The Mentalist Season 4 Spoilers: Patrick Jane on Trial

Spoiler Alert: Simon Baker Talks About The Mentalist‘s Shocking Season Finale

Simon Baker, The Mentalist

Did CBS cancel The Mentalist and forget to tell us? The smash-hit crime drama just wrapped its third season with Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) shooting and killing serial slayer Red John (Bradley Whitford) in the crowded food court of a shopping mall. But wasn’t Jane’s vengeful pursuit of Red John his raison d’être and the very point of this series? How could the plot wrap up so soon? Then again, did Jane kill the real Red John? Whether he did or he didn’t, he’s in deep doo-doo. “Patrick has just murdered a man in cold blood in front of hundreds of people and next season he will be tried in court,” creator Bruno Heller tells us. “We won’t dodge any issues. Patrick won’t wake up and discover it was all a dream. There will be consequences.” TV Guide Magazine spoke with Baker to get his take on the daring cliffhanger and where his show is headed from here. Will that impish little devil Patrick Jane ever be able to charm us again?

TV Guide Magazine: Those who follow The Mentalist might well be shocked by what Jane has done, but they can’t claim to be surprised, right?
Baker:
Exactly! My character has always said, very coldly and matter-of-factly, that he would kill Red John if he ever got the chance. That was always his modus. And he’s told that to Agent Lisbon [Robin Tunney] many times. Of course there will be repercussions, but Patrick clearly doesn’t give a damn about that.

TV Guide Magazine: How will this murder change him? Is this closure? Can he get on with his life now, even if that life is spent in prison?
Baker:
I think he feels great about finally getting revenge. But you never know. This could be the false bottom to the suitcase. Maybe this isn’t the bottom.

TV Guide Magazine: Meaning what? That Jane killed the wrong man? He certainly thought he had the right guy once Red John described how Jane’s wife and daughter smelled at the time of their murders — the exact soaps and shampoos they used. But, theoretically, the real Red John could have passed that information to Bradley Whitford’s character, no?
Baker:
There’s a lot to play around with. I think it was a brilliant choice to have the murder happen in such a public place. Bang! Bang! Bang! Then Jane’s totally calm. People are running around in a panic. Jane just sits down and has his cup of tea. It’s done. He’s finally done what he needed to do. After this season, you’re going to have the lead character on a network TV series being a cold-blooded, vengeance-killing murderer. That’s heavy.

TV Guide Magazine: He certainly can’t claim to have killed in self defense.
Baker:
And how do you get around that? There are too many witnesses who saw him go after Red John. I had some issues with the way the killing was originally written, which had Red John getting up and walking away and my character shooting him in the back three times. That wouldn’t have been fulfilling enough for Jane. The whole idea of vengeance is the fulfillment factor! Patrick had already said in a really powerful scene in Season 1, “When I find him I’m going to cut him open and watch him die.” A big part of the show — and the fan speculation — has always been whether or not Patrick really has what it takes to carry out that threat. Does he actually have it in him? So we played around with the scene. My idea was that Red John talks about how the wife and child smelled and it just cripples Jane. You see him go from this guy who’s this close to having his vengeance, having his closure, and he just crumbles into a bit of a paralyzed mess. Then Red John walks away. Jane says, “Please, wait.” Almost like he needs to hear more detail. I’ve always played the murders as still being so raw, so present, despite Jane’s bravado. I like the perverseness of him needing to hear more, as macabre as it is. So Jane goes up to him and looks like he’s shattered, then when he gets this close to Red John, the need for cold revenge kicks in. And he’s thinking, “Not only am I going to kill you, I am going to mind f–k you at the same time.” I wanted the audience to still think in that moment that, despite all Jane’s talk, he just can’t kill Red John. But then he does! It’s very operatic. Bruno loved the idea.

