The Mentalist

Friday 2 July, 9:00pm on Five

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.

Sunday 30 June, 7:00pm on Five USA

The hit US drama series following the work of CBI consultant Patrick Jane continues. This week, the agents probe the death of a chef during a cooking competition. The investigation uncovers an array of suspects, from the chef’s rivals to his estranged wife. The CBI team is called to investigate the death of chef Jeffrey Barge during a cooking competition at an exclusive restaurant. Jeffrey’s colleagues grudgingly admit he was a genius in the kitchen but complain that he was difficult to work with. Initial tests indicate that Jeff was the victim of ricin poisoning administered via his food or drink. The agents talk to Jeff’s estranged wife Abigail (Dina Meyer, ‘Starship Troopers’), who reveals that her husband was an alcoholic. Sensing that there is something amiss, Jane asks: “What else are you hiding from us?” Abigail admits that Jeff had been sober for the last two weeks but that he began behaving erratically just before he died. Suspecting that Jeff suffered a relapse, Jane heads to his flat. His hunch is proved right when he finds a bottle of gin in the toilet cistern. “What better way to poison a drunk than through his drink?” he asks. Sure enough, tests confirm that the ricin was in the gin. Jane rounds up Jeff’s rival chefs and begins to bait them. When he accuses one of having poisoned the booze, the look of relief on another’s face suggests to Jane that she is the culprit. “She’s the one!” he declares. Under questioning, the chef, Hannah, admits that she wanted to beat Jeff in the competition and that she encouraged him to relapse – but insists she did not kill him. “I bought him the gin,” Hannah says. “But I have no idea how the ricin got in there.” When the agents learn that Jeff spoke to his colleague Eliza on the night he died, they pay a visit to Jeff’s restaurant. Eliza is unperturbed, explaining that she and Jeff simply talked about their menu, but the case then takes an unexpected turn when Eliza is mugged outside the restaurant. Lisbon overpowers the mugger and identifies him as Kevin Barge, Jeff’s brother.

Sunday 27 June, 7:00pm on Five USA

Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) uses his unique skills to solve crimes for the California Bureau of Investigation. In this week’s episode, the murder of an assistant DA leads to a psychopathic hit man. But the case against the killer falls apart at trial when Jane’s unorthodox methods are challenged by the defence. Assistant DA Kelly Flower is found murdered in her home. Lisbon and the team interview her colleague, ADA Marc Odenthal, to find out if Kelly’s murder was related to her work. Odenthal reveals that Kelly was working on a career-making case involving a crime family called the Drabers. The agents waste no time in questioning the Drabers about Kelly’s death, but the criminals plead their innocence. While interviewing Kelly’s distraught husband at her house, Jane meets the Flowers’ building contractor, Cale Sylvan. Jane is intrigued when Sylvan stands on the patch of dried blood where Kelly’s body lay, and does not even move when it is pointed out to him. “Cale Sylvan is a dangerous psychopath – he killed Kelly Flower,” Jane tells Lisbon. When pressed to support his accusation, Jane replies: “He had access and he looked evil.” Incredibly, a background check on Cale Sylvan confirms Jane’s suspicions. Sylvan is connected to numerous murders and disappearances. “He’s not just a killer, he’s a serial killer,” Lisbon says. However, serial killers tend to target the same type of person, while Sylvan’s victims are all very diverse. When Van Pelt discovers that Sylvan was paid for each of his murders, the team realises he is a hit man. “A psychopath who makes money from his hobby,” Jane says. “You do something you love, you never have to work a day in your life!”

Friday 25 June, 9:00pm on Five

Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) uses his unique skills to solve crimes for the California Bureau of Investigation. In this week’s episode, the murder of an assistant DA leads to a psychopathic hit man. But the case against the killer falls apart at trial when Jane’s unorthodox methods are challenged by the defence. Assistant DA Kelly Flower is found murdered in her home. Lisbon and the team interview her colleague, ADA Marc Odenthal, to find out if Kelly’s murder was related to her work. Odenthal reveals that Kelly was working on a career-making case involving a crime family called the Drabers. The agents waste no time in questioning the Drabers about Kelly’s death, but the criminals plead their innocence. While interviewing Kelly’s distraught husband at her house, Jane meets the Flowers’ building contractor, Cale Sylvan. Jane is intrigued when Sylvan stands on the patch of dried blood where Kelly’s body lay, and does not even move when it is pointed out to him. “Cale Sylvan is a dangerous psychopath – he killed Kelly Flower,” Jane tells Lisbon. When pressed to support his accusation, Jane replies: “He had access and he looked evil.” Incredibly, a background check on Cale Sylvan confirms Jane’s suspicions. Sylvan is connected to numerous murders and disappearances. “He’s not just a killer, he’s a serial killer,” Lisbon says. However, serial killers tend to target the same type of person, while Sylvan’s victims are all very diverse. When Van Pelt discovers that Sylvan was paid for each of his murders, the team realises he is a hit man. “A psychopath who makes money from his hobby,” Jane says. “You do something you love, you never have to work a day in your life!”

