Season 1 - Episode 15: Scarlett Fever

Episode 15: Scarlett Fever

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The agents are called to a high-society party at which the host, Scarlett Marquesa, has died. The 33-year-old socialite fell to her death from a balcony after drinking a cocktail laced with rat poison. A napkin bearing the message 'Now we're even' written in expensive lipstick is found at the scene.

Jane and Lisbon visit the victim's widower, Victor, and find him in the company of two chic women, both of whom are board members at the exclusive country club at which Scarlett was president. One of the women, Asra, embraces Victor before leaving. Inside the house, Jane accuses Victor of having an affair with Asra -much to the widower's chagrin. On seeing Victor's reaction, Jane changes his mind about the affair, but remains convinced that Asra is hiding something. "I thought it was a love affair gone awry but it isn't," he tells Lisbon. "She's probably stealing from him."

Rigsby and Jane head to the country club and meet the five members of the board - all rich, competitive women apparently desperate to gossip and backbite. Heather, Asra, Patience, Jackie and Mandy all have their own, contrasting theories about who killed Scarlett and are only too willing to share them. "They're all hiding something - but I don't know what," says Jane.

Asra becomes a suspect when she empties her bank account and attempts to flee. Rigsby tracks her down to a secluded resort and bursts through the bedroom door - only to find her in bed with Mandy. During questioning, Asra admits trying to run away, but denies murder. Instead, she claims that she left because the murder investigation would make public her lesbian affair and uncover the truth about her dodgy financial dealings. It emerges that Asra works as account manager for Victor's real-estate business and has long been 'borrowing' huge sums of cash.

A look into Scarlett's finances reveals that she made a number of large deposits in the months running up to her death. Victor explains that his wife had a successful jewellery business and was due to meet her supplier later in the day. The agents go to meet the supplier and make a startling discovery - Scarlett was dealing not in jewellery, but prescription drugs. The man who was selling her the gear is promptly arrested, but points the agents in the direction of another prospective client - none other than Patience. Could the jealous housewife have murdered Scarlett in order to muscle in on her lucrative drug venture? "Scarlett was doing booming business and you wanted to be a part of it -maybe a little too much," accuses Rigsby.

Before the agents can pursue Patience as a suspect, she is found stabbed to death at a spa. Concluding that the modus operandi suggests a crime of passion, Lisbon theorises that Victor may have killed Patience as revenge for murdering his wife. However, Jane seems unconvinced and sets about executing a somewhat unethical plan. The wily consultant takes notorious gossips Heather and Jackie out for lunch and begins to talk openly about the case. "Okay, can you promise me that this will stay between us?" he asks the enthralled women. "We're going after Victor Marquesa." Does Jane have a good reason for this highly irregular behaviour, or will his mind games only serve to bring yet more trouble to the CBI?

Elsewhere this week, Rigsby mixes work and pleasure when he woos a wealthy divorcée from the country club. But when the pair prepare to go out on a date, it seems Van Pelt may be a little jealous...

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  • mr connis

    3 years ago

    mr connis

    American sit-coms and drama series always do at least 20 episodes in a season and the uk only do 12 so broadcasters think they can split in two and we the viewers wont cotton on .P.S this and ncis are best.

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  • Cuckie_Boy57

    3 years ago

    Cuckie_Boy57

    Why oh why weren't we informed at Xmas that the remainder of the series would not resume before March'11? Do they think we are all that dumb that we wouldn't notice!

  • ppitchbodd

    3 years ago

    ppitchbodd

    fiver are doing season 3 on a thursday evening at 8pm but they are only up to episode 5 which is on next week.

  • scandy1

    3 years ago

    scandy1

    this is bullsh** watched up to e11 then 5 did'n say jack when e12 was next on...

  • Jed Rohn

    3 years ago

    Jed Rohn

    What happened to the new season, stopped dead before Xmas and never picked up again, this is silly...same episodes on 4 different channels..one week the same episode was on 6 times....this is not 'choice' it is very lazy; tired and boring way to schedule proframming

  • mat

    3 years ago

    mat

    absolute rubbish public realations again!

  • mentaljelly

    3 years ago

    mentaljelly

    that is crazy, why on earth show it in the first place, why not wait to begin showing it later without a break, as i know it's caused a lot of confusion for most :S

  • FullOnYtee

    3 years ago

    FullOnYtee

    Ahhh thats explains it... not until March!!!! then i will just have to wait .. thanks for that Bee

  • FullOnYtee

    3 years ago

    FullOnYtee

    Ahhh thats explains it... not until March!!!! then i will just have to wait .. thanks for that Bee

  • Bee

    3 years ago

    Bee

    Ive just read the Radio Times and it states that the Mentalist will not resume series 3 until early March!!! It has already resumed in the States so why do we have to wait until March?????? And why couldn't they have told us this weeks ago??

  • gmatters

    3 years ago

    gmatters

    why is this site so hit and miss when it comes to ncis or the mentalist

  • FullOnYtee

    3 years ago

    FullOnYtee

    Can anyone shed some light to what is going on... I know I have seen upto S:3 Ep10 but I cant watch from Ep11 onwards online from Demand 5. Is there a problem with the site please respond thanks Ytee

  • Han

    3 years ago

    Han

    Whats happened to season 3 does any one know? :S i thought friday's 9:00 they were showing the new season, but its re-runs . . . :)

  • Con'sApprentice

    3 years ago

    Con'sApprentice

    MORE RERUNS? :(

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