TV Guide Magazine: You two seem to have a remarkably close, almost symbiotic relationship. A lot of exec producers in town would freak if an actor wanted this level of creative involvement.
Baker:
Believe me, I know! [Laughs] I get such profound satisfaction working with Bruno, because he understands me and I understand him. It’s really pure luck we found each other. It’s very rare. I can be a real pain in the ass with the wrong types of people. The last thing I want to do is come to work each day and not be challenged. What’s the fun in taking it easy? Let’s push it! I’m very happy that Bruno and I have been able to juggle the procedural and the serialized aspects of the show without swinging too much either way. Bruno appreciates the genesis of the Patrick Jane character, what drives him, and that he comes from a very tragic place. And you can’t fluff it off. You have to honor that. That hasn’t been easy because sometimes there’s been a lot of pressure from CBS to avoid the dark stuff, because the lighter stuff is so much easier to swallow. But without the dark, the light isn’t as enjoyable. The light can’t exist without the dark.

TV Guide Magazine: William Blake!
Baker:
Exactly! One hundred percent.

TV Guide Magazine: Word is, CBS has been a bit uneasy with this finale.
Baker:
There have been so many little arm wrestles to get this stuff through, but in the end I think we have the confidence and the support of the studio and the network. With Bruno and me there has been a lot of, “We can do this! We can get away with this!” Because this isn’t cable where you can do what you please. In network TV, you have to present the box before you can step outside it. CBS has always wanted the fun procedural stuff, and that remains a big element of The Mentalist. But this show has a lot of different personalities. I think there’s a sense with the network that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And I understand that because you can make some really bad mistakes that way. But we have to keep this show moving. I don’t ever want to mess up the experience for the audience. I want them to enjoy the show as much as they do, from the first episode to the very last. I don’t want to screw up that relationship at all. But at the same time, living and breathing this show every day, I have to challenge Bruno and he has to challenge me. In a way it’s so much easier to be subversive in cable: “Oh, look at us! We’re wacky! We’re daring! We say ‘f—k; a lot!” When you’re on a network, you have to slide the subversive in the back door. And you don’t have to be depressing in order to have gravity. A few episodes back we had Jane help the coroner kill himself. The guy had a terminal disease and the viewers were really touched and involved in that story. But it was all so subtle, I’m not sure they really realized what Patrick had done. And now we’ve moved on to total cold-blood vengeance. [Laughs] I know how this is going to play out. Trust me, this is a great setup for next season!

The Mentalist Season Finale Recap: 2.23 “Red Sky in the Morning”

The Mentalist(S02E23) “I’m becoming what I was supposed to be. Your children’s children will worship me.” – Red John

Technically, Red John did not say that quote but he could very well have. Red John is twisted enough to believe he’ll one day be worshiped for his killings. He can add one potential fan to his list as one important character claimed that Red John could redeem himself!

I say “he” when speaking of Red John, but it could very well be a woman, no? And based on the new tidbits we got about Red John this week, I’m still not 100 percent sure RJ is a man. You?

At the end of the episode, when Red John first speaks to Patrick Jane, RJ’s voice is in a pitch that could be a woman or a man slightly modifying their voice tone. However, when RJ recited the rhyme to Jane, the tone was a bit lower. Is that proof that RJ is a man? Another hint that RJ may be a man is that John was strong enough to rather easily put the chair, with Jane still taped to it, back on its feet. Then again, Red John could be a strong woman.

One fan theory I couldn’t shake throughout the episode is that Kristina is Red John. It really bugged me that she said Red John could redeem himself and that he is a man. Could it be that she said that because she is Red John? Plus, it does look iffy that she took her stuff, without messing anything in her bedroom, and left her home to go with him. I’m still not 100 percent sure that Kristina is with Red John but from the “Kristina would want me to send her love” speech, it does look like Red John has her. Red John could be Kristina and that she only told him that “Kristina sends her love” to throw the trail off of her. And Kristina could have killed her interviewer to have Jane and the CBI think that John was after her as he went after Jane a few years back. The killing happened after Jane explained to Kristina why her giving an interview was a mistake, which could have given her an idea how to throw suspicions off of her. If Kristina is not Red John, I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s somewhat involved in his killings.

