The Best Episodes of The Mentalist

When mentalist Patrick Jane insults a vengeful serial killer, Red John, his loved ones are brutally killed. Faced with the horrifying consequences of misusing his gift for observation and misdirection, Jane lends his skills to the California Bureau of Investigation, all the while hoping that his connections within the CBI will give him the opportunity to track down and revenge himself upon Red John.

Strawberries and Cream (2)

#1 - Strawberries and Cream (2)

Season 3 - Episode 24

Patrick Jane finally meets Red John in an explosive confrontation with shocking repercussions for the CBI team.

star 8.90
259 votes
Directors: Chris Long
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Strawberries and Cream (1)

#2 - Strawberries and Cream (1)

Season 3 - Episode 23

John's mole in the CBI is revealed and Patrick Jane finally meets Red John in an explosive confrontation with shocking repercussions for the CBI team.

star 8.67
631 votes
Directors: Chris Long
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The Crimson Hat

#3 - The Crimson Hat

Season 4 - Episode 24

After another failed attempt to defeat Red John, Patrick Jane hits rock bottom, finds a lover and shoots one of his own.

star 8.45
711 votes
Directors: Chris Long
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Fire and Brimstone

#4 - Fire and Brimstone

Season 6 - Episode 6

With the final clue in hand, Jane attempts to gather the remaining Red John suspects in one place in hopes of finally revealing his identity.

star 8.44
1,107 votes
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Red John's Rules

#5 - Red John's Rules

Season 5 - Episode 22

Just as Jane narrows down the Red John suspect list to seven, Red John strikes again, and the victim has a link to Jane’s past.

star 8.41
971 votes
Directors: Chris Long
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Blue Bird

#6 - Blue Bird

Season 6 - Episode 22

A new lead in a cold case requires Lisbon to delay her plans to leave for Washington, D.C., giving Jane time to finally come to terms with his feelings for her and decide on a course of action.

star 8.35
1,165 votes
Directors: Chris Long
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Red John

#7 - Red John

Season 6 - Episode 8

Patrick Jane finally comes face-to-face with Red John, the serial killer he’s tracked since the madman murdered his wife and daughter. For 10 years, Jane has doggedly hunted his nemesis in his search for justice.

star 8.34
1,206 votes
Directors: Chris Long
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White Orchids

#8 - White Orchids

Season 7 - Episode 13

Lisbon accepts Jane’s surprise marriage proposal, but a killer’s quest for revenge may cost them the happy ending they’ve worked so hard to achieve.

star 8.30
571 votes
Directors: Chris Long
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Scarlet Ribbons

#9 - Scarlet Ribbons

Season 4 - Episode 1

After being imprisoned Patrick Jane has to prove that the man he shot really was Red John. Meanwhile Lisbon is trying to persuade Van Pelt to seek counseling in the aftermath of her fiancé's death.

star 8.29
743 votes
Directors: Charles Beeson
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The Great Red Dragon

#10 - The Great Red Dragon

Season 6 - Episode 7

Following the shocking events at Jane’s house, the Red John list is narrowed down further, and the CBI’s priority is the remaining suspects.

star 8.28
1,109 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
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Red Sails in the Sunset

#11 - Red Sails in the Sunset

Season 5 - Episode 8

With the help of Brett Stiles, Jane orchestrates an elaborate plan to break Lorelei Martins out of prison in the hopes of her leading him to Red John.

star 8.28
769 votes
Directors: Simon Baker
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Blinking Red Light

#12 - Blinking Red Light

Season 4 - Episode 7

The search for a serial killer hits close to home for Jane when he encounters a blogger who has devoted his life to finding the killer

star 8.26
676 votes
Directors: Simon Baker
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The Desert Rose

#13 - The Desert Rose

Season 6 - Episode 1

Jane and Lisbon secretly continue their mission to narrow down the list of seven Red John suspects as they investigate the murder of a man who was missing for two years.

star 8.24
1,193 votes
Directors: Chris Long
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Red Queen

#14 - Red Queen

Season 3 - Episode 16

The CBI team is under suspicion when a museum antiques dealer is murdered. Evidence seems to suggest that one member of the team is responsible.

star 8.18
591 votes
Directors: Chris Long
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Red Listed

#15 - Red Listed

Season 6 - Episode 4

Jane reveals that a list of fake Red John suspects he planted was stolen, and the team realizes these men are in danger.

star 8.18
1,054 votes
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Red and Itchy

#16 - Red and Itchy

Season 5 - Episode 21

J.J. LaRoche personally requests Jane’s help when the mysterious container he’s been hiding for nine years is stolen from his home.

star 8.16
893 votes
Directors: David Paymer
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Red John's Footsteps

#17 - Red John's Footsteps

Season 1 - Episode 23

As the CBI investigates the murder of a young girl and the abduction of her twin sister, Lisbon suspects that Red John is trying to draw Jane into a trap.

star 8.16
568 votes
Directors: Chris Long
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Red Rover, Red Rover

#18 - Red Rover, Red Rover

Season 4 - Episode 23

Red John taunts Jane on the ninth anniversary of his wife and daughter's death. With Jane's attention diverted and his concentration wavering, the current investigation and his CBI career are put at risk.

star 8.15
687 votes
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Violets

#19 - Violets

Season 6 - Episode 16

Jane enlists his colleagues in a dangerous sting operation to catch a deadly team of art thieves. Meanwhile, sparks fly between Lisbon and an agent from the FBI’s art squad.

star 8.14
1,102 votes
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His Red Right Hand

#20 - His Red Right Hand

Season 2 - Episode 8

The CBI team is faced with a violent and shocking crime in their own office, but must work the case in spite of their alarm of who may be behind it. Meanwhile, Rigsby and Van Pelt are definitely an "item".

star 8.14
585 votes
Directors: Chris Long
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Red Dawn

#21 - Red Dawn

Season 5 - Episode 5

See how Jane met Lisbon and the rest of the CBI team for the first time.

star 8.13
787 votes
Directors: Chris Long
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Green Thumb

#22 - Green Thumb

Season 6 - Episode 10

The FBI reluctantly enlists Jane’s help to find a missing computer programmer, but he won’t help unless Lisbon is brought on board as well.

star 8.11
1,119 votes
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The Red Tattoo

#23 - The Red Tattoo

Season 6 - Episode 5

When a prominent member of Visualize is mysteriously killed, Jane investigates in the hopes that the case will provide a clue that will lead him to Red John.

star 8.11
1,064 votes
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Ruby Slippers

#24 - Ruby Slippers

Season 4 - Episode 21

Jane and the CBI try to find the killer of a man found outside a cabaret featuring female impersonators. During the investigation they discover a list of suspects, all of whom bullied the victim.

star 8.10
649 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
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Cheap Burgundy

#25 - Cheap Burgundy

Season 4 - Episode 17

When Agent Susan Darcy asks Jane for help with an investigation, he suspects her motives; the team handles the murder of a woman who was killed after meeting someone in a chat room.

star 8.09
661 votes
Directors: Bruno Heller
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