The Mentalist Recap: “Blood and Sand”

This week’s murder took the team to San Felix Island off the coast of California, a place where there’s no doctor and everyone seems to hate the mainland. The victim was a 19-year-old girl named Talia who had been in and out of foster care as a kid. The residents on the island insisted she drifted from the mainland and that no one there knew the girl, but Jane quickly discovered that she was definitely killed on the island based on the tide and location they found the body.

The investigation led the team to Talia’s friend, Dennis, who told them she was looking for the person who murdered her father. It turns out someone stabbed him 18 times and Talia tracked the person to the island.

Jane, in true Jane fashion, spent his time manipulating the residents of the island in order to get everyone in one room at the same time. He told them that one of the residents was planning to build a pier for cruise ships, so they called a town meeting to fight it. At the meeting, everyone took cups of coffee, which Jane later told them were being dusted for fingerprints. Lots of people seemed outraged by this, and Jane reminded them that only one person should really care since everyone else was innocent. As suspected, one person claimed he was getting a camera to document the forensics people but was really running away. Cho and Van Pelt caught him and arrested him, but he was only half of the guilty party. He was the one who killed Talia’s father, but he didn’t kill Talia because he didn’t know she was there.

A ranch hand on the island, Wayne, broke his arm when a horse kicked him. Since there’s no doctor on the island, he had to take the ferry to the mainland to get his arm reset. On his way back he met Talia who asked for his help to hide her while she searched for the killer. Jane was able to figure out it was him because he knew the exact number of times Talia’s dad was stabbed, a detail she told him on the ferry ride back to the island. Of course, since it’s Jane, he probably knew Wayne was guilty before that point. Instead of helping Talia, Wayne raped and murdered her. And since his DNA was on the coffee cup, the police could prove it.

While all this was going on, we learned that Rigsby is dating a state defender named Sarah. He was worried about making things awkward with Van Pelt, who pointed out that that’s the least of his worries since he’s dating a state defender. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I’m guessing we’ll find out. And speaking of Van Pelt, she seems to be in a very feisty place in her life. When she and Cho went to talk to Talia’s friend, Dennis, Van Pelt used “excessive force” on him and he ended up punching her in the face. And before that, Van Pelt purposely spilled coffee on a social worker who pissed her off. Lisbon tried to talk to her about it, but she insisted she’s fine. My guess: she’s angry that her fiancé was a murderer and she’s acting out.

The team’s new boss, who we met last week, was nowhere to be found in this episode. Maybe we’ll see him next week along with some more Van Pelt sassiness.

What did you think of this week’s episode?

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