Sunday 20 June, 7:00pm on Five USA

Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) continues to unpick California’s most baffling murder cases in the hit crime drama. This week, a woman suffering from amnesia stumbles out of the forest with a gunshot wound to her head. The trail leads to three dead bodies on a Native American reservation. Elsewhere, Hightower issues Rigsby and Van Pelt with an ultimatum. Cho and Van Pelt are on a routine assignment when a bleeding woman staggers out of the trees. “She says she can’t remember who she is, where she came from or what happened,” Van Pelt tells Jane when he arrives. It transpires ‘Jane Doe’ was shot in the head, but the bullet only grazed the skin. Jane hypnotises the woman and, from her vague recollections, the agents are able to trace the crime scene to a stable, where three dead bodies are lying on the ground. The team concludes the mystery woman was left for dead by the killer. “The shooter probably thought she was dead and dumped her with the other bodies,” Van Pelt says. Two of the victims were apparently hikers who were killed when they chanced upon the scene. Jane believes the third dead body was the killer’s real target. The young man is identified as Leonard Railton, a Native American with a long criminal record. Jane and Lisbon head to Leonard’s reservation, where they meet with some uncooperative locals. In an effort to jog Jane Doe’s memory, Jane shows her some postcards of the reservation and asks if she recognises the area. When this fails, he takes the unorthodox step of driving her to the reservation to attend Leonard Railton’s memorial service. The woman does not recognise anyone in the crowd, but at Jane’s prompting, she suddenly seems to recall the crime. “I see it! I see it!” she cries. In front of the whole room, the woman describes a blue lake. “They left something on the shore,” she adds, presumably referring to the killers.

Friday 18 June, 9:00pm on Five

Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) continues to unpick California’s most baffling murder cases in the hit crime drama. This week, a woman suffering from amnesia stumbles out of the forest with a gunshot wound to her head. The trail leads to three dead bodies on a Native American reservation. Elsewhere, Hightower issues Rigsby and Van Pelt with an ultimatum. Cho and Van Pelt are on a routine assignment when a bleeding woman staggers out of the trees. “She says she can’t remember who she is, where she came from or what happened,” Van Pelt tells Jane when he arrives. It transpires ‘Jane Doe’ was shot in the head, but the bullet only grazed the skin. Jane hypnotises the woman and, from her vague recollections, the agents are able to trace the crime scene to a stable, where three dead bodies are lying on the ground. The team concludes the mystery woman was left for dead by the killer. “The shooter probably thought she was dead and dumped her with the other bodies,” Van Pelt says. Two of the victims were apparently hikers who were killed when they chanced upon the scene. Jane believes the third dead body was the killer’s real target. The young man is identified as Leonard Railton, a Native American with a long criminal record. Jane and Lisbon head to Leonard’s reservation, where they meet with some uncooperative locals. In an effort to jog Jane Doe’s memory, Jane shows her some postcards of the reservation and asks if she recognises the area. When this fails, he takes the unorthodox step of driving her to the reservation to attend Leonard Railton’s memorial service. The woman does not recognise anyone in the crowd, but at Jane’s prompting, she suddenly seems to recall the crime. “I see it! I see it!” she cries. In front of the whole room, the woman describes a blue lake. “They left something on the shore,” she adds, presumably referring to the killers.

Sunday 13 June, 7:00pm on Five USA

The hit US drama series following the work of CBI consultant Patrick Jane continues. This week, the murder of an English tutor unearths a plot to steal a priceless artefact from the British Museum. Meanwhile, new CBI boss Madeleine Hightower arrives at HQ and immediately lays down the law. Lisbon and the team are called to the home of photographer Hopper Banks when the body of English tutor James Smithson is discovered. Jane examines the body and quickly concludes that the victim was not who he claimed to be. He also spots an empty jewellery box under a sofa. “Whatever was inside this box killed our man,” he announces. Back at HQ, Van Pelt does some research and learns that Smithson’s papers are indeed false. Jane visits Hopper and his wife at their gallery and sets about ruffling a few feathers. “You’re very attractive but unhappy,” he tells Jolene. “Did you use your sexuality as a weapon against Smithson?” The wily consultant then suggests that Hopper killed the tutor upon discovering that he and Jolene were lovers. “What does it take to get you mad, Hopper?” he asks. “Did Smithson rub your nose in it?” As Jane and Lisbon head back to base, they notice they are being followed. After a confrontation, the man tailing them reveals himself as Francis Slocombe, a British police inspector from Scotland Yard. Slocombe claims that Smithson – real name Oliver Stans – is wanted for stealing a priceless ring once owned by Cleopatra from the British Museum. The cop has come to the US in pursuit of Stans and a shady antiques dealer called Louis Anglet, who he suspects bought the item from Stans. “Whoever killed Stans killed him for the ring,” says Jane, holding the jewellery box from the crime scene. While his story is investigated, Slocombe is placed into custody – but manages to give his guard the slip and escape with a gun. It emerges that the stranger is from Scotland Yard, but is not involved with the museum robbery investigation. Could the errant officer have been in on the crime, only to be double-crossed by Stans? And if so, what is his next move going to be?