One of my other suspects to be Red John is Brett Partridge. This is the agent who was at Marley’s crime scene and who butted heads with Jane. Why do I see him as a suspect? First, he dislikes Jane. Secondly, Partridge was in the pilot episode. Is it a coincidence that he appeared in the pilot and, two years later, in the second season finale?

The main case of the week — Marley’s murder — was really well developed. Not only did it look like Red John may have done it, but I never thought of the film students actually killing people to make a Red John movie. Even if Jane was pretty sure Red John didn’t kill Marley, you could see it affected him big time. Of course, things got a turn for the worse when Red John did kill the interviewer. Not only that but the case of the week had Red John save Jane! Why? Because Red John loves to toy with Jane so he prefers having him alive than dead? Twisted!

Beside wondering who Red John is, I wonder why Jane didn’t tell Lisbon what Red John told him. Is it because Jane wants to have the upper hand in the investigation? After all, Red John is Jane’s case. Red John is Jane’s life.

The Mentalist Season 2 Finale Spoilers: Red John Mystery Will Continue into Season 3

The Mentalist – Episode 2.23 – Red Sky in the Morning – Promotional Photos


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How will Jane react to Kristina Frye this time around on The Mentalist? — Jake
ADAM: The relationship really isn’t much different, according to Leslie Hope. “They’re essentially playing in the same ballpark. It’s flirty,” Hope says. “As determined as he is that she’s a fraud, she’s determined that he’s for real.” Of course, one thing is different, Hope says: “We definitely go on a date — twinkling lights, candles on the table, fancy silverware and everything. It’s a real date.” Source: TV Guide

The Mentalist – Episode 2.23 – Red Sky in the Morning – Press Release

A MURDER BY A RED JOHN COPYCAT PUTS PATRICK JANE AND HIS PSYCHIC FRIEND IN DANGER WITH THE REAL RED JOHN, ON THE SECOND SEASON FINALE CLIFFHANGER OF “THE MENTALIST,” THURSDAY, MAY 20

Leslie Hope (“24 “) Returns as Psychic Kristina Frye

“Red Sky in the Morning” – Patrick Jane and Kristina’s first date is interrupted by a report of Red John striking again, which is discovered to be a copycat. But when Kristina reaches out to the real Red John, both she and Jane find themselves in grave danger, on the second season finale cliffhanger of THE MENTALIST, Thursday, May 20 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Leslie Hope (“24”) returns as Kristina Frye.

SERIES REGULARS

Patrick Jane…………………………… Simon Baker
Teresa Lisbon……………………….. Robin Tunney
Kendall Cho………………………………. Tim Kang
Wayne Rigsby……………………. Owain Yeoman
Grace Van Pelt………………….. Amanda Righetti

GUEST CAST

Madeleine Hightower…………….. Aunjanue Ellis
Kristina Frye…………………………… Leslie Hope
Ruth……………………………………. Carrie Finklea
Dylan………………………………… Stephen Sowan
Wesley……………………… Cameron Van Cleave
Brett Partridge……………………….. Jack Plotnick
Dorm Monitor………………………… Ayo Sorrells
Waiter……………………………………… Kevin Will
Marley Sparrow…………………………. Eva Maw
Neighbor Lady…………………… Anne Gee Byrd
Jackie………………………………. Angela Martinez
Margo……………………………. Kathleen Wilhoite
FBI Agent Feeney……………………. Tracy Fraim

WRITTEN BY: Executive Producer/Creator Bruno Heller

DIRECTED BY: Chris Long

GENRE: DRAMA, CRIME, MYSTERY

RATING: To Be Announced

Source: CBS

The Mentalist – Episode 2.22 – Red Letter – Press Release

SPARKS BEGIN TO FLY WHEN PATRICK JANE AND PSYCHIC KRISTINA FRYE CROSS PATHS AGAIN DURING THE CBI INVESTIGATION INTO THE MURDER OF A CHARISMATIC HEAD OF A NON- PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT FIGHTS HUMAN TRAFFICKING, ON “THE MENTALIST,” THURSDAY, MAY 13

Leslie Hope (“24 “) Returns as Psychic Kristina Frye

“Red Letter” – Romantic sparks begin to fly when Patrick Jane and supposed psychic Kristina Frye cross paths again during the CBI investigation into the murder of a charismatic head of a non-profit organization that fights human trafficking, on THE MENTALIST, Thursday, May 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Leslie Hope (“24”) returns as Kristina Frye.

