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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Look at Jane and Lorelei, Lorelei had Red John's goon beat Jane up, just a little. Then bend him over the limo hood to cut off two if his fingers. Her choice. Lorelei apologizes and then proceeds, only to be interrupted from doing it in the end. Fast forward to Jane watching Lorelei torture and kill someone. Jane then justifies this behavior. Tells Lisbon he trusts Lorelei and can turn her. Did he, no. He didn't even get close. He got seriously played and Lisbon tried to tell him that. His judgement was way, way off. How do you help someone by accepting this. This is the same type of behavior his wife warned him about and now Lisbon. Jane is riding the rail on one blade at a fast speed. Anybody riding the Jane train is in big trouble. Something will happen between Jane and Lisbon because they are too different. He's way out there and she walks the straight and narrow.


Hind sight is 20/20, I can sill hear Bosco's words. Jane your wife begged you and pleaded with you to get out of the business. You were having to much fun, making to much money, how am I doing so far? How much begging does Lisbon have to do before something bad happens to one or both of them.


I get what you all are saying. There is truth in it. I understand that. I think we are saying the same thing, we are just coming at it from different angles. I have been married for 23 years, I know what you are talking about. Within that, I have my limits. Ihave never placated my husband and he knows exactly where I stand. I accept things about him I don't like but I haven't lost myself in it and vise versa. I do have lines that he knows not to cross. We learned how to compromise and live with some of the things we thought were more serious and the lesser of those things were left alone. But they were dealt with not blindly accepted.


Just because you accept something doesn't mean you agree with it. It merely means that you accept something as being factual. What you do with that is something different. Love is not blind, it's like a drug, it feels good. I will never get that high on love. That's how Red John gets his women!


KM, I agree with you to a point. When the fluff falls always you then have right and wrong. How much are you going to put up with before you draw that line. I can and have loved people that had qualities that were not the same as mine. I totally accepted them but I knew they needed to be handled with a long handled spoon. I didn't judge them but I did and do know that you have to tell yourself the truth about who and what a person really is. Love and acceptance is one thing, losing yourself to another individual based on that notion without responsibility is another thing. I get that you can separate a person from there wrong doing but I cannot separate their responsibility to it. Now here we are again. How much and how far do you go with someone before you realize what is going on with them is not good for you. If the relationship is two sided then the other individual has to change if they have the ability to understand that what they are doing is wrong. Just because you accept something doesn't mean you have to like it. It merely means you have accepted sometime as being factual. What you do with that fact is something different. Love is not blind, it's like a drug, it just feels good. I never want to get so high in love that I can't see the truth about a person or myself. That's how Red John gets his women!


@ani KM couldn't complete her thought because of moderation and asked me to finish it out for her as so: KM wants to be sure you know she's "not blowing you off," it's the moderation gulag. She says you you and she "seem to disagree on how we use the term accepting. . . . . . that you are looking at what "seems behavior or action focused, and I'm about 'who' independent of the beloved's choices. The whole person, every version of their heart." Me, Entwife would like to add that I seem to be coming at it from the same angle as KM. The totality of the person, I think that's what Lisbon accepts in Jane, even when she has to curb and cuff him for his behavior.


I totally get the character of Patrick Jane. I even get why he operates the way that he does. I even agree with it to an extent. Like I have always said, Jane knows that you can not always get the bad guy playing it straight. That is why Jane only tells Lisbon thirty percent of what he is doing. That is why he is always talking about not telling Lisbon and the team what he is doing so that they have total deniability. Jane has always said he does not care about the law, he cares about justice. In Red Rover, Red Rover, Jane put the guy in the casket because he knew he would not get a confession any other why and that the guy would probably get away with murder if the law had anything to do with it. Jane knows that you will get dirty when you play in the dirt. I think we know that he can't stay in law enforcement doing these kinds of things. So the question still is, is he or isn't he and will he or won't he?


@ anitraward,
I think we have a difference in our definitions. Accepting, as I define it, is seeing the person in front of you, not their chosen actions. You can dislike someone's choices and still accept the person for the entirety of who they are. Lisbon, at least how it appears to me, sees Patrick Jane. She does not always approve or like his choices, but she approves and likes him. And, Jane appears, at least to me, to feel the same ways towards Lisbon. And isn't that what love really looks like? When all the fluffy feelings fall away, and your beloved is acting un-lovely and un-loving, and you make the choice to love them in that moment. Sometimes you verbalize out loud, and sometimes it is an I internal scream or whisper within your head and heart, while your hand wish to shake them, because their actions are not who they are. You see them, who they are within the moment, who they were in the past, who they have the potential to be, and you love every version of them. That is what I mean when I say that Lisbon accepts Jane. It isn't about his behavior, it's about who he is.


I think Lisbon is totally accepting of what Jane has been through in his life and has a deep understanding of him as a person. I think she is willing to go that extra mile for him if that is needed but she most clearly is not going over the edge with Jane. Lisbon is clearly not accepting of Jane's roguish behavior. In the episode Fugue in Red when Jane was being Patty in the bar, Van Pelt said, I hate him and Lisbon said that's not him. Clearly she was not accepting of the roguish side of Jane but she did understand it.


KM, tell me how you think Lisbon is totally accepting of Jane when she is constantly checking his bad behavior. What about this seems totally accepting to you? Maybe you have seen something I haven't. I really would love to know.

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