Friday 11 June, 9:00pm on Five

The hit US drama series following the work of CBI consultant Patrick Jane continues. This week, the murder of an English tutor unearths a plot to steal a priceless artefact from the British Museum. Meanwhile, new CBI boss Madeleine Hightower arrives at HQ and immediately lays down the law. Lisbon and the team are called to the home of photographer Hopper Banks when the body of English tutor James Smithson is discovered. Jane examines the body and quickly concludes that the victim was not who he claimed to be. He also spots an empty jewellery box under a sofa. “Whatever was inside this box killed our man,” he announces. Back at HQ, Van Pelt does some research and learns that Smithson’s papers are indeed false. Jane visits Hopper and his wife at their gallery and sets about ruffling a few feathers. “You’re very attractive but unhappy,” he tells Jolene. “Did you use your sexuality as a weapon against Smithson?” The wily consultant then suggests that Hopper killed the tutor upon discovering that he and Jolene were lovers. “What does it take to get you mad, Hopper?” he asks. “Did Smithson rub your nose in it?” As Jane and Lisbon head back to base, they notice they are being followed. After a confrontation, the man tailing them reveals himself as Francis Slocombe, a British police inspector from Scotland Yard. Slocombe claims that Smithson – real name Oliver Stans – is wanted for stealing a priceless ring once owned by Cleopatra from the British Museum. The cop has come to the US in pursuit of Stans and a shady antiques dealer called Louis Anglet, who he suspects bought the item from Stans. “Whoever killed Stans killed him for the ring,” says Jane, holding the jewellery box from the crime scene.

Sunday 6 June, 7:00pm on Five USA

The hit US drama series following the work of CBI consultant Patrick Jane continues. This week, a scientist is deliberately exposed to a deadly toxin at a high-security biological research facility. Before she dies, she calls Jane to ask for his help in finding her killer. Once the agents have arrived on scene, however, another empty flask of the toxin is discovered, suggesting all those inside the facility have just hours to live. Jane is at CBI HQ when he receives an urgent call from Dr Alicia Seberg, a scientist based at a highsecurity biological research facility. “I need your professional assistance,” she says. “Please come immediately – I’ve been murdered.” It emerges that Alicia arrived at work as normal and entered her secure laboratory, only to find a flask of a virulent airborne supervirus open on the floor. “Whoever did this wanted me dead,” says Alicia. While there is a known antidote, it needs to be taken before exposure to the virus in order to be successful. Upon arrival at the facility, Jane and Lisbon are met by Dean Harken (Tony Curran, ‘This Life’) of the California Disease Control Authority (CDCA). Harken informs the agents that he is in charge of the situation, owing to the potential for a deadly viral outbreak. He also explains that there may be no foul play involved, since Alicia probably dropped the vial herself, then forgot what she had done because of the effects of the virus. Since only a limited number of people have access to Alicia’s biohazard chamber, Jane quickly comes up with a shortlist of suspects. The list consists of the victim’s husband, Dr Cliff Edmunds, who also works at the lab, and three other scientists. “So your husband or one of your three colleagues is the killer,” Jane tells the dying Alicia. No sooner has the victim succumbed to the virus, however, than Harken pulls rank on the CBI team. “You want to make a murder case? We’ll deal with the suspects, as per CDCA protocol,” he says.

Friday 4 June, 9:00pm on Five

The hit US drama series following the work of CBI consultant Patrick Jane continues. This week, a scientist is deliberately exposed to a deadly toxin at a high-security biological research facility. Before she dies, she calls Jane to ask for his help in finding her killer. Once the agents have arrived on scene, however, another empty flask of the toxin is discovered, suggesting all those inside the facility have just hours to live. Jane is at CBI HQ when he receives an urgent call from Dr Alicia Seberg, a scientist based at a highsecurity biological research facility. “I need your professional assistance,” she says. “Please come immediately – I’ve been murdered.” It emerges that Alicia arrived at work as normal and entered her secure laboratory, only to find a flask of a virulent airborne supervirus open on the floor. “Whoever did this wanted me dead,” says Alicia. While there is a known antidote, it needs to be taken before exposure to the virus in order to be successful. Upon arrival at the facility, Jane and Lisbon are met by Dean Harken (Tony Curran, ‘This Life’) of the California Disease Control Authority (CDCA). Harken informs the agents that he is in charge of the situation, owing to the potential for a deadly viral outbreak. He also explains that there may be no foul play involved, since Alicia probably dropped the vial herself, then forgot what she had done because of the effects of the virus. Since only a limited number of people have access to Alicia’s biohazard chamber, Jane quickly comes up with a shortlist of suspects. The list consists of the victim’s husband, Dr Cliff Edmunds, who also works at the lab, and three other scientists. “So your husband or one of your three colleagues is the killer,” Jane tells the dying Alicia. No sooner has the victim succumbed to the virus, however, than Harken pulls rank on the CBI team. “You want to make a murder case? We’ll deal with the suspects, as per CDCA protocol,” he says.

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