The Mentalist (2008–2015)
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Pretty Red Balloon 

A nine-year-old boy is kidnapped, and the mother is one of Patrick's former clients who refuses to believe that he conned her.


John F. Showalter


Bruno Heller (created by), Ashley Gable




Episode cast overview:
Simon Baker ... Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney ... Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang ... Kimball Cho
Owain Yeoman ... Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti ... Grace Van Pelt
David Bowe ... Brady Walton
Todd Grinnell ... Jonathan Flint
Brian McNamara ... Deke Hutton
J.D. Walsh ... Nate Glass
Kelli Williams ... Beth Flint
Mercedes Colon ... Caroline Cabrera
Miles Elliot Miles Elliot ... Conner Flint
Jake Martin ... Barry Mills
Diana Morgan Diana Morgan ... TV Reporter


Conner Flint (9), only son of widow Elisabeth 'Beth' Flint, one of Patrick's former psychic scam victims, has been kidnapped from his school bus stop. Beth refuses to believe Jane that paranormal gifts are fake, so she pushes him to collaborate with her present 'spiritual adviser', Nate Glass. Apart from Nathan, the team looks for suspects in the family, including Beth's present partner Deke Hutton and Conner's step-brother Jonathan Flint. Prime suspect on account of the MO is yet unidentified serial killer 'Balloon Man', so called after his lure, but he strangulates within 12 hours. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

6 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The early suspect for the abduction in this episode was a past offender named "The Balloon Man". This is also the name of a serial offender in an early episode of fellow CBS production "Elementary". The difference being that the suspect in The Mentalist left balloon animals at the scene of the abduction while the suspect on Elementary left helium balloons with the message "thank you" on them. See more »


Beth says "Even Saint Peter denied who he was three times." But Peter's denial wasn't about who he was. He was afraid of being punished so he denied that he knew Jesus. (Luke 22:54-62) See more »


Patrick Jane: I didn't give her hope. I sold her hope.
Teresa Lisbon: I think hope is worth it at any price.
Patrick Jane: What? Are you running for office now?
Teresa Lisbon: Okay, you know what? You're a wicked charlatan. You're going to Hell then.
Patrick Jane: That's more like it. Save you a seat by the fire.
Teresa Lisbon: Oh, I'm not going to hell.
Patrick Jane: Oh, you're not, huh?
Teresa Lisbon: No.
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4 November 2019 | by nananowSee all my reviews

Episode held my attention, but the mother's over acting was a distraction.

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