The Mentalist

Series 5 - 9. Black Cherry

Black Cherry
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

If Patrick Jane is a latter-day Sherlock Holmes (and creator Bruno Heller has said as much) then Red John is his sick Moriarty. The serial killer has come close to revealing himself but when we thought we had finally seen him in the flesh (the Bradley Whitchurch finale of season three), we had the blood-stained rug pulled from under our feet.

There were enough theories about his identity knocking around to fill internet forums for years to come, then in last week’s episode Lorelei Martins dropped a huge hint that narrowed the options and now has Jane racking his brains. Distracting him is the murder of an estate agent and reformed gang member. Cho, meanwhile, meets a woman after his own heart.

About this programme

9/22. The CBI investigates the murder of an estate agent who used to be in a gang. While his sister swears that he hasn't been involved in such activity for several years, further enquiries reveal that the leader had beat him up recently and was trying to find him on the night of the killing. Elsewhere, Jane searches for leads on his new connection to serial killer Red John.

Cast and crew


Patrick Jane
Simon Baker
Teresa Lisbon
Robin Tunney
Wayne Rigsby
Owain Yeoman
Grace Van Pelt
Amanda Righetti
Kimball Cho
Tim Kang
Chip McGavin
Dan Gauthier
Lem McVie
Brandon Claybon
Juliana McVie
Kyla Pratt
Noah McVie
Bryce Clyde Jenkins
Tiffany Stark
Senta Moses
Agent Tamsin Wade
Monique Gabriela Curnen
Victor Phipps
Anthony Ruivivar


Elodie Keene
Executive Producer
Bruno Heller