The Mentalist

  • Title: The Mentalist – Season 7
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The Mentalist - The Complete Seventh SeasonWith Red John defeated, half of the cast having moved on to other projects, and consisting only 13 episodes collected on three discs, the final season of The Mentalist feels more like an epilogue than than a full season of the show. Along with the case of the week, the season will continue to deal with the now romantic relationship between Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) culminating in the pair’s wedding in the series finale.

Emily Swallow doesn’t return but the series replaces her with Josie Loren as fresh-faced new Agent Michelle Vega who tragically won’t live to see the end of the season. Other highlights include Jane and Lisbon feeling out their relationship in the season premiere, Lisbon going undercover in jail, Lisbon temporarily taking on the role of fake psychic, and the much-anticipated return of Erica Flynn (Morena Baccarin). Extras include deleted scenes and a look back at Jane’s journey over the course of the series.

[Warner Home Video, $39.98]

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The Mentalist – White Orchids

by Alan Rapp on February 21, 2015

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  • Title: The Mentalist – White Orchids
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The Mentalist - White Orchids

After seven seasons and 151 episodes The Mentalist comes to an end. Since the death of Red John and the shuffling of the show’s core cast and basic set-up midway through the show’s Sixth Season The Mentalist has had its ups and downs. The show ends on a positive note with the wedding of Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and the close of the storyline involving the show’s latest (and least interesting) serial killer Joe Keller (Aubrey Deeker).

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The Mentalist – Green Light

by Alan Rapp on January 10, 2015

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  • Title: The Mentalist – Green Light
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The Mentalist - Green Light

On the eve of Jane‘s (Simon Baker) birthday he and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) are called in to help investigate the murder of a DEA agent who was brutally killed after a botched drug raid. Complicating matters are the fact that the man in charge of the DEA unit of the dead agent, which Abbot was ordered to investigate after the raid, used to be Abbot’s boss Bill Peterson (Dylan Baker). With the team searching for the killer Jane takes on a second job in finding a way to keep Peterson off Abbot’s back and prevent him from blackmailing Abbot about their shared past likely destroying the political career of Abbot’s wife (Christine Adams).

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The Mentalist – Black Market

by Alan Rapp on December 23, 2014

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  • Title: The Mentalist – Black Market
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The Mentalist - Black Market

“Black Market” feels a bit like a story concept that has struggled to make it to air for several seasons as Jane‘s (Simon Baker) illness forces Lisbon (Robin Tunney) into the role of fake psychic to draw out a killer. I think the idea is more interesting than the final product, but Tunney has fun with the script having Lisbon be the one to unmask a killer through a bit of subterfuge, grandstanding, and keen observation.

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  • Title: The Mentalist – Orange Blossom Ice Cream
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The Mentalist - Orange Blossom Ice Cream

The Mentalist‘s final season continues with its most anticipated guest-star as Morena Baccarin returns in the role of Erica Flynn in an episode that continues to play on her chemistry with Jane (Simon Baker), which is a little awkward for The Mentalist now that he’s with Lisbon (Robin Tunney) as Jane and Lisbon head Beirut to recruit Flynn’s help with taking down terrorist leader Jan Nemic (Mark Ivanir).

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The Mentalist – The Graybar Hotel

by Alan Rapp on December 8, 2014

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  • Title: The Mentalist – The Graybar Hotel
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The Mentalist - The Graybar Hotel

In order to help catch a high-end automobile smuggler who the CIA believe may have ties to terrorists Lisbon (Robin Tunney) goes undercover at a women’s prison as the new roommate of the smuggler’s girlfriend (Brit Morgan). The structure of the episode means Tunney gets the majority of the screentime here, although Simon Baker finds a way to steal a few scenes when Jane’s ingenius plan of a prison escape goes awry and leaves Lisbon without any FBI support.

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  • Title: The Mentalist – Nothing But Blue Skies
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The Mentalist - Nothing But Blue Skies

The Mentalist returns for its final season with Jane (Simon Baker) and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) heading back to work for the first time as a couple, a fact they decide to try and keep from the rest of their FBI team which surprisingly doesn’t include Fischer (Emily Swallow) who is replaced in the season premiere with Quantico rookie Michelle Vega (Josie Loren).

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The Mentalist – Blue Bird

by Alan Rapp on May 20, 2014

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The Mentalist - Blue Bird

When the FBI receive a note from killer threatening to come out of retirement unless the FBI stops him, Lisbon‘s (Robin Tunney) transfer to D.C. is put on hold as she, Jane (Simon Baker), Fischer (Emily Swallow), and Cho (Harry Groener) head down to Miami on one last case together. While questioning the husband (Vincent Spano) and daughter (Haley Hudson) of the first victim, the victim’s former business partner (Victoria Smurfit), and the original suspect (George Finn) who was eventually cleared Jane shows each of them the killer’s note not realizing just how many will act on it before the season finale comes to a close.

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The Mentalist – Black Hearts

by Alan Rapp on May 13, 2014

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  • Title: The Mentalist – Black Hearts
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The Mentalist - Black Hearts

The ongoing human trafficking story comes to a close as Wiley’s (Joe Adler) digging leads to a big break for the FBI when the tech is able to link both the truck used to transport 30 young women across the border into Mexico and the closed-down medical facility where other woman were harvested for their organs back to a single suspect: Michael Ridley (Titus Welliver). DNA from 15 women killed in the clinic and that of a single man also leads Fischer (Emily Swallow) and Cho (Harry Groener) to track down a former surgeon (Robert Joy) who they hope has the answers they need to finding the missing cargo container of girls now believed to be somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • Title: The Mentalist – Il Tavolo Bianco
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“Did anybody narc on me?”

The Mentalist - Il Tavolo Bianco

Under the pretense of trying Jane (Simon Baker) for the murder of Red John, the FBI sets up a sting to investigate the members of a grand jury who recently let a mob boss (Jonathan LaPaglia) walk on murder charges. Jane’s trial gives the Mentalist an unique opportunity to observe each member of the panel, and even attempt to engage with the directly, although the prosecutor (Merle Dandridge), who isn’t clued in on the truth of the matter, is less than pleased with Jane’s trademark antics.

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