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The Mentalist Review: Anything But Drama Free

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How can you expect drama-free when Patrick Jane is asking for  "Black Helicopters" and tanks?

But The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 13 was mostly just that... until the end.

When Edith, a U.S. attorney turns up dead in Mexico, the biggest question was how did she get there. Leave it to Patrick to pick up on the brand new hardware on a crappy old door. 

Did anyone else notice that when Jane popped up from out of the ground, Cho never flinched and he never took his eyes off the man with the gun? 

Dead in Mexico
A US attorney turns up dead in Mexico and the FBI is on the case. The Mentalist returns from its winter hiatus on Sunday, March 9th.

Jane looked completely at home while in Mexico and we finally got a look at his new Airstream. Heck, even lunch sounded great. Who wouldn't like tamales carnitas? Fischer from the looks of things. She didn't touch it.

The look on Cho's face when Jane gave him the Mexican jumping beans was priceless. We get to see him smile so infrequently. And Abbott's glee over Voltron was enough to have him backing Jane after he ditched Fischer. But all of Jane's gift giving made me wonder…I know he's good at reading people but the presents seemed far too specific.

Has he hacked into the FBI's personnel files?

Speaking of getting ditched, I'm surprised Fischer didn't mention it to Lisbon. Teresa could have told her not to take it so personally. It happens when you work with Patrick Jane. 

How does Jane get away with such behavior? He gets results. Like getting Marcia off of the compound without having it become a blood bath.

I was also somewhat impressed with Abbott. Not only did he back Jane's plan but he also spoke with respect to Alex at the compound's gate, as he pointed out that the two of them had the opportunity to save lives by the choices they made in that moment.

There was little for shippers to be happy about in this episode as Jane was paired with Fischer for most of it. I understand that the writers are looking to make Jane more a part of the new team but it's always more fun to have our original dynamic duo together.

Even when they're only speaking on the phone these two still have the most entertaining moments of the show as in this The Mentalist quote

Jane: I slept at the compound.
Lisbon: With the peanut butter people?

Back to the CBI connection: at first I was thrilled when La Roche got called in to help, even if he wasn't thrilled about the request or his current situation…

Dealing with distrust and disdain for half the paycheck I got at CBI? No, I am not enjoying Internal Affairs.

LaRoche

By the time LaRoche and Rigsby were talking on the phone in their vehicles, I had a very bad feeling about where this was going. When LaRoche chose to go into that building alone I knew it was over, but then there was that ray of hope. 

This place is creepy. If you think I'm going to search this dump by myself you are gravely mistaken.

LaRoche

Unfortunately, whatever hope I had was quickly extinguished by a trip wire. Damn. I really liked JJ La Roche. He will be missed. 

So, TV Fanatics, do you think Jane picked those presents through his keen observation skills or did he have inside information?

 

Here is your first look at The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 14:

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Am watching Resurection to fill the time before TM. I see the actress who was Cho's brief love interest is in it. Haven't figured out the show yet, but it is interesting.

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while I enjoy all the analysis and speculation here, I would like to point out a recent twitter exchange with J. Gadd: Rothelena:
Hi Jimmy, is it true that Bruno Heller will leave TM at the end of
season 6 :(? Thank you for always giving us hope <3! @jimmygadd answer: No, he's not leaving

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@ chasingseagulls

well, let's try again:
Rothelena:
Hi Jimmy, is it true that Bruno Heller will leave TM at the end of
season 6 :(? Thank you for always giving us hope <3! jimmygadd answer: No, he's not leaving

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@ chasingseagulls

well, don't know why this won't work, but basically he says "no".

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"The seven-year contracts are a non-issue. That only means the actors are “guaranteed” a continuing role as long as the show keeps filming. " Surely there must be some kind of financial reward for the actors in such a contract. They would be mad to sign up for 7 years exclusive, turn down future projects offered to them by other companies, then find the next year of work was just cancelled with no remuneration for having turned down alternatives. Surely they must get some kind of financial payment?

