Season 1 - Episode 14: Crimson Casanova

Episode 14: Crimson Casanova

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The agents are called to a swanky resort and spa where 32-year-old Claire Wolcott has been shot dead. At the time of the crime, the victim was in bed with her lover. "Which makes Mr Wolcott suspect number one," says Rigsby. "Number two," corrects Lisbon. "Number one would be Mrs Wolcott's mystery lover." But Jane has his own ideas. Based on ballistics and blood spatter evidence, he theorises that the victim's lover was himself injured and fled the scene before the police arrived. "So you're a forensics expert now?" asks an incredulous Lisbon.

Sure enough, a blood trail leads the agents to one Paul Fricke, a notorious philanderer currently in bed with a different woman. After being awoken by gunshots and grazed by one of the bullets, Fricke fled the hotel room, but immediately picked up another woman in the car park. While Lisbon and the team are shocked by Fricke's indifference to the recent death of one of his lovers, they do not suspect him of murder.

Another suspect arises in the form of Natalie, a personal assistant recently fired by Claire Wolcott for stealing - an accusation she vehemently denies. Jane and Van Pelt pay Natalie a visit and discover photographs of the victim and her lover taken at the hotel just two hours before Claire's death. During questioning, Natalie insists that she had no hand in the murder, claiming that she planned to approach Claire and threaten to tell her husband about the affair if she did not withdraw her damaging accusation. "It probably wouldn't have worked anyway," says Natalie of her abandoned plan. "Keith Wolcott is super-controlling - he probably knew all along his wife was sleeping around."

Cho believes Natalie's story, but Keith Wolcott denies prior knowledge of his wife's affair. He also has an alibi for the night of the crime. While the other agents explore the possibility that Keith paid a hit man to kill Claire, Jane and Rigsby revisit the crime scene. After checking over the room, they head to the restaurant where they spot Paul Fricke attempting to pick up more women. Fricke offers some womanising tips, but Jane is more interested in his relationship with a waitress hovering around the table. "What's going on between you and Katie here?" he asks. Fricke admits that he and the waitress once had a brief fling, but Jane thinks there was more to the relationship. Could Katie have shot Claire Wolcott in a jealous rage after seeing her with the man she loves?

Keith Wolcott then re-enters the frame when it emerges that he cancelled a cheque his wife had made out to Fricke, suggesting that he did know about her infidelity. Jane visits him at his private club and confronts him. Keith admits that he knew about the affair, but claims he was not concerned since he intended to divorce her anyway - and the affair meant she would be entitled to less of a payout. Appalled by Keith's attitude, Jane lashes out. "You contemptible little buffoon," he spits. "Your wife just died and you're swanning around in a monkey suit drinking punch!" Jane then flicks the powerful businessman on the nose.

Back at HQ, a furious Lisbon sets about dealing with the fallout from Jane's behaviour, but the wayward consultant is unconcerned. Instead, he comes up with an elaborate sting to ensnare the killer at the hotel bar, where Paul Fricke is a regular visitor. Jane's outrageous plan involves Cho posing as a playboy on the lookout for single women, while observing Katie and Fricke's interaction. But having already brought the CBI a great deal of trouble, does Jane have any more influence over his colleagues? And does Cho have enough charm to pull off his undercover role?

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Comments (34)

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  • jill

    over 2 years ago

    jill

    we all need the mentalist to surviveit needs to come back as soon a possible cos i love simon baker as patrick jane and now everyone is moving onto better shows.

  • laura

    3 years ago

    laura

    it needs to come back on please or we will loose track of where we r up to. am missin series 3 . bring it back.................

  • tarbon

    3 years ago

    tarbon

    What is going on here? - are you seriously wanting to turn viewers away? Would be helpful to have a response. I would boycott viewing on line if there was something to boycott......

  • jen

    3 years ago

    jen

    whats the point of Demand 5....every episode of THE MENTALIST listed says...sorry we are unable to show this episode. DUH!

  • ro

    3 years ago

    ro

    Why can we not see the rest of series one now thou... Also he is so fit, I just want to drool.. Is that terrible?!?

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  • David

    3 years ago

    David

    it only returned to US tv on the 7 January and then had a break again last week they have only shown 12 episodes in America thus far so it will return when it returns be patient

  • Jean

    3 years ago

    Jean

    Thanks for that Craig :o) NAUGHTY Five though :o(

  • Craig

    3 years ago

    Craig

    Here YOu go guys, straight from the horses mouth: 5.The Mentalist What's happened to Series 3? Series 3 took a mid-season break in the US after Episode 10, and as we were screening episodes only a week after the American broadcasts we have had to do the same. We do not currently have a scheduled date for its return, and recommend keeping an eye on our listings at www.five.tv/schedule. In the meantime, we are planning repeats of episodes from Series 1 on Five from Episode 12, commencing Friday 7th January 2011. We are also planning to repeat episodes from Series 3 on FIVER on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. As our schedules are subject to change, you should confirm timings closer to these dates at www.five.tv/schedule.

