Season 1 - Episode 1: Pilot

Episode 1: Pilot

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The CBI agents are called to a smart house in Palm Springs where a physician called Dr Gregory Tannen and a married woman called Alison Randolph have been murdered. The dead man's colleague, Dr Linus Wagner, identifies the bodies. Early signs, including a smiley face painted on the wall in blood, suggest that the crime is the work of a notorious serial killer known as Red John. Despite currently being suspended from duty owing to some controversial tactics in a previous case that cost a suspect his life, Patrick tags along.

As a homicide detective gives the agents a tour of the crime scene, Patrick interrupts. "This isn't Red John," he says. "Red John has a strong sense of theatre." Patrick's hypothesis is that the real serial killer always ensured that the face on the wall was the first thing that anyone saw - whereas this killer placed the woman's body at the centre of the scene. Having delivered his verdict, Patrick leaves.

After looking back at Red John's previous crimes, senior agent Teresa Lisbon reluctantly agrees with Patrick and invites him to join the investigation. "You might be right about this case," she admits. She thinks that the murders could be the work of a copycat. Meanwhile, agents Wayne Rigsby and Kimball Cho go to see the dead woman's husband, Price Randolph, who found the bodies with his brother, Tag. The agents suspect that Price might have killed his wife and Dr Tannen upon discovering that they were having an affair. However, that theory is discounted when it emerges that Tannen was gay.

Once the agents have retired to their hotel for the night, Patrick is disturbed by a package being slipped under his door. He opens the envelope to find a letter signed with Red John's distinctive smiley face and beginning with the words: 'Greetings old friend - it's been a while'. Patrick raises the alarm and races down the corridor, but is too late to catch the mysterious postman. However, Patrick is insistent that the letter is not the work of the serial killer. "Red John wouldn't risk capture just to taunt me," he says.

Back at the agents' temporary HQ, Wayne comes in with a positive lead. Analysis of the letter shows that the blood used to draw the face is Alison Randolph's, suggesting that the person who posted the package also killed Alison. But the envelope contained a hair that does not belong to the victim. "Guess who it does belong to," says Wayne. In fact, the hair is belongs to Tag Randolph, who is promptly arrested.

During questioning, Tag denies murder but confesses that he and Alison were having an affair. He then accuses his brother, Price, of killing his wife and framing him for murder as an act of revenge. Could Alison's death be the result of a dispute between two brothers in love with the same woman?

Once again, Patrick has other ideas and goes off on his own to explore them. Under the pretence of needing medication to help him sleep, he visits Dr Wagner, the man who identified the bodies. Patrick seems to suspect that Wagner murdered his colleague, and then made a spectacle of killing Alison to draw attention away from him. "Why do magicians have beautiful girl assistants?" he asks the doctor, rhetorically. "Because they're reliable distracters of attention. People will look at a beautiful girl for a long time before they look where they should be looking," is Patrick's own response. But without any solid evidence or a clear motive, is the mentalist barking up the wrong tree?

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Comments (15)

  • aprildancer

    1 year ago

    aprildancer

    Really really disapointed with Demand 5 service. Don´t know why I bothered signing up. Can´t get the Mentalist,C.S.I.s, Person of Interest or any decent shows on my tablet!

  • ewhoheoag

    almost 2 years ago

    ewhoheoag

    The series starts well after Jane's family is killed but a few episodes have flashbacks to it (the first episode explains what happened though) and I think a series 2 episode features Jane's psychiatrist from just after his family is murdered which adds some more to his back story.

  • Yuli

    almost 2 years ago

    Yuli

    If this is demand five, then i demand that they put up all the seasons!!

  • Ellen

    over 2 years ago

    Ellen

    I can't watch these on my iPod touch :(

  • Alice

    almost 3 years ago

    Alice

    why cant we see the old episodes !!! i have only started watching The Mentalist half way through the third season and cant find a way to see the other seasons for free !! p.s can anyone tell me what season and episode it was when Jane collapsed in front of Van-Pelt it looked like he was carrying a stick of some sort ( I saw a brief clip in a music video and have been wondering )

  • Alice

    almost 3 years ago

    Alice

    its completely stupid that you cant watch the old episodes I have only started watching The Mentalist half way through the third season and I think its is amazing but I cant find the other seasons anywhere p.s what season and episode is the one were Jane collapses in front of Van-Pelt he has a stick or something in his hand . pleas answer me

  • i<3mentalist

    almost 3 years ago

    i<3mentalist

    Why cant we watch first episodessss:( also what is the episode where janes family is killed...? i feel SOOOOOOOOOOOOoo sorry for him, me and my dad watch mentalist and were both bigggg fans :)

  • mentalist is the best

    3 years ago

    mentalist is the best

    is there any site i can watch the mentalist season 1 on? cos i thought 5 would have it but obviously not! p.s. love mentalist!

  • mentalist is the best

    3 years ago

    mentalist is the best

    is there any site i can watch the mentalist season 1 on? cos i thought 5 would have it but obviously not! p.s. love mentalist!

  • mega mentalist fan

    over 3 years ago

    mega mentalist fan

    i want to be able to watch past episodes i dont understand why you cant .i think this is a major probelem on ur part and i hope you will change the format which will allow you to watch every episode of my favorite program of the mentalist

  • will

    over 3 years ago

    will

    5 demand is a joke i suggest 40d or you tube they play the full first seasons to a few good shows

  • Natasha

    over 3 years ago

    Natasha

    Why can i not see the older episodes?-many are wondering this as we missed them on TV. Can you please answer me back...Thanks

  • Achenstrasse

    over 3 years ago

    Achenstrasse

    What is he point of being able to comment & then C5 never bother to anwer? So why can't we see the ols episodes c5??

  • rikey

    over 3 years ago

    rikey

    i agree, i want to watch mentalist season 1 since i missed most of the episodes on tv so i thought this new five website would be a great way to catch up but obviously i was wrong!!

  • jules11

    over 3 years ago

    jules11

    I'm liking the new Demand Five site, but why cant I watch the older episodes? this is a big disappointment. Also you need to either drop the adds or allow us to fast forward through them! they are annoying enough on normal telly without being forced to watch them on my PC.

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