The Mentalist

Sunday 24 October, 7:00pm on Five USA

The hit US drama series following the work of independent CBI consultant Patrick Jane continues. After a reluctant return to police work in last week’s season opener, Jane finds himself once again drawn into the murky world of homicide investigation when his estranged brother-in-law visits town. Now in its third season, ‘The Mentalist’ centres around Patrick Jane (Simon Baker, ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’), an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation. Jane made his name as a TV psychic, but quit that job amidst tragic circumstances. As a publicity stunt to raise his own profile, Jane made an on-screen appeal to a serial killer known as Red John – only for the killer to murder Jane’s wife and daughter. Jane now readily admits that he was a fraud, but has found that his remarkable powers of observation and psychological manipulation are an asset to the police. As an independent consultant with the CBI, he has a proven track record for solving serious crimes – but he has also gained notoriety for his blatant lack of protocol and his celebrity past. However, Jane’s sole motivation in remaining with the bureau is to track down the man responsible for killing his family. No-nonsense CBI senior agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney, ‘The Craft’, ‘Prison Break’) takes the heat from her boss, Madeleine Hightower (Aunjanue Ellis), for Jane’s theatrics and lack of boundaries – but acknowledges his usefulness and counts him as a friend. Lisbon’s team includes agents Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), who serves as the lead interrogator with a desert-dry demeanour; Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), the team’s resident explosives expert; and relative newcomer Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti), an optimist who is often at odds with Jane’s more jaded views. Although the CBI agents agree that Jane is a loose cannon, they cannot help but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.

Friday 22 October, 9:00pm on Five

The hit US drama series following the work of independent CBI consultant Patrick Jane continues. After a reluctant return to police work in last week’s season opener, Jane finds himself once again drawn into the murky world of homicide investigation when his estranged brother-in-law visits town. Now in its third season, ‘The Mentalist’ centres around Patrick Jane (Simon Baker, ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’), an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation. Jane made his name as a TV psychic, but quit that job amidst tragic circumstances. As a publicity stunt to raise his own profile, Jane made an on-screen appeal to a serial killer known as Red John – only for the killer to murder Jane’s wife and daughter. Jane now readily admits that he was a fraud, but has found that his remarkable powers of observation and psychological manipulation are an asset to the police. As an independent consultant with the CBI, he has a proven track record for solving serious crimes – but he has also gained notoriety for his blatant lack of protocol and his celebrity past. However, Jane’s sole motivation in remaining with the bureau is to track down the man responsible for killing his family. No-nonsense CBI senior agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney, ‘The Craft’, ‘Prison Break’) takes the heat from her boss, Madeleine Hightower (Aunjanue Ellis), for Jane’s theatrics and lack of boundaries – but acknowledges his usefulness and counts him as a friend. Lisbon’s team includes agents Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), who serves as the lead interrogator with a desert-dry demeanour; Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), the team’s resident explosives expert; and relative newcomer Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti), an optimist who is often at odds with Jane’s more jaded views. Although the CBI agents agree that Jane is a loose cannon, they cannot help but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.

Friday 15 October, 9:00pm on Five

This week sees the much-anticipated return of the hit US drama series following the work of independent police consultant Patrick Jane (Simon Baker). Following the explosive finale to season two, the first instalment of the new season finds Jane contemplating his future at the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The agents are called upon to investigate the kidnapping of a prominent lawyer, but Jane is uncharacteristically unwilling to help. Now in its third season, ‘The Mentalist’ centres around Patrick Jane (Simon Baker, ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’), an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation. Jane made his name as a TV psychic, but quit that job amidst tragic circumstances. As a publicity stunt to raise his own profile, Jane made an on-screen appeal to a serial killer known as Red John – only for the killer to murder Jane’s wife and daughter. Jane now readily admits that he was a fraud, but has found that his remarkable powers of observation and psychological manipulation are an asset to the police. As an independent consultant with the CBI, he has a proven track record for solving serious crimes – but he has also gained notoriety for his blatant lack of protocol and his celebrity past. However, Jane’s sole motivation in remaining with the bureau is to track down the man responsible for killing his family. No-nonsense CBI senior agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney, ‘The Craft’, ‘Prison Break’) takes the heat from her boss, Madeleine Hightower (Aunjanue Ellis), for Jane’s theatrics and lack of boundaries – but acknowledges his usefulness and counts him as a friend. Lisbon’s team includes agents Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), who serves as the lead interrogator with a desert-dry demeanour; Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), the team’s resident explosives expert; and relative newcomer Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti), an optimist who is often at odds with Jane’s more jaded views. Although the CBI agents agree that Jane is a loose cannon, they cannot help but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.

