19. May 2011 · 5 comments · Categories: TV

“She was a concert violinist with the orchestra. First chair violin. Concertmaster. Second to the conductor himself.” This from the mother. Then she said “I was her manager.”

Um. Right. Because the concertmaster in a Sacramento orchestra would have to have a manager and who better than a mother?

This is all from the TV show The Mentalist, which I recorded and KNEW I’d have to watch since it was about a murder of the concertmaster of an orchestra (The Northern California Symphony Orchestra.)

“She has a very elegant rubato.” Yet another good line!

And yes, the principal oboist looks like a total nerd!

Man. Worst. Episode. Ever. Which is why it’s just so darn good. Or. Um. Not.

“You musicians. Professional obsessives ….”

As the principal oboist is chatting with Patrick Jane the orchestra begins to tune. Hmmm. Problem there maybe?

I love that the clarinetist is sitting next to the oboist, and a bassoonist is randomly seated by a violinist. (I only see one of each of the winds and brass.)

Ah, there is SO much to laugh at in this episode it’s really incredibly entertaining. Loads ‘o fun!

And the murderer? Guess who?


  1. I once read a book called “Murder in C Major.” All I remember about it was that the oboist was a haughty boorish man whom everyone hated. He wasn’t the murderer but the victim, killed by poison in his reed water. I’m glad the world loves us so much…

  2. I read that book as well, Nate!

  3. patti with an i

    But… did the bassoonist turn down one of the violinist’s pegs and not tell him which one?

  4. patti with an i

    Oh, and the murderer. Doubtless the jealous principal violist. Or the conductor. But I’m betting on the violist.

  5. The bassoonist was barely there, so no, I don’t believe that happened. The murderer was the oboist! But no reed knives played a part. They weren’t even mentioned.