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The Mentalist: Jolly Red Elf

The CBI pursues two lines of investigation when a Santa is murdered: Patrick Jane goes undercover in an AA group; and Rigsby and Van Pelt question members of an authentic Santa society. Meanwhile, following the demise of a person in custody at the CBI, J.J. LaRoche is brought in to question the team when it appears to be an inside job.

Source: CBS

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x10
Production Number: 3X6410
Airdate: Thursday December 09th, 2010

Director: John Showalter
Writer: Daniel Cerone

Alternate Airdates:

UK (Channel 5) Dec 17, 2010
NL (SBS 6) Jan 20, 2011

  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (20 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Aunjanue Ellis
As Madeleine Hightower
Gregory Itzin
As Virgil Minelli
Pruitt Taylor Vince
As J.J. LaRoche
Angela Gots
As Roxy Rhodes
David Alan Basche
As Dr. Jack Wilder
Marisa Echeverria
As Lailah (as Marisa Bernal)
Matt Cates
As Santa Tony
Peter Xifo
As Santa Bob
Sarah Adina
As Female Manager

Co-Guest Stars
Biff Wiff
As Bernard Ripple
Todd Jeffries
As First Officer
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


It was a very bright and colorful Christmas scene that greeted the eyes of shoppers that night as they shopped at the mall. Twinkling lights encircled tall pine trees and carols rang n the frosty air, encouraging the people to slip into the holiday spirit as they greeted one another in passing. The mood was high until a bearded old man clad in a plush velvet Santa Claus suit fell from above, crashing heavily into several Christmas trees standing in a tight group in the middle of the scene. Screaming women ran away as the trees crashed down on the corpse and police and an ambulance were called to the scene, but it was too late: the man was dead. His body bore a very high alcohol content, far above the legal limit. Had he jumped from a balcony high in the apartment building above or had he been pushed?..

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