The Mentalist

Series 3 - 18. The Red Mile

The Red Mile
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

The Mentalist is a funny old thing. When you think it’s just a likeable, quirky but deeply formulaic cop show, it delivers a completely unexpected emotional punch. Here it comes in some touching final scenes.
The story of the week is typically murky and silly; a hedge fund manager is found dead with his throat slit. Then his body is stolen on the way to the mortuary. The man’s family, including his mother-in-law (Frances Conroy, the mother in Six Feet Under), are hiding something very big, according to Patrick Jane (Simon Baker).
It’s a featherlight tale, but there are some good moments with the show’s best character, that deadpan straight-arrow detective, Cho.

About this programme

18/24. The agents track down the killer of a man who believed he was abducted by aliens, and the case becomes more complicated when his body is stolen from the coroner's van. Van Pelt takes time off from the investigation to shop for a wedding dress. Crime drama, starring Simon Baker and Amanda Righetti.

Cast and crew


Patrick Jane
Simon Baker
Teresa Lisbon
Robin Tunney
Wayne Rigsby
Owain Yeoman
Grace Van Pelt
Amanda Righetti
Kimball Cho
Tim Kang
Madeleine Hightower
Aunjanue Ellis
Jim Matthews
John Lee Ames
Craig O'Laughlin
Eric Winter
Dr Wendelyn McCormick
Mary Chris Wall
Owen Melling
Gideon Emery
Peregrine Hartley
Heather McComb


Darnell Martin
Executive Producer
Bruno Heller