Robin Tunney Previews New Episodes, Cast Member on The Mentalist

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As previously reported, Aunjanue Ellis is coming on board The Mentalist at the new California Bureau of Investigation boss.

How will her character go over with Teresa Lisbon? Not too well, says Robin Tunney.

“It’s another woman who’s going to flirt with Simon and have power over me,” Tunney said to TV Guide Magazine. “I don’t know if that’s going to go well. I think there’s going to be some jealousy and some power struggles. We’re all going to have difficulty with it.”

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As you might expect, this isn't all Tunney’s character will be dealing with over the next few weeks.

“The latter part of the season I’ll be grieving Bosco’s death and getting over that,” she said. “There’s more character development this season - so you’ll find out more about where she comes from and why she’s such a pain in the ass.”

A pretty pain in the ass, at least.

As for Red John? That homicidal maniac isn’t going anywhere. Said the actress:

“It’ll be similar to last year where the character pokes his head every fifth episode. We take two steps closer and two steps back…otherwise, the show’s over.”

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The Mentalist Quotes

Jane: I was hoping to dazzle you all with my uncanny detective skills, but you forced me, you forced me to reveal the humdrum facts and point out that you have blood on your shoes, Heather.
Lisbon: Can you step out of your shoes ma'am?
Jane: Stop the presses! That's the phrase right, stop the presses? Always wanted to say that.

Patrick: You don't like the way I drive, you despise it.
Teresa: You drive way too fast.
Patrick: I drive just fast enough. You hate not being the one in control and yet you're willing to overcome your irrational fears to cheer me up. That's a beautiful thing, Lisbon. Thank you, I'd love to drive.
Teresa: Never mind.