Red John's Rules
|First aired||May 5, 2013|
|Written by||Bruno Heller|
|Directed by||Chris Long|
|Guest-starring||Emmanuelle Chriqui, Laura San Giacomo, Scott Anthony Leet, Tangie Ambrose, M.C. Gainey, Michael Hogan, Alice Amter, Marisa Guterman, Jack Plotnick, Brett Robert Pearsons, Homie Doroodian, Diane Witter, Mary Jo Catlett, Kiiara|
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The Red John suspect list is narrowed down to seven names, and Red John murders a person with links to Jane's past. This episode is a cliffhanger, with the Red John plot and things left unsaid between Patrick and Teresa.
Red John's latest killing is designed specifically to draw Jane in. The victim leads him and Lisbon back to a mobile home park that's also a regular carny layover, and where Jane spent a lot of time when he was young.
The woman, it turns out, was also someone Jane knew as a boy, someone he has a particular fond memory of from a Fourth of July picnic a long time ago. Jane and Lisbon discuss how her death is like Red John reached into Jane's head and stole a fond memory from him. Which, we soon learn, is exactly the point. A fellow "psychic" involved in the murder case suggests Red John may have some actual extrasensory powers, and after the final scene it's not hard to believe it.
Lisbon's team manages to capture Red John's accomplice, Miriam Gottlieb, who gives Patrick an envelope containing a DVD. On it, Lorelei Martins explains that she's about to die for revealing that Jane shook Red John's hand at one point, and then goes on to list the seven names Jane has: Bret Stiles, Gale Bertram, Ray Haffner, Reede Smith, Bob Kirkland, Thomas McAllister and Brett Partridge. He then promises to start killing again, frequently, "until you catch me or I catch you."
The fact that Red John has managed to keep in front of Jane so far, coupled with his ability to get so far inside Jane's head, suggests the killer is someone who knows him, and that further suggests it's someone with ties to the CBI. That, however, would mean John has managed to undermine Jane's acute powers of perception all this time, which makes the idea even scarier.
- Simon Baker as Patrick Jane
- Robin Tunney as Teresa Lisbon
- Tim Kang as Kimball Cho
- Owain Yeoman as Wayne Rigsby
- Amanda Righetti as Grace Van Pelt
- M.C. Gainey as Pete Barsocky
- Tangie Ambrose as Samantha Barsocky
- Drew Powell as Reede Smith
- Jack Plotnick as Brett Partridge
- Emmanuelle Chriqui as Lorelei Martins
- Michael Hogan as Sean Barlow
- Laura San Giacomo as Miriam Gottlieb
- Marisa Guterman as Sandra Guzman
- Alice Amter as Marta
- Scott Anthony Leet as Roddy Turner
- Mary Jo Catlett as Ruth (Red John's Rules)
- Brett Robert Pearsons as Val Ziskin
- Zac Henry as Kevin Barlow
- Homie Doroodian as Motel Clerk
- Denney Pierce as Cop
- Dean Wayne as CPS Bureaucrat
- Diane Witter as Receptionist
- M@tch as Venice Beach Crowd
- Kiiara as Eileen Barlow Turner (as Jenny Dempsey)
Production Information Edit
In the promo, Jane and Lisbon inspect a murder scene with the smiley face on the wall. Jane tells Lisbon that the killing was Red John. When she asks how he knows, Jane replies "Because when it's him, I can feel it."
At the murder scene Brett Partridge arrives before Jane and Lisbon and is accompanied by a forensic photographer. The photographer asks Partridge if he thinks it's really Red John who commited the murder. He says "I've worked Red John's murder scenes since he began. Totally bogus." He says RJ has been laying low for years, at which the photographer replies that RJ had recently killed. Partridge claims it was an internal affair and that Lorelei Martins' murder doesn't count.
It shows Cho and Rigsby aiming their guns and running, as well as Jane telling Lisbon that he has a list with seven names. The trailer ends with a man telling Jane that Red John will always defeat him. Jane says, "We'll see."
In the CTV promo it can be seen that Lisbon asks Jane what's on the disk, and soon after, Jane plays a video recording on a laptop with Lorelei saying, "There's new rules now..."
By the end of The Mentalist's Season 5 finale, viewers will finally know Red John's real name.
"The cards are up on the table and they're the real cards," Heller tells TVGuide.com. "There is no sort of double twist. There's no more messing around.We've been through all the twists and turns of plot, and we're now getting to the truth. Only the truth gets revealed from now on in."
So, how well do we know the seven possible suspects? "You will recognize some of the names," Heller says. "Some will be obscure, some will be very well-known. But they're all legitimate suspects, and next season we will have to work out which one is the real guy. But under a great deal of pressure, that will be revealed at the end of this episode." Indeed, just as Jane thinks he's closing in, Red John strikes out against someone from Jane's past. And the move is baffling to Jane. "It's someone Red John couldn't possibly know is connected to Jane," Heller says. "So, just when Jane thinks he is finally one step ahead, Red John is still on top. He doesn't turn things around to make Jane realize what he's learned is wrong, but it appears almost magical." 
This episode will feature a character called Sean Barlow who is an old Irish psychic from Jane's past. He could become a recurring character. Samantha and Pete, Jane's friends from his Carnival days, will also be back.
- Lisbon knocks on Jane's locked door 7 times to ask him what's on the disc given to him by Red John (7 knocks = 7 suspects).
- Lisbon remembers her mother "feeding pigeons" when talking to Patrick about Eileen Barlow's connection to him and Red John. This is the first clue the audience gets as to Red John's identity, specifically his phobia- later revealed in "Black-Winged Redbird".