Season 5 premiered on September 30, 2012. It picked up after the cliffhanger of The Crimson Hat, with the episode, The Crimson Ticket. The main focus of this season is discovering the identity of Red John and figuring out what the connection Lorelei Martins has to him.
The Mentalist tells the story of Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. He also makes frequent use of his mentalist abilities to lead witnesses or offenders into offering the actual facts of the case, as known only to them.
Within the Bureau, Patrick Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Patrick Jane's role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents.
However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon openly resists having Patrick Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Patrick Jane's usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon's team includes agents Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and rookie member Grace Van Pelt, who all think Patrick Jane is a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.
- Simon Baker as Patrick Jane (22/22)
- Robin Tunney as Teresa Lisbon (22/22)
- Tim Kang as Kimball Cho (22/22)
- Owain Yeoman as Wayne Rigsby (22/22)
- Amanda Righetti as Grace Van Pelt (18/22)
- Emmanuelle Chriqui as Lorelei Martins (4/22) (Deceased)
- Ivan Sergei as FBI Agent Gabe Mancini (2/22)
- Polly Walker as FBI Agent Alexa Shultz (2/22)
- Drew Powell as FBI Agent Reede Smith (1/22)
- Michael Gaston as Gale Bertram (4/22)
- Pruitt Taylor Vince as J.J. LaRoche (3/22)
- Kevin Corrigan as Robert Kirkland (6/22)
- Monique Gabriela Curnen as Tamsin Wade (2/22)
- Henry Ian Cusick as Tommy Volker (3/22)
- John Rubinstein as Judge Manchester (3/22)
- Rebecca Wisocky as Brenda Shettrick (3/22)
- David Norona as DDA Oscar Ardiles (2/22)
- Amy Aquino as Judge Patricia Davis (2/22)
- Christopher Cousins as Jason Lennon (2/22) (Deceased)
- Jack Plotnick as Brett Partridge (2/22)
Notable Guest Cast
- Samaire Armstrong as Summer Edgecombe (Panama Red)
- Malcolm McDowell as Bret Stiles (Red Sails In The Sunset)
- Gregory Itzin as Virgil Minelli (Red Dawn)
- Reed Diamond as Ray Haffner (The Red Barn)
- William Forsythe as Steve Rigsby (Blood Feud)
- Dove Cameron as Charlotte Anne Jane (Devil's Cherry)
- Jillian Bach as Sarah Harrigan (Black Cherry)
- Robert Picardo as Jason Cooper (The Red Barn)
- Michael Hogan as Sean Barlow (Red John's Rules)
|Image||Title||Writer(s)||Director(s)||Airdate||Viewers (millions)||Ep. Number|
|The Crimson Ticket||Writer(s): Bruno Heller||Director: Randall Zisk||September 30, 2012||11.06||5.01|
|While Jane tries to decipher Lorelei's connection to Red John, the CBI team is forced to partner with the FBI to solve the murder of a hotel employee.
|Devil's Cherry||Writer(s): Daniel Cerone||Director: Randall Zisk||October 7, 2012||9.02||5.02|
|While the CBI team investigates the murder of a diamond cutter, Jane meets a girl who claims to be his late daughter Charlotte.
|Not One Red Cent||Writer(s): Ken Woodruff||Director: Chris Long||October 14, 2012||10.74||5.03|
|A bank employee is murdered during a heist and Jane and the team must work to track down the killer, while Lisbon is pulled deeper into the CBI/FBI rivalry.|
|Blood Feud||Writer(s): Jordan Harper||Director: Anton Cropper||October 21, 2012||8.10||5.04|
|When Rigsby's father is found injured at a crime scene, the team must find out if it is the result of a long-standing small-town gang war.|
|Red Dawn||Writer(s): Tom Szentgyorgi||Director: Chris Long||October 28, 2012||10.17||5.05|
|See, how Jane met Lisbon and the rest of the CBI team for the first time.
|Cherry Picked||Writer(s): David Appelbaum||Director: John Showalter||November 4, 2012||9.11||5.06|
|The team investigates the kidnapping of a couple that may be the victim of mistaken identity, while Jane continues his investigation into Lorelei's whereabouts.
