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The Mentalist: Black Gold and Red Blood

Bosco finds Jane's bug, and, tracing it back to him, immediately has him arrested and thrown in jail in the middle of an investigation. Jane cheerfully ignores the situation, and manages to help the CBI team solve the murder of a man despite being in a maximum security prison.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x6
Production Number: 3X5356
Airdate: Thursday November 05th, 2009

Director: Rod Hardy
Writer: Bruno Heller

Alternate Airdates:

NL (SBS 6) Feb 18, 2010
UK (Channel 5) Mar 26, 2010

  • Currently 9.5/10
9.5/10 (33 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Terry Kinney
As Sam Bosco
Recurring

Guest Stars
Gregory Itzin
As Virgil Minelli
Recurring
JoNell Kennedy
As Coroner Pat
Recurring
Ashley Jones
As Sandrine Gerber
Eric Ladin
As Roddy Gerber
Erin Cahill
As Donna Hines
Madison Mason
As Ted Luscom
William Russ
As Dooley Gerber

Co-Guest Stars
Dominic Hoffman
As Agent Hicks
Recurring
Brian Oblak
As Deputy #1
David Cheaney
As Jail Medic
Ellery Sprayberry
As Gail Hines
Frank Noon
As Deputy Bulger
Geoff Meed
As Axel
Jullian Dulce Vida
As Inmate #1
Steven Littles
As Escort Deputy
Travis Johns
As Deputy #3
Zia Harris
As Inmate #2
Main Cast
Simon Baker
As Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney
As Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang
As Kimball Cho
Owain Yeoman
As Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti
As Grace Van Pelt
Episode Notes
Nielsen Ratings: Black Gold and Red Blood was seen by 16.21 million people, and was rated 10.4/18 in households, 4.9/13 in adults 25-54, and 3.6/10 in adults 18-49.



Cultural References
Title: Black Gold and Red Blood

Black Gold is a common euphemism for petroleum.



Analysis
Tar Sands or Oil Shales are a natural formation which oil has been absorbed into the materials in the ground rather than trapped in pockets, making them generally difficult to extract using traditional techniques. The potential amount of available oil in this form is actually greater than that pumped out of the ground so far in all of history. There was an extensive government program in the 70s to develop recovery techniques but the technology wasn't there, and the subsequent collapse of the price of oil in the 80s caused research funding to be substantially decreased. With the passage of time, however, new technologies have made the extraction of oil from these reserves much more practical at a lower fixed, inflation-adjusted price-per-barrel than they have been at any point in history. While the current as-I write price of oil per barrel has fluctuated too low to justify development, it is expected that the price will likely go above that point to stay within not long after the length of time it takes to develop such resources. Interestingly enough, some of the largest known oil deposits in the world in this form lie in the USA and Canada. The current major problems regarding the development of these resources are currently legislative and bureaucratic, more so than technical.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorBruno Heller
 
Warning: The Mentalist season 2 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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