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A rundown of this week's episode...

- Two police officers and the fiancé of a third police officer are found murdered off of a rural road. CBI is called in to take the case.

- Todd Johnson, the fiancé of the murdered woman, vows revenge against the killer. Lisbon tries to persuade him against vigilante justice. Jane, who is having flashbacks of Red John’s killings, says he understands the need for revenge.

- The forensic report concludes that the gun used in these killings was also used to kill two other police officers in separate incidents, which means they are looking for a serial killer who is killing cops.

- A wannabe psychic, Ellis Mars hangs around the police station claiming to have information about the case. No one believes him but Jane eventually listens to his story. Jane feeds him information that allows him to convince the local police that he may really be psychic.

- Jane convinces both the local police and Ellis Mars that the killer may return to the scene of the crime that night. Ellis wanders onto the scene hoping to spot the killer. Instead, he is spotted by the police and runs. The police are now convinced Ellis is their killer.

- Jane hides Ellis in a local motel. He brings Todd Johnson to the motel room and hands him a gun, telling him Ellis is the killer and he can take his revenge. Todd is perplexed. He asks Jane why he is setting him up since he knows Ellis didn’t commit the murders. Jane allows Ellis to leave the room.

- Jane then accuses Todd of being their serial killer. At first Todd denies it but then admits to the killings and tries to kill Jane. Rigsby and Cho burst into the room and arrest Todd.

- Todd refuses to talk to anyone but Jane. He says he has a secret message for him. When the guard escorts Jane into the holding cell they find Todd on fire. The guard puts the fire out but Todd will not survive his injuries. Lisbon surmises that a local cop may have set Todd on fire as revenge for the killings.

- Jane sits at the hospital with Todd who regains consciousness for a moment. Todd turns to Jane and says “Tiger, Tiger” just before he dies.

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I think Todd was working with Red John .. I think thats why Todd wanted to speak to Jane .. he even said we have a connection .. I think he was going to tell him about it .. and Red john got in jail and fired up Todd .. as the last time Red John killed his partner the CBI secretary (if i am not mistaken it was the ending os Season 2 ) it couldnt been Red John hes way to clever to be just fired up like that and caught .. it was Red John helper..


I concede that it is absolutely possible that Todd was not Red John; however, I expect The Mentalist to be airing for many years to come and I certainly hope, for the shows sake, that the Red John storyline doesn't drag on forever. That would be too lame for this great writing team, and the show doesn't need the Red John storyline to remain interesting and engaging. Patrick Jane's character is interesting enough to not only survive, but even thrive without Red John in the picture. I DO like the idea of having Jane find out that Red John works for the CBI--as a previous commentor suggested. That would be a brilliant revelation!


Todd is deffinately not Red John and I still stand by my assertion that the Tyger, Tyger words assumably pronounced by Todd was just imagined by Jane since he is so subliminally perverted by those words, check out the book he is reading in the first episode and his writing in his little book, he can't let go. Red John will be around for as long as the series goes on and perhaps he will never be caught.


To me at least from a writing stand point it seems way to anti climactic for Todd to be Red John. Not only that but John has been one step ahead of Jane through out everything it seems highly unlikely this is what happens to bring him down and on the last point the MO of Todd is WAY off from red John. Red johns killings have been almost all female and his signature smiley face even jane concedes that Red John is all about the showmanship. When red john kills its always the face you see first the face then the body in that order. It just doesn't fit. Now it's obvious that Todd is linked to red john but it could just be Red John messing with jane again saying look how close you got and still you really aren't anywhere


Todd was probably not Red John. I admit the possibility exists, but I think it is more likely that he was just another one of those working for Red John. At the end it seemed like he was scared and he probably realized that he would be killed by Red John who I suspect is working in the CBI at least some of the time, or has connections there. Red John is still out there.


Ok..I watched the ending again...Todd IS Red John...


However...the flaws in my theory is wouldn't Patrick Jane recognise Red John's voice, height, scent?
Hmmm...I guess we'll have to wait and see.


I believe that Todd Johnson WAS Red John. The beginning of the episode when Lisbon asks Patrick Jane "Maybe we should hand this one over to the Feds?" and Jane says, "No, I want this one; or vice versa. I don't know why, but I do." Jane is subconsciously drawn to this case.
And Jane's Red John flashbacks the evening after meeting Todd Johnson.
And then Todd Johnson always talking about revenge in front of Jane (he attacks a suspect at CBI Headquarters, after Lisbon brings tries to distance the suspect from the over zealous sheriff); and Jane going so far as to tell Todd to pretend to be calm and cool, to pretend not to be willing to want vengeance.
I could go on and on...but I think Todd/Red John did the ultimate in cruelty to Jane by killing himself...so Jane could NEVER get what his entire life has been devoted to since his wife and daughter were murdered: revenge.
I believe Todd PLANNED on getting caught by Jane, and then planned on killing Jane...but he killed himself instead so Jane could not exact revenge.
Just my theory, but I've watched the episode twice and it makes sense.


It has to do with the season finale from season 2 Red John tells jane
Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?


Tiger, Tiger was part of the poem that Red Dawn quoted to Jane previously, indicating some link between the two serial killers.

The Mentalist Season 3 Episode 9 Quotes

If you truly want revenge you have to be hard. You have to be dishonest and devious and cold. You can't let people see what's really in your heart.


This is not a fascinating puzzle, it's a media crap storm.