Sunday 25 July, 7:00pm on Five USA

This week sees the dramatic conclusion to the second series of the hit US crime drama. In the explosive season finale, the agents are drawn into the hunt for a murderer impersonating Red John, only for the real serial killer to strike on the other side of California. Seemingly intent on gaining publicity for herself, professional psychic Kristina Frye makes a potentially fatal mistake in appealing to Red John during a televised interview. Van Pelt brings the team together when she is alerted to a video posted online apparently showing serial killer Red John claim his latest victim. As the agents study the footage, they receive a call from local cops who have found the dead girl – a college student called Marley Sparrow, stabbed to death in her bed. Hightower is keen to bring in selfproclaimed psychic Kristina Frye to help with the case, but Jane objects. “Nothing she says is more than clever guess work,” he insists. “So she has essentially the same skills as you -what’s the deal?” asks Hightower. “Red John’s mine,” replies Jane. Upon arrival at the scene, Jane assesses the evidence and comes to a speedy conclusion. “This wasn’t Red John,” he says. However, a criminology lecturer at the university the dead girl attended reveals that Red John’s name came up in a recent discussion with students – though she cannot remember who mentioned him. Could Marley have fallen victim to a copycat killer obsessed with Red John? Later that day, Jane is appalled to see Kristina on television making a direct appeal to Red John. Recalling his own TV appearance that led to the murder of his family, Jane is furious. “What the hell are you thinking? Don’t you understand who you’re dealing with?” he asks of the psychic when she is brought to the station. “She needs 24-hour protection,” he adds, turning to Hightower. Despite Kristina’s protestations, Lisbon and Jane go home with her to keep guard.

Friday 23 July, 9:00pm on Five

This week on Five sees the dramatic conclusion to the second series of the hit US crime drama. In the explosive season finale, the agents are drawn into the hunt for a murderer impersonating Red John, only for the real serial killer to strike on the other side of California. Seemingly intent on gaining publicity for herself, professional psychic Kristina Frye makes a potentially fatal mistake in appealing to Red John during a televised interview. Van Pelt brings the team together when she is alerted to a video posted online apparently showing serial killer Red John claim his latest victim. As the agents study the footage, they receive a call from local cops who have found the dead girl – a college student called Marley Sparrow, stabbed to death in her bed. Hightower is keen to bring in selfproclaimed psychic Kristina Frye to help with the case, but Jane objects. “Nothing she says is more than clever guess work,” he insists. “So she has essentially the same skills as you -what’s the deal?” asks Hightower. “Red John’s mine,” replies Jane. Upon arrival at the scene, Jane assesses the evidence and comes to a speedy conclusion. “This wasn’t Red John,” he says. However, a criminology lecturer at the university the dead girl attended reveals that Red John’s name came up in a recent discussion with students – though she cannot remember who mentioned him. Could Marley have fallen victim to a copycat killer obsessed with Red John? Later that day, Jane is appalled to see Kristina on television making a direct appeal to Red John. Recalling his own TV appearance that led to the murder of his family, Jane is furious. “What the hell are you thinking? Don’t you understand who you’re dealing with?” he asks of the psychic when she is brought to the station. “She needs 24-hour protection,” he adds, turning to Hightower. Despite Kristina’s protestations, Lisbon and Jane go home with her to keep guard.