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If Heller torpedoed the Red John finale on purpose because of his departure, then he is grossly unprofessional and a joke as a writer. The seven-year contracts are a non-issue. That only means the actors are “guaranteed” a continuing role as long as the show keeps filming. If the show is cancelled before the seventh year, then that’s it. I may have a contract with my employer, but if the company for which I work goes under, my contract is irrelevant. Chris Carter bailed on The X-files and the show tanked. I see the same future for The Mentalist. I’m sure some viewers will return if a season 7 occurs, mainly the “I would watch Simon Baker watch paint dry” crowd. However, I suspect a large plurality, if not majority, of the original audience will not stay onboard for the ride. The revamp, in my opinion, has been nothing but a pathetic attempt to keep the corpse alive; but the real pulse of this series died along with “Red John”. If they are going to try to resuscitate this show and send it down a completely new path with a largely new cast, then they need to give it a new name because it is no longer The Mentalist.

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@ euterpe

My recollection is that a sizable part of the fan base was
Demanding the end of Red John. If Bruno Heller was caught up in the details of taking on a new responsibility in the name of Gotham, I could see where he might have a problem wrapping up all the details relating to RJ in a short period of time. But.... To suggest that he may have "torpedoed" the ending on purpose, because of his upcoming departure (if he is departing) is something I could not entertain, even for a nano second. Number one, he is a professional and number two, is a good writer. In regards to the pulse of the show......Simon Baker is the pulse. It is his brilliant portrayal of a man driven by revenge and at the same time living life to the fullest....a dance he calls it, that is the blood force. I don't think he spends much time watching paint dry. Obviously he had to have the skeleton of the part from the gifted Mr. Heller, and Heller trusted Baker to fly and he did it. If SB didnt bring to life RJs effects on him, there wouldn't be much conjecture as to the RJ arc So.....I don't see RJ as the pulse. I see him as more of a cancer to be beaten so that PJ can get on with life. Now, if Baker can bring out humor, tension, and whatever he needs/wants to get to the audience, I see the possibility of an interesting season 7. I'm not throwing in the towel at this early date.

Rationalgal2

We should look on the bright side of this Heller bailout. It was not likely we would get a S7 once the RJ theme was done UNLESS those 7-year contracts made it financially a better deal for CBS to run them out instead of buying them out. So what would a S7 story line be? Heller wanted out but he couldn't leave TM to go on as it was because it was his property. So the show really had to be changed. This switch had to be in the works for some time. In S5 Pete talked about his Airstream, which had to be the first step in the product placement of Airstream for the new TM in S6. The RJ fast-forward wrapup had to be planned so a mid-season switch could happen and allow time for the new TM to get up to speed. That included getting rid of a lot of regular characters with that S5 list of 7 so only a few were left to get rid of during the S6 transition going on now. Maybe the sudden wipeout of everything was planned to shake up the viewers a bit so they would stay invested to see what the new TM would be like. A nice credible RJ wrapup might have left a lot of viewers thinking, well, that's over, time to watch a different show. So it was "dangerous" as Simon said, on purpose. These TV film makers have been in the business a long time and I don't think they do things arbitrarily (although sometimes mistakenly). Heller had to leave so he could devote his time to Gotham, and this seems to be how he and CBS and Simon (certainly) worked it out for Heller, the CBS bottom line, and the career interests of the main cast members. Let's hope they made the right decisions. At least it does like like we get a S7.