|If It Bleeds, It Leads||Writer(s): Eoghan Mahony||Director: John Showalter||November 11, 2012||10.15||5.07|
|The team investigates the murder of a reporter who may have become too close to her story, while Jane insists on pursuing his own leads to find Lorelei.
|Red Sails In The Sunset||Writer(s): Daniel Cerone||Director: Simon Baker||November 18, 2012||8.07||5.08|
|With the help of Bret Stiles, Jane orchestrates an elaborate plan to break Lorelei Martins out of prison in the hopes of her leading him to Red John.
|Black Cherry||Writer(s): Erika Green||Director: Elodie Keene||November 25, 2012||10.15||5.09|
|The CBI team investigates the murder of a real estate agent with former gang ties, while Jane searches for leads on his new connection to Red John.
|Panama Red||Writer(s): Michael Weiss||Director: Guy Ferland||December 9, 2012||7.94||5.10|
|The death of a young botanist leads the team into the lucrative world of medical marijuana.
|Days Of Wine And Roses||Writer(s): Rebecca Cutter||Director: Eric Laneuville||January 6, 2013||10.85||5.11|
|The CBI team visits a high-end California rehabd center in order to investigate the death of a young model who was a patient there, while Lisbon ramps up her investigation into Tommy Volker.
|Little Red Corvette||Writer(s): Ken Woodruff||Director: Randall Zisk||January 13, 2013||10.60||5.12|
|The CBI investigates the death of a geologist, which Lisbon is convinced is the key to bringing down Tommy Volker.
|The Red Barn||Writer(s): Tom Szentgyorgi||Director: Allison Anders||January 27, 2013||10.50||5.13|
|The team investigates a 25-year-old case that seems to involve both Red John and the Visualize group, and Lisbon contemplates her future
|Red In Tooth And Claw||Writer(s): Jordan Harper||Director: Randall Zisk||February 17, 2013||9.42||5.14|
|The team delves into the surprisingly cutthroat world of academics in a case involving a graduate student at a natural history museum
|Red Lacquer Nail Polish||Writer(s): Eoghan Mahony||Director: Geary McLeod||March 3, 2013||9.24||5.15|
|The episode involves the murder of an elderly wealthy heiress called Emily Vogelson. She was found burned to death in her creepy mansion although no positive identification can be made.
|There Will Be Blood||Writer(s): Ken Woodruff and David Appelbaum||Director: Anton Cropper||March 10, 2013||9.52||5.16|
|Lorelei Martins returns and kills the manager of a Woman's Shelter who she believes was somehow implicated in her sister's death, along with Red John. Jane has to confess his role in Lorelei's prison escape to Lisbon.
|Red, White and Blue||Writer(s): Tony Astrino||Director: Robbie Duncan McNeill||March 17, 2013||9.98||5.17|
|The CBI team investigates when the body of a female army medic who worked with soldiers with PTSD is found near a military base.
|Behind The Red Curtain||Writer(s): Erika Green and Eoghan Mahony||Director: Chris Long||March, 24 2013||8.00||5.18|
|This episode will feature a murder that interrupts a musical production preparing for Broadway. We will meet Deandra a once popular diva with a drinking problem, Alec the Shows manager, Bran the Musical Director, Jacinta the shows publicist and Polly, the murder victims foster mother.
|Red Letter Day||Writer(s): Michael Weiss||Director: Guy Ferland||April 14, 2013||7.84||5.19|
|The CBI team heads out to a run-down Wild West tourist town when the owner is found dead. Meanwhile, Kirkland tries to find out how much Jane knows about Red John.
|Red Velvet Cupcakes||Writer(s): Rebecca Cutter||Director: David Barrett||April 21, 2013||9.10||5.20|
|Rigsby and Van Pelt go undercover as a couple with relationship problems to investigate the death of a woman who received advice from a radio love doctor.
|Red and Itchy||Writer(s): Daniel Cerone||Director: David Paymer||April 28, 2013||8.69||5.21|
|J.J. LaRoche personally requests Jane’s help when the mysterious container he’s been hiding for nine years is stolen from his home.
|Red John's Rules||Writer(s): Bruno Heller||Director: Chris Long||May 5, 2013||9.17||5.22|
|Jane’s quest to narrow down the list of Red John suspects comes to a thrilling conclusion.