The Mentalist (2008–2015)
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The Red Mile 

The body of CBI's latest murder victim is stolen, and the team later learns the the victim later claims that he was abducted by aliens. Meanwhile, coroner Steiner surprisingly confides a surprising secret with Patrick.


Darnell Martin


Bruno Heller (created by), Tom Szentgyorgyi

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Baker ... Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney ... Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang ... Kimball Cho
Owain Yeoman ... Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti ... Grace Van Pelt
Alan Blumenfeld ... Nathan Vella
Frances Conroy ... Elspeth Cook
Heather McComb ... Peregrine Hartley
Ethan Phillips ... Newsome Kirk
Eric Winter ... Craig O'Laughlin
George Wyner ... Dr. Steiner
John Lee Ames ... Jim Matthews
Gideon Emery ... Owen Melling
David Kaufman ... Gary Wineman
William Francis McGuire ... Sgt. Delamure


Hedge fund Wilder broker Timothy Hartley, Nathan Vella's partner, is shot and has his throat slit in a field 100 miles from his even richer wife Peregrine née Cook's Hillsborough mansion. The corps is stolen by two armed men during transport in coroner Steiner's van. Given two earlier victim thefts inter-state, the FBI suspects organ tissue trade and sends special agent Craig O'Laughlin. Tim also was treated for an alien abduction delusion in that distant field. The coroner is allowed to collaborate clumsily for a morbid reason, which Jane helps carry to the bitter end. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

31 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Ethan Philips plays the leader of an alien-encounter organisation in this episode. He used to play an alien himself on the series Star Trek Voyager named Neelix. See more »


Patrick Jane: [Steiner has ordered him to step back from the body] Well, I'm nothing if I'm not respectful of my fellow crime fighters, but I can see everything I need to from here anyway.
Coroner Steiner: Really?
Patrick Jane: Hmm.
Coroner Steiner: What exactly do you see?
Patrick Jane: He's in money, but not a banker. Something more aggressive; stocks or such. Social drinker; increased his intake lately, so under some pressure. A registered Independent, though always votes Republican. And as much money as he has, his wife has more.
Coroner Steiner: Ridiculous.
Patrick Jane: He chose the tasteless ...
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References Flash Gordon (1936) See more »

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Heart rendingly beautiful
8 September 2018 | by sdsandeSee all my reviews

The Mentalist is my favourite show of all time, but this episode truly stands out. The compassion that Patrick Jane shows towards Dr. Steiner is proof of the fact that he is a truly kind human being. The case of the murdered man who believed he was abducted by aliens was quite good as are all the other cases in this show. But in this particular episode it was the story with Jane and Steiner that is truly memorable. The last scene makes me cry every time I watch it.

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