the mentalist

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When Jane (Simon Baker) decides to loan the unit out to help another FBI agent (Pedro Pascal) catch a gang of murdering art thieves every member finds a role to play in an elaborate con involving misdirection, stolen art, Cho punching a suspect in a crowded bar, and a marching band. The team only knows a small fraction of the overall plan to entrap the leader of the crew (Charles Mesure), which is revealed to them as it is to the audience, by first using Abbot (Rockmond Dunbar), Fischer (Emily Swallow), Cho, and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) to bait one of his subordinates (Sean McGowan) and offer the crew a job too good to pass up.

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With Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) kidnapped and Richard Haibach (William Mapother) turning himself over to the FBI while denying any involvement in either her disappearance or the murders of Oscar Ardiles (David Norona) and LaRoche (Pruitt Taylor Vince) the FBI frantically searches to discover the truth. Agent Abbot (Rockmond Dunbar) puts Wiley (Joe Adler) and the team to punching a hole into Haibach’s ironclad alibi while searching for an accomplice he must be using to commit the crimes. With the FBI not having any solid evidence to hold him,  Jane (Simon Baker) and Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) get unpredictable including kidnapping Haibach and stranding his lawyer (Penny Peyser) in the middle of nowhere.

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As Jane (Simon Baker) and Fischer (Emily Swallow) investigate a murder at a fracking site, Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) and Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) become official consultants of the FBI following the murders of Oscar Ardiles (David Norona) and LaRoche (Pruitt Taylor Vince) and an attempt on Rigsby’s life in their home. On Jane’s recommendation the group narrows their suspect list to a select few including Richard Haibach (William Mapother), Linus Wagner (Zeljko Ivanek), and John Hutton (Paul Schulze).

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The murder of a Federal Public Defender in Mexico leads Jane‘s (Simon Baker) to uncover an underground tunnel from Texas to Mexico used to smuggle people and goods across the border (and dump the victim’s body in another country). Despite the number of laws the rancher is charged with breaking, murder isn’t one of them leading Jane and Fischer (Emily Swallow) to look for leads on this side of the border involving a Texas commune (which Jane strands Fischer to investigate on his own).

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Jane (Simon Baker) and the FBI head to Houston to investigate the suspicious death of a government-paid cartographer working on Pentagon defense contracts who was investigating a potential security leak in the company before his unlikely drug overdose on an assorted cocktail of everything from amphetamines to horse tranquilizers. Although initially fingering the victim’s brother (Travis Schuldt) as a lark, Jane will use the man’s obvious motive to later lay a trap for the real killer.

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Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) heads to Corpus Cristi to help the FBI solve the murder of five DEA agents by local criminals who may, or may not, be tied to a Gulf Coast drug ring. During the investigation Jane begins dating the former girlfriend (Brianna Brown) of a recently deceased member of the ring which piques the interest, and jealousy, of both Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and Fischer (Emily Swallow).

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After Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) decides to spend three months in isolated detention rather than accept the FBI’s deal, Kim Fischer (Emily Swallow) heads out to the Cannon River Police Station to convince Lisbon (Robin Tunney)  to return with her and get Jane to work on a case involving the disappearance of the computer programmer (Shane Edelman) who wrote code to protect the Federal Reserve banking system. However, neither Fischer nor Abbot (Rockmond Dunbar) are prepared for Jane’s antics.

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Two years after the events of last week’s episode where Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) caught-up with and killed Red John (Xander Berkeley), “My Blue Heaven” picks up with Jane on a small island with no extradition treaty living a simple life which is interrupted by the separate arrivals of both a beautiful woman and FBI Agent Abbot (Rockmond Dunbar) who each, in their own way, tempt the Mentalist to end his island isolation and return to the real world. We also glimpse in on the lives of various former members of the CBI who have moved on to other interests after Jane’s departure. Although the show will be continuing after this episode, it appears to be the last stop for Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) and Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) with both actors leaving the show.

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With the CBI shut down by the FBI and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and her team all under investigation by Agent Abbot (Rockmond Dunbar) after Patrick Jane‘s (Simon Baker) revelation to the press that Gale Bertram (Michael Gaston) is Red John, Jane stays out of his sight waiting for Bertam’s call. Thanks to the help of Lisbon, Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), Cho (Harry Groener), and Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) who get themselves all arrested, Jane is free to keep his meeting with Red John who, as I suspected, is not Gale Bertram (which Jane knew as well).

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With Ray Haffner (Reed Diamond), Sheriff Thomas McAllister (Xander Berkeley), and Bret Styles (Malcolm McDowell) confirmed dead, and Patrick Jane (Simon Baker)  unconscious following the explosion in his home, Lisbon leads the CBI after a wounded Reede Smith (Drew Powell) who she believes to be Red John due to catching a glimpse of the three dots on his left shoulder unaware that her boss Gale Bertram (Michael Gaston), who also survived the explosion, shares the same tattoo.

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