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The Best Episodes of The Mentalist

Every episode of The Mentalist ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Mentalist!

Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.


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The best episode of "The Mentalist" is "Strawberries and Cream (2)", rated 9.5/10 from 3387 user votes. It was directed by Chris Long and written by Bruno Heller. "Strawberries and Cream (2)" aired on 5/19/2011 and is rated 0.4 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "His Red Right Hand".

  • Strawberries and Cream (2)
    9.5/10 3,387 votes

    #1 - Strawberries and Cream (2)

    Season 3 Episode 24 - Aired 2011-05-19

    Patrick trades Hightower's secret location to Laroche for the four remaining names on his list. The team then sets up a trap to uncover Red John's real informant, leading to a possible face-to-face showdown between Patrick and Red John.

    Director: Chris Long

    Writer: Bruno Heller

  • His Red Right Hand
    9.1/10 2,297 votes

    #2 - His Red Right Hand

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2009-11-19

    The CBI team is faced with a violent and shocking crime in their own office, but must work the case in spite of their alarm of who may be behind it. Meanwhile, Rigsby and Van Pelt are definitely an "item".

    Director: Chris Long

    Writer: Ashley Gable

  • Blinking Red Light
    9.1/10 2,438 votes

    #3 - Blinking Red Light

    Season 4 Episode 7 - Aired 2011-11-03

    The search for a serial killer hits close to home for Jane when he encounters a blogger who has devoted his life to finding the killer.

    Director: Simon Baker

    Writer: Ken Woodruff

  • Blue Bird
    9.1/10 2,612 votes

    #4 - Blue Bird

    Season 6 Episode 22 - Aired 2014-05-18

    A new lead in a cold case requires Lisbon to delay her plans to leave for Washington, D.C., giving Jane time to finally come to terms with his feelings for her and decide on a course of action.

    Director: Chris Long

    Writer: Bruno Heller

  • Strawberries and Cream (1)
    9.0/10 2,103 votes

    #5 - Strawberries and Cream (1)

    Season 3 Episode 23 - Aired 2011-05-19

    A robber with a bomb attached to him is blown up in front of a convenience store, and CBI soon discovers that there may be connections between this case and Red John and agent Hightower.

    Director: Chris Long

    Writer: Ashley Gable

  • The Crimson Hat
    9.0/10 2,230 votes

    #6 - The Crimson Hat

    Season 4 Episode 24 - Aired 2012-05-17

    After another failed attempt to defeat Red John, Patrick Jane hits rock bottom, finds a lover and shoots one of his own.

    Director: Chris Long

    Writer: Bruno Heller

  • Fire and Brimstone
    9.0/10 2,316 votes

    #7 - Fire and Brimstone

    Season 6 Episode 6 - Aired 2013-11-10

    With the final clue in hand, Jane attempts to gather the remaining Red John suspects in one place in hopes of finally revealing his identity.

    Director: John F. Showalter

    Writer: Ken Woodruff

  • White Orchids
    9.0/10 2,462 votes

    #8 - White Orchids

    Season 7 Episode 13 - Aired 2015-02-18

    Lisbon accepts Jane's surprise marriage proposal, but a killer's quest for revenge may cost them the happy ending they've worked so hard to achieve.

    Director: Chris Long

    Writer: Bruno Heller, Tom Szentgyorgyi, Jordan Harper

  • The Great Red Dragon
    8.9/10 2,101 votes

    #9 - The Great Red Dragon

    Season 6 Episode 7 - Aired 2013-11-17

    Following the shocking events at Jane's house, the Red John list is narrowed down further, and the CBI's priority is the remaining suspects.

    Director: Elodie Keene

    Writer: Jordan Harper

  • Devil's Cherry
    8.8/10 2,210 votes

    #10 - Devil's Cherry

    Season 5 Episode 2 - Aired 2012-10-07

    While the team investigates the murder of a diamond cutter, Jane meets a girl who claims to be his late daughter, Charlotte.

    Director: Randall Zisk

    Writer: Daniel Cerone

  • Red Sails in the Sunset
    8.7/10 1,728 votes

    #11 - Red Sails in the Sunset

    Season 5 Episode 8 - Aired 2012-11-18

    With the help of Brett Stiles, Jane orchestrates an elaborate plan to break Lorelei Martins out of prison in the hopes of her leading him to Red John.

    Director: Simon Baker

    Writer: Daniel Cerone

  • Red John's Rules
    8.7/10 1,819 votes

    #12 - Red John's Rules

    Season 5 Episode 22 - Aired 2013-05-05

    Just as Jane narrows down the Red John suspect list to seven, Red John strikes again, and the victim has a link to Jane’s past.

