The Mentalist Season 6: What We Hope to See

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September 29th feels like it's a long way off. Mostly because it is. And as much as we enjoy summer, the cool breezes of autumn and our favorite shows returning with new episodes weigh heavy on our minds.

So since we have to wait another 80-plus days for the season premiere of The Mentalist, we decided to make a list.

Read on, TV Fanatics, and see if our hopes and dreams for The Mentalist Season 6 match yours. Vote for what you'd most like to see happen come fall and don't forget to share your thoughts and add anything we've missed in the comments below.

Jane's Wild West

Our Mentalist Season 6 Wish List:

The Big Reveal. Yes, we finally want to know Red John's true identity. It's been five seasons. It's about time we know.

A Love Interest for Cho. One that doesn't involve a hooker, a junkie, or any other type of criminal. Someone worthy of the character we've grown to love.

More Rigsby and Van Pelt. It took a long time for these two to find their way back to one another. We're hoping to see this couple stay happy for a while.

Jisbon. That's the shipper name for Jane and Lisbon for those not in the know. A Jane / Lisbon pairing has been hinted at and teased for five seasons. It's included an I love you from Patrick that he later side stepped and many doe eyed looks for Teresa. It's about time these two had an honest conversation about how they feel for one another.

A Kiss. For those of us who don't care about the talking and want a little more action, a real kiss between this dynamic duo would make us cheer.

Casual Time. Wouldn't it be great to see the entire team spend a little more time outside the CBI?

Real Danger for Our Core Team. Show creator Bruno Heller promised that Red John will be targeting closer to home this season. We're hoping that means RJ will go after someone on Jane's immediate team. Not that we want to see Lisbon, Cho, Rigsby, or Van Pelt die at the hands of the merciless serial killer…but having one of them in serious peril will have us glued to the screen.

YOUR turn: Pick the story you're most hoping for on The Mentalist Season 6...

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Jane said his happy memory of Lee Lee was an isolated memory, typical of what most people have - just one outstanding memory among many that are forgotten that sticks on one's mind. So it was a standalone memory that RJ knew about. I still think RJ got it from Jane's psycho files from his mental hospital stay. Easy enough to do given all the minions he has. Examining one's childhood is typical of mental illness therapy, so he probably related it, tho he was too unbalanced at the time to remember it now. Jane should check his medical record. He will probably find that the memory is there, leading him to one more "friend of RJ" who will then kill himself or herself, of course.


Jane's carney past is surely related to Red John. Hard to say how at this time. I noticed a couple of things: Barlow referred to Jane's father in past tense, indicating he is dead. He referred to "the Janes" as a family of con artists in the present tense, indicating that Jane has a number of relatives, tho he has never mentioned them - not even his mother. Something may come of this. The reveal that Jane had been in Child Protective Services was disturbing. It meant Jane had been seriously abused as a child. Might have been punishment for his reluctance to scam vulnerable people on his father's orders. Also, it kind of hit me that Jane described Barlow as the same type of person as RJ. So which of the 7 RJ suspects is most like Barlow? Only Stiles! And very much so! Now I don't know if Stiles is RJ and controlling Kirkland or if Kirkland is RJ and controlling Stiles. A good case can be made either way.


My biggest question is why kill Lee Lee? Happy memory or not, why this particular memory? This memory has to be linked to another memory about that day. So if he used that memory to contain all his happy memories in his memory palace, who else could possibly know that besides someone who was raised in the same environment. What is Red John trying to say about Jane's past? I have often wondered if this has something to do with the episode Throwing Fire where Jane and his father ripps off that dying little girl. Is this that revenge coming back to haunt him?


Something is bugging me about the finale and the episode there will be blood. Both these episodes pulls Jane back home. Now the finale informs us that Jane was in child services for awhile. When Lisbon ask Jane does he think that has anything to do with it, Jane says no. However as in the usual Jane style he appears to be acting coy about it. Lisbon also asks what would Red John know about stoney ridge and Jane never answers the question. Is it possible that someone on the list was in child services with Jane? The only one that could have been is Haffner. He and Jane are about the same age.


Oooh, two weeks til show time. Watched rerun of Red John's Rules last night. Not long now....


@Rationalgal, that ending is actually pretty funny!


Yeah, I think it was The Fugitive. At any rate, there is no good reason TM can't be made into a very successful movie. While I'm at it, I was thinking of how the death of RJ could be not-cheery for everyone involved. One way would be for LaRoche to play a significant part in helping to bring down RJ, then die heroically in the process. He has turned out to be such a big lovable marshmallow, liking Hummel figurines and little fluffy dogs, helping Jane get his team back together after the trial, helping Jane solve a murder mystery by playacting, dealing with the Tupperware box mystery, etc. I can see everyone involved viciously kicking RJ's dead body into the gutter while tears run down their cheeks at the loss of LaRoche. Not a cheery ending, just bittersweet. There are other ways to have a not-cheery ending, but this one would work for me.

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Rationalgal, there a lot of series that became movies, but the one that came to my mind, since it has a few similarities to The Mentalist, is The Fugitive. Is that what you are thinking about?


I would love to see TM as a movie! There are so many TM fans plus a lot of casual TV viewers who would love to see TM tightened up and not dragged thru "who is RJ" for so long. I read about a movie that started as a TV series and was redone into a film. Wish I'd noted it closely so I'd remember the title. It got good reviews. TM has all the elements of an outstanding full length movie. Are the Hollywood producers smart enough to know that? I wouldn't bet on it. They do too many dumb things. Of course, sometimes there are legal & contractual issues that prevent them from doing the smart thing. The movie "Biutiful" was up for an Oscar because Xavier Bardum was so good at expressing his thoughts thru his facial expression. (He didn't speak English. It had subtitles.) Who is better at face acting that Simon? No one! He could have done "Biutiful" beautifully, tho a different setting might be needed.


This show made me want to run away from home and go to Hollywood! This is the type of stuff that made Hollywood great in the first place. These people worked their asses off for us. This was not a fluke! Their humility is truly inspiring! I look forward to anything they do in the future. I really researched Simon Baker, he has worked very hard to get to where he is now. He did it without all the Hollywood drama and he didn't get caught up in his own hype, admirable. I appreciate people like this because they show us hard work really does pay off. It also show us we can dream bigger than our own backyards!

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