  • Bridie

    3 years ago

    Bridie

    What is going on come on five just a plain and simple answer please !!!

  • sal

    3 years ago

    sal

    Does anyone ever answer this blog? seems you all want the same info but no one from five is answering?

  • Sue

    over 3 years ago

    Sue

    So, what have you done with the rst of series three? Have you lost it?

  • Alexandrea29

    over 3 years ago

    Alexandrea29

    I agree and am too very upset with this, I thought it was because of xmas but I was wrong, according to the net it is not back on in the uk till 21st October 2011 :o( anybody know if this is righgt or wrong?

  • Alexandrea29

    over 3 years ago

    Alexandrea29

    I too think it is wrong to stop at s3 ep10 I thought this was because of xmas, its so wrong why has ch 5 done this? I have searched on the net and it says will not be aired back on c5 in uk until 21st October. is this wrong or does anybody know real dates?

  • Tony of Sandhurst

    over 3 years ago

    Tony of Sandhurst

    I agree that stopping at S3 episode 11 and continuing with S1 episode 13 is confusing and annoying - I initially thought I had missed one! Sort it out Ch5!

  • sharon

    over 3 years ago

    sharon

    What is going on? What has happened to the new season? can anyone tell me!!

  • shewly

    over 3 years ago

    shewly

    was unable to watch any of the episodes

  • Nicky

    over 3 years ago

    Nicky

    It's just the mid-season break, they have it over in the US too, so calm down...

  • matty

    over 3 years ago

    matty

    No idea why C5 has stopped in mid series with no explanation. Very bad channel five!!!

  • matty

    over 3 years ago

    matty

    Very Bad Of C5, Stopped in the middle of a series with no explanation... Wish i could report abuse to them!!!

  • Rosemary English

    over 3 years ago

    Rosemary English

    I rely on this website to watch The Mentalist because I can't get C5 on my TV at home (signal is terrible on the Sussex coast). It's all very well saying that they are repeating series one, but they aren't putting it on the website so I can't even see that.

  • Rosemary English

    over 3 years ago

    Rosemary English

    I rely on this website to watch The Mentalist because I can't get C5 on my TV at home (signal is terrible on the Sussex coast). It's all very well saying that they are repeating series one, but they aren't putting it on the website so I can't even see that.

  • Sir Marc Boeris

    over 3 years ago

    Sir Marc Boeris

    what the hell is going on with the episodes where has season three gone one minute it there and then its gone, really is it that hard to work how to upload episode. why are we all waiting so long for you at demand five to sort your act out

  • Justine Jackson

    over 3 years ago

    Justine Jackson

    I am confused too, the last one I saw was Episode 10 and now it seems to have skipped to Episode 14 on 21st Jan, 2011??

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  • emma collins

    over 3 years ago

    emma collins

    i want series 3 back now, stop messing around five.

  • GD

    over 3 years ago

    GD

    Please hurry and air the rest of series 3. We're missing it alot! Thanks.

  • Carl Perera

    over 3 years ago

    Carl Perera

    Highly disappointed, was excited about continuing to watch season 3 and Five put on series one. Makes no sense - especially since they are starting season one off with Episode 12. When is the rest of season 3 on please?

  • ipek19877

    over 3 years ago

    ipek19877

    very annoying! wheres season 3 gone!

  • Su F

    over 3 years ago

    Su F

    I've just tuned in to 7th Jan episode I recorded, and I utterly agree with PJRules!!! STOP MESSING EVERYONE AROUND AND CRACK ON WITH THE REST OF SERIES 3!!!!! If you simply continued the episodes from the last then people wouldn't be complaining to what has appeared to be a Brilliant channel thus far... Please fix this for eevryone who adores Patrick!!! Ta

  • vijay rami

    over 3 years ago

    vijay rami

    when does series 3 starts

  • PJRules

    over 3 years ago

    PJRules

    STOP CALLING THESE EPISODES 'NEW SERIES'!! (see description box on 'Episodes' page). This is why everyone is getting confused and worried! Channel 5 should be making it clear that these are repeats from series one. They should also give us a date for when series 3 resumes so that we can all sleep soundly :-)

  • Con's apprentice

    over 3 years ago

    Con's apprentice

    I love our comment box mentalist discussions and debates.

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