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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.