    Director: Chris Long

    Writer: Bruno Heller

  • The Desert Rose
    8.7/10 2,298 votes

    #13 - The Desert Rose

    Season 6 Episode 1 - Aired 2013-09-29

    Jane and Lisbon secretly continue their mission to narrow down the list of seven Red John suspects as they investigate the murder of a man who was missing for two years.

    Director: Chris Long

    Writer: Bruno Heller

  • Brown Shag Carpet
    8.7/10 1,387 votes

    #14 - Brown Shag Carpet

    Season 7 Episode 12 - Aired 2015-02-18

    Jane agrees to once again pretend to be a renowned psychic and be used as bait in an attempt to lure out a serial killer and give the FBI a chance to apprehend him.

    Director: Geary McLeod

    Writer: Tom Szentgyorgyi

  • Red Badge
    8.6/10 1,812 votes

    #15 - Red Badge

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2009-10-08

    Jane, Cho, Rigsby and Van Pelt decide to conduct their own investigation when Lisbon is accused of murdering a child molester she arrested who was recently paroled.

    Director: Eric Laneuville

    Writer: Ashley Gable

  • Red Sky in the Morning
    8.6/10 1,790 votes

    #16 - Red Sky in the Morning

    Season 2 Episode 23 - Aired 2010-05-20

    Patrick Jane and Kristina's first date is interrupted by a report of Red John striking again, which is discovered to be a copycat. But when Kristina reaches out to the real Red John, both she and Jane find themselves in grave danger.

    Director: Chris Long

    Writer: Bruno Heller

  • Scarlet Ribbons
    8.6/10 1,814 votes

    #17 - Scarlet Ribbons

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2011-09-22

    In prison for killing his nemesis, Patrick Jane must prove that the man he shot really was Red John. Meanwhile, Lisbon urges Van Pelt to seek counseling in the aftermath of the death of her fiancé.

    Director: Charles Beeson

    Writer: Bruno Heller

  • Red Dawn
    8.6/10 1,788 votes

    #18 - Red Dawn

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2012-10-28

    See how Jane met Lisbon and the rest of the CBI team for the first time.

    Director: Chris Long

    Writer: Tom Szentgyorgyi

  • Red Listed
    8.6/10 1,719 votes

    #19 - Red Listed

    Season 6 Episode 4 - Aired 2013-10-20

    Jane reveals that a list of fake Red John suspects he planted was stolen, and the team realizes these men are in danger.

    Director: Eric Laneuville

    Writer: Rebecca Perry Cutter

  • Violets
    8.6/10 1,548 votes

    #20 - Violets

    Season 6 Episode 16 - Aired 2014-03-30

    Jane enlists his colleagues in a dangerous sting operation to catch a deadly team of art thieves. Meanwhile, sparks fly between Lisbon and an agent from the FBI’s art squad.

    Director: J. Miller Tobin

    Writer: Jordan Harper

  • Red John's Footsteps
    8.5/10 1,915 votes

    #21 - Red John's Footsteps

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 2009-05-19

    Lisbon fears that the serial killer Red John is drawing Patrick Jane into a trap when the CBI team investigates the murder of a young girl and the abduction of her twin sister.

    Director: Chris Long

    Writer: Bruno Heller

  • Red Queen
    8.5/10 1,487 votes

    #22 - Red Queen

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 2011-02-24

    Evidence in the murder of an antiques dealer found dead in a museum indicates that the suspect may be a member of the CBI team.

    Director: Chris Long

    Writer: Daniel Cerone

  • Red Rover, Red Rover
    8.5/10 1,525 votes

    #23 - Red Rover, Red Rover

    Season 4 Episode 23 - Aired 2012-05-10

    On the ninth anniversary of his wife and daughter's death, Jane receives a message from Red John, causing Jane to lose focus on his current case and put the investigation and his career at the CBI in jeopardy

    Director: John F. Showalter

    Writer: Tom Szentgyorgyi

  • Red and Itchy
    8.5/10 1,387 votes

    #24 - Red and Itchy

    Season 5 Episode 21 - Aired 2013-04-28

    J.J. LaRoche personally requests Jane’s help when the mysterious container he’s been hiding for nine years is stolen from his home.

    Director: David Paymer

    Writer: Daniel Cerone

  • Copper Bullet
    8.5/10 1,233 votes

    #25 - Copper Bullet

    Season 7 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-01-28

    When Abbott's old boss, Agent Peterson, threatens Abbott's career - and possibly his freedom - Jane devises a risky plan to protect his friend's future.

    Director: W. Thomas Snyder

    Writer: Tom Donaghy