Film Review: The 100th Episode of The Mentalist

by DerdriuMarriner

The 100th episode of the police procedural TV series The Mentalist is a prequel that shares Patrick Jane's first post-Red John contacts with the California Bureau of Investigation.

Violent crimes leave a widower with homeless vibes

The 100th episode assumes great importance in the life expectancies of television series.

A trip backward that casts even greater humor and understanding on the events of the first 99 episodes becomes the subject of the police procedural TV series The Mentalist’s 100th episode. The episode carries the name Red Dawn, as Patrick Jane’s (Simon Baker) emergence from:
• grief over finding his wife Angela and daughter Charlotte Anne butchered by the serial killer Red John (Xander Berkeley);
• institutionalization for a resulting mental breakdown; and
• realization that every day begins and ends red with his family’s blood until he finds and kills the perpetrator.

It displays to perfection the talents that make Patrick CBI’s most unlikely job hire.




English screenwriter, producer and director Bruno Heller created The Mentalist series about a likable, quick-witted scoundrel tormented by loss and fueled by revenge.

February 14, 2013: ceremony for Simon Baker to receive Star #2490 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
February 14, 2013: ceremony for Simon Baker to receive Star #2490 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Violent crimes lead to career path changes sometimes


Patrick encounters Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) at the elevator to the California Bureau of Investigation offices. Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) fobs Patrick off on Stephen Hannigan (Gary Basaraba), an old-school agent who worries about family members obstructing problematic investigations. Stephen -- who encourages relatives of unsolved crime victims to bypass vengeful agendas -- gives Patrick a bloody nose for persisting in:

  • asking about leads and suspects; and
  • interpreting frustration over elevator delays as indicative of the attitude and character issues of problem employees overlooked at promotion and reward times.

Teresa’s boss, Virgil Minelli (Gregory Itzin), has Patrick accompany Teresa to the shoot-and-run crime scene of Winston Dellinger (Christopher Carver). Patrick indicates that Winston reeks of drunken liaisons.


The core crime-solving quartet of Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney), Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), and Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman):

The 100th episode flashes back to Patrick Jane's addition as consultant for the trio and ends with a photo of Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) as rookie new hire.
April 18, 2008
April 18, 2008

Violent crimes mystify relatives of unsolved murder victims


Teresa judges Patrick’s cold reading of her father as a widowed alcoholic as uncomfortably spot-on and of Judge Dellinger (David Clennon) as ashamed of Winston’s alcoholism as politically unwise. But she knows how to dominate her discomfort for the outcome of difficult cases when Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), Stephen, and Wayne have no idea which suspect prevaricates during interviews of:

  • Kelly Burbage (Amanda Clayton);
  • Emmet Cox (Ryan Ahern), Kelly’s ex-boyfriend;
  • Judge Dellinger;
  • Christian Dos Santos (Kirk Acevedo), widowered by Winston’s DUI;
  • Detective Nathaniel Kim (Ian Anthony Dale); and
  • Delores Recinos (Norma Maldonado), Christian’s mother-in-law.

Through ad-libbing with hand-made Tarot cards and asking for the perpetrator to come forward, Patrick lures Nathaniel into confessing to corruption and murder.


Amanda Righetti plays Grace Van Pelt, a sensitive crime-solver with a belief in the paranormal who takes a circuitous route to personal happiness.

May 13, 2009: Maxim Magazine's 10th Annual Hot 100 Celebration, Santa Monica, CA
May 13, 2009: Maxim Magazine's 10th Annual Hot 100 Celebration, Santa Monica, CA

Violent crimes need careful eyes and good guesses


Patrick’s intervention therefore makes possible:

  • Grace Van Pelt’s (Amanda Righetti) position of new hire as a recent graduating class rookie; and
  • Stephen’s transfer.

Homeland Security Agent Bob Kirkland (Kevin Corrigan) notices Patrick’s new-hiring and persuades FBI Agent Alexa Schulz (Polly Walker) to notify Virgil of Patrick’s six-month institutionalization.

So The Mentalist’s 100th episode offers viewers the guesses, observations, and winsomeness which warrant Patrick, in scuffed shoes and three-piece suits, being a paid consultant to close cases and pursue Red John, thanks to:

  • Simon Baker and Matthew Carlisle, producers;
  • Daniel Cerone, Eoghan Mahony executive producers;
  • David Ekstrom, editor;
  • Bruno Heller, creator/executive producer;
  • Chris Long, director/executive producer;
  • Gary McLeod, photography director;
  • Blake Neely, musician; and
  • Tom Szentgyorgyi, executive producer/writer.  


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My special thanks to talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the internet.


Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, haunted by an elusive serial killer who calls himself Red John

December 21, 2008
December 21, 2008
the end which is also the beginning
the end which is also the beginning

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Updated: 10/16/2021, DerdriuMarriner
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