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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What if Jane decided to turn his house over to an organization dedicated to taking in and helping abused children? A children's shelter. He could form a nonprofit foundation to help support it. Jane not only loves children, he was severely and consistently abused as a child (in foster care and in Child Protection Services) so he would be drawn to doing something like this. It would resolve any emotional conflict about living in the house, given what he experienced there and would help him greatly to reorient his life away from Red John and in a positive direction. He would love to visit the shelter often and interact with the kids in his charming way. He would see his future as a whole new and brighter day, with RJ nothing but a bad memory rapidly fading. Note to writers: Get Jane started on organizing that foundation!!


Yes, I had always thought he would get rid of it after RJ. But it turned out different when I tried to write it. As some balance and resolution was returning to his life he could see the beauty in it again and regain some of the happiness he had there, although not fully yet. Almost a sign that he would be able to forge a new life and live with the receding memories. He was not clinging to his family by keeping the house, but actually taking a step for what he wanted to keep for his new life, build on the life he already had. He was even able to consider the practical reasons for keeping it, not just act out of emotion and throw it away. Probably won't happen that way on TM, if they address it at all, but it was interesting to consider a new way of looking at it. I love TM. So many things to explore.


One thing I found especially interesting in Entwife's scenario was the reference to Jane's Malibu house. It has always been so symbolic. We see it first in the pilot, fully furnished and upscale. After the murder it is barren, bleak, as tho the life went out of it and nothing is left but cold revenge - a symbol of Jane's changed world view. What will he do with the house after RJ is gone? It is where he spent both the happiest (the only happy) time in his life and also the absolute worst. It shows how the tragedy taught him how unimportant were the fame and material goods he pursued when Angela begged him to give that up. It cost him, indirectly, his family, his sanity and his grip on the real world as he replaced that with his obsession for revenge. Yes, Entwife, we need a scene - finally - where Simon gets to do a scene that is "dramatic and emotionally charged."


Twinkle, twinkle, Feint! your fate is around the corner........ and in about 120'll be wheeled out by the coroner! This is what you call poetic justice!!!


Feint, you realize your time is getting shorter? DON'T YOU? Well.................Don't You?!


That was really good. It felt like the right natural progression. It felt warm, cuddley and inviting.


Thank you @rationalgal. It was a bear to write. The actual story that is. I'm not sure if your comment here is about my synopsis here or the actual story. I know, there are so many great ideas offered here all the time! It would bowl me over to see some of them expressed in actual episodes :) As far as the death of RJ, the bloodier the better!!! That is a really good parallel you draw to Not Forgotten. That cold blooded murder scene may actually be the best I've ever watched, never having gone in for mad slasher movies. It does exactly what it needs to without making it zombies (let's not get that started again here, ha!) or taking the skullcap off someone's living head to eat the brains with a spoon. Gad. What I wouldn't give to see Simon Baker be able to act out a scene that dramatic and emotionally charged on TM! Wow.


Entwife, that was a lovely story! Such interesting details! It would be nice if some of our stuff shows up in a real TM episode. We still need to work on some high-drama death-of-red-john scenarios to feed Ani's well justified blood lust. I'm waiting for a rerun of that Sean Barlow ep to remind me of the carney stuff that Jane is being lured back into. Reminds me of "Not Forgotten" where Simon's character was lured back to his Mexican Mafia contract killer past by those seeking revenge on him. Jane seems to be getting into a similar situation except that in TM he will be the one getting revenge. I'm thinking of a death-of-red-john scenario that involves the carney world but I need some refresher on what happened in the Sean Barlow episode. I want to go for really bloody, not unlike what Simon's character did to Calvo in "Not Forgotten."


She spirals into an exhausted sleep in his arms on her office couch, unable to deal with what he is asking. Eventually, Jane wakes her and takes her home, almost walking in her sleep. He puts her to bed and sleeps on the couch. When she wakes in the middle of the night, she remembers his promise not to leave her again and makes him come sleep in her bed. When they wake in the morning. Well, I'll do as @rationalgal did and protect their privacy. Although I don't in the actual story, of course. I'll just describe it as Lisbon does. Transcendent. *sigh* The End


He's had employment offers, too, even from the FBI. Would she follow him if they could not work together at CBI? Jane finds a way to start this conversation and finds that neither want to sever the working partnership they have and receives a promise from Lisbon that she will make that work out no matter where. He confesses his love. She is skeptical. A difficult discussion ensues, but there is no question of their deep love for each other and their desire to be together as a couple. It's late and Lisbon, who is thin and tired from the stress of his last absence, notices his ring is gone. He says he took it off in order to approach her about beginning a couples relationship. Cont's ----->

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