The Mentalist is back after the Holidays’ hiatus, with a new episode – “White Lines“, in which we finally see Jane (Simon Baker) and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) working for the FBI, after Jane’s subtle manipulation during the previous episode.
Jane isn’t happy enough of the new office’s arrangements though. The couch he has requested isn’t there, and as he says to Agent Fisher (Emily Swallow): “no couch, no me”.
The new investigation this week is about the death of five D.E.A agents in Corpus Christi, TX.
We learn that the agents were shot in their office. The security cameras in the office had been destroyed during the shooting as well.
The killers knew precisely where to find them. But Jane figures there is one camera the killers didn’t know about, hidden behind a mirror.
The first suspicions, according to the D.E.A, lead to a Corpus Christi narcotics organization, that had the agents killed as a retaliation, because the D.E.A killed one of the organization’s members during a bust.
They are a very powerful organization, that controls all the drug flow in Corpus Christi. Its name is Gulf Coast Ring.
What the D.E.A and FBI don’t know, it’s the name of the organization’s leader. There are a few names considered by the D.E.A.
Jane is particularly interested in the girlfriend of Richie Vargas, the ring member who was killed by the D.E.A, her name is Krystal Markham (Brianna Brown). Jane wants to talk to her.
Meanwhile, Lisbon and Cho (Tim Kang) find out that the killers weren’t part of the Gulf Coast Ring.
Fisher and Jane find Krystal, who says she doesn’t know anything about the deaths of the D.E.A agents. Jane asks Krystal out on a date, to the surprise of Agent Fisher.
Lisbon, Cho and Fisher find the dead bodies of the gunmen who killed the D.E.A agents.
Jane and Krystal go out for dinner and seem to get along very well. Jane seems to be genuinely interested in her. He says that behind the surface there’s another woman, strong and down to earth.
Fisher and Lisbon meet at a bar, and discuss Jane’s date. Fisher gives Lisbon her new FBI badge, and they even have an amusing encounter with two men, who flee after they hear Kim and Teresa are FBI agents.
Jane finally manages to convince Krystal to reveal some information to the FBI. She knows where one of the possible suspects, Paco Perez, who might be behind the killings, has a condo.
She says she’s scared of him, that he could kill her if he knew she’s been talking to the FBI.
Cho, Lisbon and Fisher check Perez’s condo, but he has already left.
Meanwhile, Jane drives Krystal home. Once she gets inside, she finds Paco Perez waiting for her. But, as we soon find out, Krystal is not the one who has to be scared. Quite the contrary. We find out that it’s Krystal the
big mind behind the organization. She’s the one in control, and she’s the one responsible of the killings.
Krystal kills Perez, and makes it look as if he was killed during a shooting with the local police.
Meanwhile, Jane asks her out again and she agrees to meet him.
Lisbon and Fisher try to find out how exactly the gunmen knew about the security cameras in the D.E.A office. They find out that Krystal has been in the D.E.A office once, since she had been interviewed about her boyfriend.
Lisbon starts to be suspicious when she sees Krystal looking at the mirror that has the
hidden camera behind it, as if she knew the camera was there.
They understand that it’s Krystal who’s behind the Gulf Coast Ring. Lisbon tries to warn Jane, but he’s already with Krystal for their second date.
Krystal brings Jane to a friend’s boat. They start drinking some wine, and as the conversation between the two goes on, we finally have the confirmation that Jane had guessed since the beginning that Krystal was
hiding something. He unmasks her, and she’s about to kill him when the FBI finally arrives to arrest her.
This new episode was very much about establishing new relationships, with Fisher and Lisbon who seem to get along very well; and re-establishing old relationships, with Lisbon and Cho working together again. They
both seem more relaxed and at ease with each other, probably because Lisbon is not the boss anymore, she doesn’t have to worry so much as she had to at the CBI.
Jane was pretty much on his own in this episode. It was very important to see how both Jane, and the FBI team came to the same conclusions with different kinds of investigation.
A new episode of The Mentalist will air next Sunday, 10pm – CBS.