This week’s new episode of The Mentalist resumes exactly from where we were left. Lisbon (Robin Tunney) has just arrived to Jane’s (Simon Baker) house, where he has gathered the five Red John suspects: Reede Smith, Sheriff Mc Allister, Ray Haffner, Gale Bertram and Brett Stiles.
But as she arrives, there’s a huge explosion.
As the backup arrives too, Lisbon gets inside the house and she starts looking for Jane, in the hope that he’s still alive. She sees Reede Smith (Drew Powell) and the tattoo on his arm. Since Lisbon doesn’t know that more than one person has the tattoo, she thinks Smith is Red John. There’s a shooting, and Lisbon shoots Smith. After that, she sees CBI Director Bertram, and asks for his help. Smith manages to run away, while Lisbon finds Jane. He’s unconscious but still alive.
Lisbon and Cho (Tim Kang) are at the hospital, with Jane still unconscious. We learn that Sheriff Mc Allister, Ray Haffner and Brett Stiles are dead.
In the meantime, Bertram (Michael Gaston) arrives to the hospital, he finds Jane and he’s about to kill him. Luckily Lisbon arrives just in time, even if she still doesn’t know that Bertram has the tattoo. Jane wakes up and Bertram leaves the hospital in a hurry.
At the CBI, Rigsby (owain Yeoman) and Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) investigate the explosion, and they come to the conclusion that Red John brought the bomb in to kill Jane and the other suspects.
They also find out the place where Smith might have gone to have the bullet removed.
Jane wakes up, and he tells Lisbon that Bertram has a tattoo. He learns from her that both Smith and Betram are still alive. Lisbon proceeds to put a statewide alert for both Smith and Bertram.
Meanwhile, two cops manage to trace down Smith, who’s having the bullet removed. Both cops belong to the secret organization with the code words “Tyger, Tyger”. Their task is now to kill Smith.
One of them is detective Cordero, who “investigated” Bob Kirkland’s death.
Rigsby and Van Pelt arrive at the scene too, and they engage a shooting with the two police officers, while Smith magaes to run away. Rigsby and Van Pelt arrest one of the cops and they bring him back at the CBI.
Jane and Lisbon send Cho to check out Brett Partridge’s body, to see if he had a tattoo, but part of the skin on his arm was removed, to erase the tattoo. We learn that Partridge was a member of the secret organization too.
Betram in the meantime is always on the run, and we see him get inside a storage unit where, under the name of “Mr. Thomas,” he gets a bag with money and other supplies.
Smith finally decides to surrender. He calls the CBI, and Cho is sent to arrest him. Cordero and Bertram manage to trace down Smith’s call, and Bertram send Cordero to kill Smith before the CBi can get to him.
Finally Cho manages to arrest Smith before he gets killed by Cordero.
At the CBI, Smith talks with Lisbon and Jane, and reveales all about the secret organization. Its name is the Blake Association, their code words are Tyger,Tyger from the poem by William Blake.
Smith reveales that cops, judges, F.B.I. agents are part of this association, “Anyone in law enforcement that needs a secret covered up.”
Smith says that he doesn’t know who is in charge of the association. Red John’s a member too, and Smith recalls the case of Rebecca Anderson, the woman who killed Bosco and his team back in Season 2. Smith was asked to make sure that someone who worked for Red John could get inside the CBI and poison Rebecca, after she was arrested.
Jane’s next move is to reveal to the public, via a press conference, that Red John is Gale Bertram.
Cho, Rigsby and Van Pelt are investigating Bertram’s storage. They find a file with a list, that needs to be decoded.
Meanwhile, the team manages to find out that Bertram could hide in his aunt’s house in Citrus Heights. When Jane, Lisbon and her team get there, they find the Sac P.D S.W.A.T too. Jane thinks Bertram called them, so he could run away in the confusion. And indeed Betram, dressed as a S.W.A.T. officer manages to escape, thanks
also to the help of detective Cordero.
Back at the CBI, Lisbon and her team are trying to find a way to track down Bertram, when someone interrupts them and asks them to stand away from their desks. This person is F.B.I. supervisory Agent Dennis Abbott (Rockmond Dunbar), from Texas. He is sent by a federal judge to close down the CBI, since its Director is a criminal and a fugitive. All the CBI agents are therefore relieved from their active duties.
Next, we see the CBI office being turned upside down. Jane’s famous couch removed, and when Jane gets inside the room, an agent breaks his favorite tea cup.
This is a very important scene. The CBI, the familiar place where we’ve seen the team in action for so many years doesn’t exsist anymore. The broken tea cup stands for something that no longer exists.
Abbott and the FBI will take over the hunt for Red John, and Jane leaves the CBI. He tells Lisbon that he’s “letting go”. There’s nothing they can do for the moment, but Jane says he’ll be in touch and tells Lisbon he’s sorry, for everything.
The last scene has Jane inside a church. Once inside, he kneels down.
What’s going to happen now? How will Jane catch Red John? Is Bertram Red John?
Next Sunday’s episode is going to finally give an answer to all these questions.