The Mentalist

Series 5 - 7. If It Bleeds, It Leads

If It Bleeds, It Leads
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Even if you enjoy The Mentalist, its tireless devotion to its own clichés can get a bit much. Oh look, Patrick Jane just insulted another witness. And he’s just seen right through a macho suspect. And here comes the stunt at the end where he tricks the murderer into revealing his/her identity.

But just when you’re ready to give up, the writers roll the dice and do something different. Not radically so, but enough to keep us interested. This week, it’s showing us at the beginning who commits the murder (of a local news reporter whose car veers off a mountain road), and at the end tossing in a character who will instantly have everyone thinking, “Red John!”

About this programme

7/22. The CBI team looks into the death of Cassie Flood, a journalist whose car careered off a winding mountain road. It looks like an accident at first, but Jane soon realises that foul play was involved and the investigation leads to billionaire philanthropist Tommy Volker - and Lisbon and Jane uncover evidence that Cassie was about to blow the whistle on his shady dealings. Guest starring Henry Ian Cusick (Lost).

Cast and crew


Patrick Jane
Simon Baker
Teresa Lisbon
Robin Tunney
Wayne Rigsby
Owain Yeoman
Grace Van Pelt
Amanda Righetti
Kimball Cho
Tim Kang
Christian Dos Santos
Kirk Acevedo
Cassie Flood
Jennifer Peo
Ed Hunt
Ted McGinley
Ryan Kasmir
Amir Arison
Steve Berman
Jeremy Glazer
Tommy Volker
Henry Ian Cusick
Amanda Shaw
Rhea Bailey


John F Showalter
Executive Producer
Bruno Heller