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Show Episode: 111
First Aired: January 6, 2009
Show Season: One
Prod. Code: 3T7809
Writer(s): Bruno Heller
Director(s): John Polson
Guest Star(s): Danielle Langlois, David Loren, Matt Sigloch, Vachik Mangassarian, Olivia Hardt, Corey Mendell Parker, Kathleen Gati, Todd Stashwick, Gabriel Olds, Charlotte Cornwell
Mini Synopsis: A convicted murderer convinces Jane to help prove his innocence by telling Jane that he'll give him information on Red John. Jane quits CBI to devote all of his time to getting him released.

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  • Patrick: Your mother lives in that room across the hall, doesn't she?
    Gardner: You leave my mother alone.
    Patrick: Now that's not your call, is it?
    Gardner: Jen, call the police.
    Patrick: Make sure to tell them that I'm unarmed!
  • Virgil Minelli: You can't just go to his house and screw around with him.
    Patrick: Why not? It's a free country. I didn't use my ID. I didn't even mention the CBI.
    Virgil Minelli: You gave your real name.
    Patrick: It's my name.
    Virgil Minelli: Well, you should've lied as you so often do because now I have to give you an official reprimand an order you in the strongest possible term to leave the Renfrew family alone and drop the matter.
    Patrick: Sorry, I can't do that.
    Virgil Minelli: You have to. This is straight from he AG's office.
    Patrick: Jared Renfrew didn't kill Andine Copak.
    Teresa: Do you have evidence?
    Patrick: Not yet. I have little pieces that I'm piecing together. He's innocent.
    Virgil Minelli: Wake up Dorothy. You are not in Kansas anymore. There are innocent men in jail; it happens. Is he one of them? I don't know. I doubt it. In any case, we can't reopen his case.
    Patrick: If I'm Dorothy, then who are you?
    Minelli: It doesn't matter who I am. We will find other ways of making Renfrew talk to you. There's a lot that can be done to make a prisoner's life easier if he co-operates.
    Patrick: It's not going to work. He's innocent.
    Minelli: Okay. Here it is. If you pursue this any further, I'm going to have to throw you out of the CBI. We can't take the liability. I very much do not want to have to do that.
    Patrick: I know you don't. So, I'll spare you the trouble. I quit.
    Teresa: Don't do that.
    Patrick: No, it's okay. It's best this way. You are the good witch Glinda, obviously. Thank you. I learned a lot.
  • Teresa: (Overcheerfully) Hey, boss!
    Minelli: I gave this unit a direct written order and they have flagrantly disobeyed that order. Did they do that with your knowledge?
    Teresa: I ordered them to do it. I told them you countermanded your earlier order. They had no knowledge whatsoever that they were doing anything irregular.
    Minelli: Nice try, Mother Teresa. They already gave themselves up.
    Rigsby: We never said a word.
    Teresa: I stand by my story. They didn't know they were out of line.
    Cho: Sir, the opposite is true. We forced Agent Lisbon to let us do this.
    Minelli: Very touching. My ex-wife would love this scene in a movie. I'm giving you all formal notice. Any further infractions will result in immediate suspension.
    Teresa: Sir, you might as well suspend me now because there will be further infractions. Jane needs our help and he's going to get it. I'm not going to lay off because some fat cat's putting on the pressure.
    Cho and Rigsby: Me too.
    Van Pelt: And me.
    Minelli: Moving, eloquent, two thumbs up. You shall have your wish. You're all suspended, starting right now, for gross insubordination.
    Teresa (to the team): I'm sorry. (She follows Minelli to his office).
    Minelli: Oh, hi. Lisbon. Still here?
    Teresa: That was more of a rhetorical stand we were taking back there.
    Minelli: You take it back then?
    Teresa: Well, no. But I wanted to talk...
    Minelli interrupts: This is the suspension paperwork right here.
    Teresa: Look...
    Minelli: I have to go and visit my sister in Hawaii for a week. She's sick. Meanwhile this paperwork is going to sit on my desk. For a week. Is that clear? One week.
    Teresa: Yes, sir. Thank you.
    Minelli: Yes, be very grateful. Do not contact me. I do not want to know anything. And please, do not dig the hole that you are standing in any deeper than you have already dug it.
    Teresa: No, sir.
    Minelli: That hole is the grave of your very promising career.
    Teresa: You should put a flashlight underneath your chin just to complete the effect.
    Minelli: I'm not kidding.
    Teresa: I know.
  • Teresa gets out her badge.
    Patrick: Uh-uh.
    Teresa: Damn. (She puts it away.)
    Patrick: How are you going to get us in there without your magic badge?
    Teresa: You do the talking.
    Patrick: No, you try.
    Teresa: Don't be childish, I'm not... (the door opens).
    Woman: Oh, I thought it was Harry. Who are you?
    Teresa: Hi. Vanna Clooney?
    Woman: Yes.
    Teresa: I'm Teresa and this is Patrick.
    Woman: Yes?
    Teresa: Can... can we come in for a moment?
    Woman: What do you want?
    Teresa looks pleadingly at Patrick.
    Patrick: It's to do with Harry.
    Woman: What about him?
    Patrick: It's best not to speak out here in public. (She lets them in).
  • Officer: Sir, would you come with us?
    Patrick: Why?
    Officer: Because you're tresspassing.
    Patrick: No I'm not.
    Officer: Okay, sir, this man here says he's the home-owner and says you're trepassing, so let's go.
    Patrick: Officer, it's the other way around. I'm the home-owner. That man is the intruder.
    Gardiner: It's a lie. He... he's lying.
    Patrick: Listen to the madness in his voice. Will you please take him somewhere where he can get some help.
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  • When in the victim's room, there is a crooked picture hanging on the wall next to the bloody smiley face. When we see the reflection of the room in the mirror, the picture isn't there.



