The Worst Episodes of The Mentalist

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2018

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.

The Silver Briefcase

#1 - The Silver Briefcase

Season 7 - Episode 5

A chance encounter with a military colonel leads Jane to believe the soldier is hiding something, leading him to dig into closed murder case of the man’s wife.

star 7.53
754 votes
Directors: Simon Baker
Writers: Jordan Harper
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A Dozen Red Roses

#2 - A Dozen Red Roses

Season 1 - Episode 19

Patrick Jane and the team go to Hollywood when they investigate the murder of a movie producer.

star 7.53
593 votes
Writers: Andi Bushell
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Black Market

#3 - Black Market

Season 7 - Episode 4

The team investigates a murder linked to a counterfeit diamond operation, but an illness forces Jane to direct his colleagues from the office as he recuperates. Meanwhile, Abbott is concerned that transgressions in his past could harm his wife’s chance to obtain a prestigious job in Washington, D.C.

star 7.59
954 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Tom Donaghy
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Little Yellow House

#4 - Little Yellow House

Season 7 - Episode 7

A murder investigation becomes personal for Lisbon when she learns that her underachieving younger brother, Jimmy, is being sought as a key witness.

star 7.60
790 votes
Directors: Edward Ornelas
Writers: Marisa Wegrzyn
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Green Light

#5 - Green Light

Season 7 - Episode 6

The team is brought in to consult on a botched DEA raid, but when Abbott’s former boss tries to blackmail him into keeping the agency’s missteps quiet, Abbott is forced to choose between his career and his morals.

star 7.64
780 votes
Directors: Geary McLeod
Writers: Alex Berger
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Red Lacquer Nail Polish

#6 - Red Lacquer Nail Polish

Season 5 - Episode 15

The remains of an elderly heiress are uncovered in her eerie mansion, and the CBI have a long list of suspects for her homicide.

star 7.66
790 votes
Directors: Geory McLeod
Writers: Eoghan Mahony
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Nothing Gold Can Stay

#7 - Nothing Gold Can Stay

Season 7 - Episode 10

Jane takes extreme measures as the team tries to apprehend a deadly gang of armored car robbers before their desperation to remain free costs more innocent people their lives.

star 7.67
851 votes
Writers: Alex Berger
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Red Herring

#8 - Red Herring

Season 2 - Episode 15

Jane and the team investigate the murder of an arrogant chef during a cooking competition in Napa Valley.

star 7.67
602 votes
Writers: David Appelbaum
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The Whites of His Eyes

#9 - The Whites of His Eyes

Season 7 - Episode 8

Jane worries for Lisbon’s safety when the team puts itself in the line of fire to protect the witness in a murder investigation from a skilled assassin.

star 7.68
802 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Erin Donovan
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Redemption

#10 - Redemption

Season 2 - Episode 1

Jane and Lisbon learn that the Red John case has been reassigned to a different CBI team led by the straight-shooting officer Sam Bosco.

star 7.70
662 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Bruno Heller
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Bloodsport

#11 - Bloodsport

Season 3 - Episode 11

Patrick and the team investigate the murder of a woman with ties to one of the fighters. Meanwhile, LaRoche focuses his investigation on Rigsby, who in turn is forced to ask Cho for a huge favor in order to keep his job.

star 7.70
631 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Eoghan Mahoney
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Cackle-Bladder Blood

#12 - Cackle-Bladder Blood

Season 3 - Episode 2

When Jane's shady brother-in-law (Kevin Rankin) comes to town and becomes a suspect in a murder investigation, Jane is forced to help him.

star 7.71
694 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Ashley Gable
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Byzantium

#13 - Byzantium

Season 7 - Episode 11

A young man claiming to have psychic powers offers his help to the FBI in solving a pair of murders, but when he leads them to additional victims, Jane and the team begin to suspect that he is in fact the killer they’re hunting.

star 7.71
879 votes
Writers: Jordan Harper, Marisa Wegrzyn
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Red Rum

#14 - Red Rum

Season 1 - Episode 12

Patrick Jane sets a mentalist trap to find out who is responsible for the murder of a high school boy who antagonized the local self-proclaimed witch by killing her cat.

star 7.71
631 votes
Directors: Dean White
Writers: Andi Bushell
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Red Menace

#15 - Red Menace

Season 2 - Episode 4

Jane and the CBI investigate the murder of Gordon Hodge, a powerful attorney, who is responsible for allowing a vicious murderer, Van McBride, to walk away a free man.

star 7.72
612 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Leonard Dick
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The Red Ponies

#16 - The Red Ponies

Season 3 - Episode 5

Patrick Jane and the CBI team hit the horse track when a jockey is found murdered and suspects abound.

star 7.72
631 votes
Writers: Eoghan Mahony
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Throwing Fire

#17 - Throwing Fire

Season 2 - Episode 10

While Jane and the team examine the crime scene where a baseball scout is found murdered, Jane is clocked in the head by a ball and flashes back to his childhood with his overbearing father.

star 7.72
618 votes
Writers: John Mankiewicz
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A Price Above Rubies

#18 - A Price Above Rubies

Season 2 - Episode 9

A jewel heist during a charity event leaves a man lingering near death but the investigation takes a bizare turn when the chief suspect winds up dead.

star 7.73
606 votes
Directors: Charles Beeson
Writers: Eoghan Mahoney
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Orange Blossom Ice Cream

#19 - Orange Blossom Ice Cream

Season 7 - Episode 3

Jane and Lisbon travel to Beirut where they must work with Jane's familiar adversary Erica Flynn, who agrees to help the FBI apprehend her boyfriend, a courier for terrorist organizations, in exchange for amnesty for her past crimes.

star 7.73
1,018 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Tom Szentgyorgyi
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Forest Green

#20 - Forest Green

Season 6 - Episode 18

When a woman is found murdered near a remote men’s social club, Jane must find a way to insinuate himself into the insular group to find the killer.

star 7.73
1,116 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Hatcher
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Black Cherry

#21 - Black Cherry

Season 5 - Episode 9

The CBI team investigates the murder of a real estate agent with former gang ties, while Jane searches for leads on his new connection to Red John.

star 7.74
764 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Erika Green Swafford
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Red Tide

#22 - Red Tide

Season 1 - Episode 3

When a body washes ashore on the beach, Patrick sets a trap to determine and catch the killer out of a group of surfers.

star 7.74
846 votes
Directors: David Barrett
Writers: Ashley Gable
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Blood In, Blood Out

#23 - Blood In, Blood Out

Season 2 - Episode 14

When a member of Cho's former gang, the Avon Park Playboys, is found murdered, Patrick Jane insists on helping Cho with his off-the-books investigation.

star 7.75
646 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Ken Woodruff
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Blood Brothers

#24 - Blood Brothers

Season 1 - Episode 22

Patrick Jane, Agent Lisbon and the CBI Team investigate the murder of a student in a wilderness program for troubled kids. Patrick Jane must find a clever way to convince the troubled kids at a wilderness program to confide in him about what really happened surrounding the death of one of their peers.

star 7.75
574 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Erika Green
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Red Hair and Silver Tape

#25 - Red Hair and Silver Tape

Season 1 - Episode 2

Jane orchestrates his own undercover operation using Van Pelt as bait as the team investigates the murder of a young waitress in the Napa Valley.

star 7.75
942 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Bruno Heller
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