The Mentalist Review: "The Blood on His Hands"

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Season three of The Mentalist just keeps getting better. I'd classify “The Blood on His Hands” as the best episode yet. 

This week, we bring back Red John and the abduction of Kristina Frye.  She’s been missing for four months.  Most people assume she’s dead until she mysteriously calls into a psychic radio show.  Patrick identifies her voice and police trace the call. She isn’t found, but the address leads them to an empty, pad locked room with a creepy doll on the floor and Red John’s logo painted on the wall in Kristina’s blood. 

The scene haunts Jane as he tries to work another murder case.

Return of Bret Stiles

Our two cases overlap this week.  The murder victim, Celia, was a member of a cult-like church called Visualize.  The cult leader, Bret Stiles, is somehow connected to Red John.  Stiles tells Jane, “He wants to take away everything and everyone that you care about.  It’s a form of love you know.”  Very creepy.  How does he know what Red John is thinking?  I hope we get some answers in a future episode.

Grace and Rigsby shared some great scenes.  Rigsby is dating again and Grace is obviously a bit jealous, although she tries to cover it up.  As they drive, Grace admits her feelings to him, but says she’ll move beyond it:  “Can we be just friends?”  Rigsby agrees and it’s a nice moment between them. 

You can see how much they still care for one another. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last long.  Rigsby realizes they are being followed.  Van Pelt attempts a maneuver to lose the tail, but a cyclist gets in her way, causing the vehicle following them to slam into her driver's side door.  Rigsby’s scream as he sees the impact about to occur is frightening.  Thankfully, neither is hurt.  The tail turns out to be an FBI agent.

Agent O’Loughlin is sent to investigate CBI.  His superior is concerned that Visualize may have a mole in law enforcement.  After following Van Pelt and Rigsby, he realizes the mole isn’t within CBI.  Grace apologizes to him for her maneuver that caused the crash.  He realizes her father is a college football coach he once played against.  There are obvious sparks between these two and I won’t be surprised when they bring O’Loughlin back as a love interest for Grace.

Bracing for Cover

The final scenes are my favorites.  Again, Stiles is the man with the answers.  He gives Jane an address where they find Kristina.  She is unhurt, minus a needle mark in her arm where Red John took her blood for his logo.  Unfortunately, she is basically catatonic.  She sits in the CBI conference room unblinking.  Staring at nothing.

Patrick tries to bring her back.  He jokes, “What was the worst date you ever had?”  He pleads with her to speak to him. Then he tries one of her rituals.  He lights a candle, dims the lights and calls on her spirit to speak to him.  She looks at him and smiles.  “Death is not the end," she tells him.  “You’re talking to a ghost and still you’re a skeptic.”  When he asks about Red John she only responds, “I don’t understand what you’re talking about.”  Then he blows out the candle and her eyes are lifeless again.

Jane sits on the leather sofa in CBI.  Stiles has fled the country.  Patrick is left with more questions and no answers. Lisbon and the team get a call about another murder and Jane follows them but the look in his eyes is just as vacant as Kristina’s.  It is a haunting moment and makes me wonder how much one man can take.  What will happen when he reaches his limit?

Oh, and did anyone else notice that Lisbon wore her hair up this week?  I thought it looked more professional and less distracting.  Is that just me?


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any1 see the last scene? was that a reflection? the girl i mean.


Loved Lisbon's hair all up in this episode.


The young deputy inthe last episode of the first season mentioned his father who had passed away, so he cannot be Stiles. One can only surmise that Stiles is tied to Red John and so is Kristina. As to the person revewing the episodes, when one wants to have open discussion woth other fans, one must always bring out salient points which would make such discussion interesting. Why not invite comments by using questions to draw out readers.


wasnt much of a review, just really a synopsis of the episode with a few words on you opinion and some rhetorical questions. mo offence but try a bit harder, please!


@ ele:
i guess swinjim83 was talking about season 1 finale.


which is this previous episode that you speak of?


swimjim83 You're assuming that since he's a good friend of the cop's father, that the cop's father naturally hangs out with people in his age group, which leads to RJ being in his 50s or 60s. Which is not necessarily true, really. People can be friends no matter what their ages. So, let's not guess how old RJ is. Instead, 1.Bret Stiles knows RJ. But, is RJ keeping tabs on BS actions? Does he know that Stiles gave the card to Jane? 2.Jane talked about RJ on TV and he wasn't nice about it. So, RJ took his family/the dearest people to him away. But, Kristina was trying to be understanding, she was trying to talk about Red John as if he were a friend in trouble. And RJ basically paralysed her emotionally. So, she's lifeless now. So, this is something for us to think about. Why would RJ do that to her? Is it a warning to Jane? Is it RJ's punishment for Kristina? All we know is that Bret Stiles is connected to Red John. I used to keep the theory that KF was RJ herself, but then, this episode changed that a little. Now, there's only a 10% chance that she's RJ and did that to herself.


Stiles is either Red Johns dad, or Red John himself and theyre saving it for a twist. In a previous episode, a young deputy cop traps Jane at one of RJ's properties. Before Lisbon kills him, he mentions that RJ was a good friend of his dad's. This man was in his mid-thirties, which would likely put RJ in his mid-fifties, early sixties. Also, the blind red-head they found who described RJ's traits (when he lived with her) included a gentle, soothing personality - exactly the kind of man Stiles portrays himself as. Smart, soft, manipulative, and very resourceful. Give me Stiles for my money!


I've always asserted to that possibility, and Kristina is probably RJ's sister. However, this week's episode was a confusion of missteps. Baker deffinately off his game, I'm aasuming the very back script, lack of continuity and overall ludicrous assumptions. I think 6 writers submitted equally dismal projections, bundled them together, decided the viewers were not worth the effort, i.e. the victims lack of pedicure after 2 years sobriety, the empty house where the doll was found, the very fast DNA on the blood but the slow processing of victim's assailant DNA, Keystone (FEEBS) Kops routine to introduce Van Pelt's future boyfriend, Jane writing his memoirs and all the hogwash that ensued. Pretty soon we'll be losing interest unless we can be reclaimed with a great scrippt.


I think Bret Stiles is Red John's Father.

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The Mentalist Season 3 Episode 3 Quotes

Tell your boss, if she wants to catch bad guys, she should follow bad guys.


Jane: I'm getting bored.
Lisbon: Mr. Stiles is calling in every important person he knows to get us fired. It takes time.