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The Mentalist Round Table: "The Golden Hammer"

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Who would have guessed that Teresa Lisbon's innocent date with an old colleague would lead to a whole, new, deadly conspiracy on The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 12?

Below, our TV Fanatics Christine Orlando and Robin Harry are joined by The Mentalist fan @Nerwen_Aldarion from Twitter to discuss who the new super villain might be and whether or not Lisbon's date made Jane jealous.

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Who do you think is targeting the former CBI team?

Robin: I'm hoping it's a new big bad. But it's probably the remnants of the Blake Association, covering their tracks by killing the investigating officers, or exacting revenge for the demise of their leader. Who I hope is still dead. 

@Nerwen_Aldarion:  Blake Association and/or someone with ties to Red John. This is a hit list for revenge and it makes sense to go after the ones that took down the whole association. I wanted a new bad guy, I got it! Man am I happy.

Christine:  I agree that it is most likely connected to the Blake Association what if it's something else entirely. Maybe Volker exactly his revenge for being sent to prison. I hope it's Blake Association but we'll have to wait and see.

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Do you agree with Cho? Is Jane just as crazy as he was in the beginning of the series?

Robin: Just discussed this with my brother, who's a big The Mentalist fan. I don't think he's as crazy (close though), but he's certainly testing the FBI waters. However, my brother thinks he's worse now, flying high on overconfidence and taking pleasure in needling Fischer.

@Nerwen_Aldarion:  Yes and No. I agree that he seems less tethered to the earth now that he no longer has revenge but I'm not sure if it is "crazy" or rather the realization that revenge doesn't fill the void of losing his family. He needs something else to live for (Might I suggest Lisbon?)

Christine: I think for Jane this is a whole new world. For the first time in about a decade he's not immersed in the dark side. I don't think he quite knows how to handle that. And Robin, I think your brother has a point. Jane's win over the FBI has made him overconfident and we all know how much trouble Jane's arrogant streak has gotten him into in the past.

Jane is still sporting his scruffy look. What do you think of it?

Robin: Love it. Although, Simon Baker could wear a dirty stained potato sack and I'd still be fawning over him... 

@Nerwen_Aldarion: I'm on the fence. On one hand he's damn sexy with the scruff, on the other hand I have this inordinate urge to grab a razor LOL

Christine: So far I'm enjoying the scruffy look. It goes with the new, laid back demeanor and funky shirts. But if he ever man's up and asks Lisbon on a date, I want the razor to come out.

Agent Abbott was back. Do you like the man in charge?

Robin: I like him. He certainly brings a different dynamic to the table. He's all business and he's not yet used to Jane, but respects Jane more than you'd expect a relative newcomer to. 

@Nerwen_Aldarion: I liked Abbott for the two seconds he was in the episode. They are going to have to flesh out his character quite a bit more to win us over. I'm surprised how much I like the idea that Lisbon isn't in charge anymore.

Christine: I like him for two reasons:  First, like that it takes the responsibility of the team off of Lisbon and gives her a little more freedom. Second, I like the actor Rockmund Dunbar. As for the character, so far so good but as me again at the end of the season. 

Was Jane jealous to hear Lisbon had a date with Osvaldo, or just curious?

Robin: I think there was more curiosity and surprise than jealousy, honestly. Especially after he found out who and what the "date" was about. If he really was jealous, I think he would have crashed the date!  

@Nerwen_Aldarion: YES!!!! Curiosity is when you say "Hmm, where are you going?" Jealousy is when you simply cannot believe this is happening and then keep trying to change the subject BACK to get more information. Jane acted like the teenage boy who just found out the best friend he has a crush on was going out with the high school quarterback. It was GREAT!

Christine: There was definitely some jealousy there. It was as though he couldn't quite believe his ears. Plus he made fun of Osvaldo's shoes. Even though he didn't crash the date, he wanted to hear all about it the next day to keep tabs on how serious this supposed date really was. 

What was your favorite scene from this Mentalist Season 6 episode?

Robin: The scene with Patrick, Lisbon and THAT HAT was super cute...but my favorite scene was the final one, with Rigsby going into the dark basement without a gun while Grace saw their faces pop up on the screen. I was stressed and riveted; I thought for sure Rigsby was in trouble. 

@Nerwin_Aldarion: I have three. Jane being jealous in the car, Jane and Lisbon on the bench (I loved her in the hat and glasses, it was cute) and the final scene with the reveal. It's going to be a long hiatus.

Christine: It was a great episode but my favorite moment was Jane and Lisbon positively flirting on the bench. They were just so cute about it and it's always entertaining to have them bantering back and forth. His comment about the hat made me laugh.

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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GREAT CAST, GREAT SHOW. HOW ABOUY JANE AT LEAST KISSING LISBON OR SOMETHING ROMANTIC. LOVE CHO. LOVE THE REDHEAD.

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@ NORM KELLO

It would be fun if they get round to a kiss, then we could watch them both panic afterwards...

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It was an excellent episode. I don't think Jane was jealous. He is over protective of Lisbon and didn't want anything to happen to her. Maybe now he realizes that they could start to date. I didn't like the hat on Lisbon. I am enjoying the thought of a new mystery. I hope they don't kill off Grace and Wayne. I like the new direction of the show.

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Agree with Nerven on the jealousy thing. THAT were not the faces of a man who is simply curious. Also him bringing the subject up again and again. Oh yeah and insulting poor Osvaldos shoes the moment he learns who she has a 'date' with as if to make him less desirable.
There was a time he wanted her to find love, so why not be happy for her. I could go on but Jane's feelings concerning Lisbon's date were clear.

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@ phoenixx2812

LOL yep, Jane was so jealous he might as well have been painted green

The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 12 Quotes

Jane: I'm not your boss. Why would you say that?
Lisbon: Just sometimes now you act like you are.
Jane: We're equals. Partners.
Lisbon: Fine. Just remember that.

This room makes me feel like I'm in an aquarium and everyone's looking at me.

Lisbon