Patrick Jane is a celebrity psychic whose wife and child are viciously murdered by an elusive serial killer called Red John. Devastated, Patrick admits his paranormal act is fake, renounces his earlier life and uses his astonishing skills of observation and analysis - talents that made him appear psychically gifted - to bring killers to justice. At crime scenes across California, Patrick now helps an elite team of detectives break their toughest cases. But no matter how many criminals he catches, Patrick never forgets his central goal: Find Red John. And bring him down.
This episode introduces us to the complex life of Patrick Jane, a police detective with a troubled past who has a keen eye for detail. When a man and woman are found dead in their home, many believe they are victims of a serial killer, but Patrick knows better and must prove that this was not the work of Red John.
Jane orchestrates his own undercover operation using Van Pelt as bait as the team investigates the murder of a young waitress in the Napa Valley.
When a body washes ashore on the beach, Patrick sets a trap to determine and catch the killer out of a group of surfers.
The team discovers that a wealthy investment banker found murdered inside his locked safe room was living a dual life and stealing from his clients; Patrick plays the suspects to see which will show their true colors.
A girl found covered in blood with the murder weapon in her grasp is the obvious suspect in her best friend's death, but the girl remembers nothing about the incident and Jane believes she is innocent.
Jane uses the murder investigation of a casino owner as an opportunity to win at the blackjack table.
Patrick stages a seance to prove that a supposed psychic, who predicted that a murder victim was in danger, is a fake and a killer.
Patrick Jane sees his own suspect, with a different motive, when the police believe a drug dealer on trial killed both his girlfriend and the State's witness in the case.
A murder in a small town is investigated and soon turns out to be an act of vengeance.
Patrick takes a personal interest in the case of a poisoned professor when he discovers the prime suspect is his former psychiatrist.
Patrick Jane, enticed by the promise from a convicted murder that he'll reveal information about Red John upon his release, becomes singularly focused and quits the CBI in order to prove the prisoner is innocent.
Patrick Jane sets a mentalist trap to find out who is responsible for the murder of a high school boy who antagonized the local self-proclaimed witch by killing her cat.
While it appears obvious that a business tycoon's son-in-law was in on the robbery of a $50 million painting since his body is found where the painting once hung, Patrick Jane suspects others, including a Russian oil baron, an art forger and an art curator.
Patrick helps Cho go under cover as a ladies man in an attempt to catch a killer with his own set of pseudo-mentalist techniques.
As Jane and the team investigate the poisoning death of the "queen bee" in a country club, they discover that the community is full of secrets, including love affairs and drug abuse
Patrick Jane must rely on his other senses during the murder investigation of a financial advisor when he loses his sight as a result of an explosion.
When a mysterious malcontent threatens the lives of the top executives at Carnelian, Inc., a conglomerate noted for its rapacious business practices, authorities initially dismiss the communication as a hoax until the company's personnel director plummets to his death at Jane's feet during a skydiving exercise.
Patrick Jane and the CBI team track down a mastermind who hypnotizes people into doing their bidding.
Patrick Jane and the team go to Hollywood when they investigate the murder of a movie producer.
Jane and the CBI set out to determine who is responsible for the Mob-style execution of a man in the Witness Protection Program.
Patrick Jane uses his mentalist skills to play suspects off each other in order to solve the case of a wealthy software company CEO found murdered on his yacht.
Patrick Jane, Agent Lisbon and the CBI Team investigate the murder of a student in a wilderness program for troubled kids. Patrick Jane must find a clever way to convince the troubled kids at a wilderness program to confide in him about what really happened surrounding the death of one of their peers.