The Mentalist (2008–2015)

Red Moon 

CBI connects a small-town triple homicide to a cop killer, and a "psychic" who offers to help with the case suggests that the killer's actions are based on the moon cycle.


Simon Baker


Bruno Heller (created by), Bruno Heller





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Baker ... Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney ... Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang ... Kimball Cho
Owain Yeoman ... Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti ... Grace Van Pelt
John Billingsley ... Ellis Mars
Josh Braaten ... Todd Johnson
Chris Ellis ... Sheriff Mullery
Connor Trinneer ... Deputy Bob Woolgar
Brian Cousins ... Fire Station Captain
John Pirruccello ... Gregor Hobart
Richard Redlin Richard Redlin ... Joe Hunnicker
Heather Tom ... Marva
Aunjanue Ellis ... Madeleine Hightower
Bryan Lugo ... Rusty Moore


Smalltown Vineland sheriff Mullery's deputies Nelson Capel and Lance Connor and Mullery's cousin EMT Todd Johnson's fiancée Keeley Farlowe were all found killed, though in different ways, in the same olive plantation where Todd lived with her and her wheelchair-ridden uncle Joe Hunnicker. 'Clairvoyant' Ellis Mars warns the murderer will strike again. Keeley's former admirer, trucker Gregor Hobart, possibly last to see her, seems amused but says he defended her against horny cook Rusty Moore, who has scratched. The bullet links the case to several other monthly cop killings. After a button points to the fire department, where only B. Kitchen didn't report for duty on the killing night, the sheriff is fatally shot and Mars claims credibility, volunteering 'psychic help', concluding a werewolf attack. Patrick set a successful trap but ends up feeling burnt. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

18 November 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


At about 24 minutes in, Van Pelt mentions the names of several officers whose deaths were linked to a hand gun, one of whom was named Rance Howard. Rance Howard is a living actor, who is also the father of famous actor/director Ron Howard. Update - the actor, Rance Howard actually passed away in 2017. See more »


Todd Johnson whispers to Jane at the end of the episode while apparently bearing a tracheotomy. The presence of a tracheotomy bypasses the airflow between the lungs and the mouth, thus Todd would not be able to speak at all under these circumstances. See more »


Patrick Jane: A little hypocritical, if you're gonna lecture him on revenge, don't you think?
Teresa Lisbon: How's that?
Patrick Jane: Uh, all these years, you've been helping me seek revenge.
Teresa Lisbon: That's different.
Patrick Jane: ...How's that?
Teresa Lisbon: I'm in control of the situation.
Patrick Jane: Oh really?
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