Rationalgal2

If the RJ mid-season mess was the fallout from negotiations with Heller re his leaving, I will forgive everyone involved in it. No more hard feelings and we move on (hopefully). Simon did order that no mention be made of RJ in the Blue Heaven episode and he has been an executive producer for some time. That means he has something to say about what goes into every episode. (It also means he has the ability to take Heller's place and reshape TM to his own vision.) The TM concept was Heller's so he has contractual ownership of it. He could have run out S6 following the story arc and ending the series but he allowed it to end mid-way and jump-start something new. Sounds to me like a lot of people wanted to keep TM going so there had to be negotiations with Heller re what they could keep. I think Heller would want to accommodate them as much as he could while not giving away his intellectual property. So apparently the deal was that everything goes, including the RJ concept and everything related to it, except - so far - Jane, Lisbon and Cho (with Rigsby and Van Pelt kept on briefly to help the transition with a new killer that creates a way to get rid of peripheral cast members who might still be on contract. We will NEVER hear RJ spoken of again, nor will we hear about Jane's family being murdered, only that they died and Jane has had difficulty dealing with that. The wedding ring will have to come off very soon so even their deaths will not be mentioned. Also, Jane may not do any more "psychic" stuff because that was Heller's idea, but he can still be a mentalist with keen observational skills. Probably Heller allowed a few things like the wedding ring hangup to be kept for a few episodes to smooth the transition. Maybe that Blake Association was created at the last minute to allow for a smoother plot
transition, but with no mention of RJ.That's the only way it can make sense, since it is unrelated to anything RJ was shown to be interested in. So what we have here IMO is not the TM writers screwing up because they weren't paying attention to their own story line, but the entire production being faced with a Heller bailout and how to deal with it and still keep TM going as the same show yet not the same. This tells me there will be a S7 because this "dangerous" switch had to have the OK from CBS. If no S7 was planned there would have been no need for the mid-season story breakup. The series would have simply ended credibly as the story line dictated. Maybe CBS went along with this because of those 7-year contracts and it was easier to work out a way to do a S7 without Heller than to deal with that. Just my best guess at this time.

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@ rationalgal2

Sounds like a good guess. You know for me that's kind of bitter sweet because Heller didn't do what he promised. He didn't close properly. Like a deer in the head lights, he saw a new opportunity and took off. Clearly he didn't finish what he started. He didn't care about the back lash by fans and lashed out at them by calling then internet lunatics. This is not a good way to sell a product to a fan base and I won't be watching Gotham, even if they shoot it in my living room. I understand that in Hollywood you have to strike while the iron is hot. But don't poke me in the eye with it in your way out. He made this a big waste of everybodies time chasing the almighty dollar all over the place. In the meantime were all sitting here just looking at him. We see you Heller. Whatever. So now we know what's, what. I do hope the show makes it under Simons direction, I believe he is more in touch with his fan base anyway.

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@ rationalgal2

Your take on the situation makes a lot of sense. Waiting for May to come along will be hard. Or.....maybe we will hear something sooner. Just because.......I would like someday to hear the inside story (if there is one). For me there is no other show that has caught my attention as much as TM. I guess I would like to know what went on because I have spent so much physical time watching, and mental time trying to figure it out, and am a die-hard fan that I deserve to know.
A little obsessive, I guess. Anyway, I wish every one of them well and hope they are fulfilling their hopes and dreams.

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@ Washgurl36

I don't think so. We are all in the same boat with you. AND WE NOT ROWING WITH ONE ORE! I think that was a bunch of crap. We invested in him and he bailed. He should have let the show run it's course. Instead of that he gave us the abridged version. While it may have worked for some it was rather anticlimactic for me. I get the philosophical ending and it was good. But I had to dig deep for it. I'm still not sure if that was me or him but that was not the way that story was suppose to end. I know it, he knows it and everybody else knows it's. I hope he doesn't pull this same crap at FOX. Cause the next thing he will be looking for is a train out of Hollywood and I'll sell him the ticket!

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@ Washgurl36

Washgurl: My feelings exactly! Now assuming the Heller bailout in mid-season, I'm wondering what they will do for the DVD special that is usually included with the season DVDs. Heller is always on somewhere. Will he be on for part of the discussion or none? Surely they will have some commentary on the season. If so, it will be mostly public relations B.S. but we would still learn something about what really happened. We are all very good at listening between the lines and reading body language. 6 years of TM will do that to you.

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@ rationalgal2

Rationalgal, you said a mouth full! You are an enlightened one. Get your Mentalist card stamped. Everybody has been spot on till it's getting kinda spooky in here. Wow! This is great! Hey, can you read my palm?

