The Mentalist Preview: Is Jane Finally Catching Red John?

at .  Updated at . Comments

On The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 5, we saw Patrick Jane get closer than ever to the identity of Red John.

As Kira Tinsley lay dying after being attacked by the elusive serial killer, she managed to tell Jane one vital piece of information: Red John has a three-dotted tattoo on his left shoulder.

So, as the preview for The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 6 tease, Jane gathers the five remaining Red John suspects to finally find out the killer's identity.

Jane & Bret Stiles

I had an early peek at tonight's installment, written by Ken Woodruff and directed by John Showalter, and here's a sneak peek at what you'll see in tonight's thrilling episode.

  • We begin with Jane setting the stage for confronting his suspects, then go back 2 days.
  • We see Stiles and his disciples during a ritual that tells us more about him and his power.
  • Jane gets help from Teresa regarding gathering the suspects together. 
  • Jane realizes the suspects cannot know he knows about the tattoo.
  • There's a heartfelt moment between Jane and Teresa.
  • Jane also has his own quiet moment before commencing the evenings activities.
  • The list of five suspects is shortened after this episode.
  • As we saw in the preview, there is a big explosion but who is involved? Hmmmm...

Do you think Jane will finally get all his answers and the identity of Red John will finally come to him? Of the five suspects, who do you think is truly Red John?

The Mentalist airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on CBS following The Good Wife.

UPDATE: Due to NFL overrun, this episode of The Mentalist will now air next Sunday, November 10. Tonight will be a return.

Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of Follow him on Twitter.


Did anyone else hear that they are not showing this ep tonight? I hope it is a bad rumor, cause I want to see this......anyone else hear this or know the truth?

@ Ace

It's not on! Why are they showing a rerun?! It's not fair!!


I just finished watching the episode on time shift and three of the suspects have the 3 dots - I believe they all belong to the police cabal. Chances are none of the 5 are actually Red John.

@ ellen

Thanx cbs . You should have never changed to Sunday nights to begin with. This is a great show and you are totally screwing everything up.


Love the show but quit watching starting this season after first episode, tired of Red John


I sure wish they'd resolve this and then see what the show does. Last season to me was the worst ... and this one is Red John every week. I've temporarily stopped watching until this is resolved (but come here to TV Fanatic to see what's going on toward resolution) -- and just watch the early seasons which are so much fun, even watching them again. I know I'm in the minority, but to me, Red John the super villain who rules the world and every single person except for :isbon's team works for him, is just too much. What a great show this has been ... and I just wonder if it could be again if they end the Red John storyline (of course, many have suspected that the show will end with that episode -- and hope they're wrong). And now people are commenting that Red John isn't even going to be among his suspects???

@ Keith Vlasak

Keith, you're not in the minority; complaints about the (artificially) prolonged search for Red John have become increasingly pervasive in online comment threads over the last few seasons, and the producers have taken note. With enthusiasm for the Red John arc waning and The Mentalist's ratings in steep decline, they've expedited the resolution of the show's central conceit. Personally, I'll miss the Red John through-line. It was a clever idea that distinguished The Mentalist from other procedurals and frankly helped sustain my interest in the show when other elements of the show did not. But I agree that as Red John has eluded capture again and again over the years, the writers' imagination has not kept up, and the diminishing returns became especially glaring last season. I'd love to see how the show might evolve once Red John is apprehended -- a more character-driven and less plot-driven Mentalist would be welcome -- but I think time is short.

@ Keith Vlasak

Yes, Kieth, this Red John thing has been old for a long time and I will not watch another episode until it is over.


It is going to be explosive.


I have information from a reliable source inside the CBS that says " Red John is not among them. " I'm not swearing they're right though.

@ Dr. Doctor

A lot of fans are thinking the same. I haven't let go of Brett Partridge yet. Can't wait for tonight!

Tags: ,

The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 6 Quotes

I'm not sure who I can trust. I'm not even sure I can trust you.


Lisbon: Jane, you do this and you're throwing your life away.
Jane: Bye Lisbon.