In this new episode of The Mentalist, The Red Tattoo, Jane (Simon Baker) and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) are called in at the Radcliffe Hotel to investigate the death of Chad Parkman, a famous gymnast and owner of a gym. Hotel’s security heard him calling for help from inside his room, and once in, Parkman died.
Not a trace of the murder weapon, or of the killer. And since his room is located in a high floor, the question is how the killer managed out right after killing Parkman.
Jane and Lisbon are joined by the former CBI agent and now Visualize member (and one of the Red John suspects) Ray Haffner (Reed Diamond), and Visualize’s second in command Jason Cooper (Robert Picardo). Why? Turns out that Parkman was a prominent member of Visualize, and for this reason the CBI will have to co-operate with Haffner to solve this case.
Sparks fly between Jane and Haffner since the beginning, and Lisbon’s team isn’t too excited either to work with a Red John suspect.
While Lisbon goes to talk with Visualize’s Jason Cooper, Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) calls to tell her that a dead man has been found in a car, near the hotel. The man has been shot, and he still holds a knife in his hand, a knife compatible with the wound that killed Parkman. The dead man’s name is Devin Frost, a gymnast who used to train in Parkman’s gym, since he was a boy.
Jane and Cho (Tim Kang) visit Parkman’s gym. Jane talks with Parkman’s partner. They find out from him that Frost recently left the gym, and Parkman.
Cho makes an encounter. A woman named Kira Tinsley (Beth Riesgraf) mistakes him for a gym’s instructor.
Back at the CBI, Jane wants to go to talk with Haffner again, but Lisbon decides to go with Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti). The two meet Haffner at the hotel, and while talking they find out something about him: Haffner suffers from arachnophobia (fear of spiders)…
Ray then warns Lisbon and Van Pelt to stay away from Jane. He’s trouble and he will eventually harm them.
In the meantime, the team finds out that Robert Kirkland is dead. Lisbon, Rigsby, and Cho discuss about it, and it looks suspicious to all of them the way Kirkland died. Rigsby asks to see the reports of what happened the night Robert was killed, and it becomes even more clear that what the reports say it’s not what really happened to him.
Back at the CBI, Kira shows up, she’s looking for Cho. The two go to take a coffee. Before the end of the “date” though, Jane joins them and unmasks Kira. She’s a private investigator, hired to put a bug under Cho’s desk at the CBI, to spy on the team. Jane had previously removed the bug, and he puts it inside Kira’s bag in order to find out who hired her.
Jane and Lisbon meet with Cooper and Haffner at the hotel where Parkman was found dead. Jane explains how it happened.
Frost had threatened Parkman to reveal they were lovers, since the time he (Frost) was a minor. This scandal would have ruined Parkman’s career and reputation, also inside Visualize. To shut him up, Parkman offers Frost money. They meet, but Parkman shoots Frost with his gun. Frost though manages to stab him with a knife before dying. Parkman leaves Frost, dead, and goes back to his hotel room. While in the elevator, he jostles a kid who was with his dad. The dad calls the security, who threatens to burst into Parkman’s room. He has to get rid of the gun, so he takes a stretchy band the gymnasts use to work out, and he throws the gun outside the hotel’s room, where it was found by the CBI team.
So, no one actually killed Parkman inside his room. The strain to throw the gun outside his room caused a damage to the aorta, and that caused his death.
After solving this case, Jane and Lisbon ask Cooper if he hired Kira to bug the CBI for Visualize. He denies it, and Jane believes him.
The only other option is that Red John hired Kira to bug the CBI. Jane and Lisbon then rush to Kira’s house, she’s in danger. As we see them driving as fast as they can to reach her house, we also see Red John assaulting Kira. When Jane and Lisbon arrive, she’s dying, but she manages to give Jane a very important clue about Red John: he has a tattoo on his left shoulder, three dots.
But how exactly is Jane going to use this information?
The next episode is going to answer this question.