Anitraward1

I think you all are right. This may have been Heller's way of ending the RedJohn arc. He did write that episode. Simon says he's vested in the show, maybe he will buy it. I hope something good will happen. So, if he does, I'm going to be the first one in line to be a new cast member. I could be really good for the show! I could lick on Jane and smack Kim around. Slap! Put that wand down and get back to work hag. I'll be back, I'm going to get my head shot. B-)

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@ anitraward1

Ani, the "new" TM definitely needs a character like you. Try not to steal every scene!!

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@ anitraward1

hahaha! She's ready for her close-up, Mr. DeMille! :D

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@ Entwife

I know right, crap, now I have to go find my best side. Ooops, no I don't, I LOOK GOOD ALL OVER! OK, I AM READY! :-D

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@ Entwife

I know right, crap, now I have to go find my best side. Ooops, no I don't, I LOOK GOOD ALL OVER! OK, I AM READY! :-D

Rationalgal2

Just Passing, Washgurl, Ani: you are all right-on with your comments re Heller. Something HAS been going on! It was all about Heller leaving TM. That certainly could explain the disarray we've seen as everyone wonders if the show can or will continue. Much of this I charge to CBS with its stupid jerking around of the show. No wonder Heller is going to Fox. Will a "new" TM follow to that or another network? I think we can forget about seeing a S7 unless plans have been in the works for a new executive producer to pick up the pieces Heller left. What is left may be only those actors with a 7-year contract. That would be Jane and Lisbon and, let's hope, Cho. This could explain the sudden deaths of Ardiles and LaRoche. Is there anyone else they need to kill off? We'll know when and if there are more mystery killings. (Rigsby and VanPelt will just leave the show as we've known for some time.) CBS may want to fulfill those 7-year contracts. After all, they don't have enough good shows for their programming spots, so may need TM. They probably had to buy out Heller because I suppose he was eager to get on with his new project and fed up with CBS. I'm sure there is a lot of discussion among the TM cast about this and they are using language definitely not suitable for the TM audience. What I hope for (vainly, of course) is for TM to continue in whatever direction Simon wants. From what I can tell, he has the best instincts for what pleases an audience without insulting their intelligence. Maybe he'll take Heller's place. Heller wrote some of the best episodes but so did some of the other writers. The biggest mystery TM has presented is not who is Red John but what is going on with this show and what will happen next in the CBS executive suites.

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Bruno Heller must have known for some time he would be leaving the show. Makes me wonder now if the reboot and the killing off of so many characters was to ensure 'his' show would not be taken over by a new person for a 7th season, that his replacement would be forced to start again, unable to bring back old characters as they had all died on screen.

Anitraward1

Deadline Hollywood 3/13/14 announces that Bruno Heller is leaving the Mentalist. He will be going over to FOX to do Gotham.

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@ anitraward1

This might explain the all or nothing mid season revamp - Heller had nothing to loose, so why not experiment wildly. Any audience behaviour reflected from it might be of use to him in his future shows and choices. I wonder why all the actors were on 7 year contracts and he was not? Wonder how the cast feel? SB seemed to have quite a few creative differences with him but that can be a good thing. Is this good news for us or not?

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@ Just Passing

I think Heller did what he did because it was his baby. That show will always be his unless he sells it. If you noticed things started getting screwed up when Heller was working on that other tv drama. It didn't make it. He is good at what he does and I think he got distracted trying to do all this other stuff and the show suffered because of it. I always got the feeling that Simon wanted his fans to know that he was not behind some of the more ridiculous stuff in the show and those statements always seen to center around RedJohn. I also got the feeling that he would have not handled the RedJohn episode in the same way Heller did. But that he made the best of it. Who knows what's going to happen now. The captain is jumping ship, so I guess the big question is who is in charge now. And is it worth it to the net executives to invest in 2.0. Right now Heller has the power to make or break the Mentalist. Business is business. He's leaving and we don't know what he did. Simon is pretty experienced now, got his feet wet, if it's not the Mentalist, it will be something else. CBS loves him and they go way back. If anything thing, I'm sure Simon is fighting for the show.