Sunday 18 July, 7:00pm on Five USA

Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) uses his powers of deduction to solve extraordinary crimes. In this week’s episode, sparks fly between Jane and professional psychic Kristina Frye when they are called in to investigate the murder of an antihuman trafficking campaigner. Hector Brava, the charismatic head of an organisation trying to stop human trafficking, is due to give a speech. Rumours are circulating that he intends to expose a shocking secret. However, just before he is due to give the speech, Hector is found battered to death with a fire extinguisher. While the victim’s wallet remains on his person, his lecture notes are missing, suggesting that the killer was desperate to prevent the speech. The CBI is called in to investigate, along with selfproclaimed psychic Kristina Frye (Leslie Hope, ’24’) to help. Jane and Kristina have locked horns before (see the episode ‘Seeing Red’) and it is not long before sparks start to fly once more. One of Hector’s employees, Russell Bigelow (Eugene Byrd, ‘Heroes’, ‘Bones’), is brought in for questioning. Russell claims that Hector planned to use his speech to tell a shocking truth about the organisation with which they were involved. He reveals that the World Anti-Trafficking Coalition engages in human trafficking itself, and uses its position as an anti-trafficker to control the trade outright. However, Jane grows suspicious when he discovers that Russell, as well as handling Hector’s work schedule, also procured him prostitutes. Jane suspects that Russell was somehow involved in Hector’s death. Jane’s suspicions appear to be borne out when he learns that Russell was trying to blackmail Hector over a past relationship that resulted in a love child. Jane urges Kristina to set up a phoney s�ance to entrap the killer. However, Kristina insists that to do so would be an abuse of her ‘gift’. Can Jane convince her to go against her principles and help catch Russell? And will an unlikely romance bloom between Jane and Kristina?

Friday 16 July, 9:00pm on Five

Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) uses his powers of deduction to solve extraordinary crimes. In this week’s episode, sparks fly between Jane and professional psychic Kristina Frye when they are called in to investigate the murder of an antihuman trafficking campaigner. Hector Brava, the charismatic head of an organisation trying to stop human trafficking, is due to give a speech. Rumours are circulating that he intends to expose a shocking secret. However, just before he is due to give the speech, Hector is found battered to death with a fire extinguisher. While the victim’s wallet remains on his person, his lecture notes are missing, suggesting that the killer was desperate to prevent the speech. The CBI is called in to investigate, along with selfproclaimed psychic Kristina Frye (Leslie Hope, ’24’) to help. Jane and Kristina have locked horns before (see the episode ‘Seeing Red’) and it is not long before sparks start to fly once more. One of Hector’s employees, Russell Bigelow (Eugene Byrd, ‘Heroes’, ‘Bones’), is brought in for questioning. Russell claims that Hector planned to use his speech to tell a shocking truth about the organisation with which they were involved. He reveals that the World Anti-Trafficking Coalition engages in human trafficking itself, and uses its position as an anti-trafficker to control the trade outright. However, Jane grows suspicious when he discovers that Russell, as well as handling Hector’s work schedule, also procured him prostitutes. Jane suspects that Russell was somehow involved in Hector’s death. Jane’s suspicions appear to be borne out when he learns that Russell was trying to blackmail Hector over a past relationship that resulted in a love child. Jane urges Kristina to set up a phoney s�ance to entrap the killer. However, Kristina insists that to do so would be an abuse of her ‘gift’. Can Jane convince her to go against her principles and help catch Russell? And will an unlikely romance bloom between Jane and Kristina?

Sunday 11 July, 7:00pm on Five USA

Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) uses his powers of deduction to solve extraordinary crimes. In this week’s episode, a mathematical genius is shot dead by a person dressed as a clown. The agents discover that the victim’s work on a computer hacking device may have led to his murder. A man named Noah Valicat is shot dead and has his index finger chopped off by a clown. Jane and Lisbon arrive to find a group of clowns standing near the crime scene. The harlequins have apparently been invited to attend auditions for a film, but their presence is clearly designed to aid the killer’s escape. “These ones are just a smokescreen,” Jane says. “Why else would he place the ad?” The victim’s wife Daphne (Lucy Davis, ‘The Office’, and real-life wife of ‘The Mentalist’ star Owain Yeoman) reveals that Noah was a mathematical genius. Noah’s brother adds that his sibling had a phobia of clowns. “He was terrified of clowns, so whoever did this was sick,” he says. It transpires that antisocial Noah found it difficult to hold a steady job. He did, however, maintain a friendship with puzzle-shop owner Tolman Bunting (Fisher Stevens, ‘Short Circuit’, ‘Lost’). The case takes a twist when Daphne reports an intruder inside her house. The agents arrive to find her home has been torn apart, revealing a safe under the floorboards. Lisbon finds Noah’s severed finger under the sofa and realises that it is the ‘key’ to opening the safe. Inside there is a chessboard, a comic book and some papers, all left by the intruder. “We think whatever the killer was looking for wasn’t in the safe,” Lisbon tells Daphne. “That’s why they ripped up the rest of the house.”