SERIES REGULARS

Patrick Jane…………………………… Simon Baker
Teresa Lisbon……………………….. Robin Tunney
Kendall Cho………………………………. Tim Kang
Wayne Rigsby……………………. Owain Yeoman
Grace Van Pelt………………….. Amanda Righetti

GUEST CAST

Madeleine Hightower…………….. Aunjanue Ellis
Kristina Frye…………………………… Leslie Hope
Sheriff Burnside………………………. Nick Searcy
Carmen Soledad………………… Melissa Fumero
Hector Brava…………………… Marco Rodriguez
Ilsa Engels………………………………. Alice Evans
Russell Bigelow………………………. Eugene Byrd
Christopher Lynch…………………. Rick Hoffman
Tariq Shah……………… Shaun Duke Moosekian
Stacey……………………………………… Meg Wolf
Novella……………………… Amelia Jackson-Gray
Claret……………………………… Joleigh Fioravanti
Bartender…………………………………. Rob Evors
Journalist……………………………. Dominic Flores
Building Super………………………….. Paul Hayes

WRITTEN BY: Eoghan Mahony

DIRECTED BY: John Showalter

RATING: To Be Announced

Source: CBS

The Mentalist – Episode 2.21 – 18-5-4 – Promo

The Mentalist – Episode 2.21 – 18-5-4 – Promotional Photos


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The Mentalist – Episode 2.21 – 18-5-4 – Press Release

PATRICK JANE AND THE CBI INVESTIGATE THE DEATH OF A MATHEMATICAL GENIUS BY A GUN-WIELDING CLOWN, ON “THE MENTALIST,” THURSDAY, MAY 6

Series Star Owain Yeoman’s Wife, Lucy Davis (“The Office”), Guest Stars as Daphne, the Victim’s Wife

“18-5-4” – Patrick Jane and the CBI team investigate the death of a mathematical genius by a gun-wielding clown, on THE MENTALIST, Thursday, May 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

SERIES REGULARS

Patrick Jane…………………………… Simon Bakerv
Teresa Lisbon……………………….. Robin Tunney
Kendall Cho………………………………. Tim Kang
Wayne Rigsby……………………. Owain Yeoman
Grace Van Pelt………………….. Amanda Righetti

GUEST CAST

Annika………………………………….. Hana Hwang
Concierge………………………… Cameron Bender
Tolman……………………………….. Fisher Stevens
Clown…………………………………….. Mike Rock
Daphne…………………………………… Lucy Davis
Adrian Mosca………………………. Scott Menville
Noah…………………………………….. Dave Engfer
Oliver…………………………………….. Evan Peters
Police Chief Hambrick…………… Ronald William Lawrence
Rafe………………………………….. Rich Hutchman

WRITTEN BY: Leonard Dick & Ken Woodruff

DIRECTED BY: Charles Beeson

Source: CBS

The Mentalist – Episode 2.20 – Red All Over – Promo

“Red All Over” – When a media mogul is murdered, Patrick Jane and the CBI team investigate cult leader Bret Stiles, who may have had an axe to grind following the publication of a critical story about his group, on THE MENTALIST, Thursday, April 29 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Malcolm McDowell (“Entourage”) guest stars as cult leader Bret Stiles.
The Mentalist – S02E20 Red All Over, CBS promo

The Mentalist – Episode 2.20 – Red All Over – Promo

The Mentalist – Episode 2.19 – Blood Money – Promo

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