Unable to reach Lorelei (Emmanuelle Chriqui) on his own, Jane (Simon Baker) calls in a favor from Bret Styles (Malcolm McDowell) and gets the cult leader’s assistance in breaking Red John’s assistant out of a Maximum Security Federal Prison. The hunt for Lorelei and the missing, and presumed abducted Jane (given evidence he planted before picking Lorelei up from prison), is led by Robert Kirkland (Kevin Corrigan) of Homeland Security and Lisbon’s (Robin Tunney) team at the CBI.
Lisbon and Kirkland talk with Lorelei’s mother (Gigi Rice) which gives Lisbon some insight into Lorelei’s past as she talks with the couple (Allan Kolman, Randee Heller) who bought Lorelei’s sister from her mother for drug money. Lisbon also discovers evidence linking the young woman’s brutal murder to Red John which, once Jane makes contact, gives him the perfect wedge to drive between Lorelei and her serial killer guru.
With the exception of Jane and Lisbon the rest of the cast is relegated mostly to cameos. Despite Jane’s herculean effort to hide the fact he was behind the entire enterprise, Lisbon knows he arranged the young woman’s escape from prison. The real nugget, for both Jane and the audience, is an offhand comment by Lorelei, before Jane helps her escape a second time, that suggests Jane has met Red John and even shook the hand of the man who murdered his wife and daughter.