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At the end of season 6, episode 12 of The Mentalist, Patrick Jane says to Kim Fischer that he has a foolproof line. Before this, halfway through the episode, this 'line' manages to aggrovate Mr. Whittaker when Patrick is with Agent Cho outside his business building and Mr. Whittaker hits Patrick.

Going back to the end of the episode, Kim asks Patrick what it was he said to Whittaker to make him so aggravated, and he moves in, whispers in her ear and she gives him a sarcastic backhand to his chest.

Patrick Jane's Foolproof Line

What is his foolproof line?

  • I just watched this episode again, and the only thing I can think of that would be absolutely foolproof no matter who you did it to is if when you lean in to whisper, lick their ear and moan. – Tom Collins Jul 29 '17 at 6:20
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We don't know.

Both times that Jane says "the line" (to Whittaker halfway through the episode and to Fischer at the end) his face is hidden behind the other actor's face, and there's no audible whisper.

Additionally, in the online scripts for this episode that I was able to find, "the line" is only given as "whispers indistinctly." So, it seems that even the writers who wrote this episode never defined what "the line" actually is.

That being said, Patrick was making it sound like he had discovered a dirty secret of Mr Whittaker and he was trying to blackmail him with it, so "the line" was probably something dark - probably illegal and, I'm thinking, likely of a sexual nature, though I obviously have no evidence of that. If "the line" is truly foolproof in provoking a violent reaction, it would need to be something that could offend anyone, of either gender, from a pious churchgoer to a raucous biker gang member.

  • Wow I didn't even know you could look at the script online. Sounds about as far as we can get with it though. Gave me nice insight – Jordan Savell Apr 11 '17 at 14:49

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