If It Bleeds, It Leads

Series 5 - Episode 7 If It Bleeds, It Leads



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!”


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 & 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
Director John F Showalter
Executive Producer Bruno Heller
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