Friday 9 July, 9:00pm on Five

Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) uses his powers of deduction to solve extraordinary crimes. In this week’s episode, a mathematical genius is shot dead by a person dressed as a clown. The agents discover that the victim’s work on a computer hacking device may have led to his murder. A man named Noah Valicat is shot dead and has his index finger chopped off by a clown. Jane and Lisbon arrive to find a group of clowns standing near the crime scene. The harlequins have apparently been invited to attend auditions for a film, but their presence is clearly designed to aid the killer’s escape. “These ones are just a smokescreen,” Jane says. “Why else would he place the ad?” The victim’s wife Daphne (Lucy Davis, ‘The Office’, and real-life wife of ‘The Mentalist’ star Owain Yeoman) reveals that Noah was a mathematical genius. Noah’s brother adds that his sibling had a phobia of clowns. “He was terrified of clowns, so whoever did this was sick,” he says. It transpires that antisocial Noah found it difficult to hold a steady job. He did, however, maintain a friendship with puzzle-shop owner Tolman Bunting (Fisher Stevens, ‘Short Circuit’, ‘Lost’). The case takes a twist when Daphne reports an intruder inside her house. The agents arrive to find her home has been torn apart, revealing a safe under the floorboards. Lisbon finds Noah’s severed finger under the sofa and realises that it is the ‘key’ to opening the safe. Inside there is a chessboard, a comic book and some papers, all left by the intruder. “We think whatever the killer was looking for wasn’t in the safe,” Lisbon tells Daphne. “That’s why they ripped up the rest of the house.” Jane is intrigued by the fact that Noah’s most expensive chessboard is sitting in the lounge, while the board in the safe is a cheap copy. “One has to wonder why he had the cheapo set hidden away so carefully, unless there’s something inside,” he says. Sure enough, one of the chess pieces contains a locker key with the number 42 stamped on the end. But where is the locker, and what is inside it?

Sunday 4 July, 7:00pm on Five USA

Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) continues to solve crimes for the California Bureau of Investigation. This week, Jane crosses swords with the leader of a sinister cult while investigating the murder of the heir to a media corporation. Lisbon’s life is put in danger when a member of the cult plants a bomb in the victim’s family home. Xander Harrington is about to become CEO of his family business, Harrington Media, when he is stabbed in the neck and dies. Jane arrives on the scene and begins probing Xander’s father, Alex, for clues. Alex Harrington reveals that his son staged a coup to replace him as CEO, but insists he held no grudges. “Xander proved he could lead. I’ve never been prouder of him,” he says. The agents talk to the other members of the Harrington family, including Alex’s new wife, Tara, and her young daughter Ashley. Rigsby and Van Pelt question Xander’s brother, Ed, who denies killing his sibling, despite being overlooked in the family business. The case then spins in a new direction when Xander’s widow tells Jane that her husband’s newspaper had been investigating a sinister organisation called Visualize. “It’s more like a cult. It’s brainwashing with a sideline in tax fraud,” she explains. Xander had received threats from Visualize, whose members wanted to stop him printing stories about them. Jane and Cho visit the headquarters of Visualize, but are denied access to its leader, Bret Stiles (Malcolm McDowell). Back at the Harrington mansion, Alex receives an anonymous text message warning him that he has three minutes until a bomb detonates in the house. While the family evacuates, Lisbon calls Jane in the hope that he can deduce the whereabouts of the bomb over the phone. “I need your help finding a bomb!” Lisbon cries. She successfully locates the device, only to discover little Ashley hiding under the sofa. Unable to prise the girl free and rush her to safety, Lisbon pulls the wires out of the bomb and defuses it at the last moment.

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