The Mentalist

Series 5 - 1. The Red Glass Bead

The Red Glass Bead
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Have you had enough of Holmesian heroes yet? We’ve had House; Sherlock and the new Elementary brought us two more; and let’s face it Patrick Jane has always been a tousled Californian version — able to see through people and spot clues that regular plods miss. We love these damaged know-alls and yes, it’s good to have Jane back, even though, as season five opens he continues to combine his more lovable traits (puncturing machismo, solving crimes) and his obnoxious ones (smug condescension, waistcoats) in equal measure.

The aftershock of last season’s conclusion is still reverberating. The FBI blew our heroes’ best chance of collaring serial killer Red John — and shot a CBI agent in the process. Now the two agencies are called on to collaborate on a new case, which they do much in the manner of two cats collaborating in a sack. But what’s this? The icy FBI chief is played by wonderful Polly Walker — great news.

About this programme

1/22. Tensions rise between the CBI and the FBI as they try to cover up the events leading to Jane's unsuccessful takedown of Red John and the death of Wainwright. While Jane tries to find out more about Lorelei's connection to the serial killer, the agencies work together to investigate the murder of a hotel employee. Crime drama, starring Simon Baker and Robin Tunney.

Cast and crew


Patrick Jane
Simon Baker
Teresa Lisbon
Robin Tunney
Kimball Cho
Tim Kang
Wayne Rigsby
Owain Yeoman
Grace Van Pelt
Amanda Righetti
Lorelei Martins
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Valerie Whittaker
Alissa Ford
Anthony Martins
FBI Agent Reede Smith
Drew Powell
Mac Lonagul
Maz Siam
Jasmin Lonagul
Dina Simon
Female guard
Livia Trevino
Gale Bertram
Michael Gaston
Agent Gabe Mancini
Ivan Sergei
Alexa Schultz
Polly Walker


Randall Zisk
Executive Producer
Bruno Heller