Jared Renfrew has been convicted of murdering his housekeeper's daughter (Andine) and has been in prison for a year. He contacts Jane and tells him that he has information about Red John which he will give him if Jane helps clear him of the murder conviction. At first Jane is not convinced that Jared knows anything, but Jared tells him that he knows that Red John painted Mrs. Jane's toenails with her own blood - something that he only did in her case, and which was not released to the media. Jared says that Red John is a friend of a friend of his. Jane agrees to help Jared.

Minelli tells Jane that Jared's case can't be re-opened, but Jane is determined to look into it anyway. He goes to Jared's family home where Jared's brother, Gardiner, and his mother still live. Jane rubs Gardiner up the wrong way and almost gets himself arrested, but Jared's mother talks with Jane and gives him background on Jared's troubled past. She also shows Jane the room where the murder took place and gives him an address for the housekeeper, who left their employment after her daughter's death.

Gardiner complains to the CBI about Jane, and Minelli tells Jane that he has to stay away from the Renfrews or he will have to fire him, which he doesn't want to do. Jane resigns instead. The team is really upset and want to help Jane, even though they have been told to stay away from the case. They find a link between an old cell-mate of Renfrew's (Orville Tanner) and Red John. Tanner claimed in his 1998 trial for murder that he was only an accomplice and that Red John was the real killer, but no-one believed him. He had since died in prison, but Van Pelt finds his victim's autopsy report and this confirms his story. Minelli catches the team working on the case and suspends them all when they say they can't stop helping Jane. However, he then tells Teresa that he is going away for a week and gives them unofficial permission to work on the case in his absence.

Jane has been unable to find Andine's mother, but Van Pelt gets an IM which enables her to find that the woman changed her name to Vanna Clooney and bought a condo. The person who sent the IM is a civilian, so shouldn't have been able to access their system - and his name is an anagram for Red John. He tells Jane to keep up the good work and then logs off before they can trace him. They realise that he's been somehow spying on them on their secure network. Jane realises that Renfrew really must have information on Red John, which is why Red John wants them to get Renfrew out of jail so he can kill him.

Patrick and Teresa visit Vanna Clooney and discover that she was paid to lie about Renfrew's relationship with her daughter. She had claimed at his trial that he was stalking Andine, when in fact the two were lovers. She didn't know who had paid her off, as she only dealt with an intermediary, who they discover has since died (hit by a bus). Patrick takes Teresa and Rigsby to the Renfrew's house and they pretend that they are going to go public with the whole story if they are not paid off. He shows them how someone other than Renfrew could have got into the locked room and killed Andine, so framing Renfrew (this scene reminded me of an Enid Blyton story - with the key getting knocked onto paper on the floor and pulled under the door, etc.). They give the Renfew's until 4 to call with an offer. In the end, it's Mrs Renfrew who calls, to Patrick's surprise.

Patrick goes and has tea with Mrs Renfrew who gives him a vial of Andine's blood to prove that she killed her. It turns out that she had found out that Andine was Renfrew's half-sister and so had tried to get him to break up with her (without telling him why). When he wouldn't listen to her, telling her that he was in love with Andine, she killed Andine and framed her son to teach him a lesson. She kept the blood so that she could confess when she chose.

Two weeks later, Patrick, Rigsby and Cho collect Renfrew from jail to take him to a safe house where he can talk to Jane, but he manages to escape from them. He calls Jane from a hooker's phone and apologises for breaking his promise, but he says he doesn't want to cross Red John. They trace the call to Tijuana, Mexico and rush down there, only to find that Red John got there first and has killed both Renfrew and the hooker. Some words have been written on the wall in blood (presumably by Renfrew before he died) - either "He is mar" or "He is man", but they don't know what Renfrew was trying to tell them. The episode ends with the hooker's phone ringing and Patrick answering it, to hear a man laughing on the other end.

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