uneasy after Rigsby states that he has come to the reunion to get his revenge. Lisbon and Jane follow Willa out of the room and, after locating her "trophy" picture, discover that Selby pulled the prank under her direction. Willa decided to kill the Vickers after Selby began blackmailing her to jeopardize her upcoming national talk show.
3512"Bleeding Heart"Norberto BarbaErika Green SwaffordJanuary 21, 2010 (2010-01-21)3X536214.56[13]
Patrick and the CBI team are assigned to investigate the murder of a mayor's aide and media liaison, a case that draws the attention of the media and local eco-terrorists. Mike Brewster; a reporter, is assigned to watch the team's work and take some interviews with the staff. Meanwhile, Rigsby and Van Pelt make a big announcement —- they are lovers.
3613"Redline"Bill D'EliaJordan HarperFebruary 4, 2010 (2010-02-04)3X536314.68[14]
Patrick and the CBI team are asked to investigate when the body of Liselle Dougles; a beautiful, young high-end luxury car saleswoman, is found stuffed in the trunk of a Bentley at an elite car dealership's showroom.
3714"Blood In, Blood Out"John PolsonKen WoodruffFebruary 11, 2010 (2010-02-11)3X536415.86[15]
Cho helps the police with an investigation into the murder of David Seung, a member of Cho's former gang, the Avon Park Playboys, who also used to be Cho's best friend when both in the gang during Cho's early days. Patrick insists on helping Cho with his off-the-books investigation, and so tags along.
3815"Red Herring"Eric LaneuvilleDavid AppelbaumMarch 4, 2010 (2010-03-04)3X536514.87[16]
Patrick and the CBI team are asked to investigate the murder of Jeffrey Barge, a prominent, but arrogant, chef who was poisoned in the middle of a challenge at a best chef cooking competition in Napa Valley.
3916"Code Red"John F. ShowalterBruno HellerMarch 11, 2010 (2010-03-11)3X536616.02[17]
Dr. Alicia Seberg; a government bioweapons researcher, is exposed to a deadly virus on which she had been working. With only hours to live, she calls upon Patrick and the CBI team to identify and catch her murderer.
4017"The Red Box"Chris LongJohn MankiewiczApril 1, 2010 (2010-04-01)3X536714.11[18]
Patrick and the CBI team investigate the murder of a tutor, and find a mysterious little red box near the body, starting a chain of events that turns the murder into the search for a priceless ring stolen from the British Museum. Meanwhile, Lisbon is worried when a new boss, Madeleine Hightower, takes command of the CBI, and informs Teresa that she has mysteriously learned about Rigsby and Van Pelt's relationship.
4118"Aingavite Baa (Red Water)"Stephen GyllenhaalTom Szentgyorgyi & Erika Green SwaffordApril 8, 2010 (2010-04-08)3X536816.32[19]
A "Jane Doe"; covered in blood and suffering from amnesia, steps in front of Cho and Van Pelt's car, and Patrick attempts to discover who she is and what happened, which leads to the team finding three additional bodies in a nearby barn. Patrick takes up the job of helping the victim get her memory back. Through fingerprint identification, the CBI identifies Leonard Railton as one of the victims and follows clues to an Indian Reservation. Markham Willis, a souvenir shop owner, is discovered as the killer, who had shot Railton and Camille Dillon (Jane Doe) after they found out that he was dumping toxic waste into the reservation's water supply. The other two victims were on a hike and were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Meanwhile, Hightower addresses the issue of the romantic relationship between Rigsby and Van Pelt —- she confronts them about their relationship and instructs them to either break up or decide which one is to be transferred. Rigsby offers to leave the team, but Van Pelt decides to break up with him instead, not wanting the burden of being the reason he leaves the position he worked so hard to get and values so much.
4219"Blood Money"Adam KaneAshley Gable & Jordan HarperApril 22, 2010 (2010-04-22)3X536914.96[20]
Van Pelt (in a flashforward) orders a hit on Rigsby. Before, the CBI team arrives on the scene of the murder of ADA Kelly Flower. Patrick quickly discovers and identifies her killer. The CBI team learns he is a psychopathic hitman/serial killer-for-hire, but they can find no proof of his double identity. The team sets up an undercover operation where Van Pelt orders the hit and exposes the killer. Later in court, it is discovered that Patrick had broken into the suspect's home in preparation for the sting and the judge subsequently dismisses the charges as "fruit of the poisonous tree". Hightower suspends Lisbon for five days for her lack of control over Patrick, but Teresa tells Patrick that she just needed a break. Back in court, Patrick is put on the stand after allegedly assaulting ADA Odenthal. Through his questioning, he reveals to the court that Odenthal was the killer's employer (who had also killed the killer when the hitman was recaptured) and Odenthal is then taken into custody.
4320"Red All Over"Roxann DawsonCarolyn IngberApril 29, 2010 (2010-04-29)3X537014.84[21]
Patrick and the CBI team are called to the murder of Xander Harrington; a media mogul and a wealthy media corporation's CEO. The investigation leads to the Visualize Self-Realization Center —- a cult-like religious group whose leader, Bret Stiles, may have had an axe to grind following the publication of a critical story about his group. Patrick frets when Stiles mentions the death of his wife and daughter.
4421"18-5-4"Charles BeesonLeonard Dick & Ken WoodruffMay 6, 2010 (2010-05-06)3X537114.85[22]
Patrick and the CBI team investigate the death of Noah Valicat; a mathematical genius who was murdered by a gun-wielding clown that also cut off the victim's index finger. The team speaks to Noah's wife Daphne Valicat (Lucy Davis) and discover that he uses his maths skills as a day trader.
4522"Red Letter"John F. ShowalterEoghan MahonyMay 13, 2010 (2010-05-13)3X537214.84[23]
When the CBI conduct an investigation into the murder of Hector Brava, the charismatic head of a non-profit organization that fights human trafficking and a top charity organizer, Patrick is reunited with the supposed psychic Kristina Frye.
4623"Red Sky in the Morning"Chris LongBruno HellerMay 20, 2010 (2010-05-20)3X537315.22[24]
When the CBI team conduct an investigation into a murder by a Red John copycat who posted a snuff film on the Internet of a student being killed, Patrick convinces Hightower not to let his psychic friend, Kristina Frye, help in the case. However, Frye is put in grave danger when she reaches out to the real Red John and then tries to contact him by appearing on TV. Her actions have dire consequences for both her and Jane, as Red John kidnaps Kristina and then saves Patrick from the copycat.

International reception[edit]

In the UK, the second season aired on FIVE, on Fridays at 9pm. The series premiered on February 19, 2010, and concluded on July 23, 2010. The season premiered with 3.10 million viewers. The most watched episode of the season was Red Menace (3.17 million viewers), and the least watched was Aingavite Baa (2.09 million viewers), although the latter was broadcast at the later time of 10pm.[25]

DVD Release[edit]

All 23 episodes were released on the five disc complete second season set. It was released on September 21, 2010 in Region 1, November 8, 2010 in Region 2, and November 10, 2010 in Region 4. It included the featurettes "Mentalism: A Subliminal Art" and "The Art of The Mentalist with Chris Long" as well as unaired scenes.


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