Every Episode Included Red—and 29 Other Surprising Facts About 'The Mentalist' (2022)

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Simon Baker isn’t actually American. Baker's acting career started on Australian soap operas. 'The Mentalist' won several major awards. Every episode from season 1 to season 5 involves the color red. What was in Patrick Jane's special cup? Black tea. Agent Teresa Lisbon is said to be from Chicago... When Bruno Heller wrote the pilot for the show... Rockmond Dunbar was named one of TV Guide's 50 Sexiest Stars of All Time. The CBI headquarters are housed in a historic Los Angeles building. Owain Yeoman (Wayne Rigsby) hails from Wales. Yeowan's then-wife Lucy Davis had a small role on the second season of the show. Red John was a mystery for so long... The death of Red John had been planned since the start of the show. Though Lisbon and Jane get their happily-ever-after... 'The Mentalist' dropped a few clues about real identity of Red John was. Simon Baker personally picked out his character's famous car. Aunjanue Ellis had a short run on Broadway before joining 'The Mentalist.' Simon Baker's real-life wife Rebecca Rigg made a cameo in the show. Amanda Righetti was pregnant during the shooting of the show's 5th season. Tim Kang was living a whole different life before he started acting. Simon Baker received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013... ...where he was supported by his family and friends, including actress Naomi Watts. Another good friend of Baker's? Nicole Kidman. 'The Mentalist' was Joe Adler's big break into television. The chemistry between Jane and Lisbon was real, but not how you'd think... The series was so popular that it spawned a book. Xander Berkeley was cast as Red John for a scary, scary reason. Josie Loren knew about the tragic fate of her character before signing on... ...but the rest of the cast was totally blindsided. If Vega had survived, her relationship with Wylie might have blossomed into something more. FAQs Videos

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Though the show officially wrapped in 2018, fans ofThe Mentalistare still raving about the unique crime drama. You may be a super-fan of Patrick Jane, played by the gorgeous Simon Baker (winner of our2019 March Dadness tournament (opens in new tab)) and his "psychic" abilities, but we don't have to read your minds to guess that you didn't know these surprising facts aboutThe Mentalistand its amazing cast.

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Simon Baker isn’t actually American.

The dreamy actor and show's star was born and raised in Australia. (Didn't think he could get any hotter, did you?) Would prefer if Patrick Jane had Baker's real accent, tbh.

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Baker's acting career started on Australian soap operas.

His earliest gigs include roles onHeartbreak HighandHome and Away. Baker later relocated to L.A. and foundsuccess (opens in new tab)on the CBS dramaThe Guardianbefore getting the gig that would propel him into stardom.

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'The Mentalist' won several major awards.

During its 7-season run on television, the show took home well-deserved trophies, including a People's Choice Award for "Favorite New TV Drama" in its first season. Baker himself was nominated for several Golden Globes, SAG, and Emmy Awards for his acting.

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Every episode from season 1 to season 5 involves the color red.

Every use of the color leads up to the capture and death of notorious serial killer Red John.

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What was in Patrick Jane's special cup? Black tea.

Specifically lapsang souchong, a black tea from China, which is also called "hong cha." That literally translates to "red tea" in Chinese.

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Agent Teresa Lisbon is said to be from Chicago...

...which also happens to be the hometown of Robin Tunney, the actress who plays her! The Irish-American Actress was born and raised there and attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts.

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When Bruno Heller wrote the pilot for the show...

...Lisbon and Jane weren't supposed to end up together.

The idea of the leads becoming a couple "never crossed his mind" in 2008 when 'The Mentalist' was green lit, the creator toldDeadline (opens in new tab).

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Rockmond Dunbar was named one of TV Guide's 50 Sexiest Stars of All Time.

The 45-year-old actor played FBI Agent Dennis Abbott in the series, which he joined in 2013. He's also known for his work onSoul Food,Prison Break, andThe Game.

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The CBI headquarters are housed in a historic Los Angeles building.

The Pico House serves as the fictional CBI headquarters on the show. The building was erected in the late 1800s by the last governor of California under Mexican rule. It was the first grand hotel in L.A.

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Owain Yeoman (Wayne Rigsby) hails from Wales.

Because Yeoman stayed in character even when the cameras weren't rolling, his castmates had no idea he wasn't American. Talk about good acting! He's also had roles inTroyandKitchen Confidential.

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Yeowan's then-wife Lucy Davis had a small role on the second season of the show.

Lucy is best known for her role in the British version ofThe Office. But in season 2 ofThe Mentalist, she played the widow of a murder victim—who was actuallyarrested by her husband's character (opens in new tab)! The couple divorced a year later in 2011.

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Red John was a mystery for so long...

...because the creators of the show could't decide who he was.

Apparently, there were"three of four possibilities" (opens in new tab)for the identity of the notorious serial killer, creator Bruce Heller toldEW. Eventually it was revealed that (spoiler alert!) Sheriff Thomas McAllister (Xander Berkeley) was the source of the evil.

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The death of Red John had been planned since the start of the show.

Though the writers weren't sure who Red John would turn out to be, they'd always planned for Jane to get his revenge. "Certainly I never considered any other ending," creator Bruno Heller shared withThe Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab). "It would've been almost dishonest not to take that as the conclusion of that particular chapter."

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Though Lisbon and Jane get their happily-ever-after...

...Simon Baker had different hopes for the ending.

"[Jane] was a tragic character from the beginning," Bakeradmitted (opens in new tab)to an Irish paper. "And to me, it only ever felt right that there was sort of a tragic ending to it." Thank God he didn't get his way!

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'The Mentalist' dropped a few clues about real identity of Red John was.

In season 1, murder victim Jared Renfrew writes out "He is Mac" on the wall before dying. Mac = Thomas McAllister.

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Simon Baker personally picked out his character's famous car.

Jane was often seen driving around town in the unique-looking Citroën DS, a French car made from the '50s to the '70s. Jane has said he wanted his alter-ego to drive somethingout of the ordinary (opens in new tab).

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Aunjanue Ellis had a short run on Broadway before joining 'The Mentalist.'

Ellis made her professional acting debut in 1995 in a Broadway revival of William Shakespeare'sThe Tempestand starred in several other plays. You might also recognize her fromMen of Honor,Ray, andThe Taking of Pelham 123.

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Simon Baker's real-life wife Rebecca Rigg made a cameo in the show.

In season 1, Rigg appears as Felicia Scott in the episode 'A Dozen Roses.' Two of their children Stella and Claude were also extras inThe Mentalist.

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Tim Kang was living a whole different life before he started acting.

Before he caught his big break as Agent Kimball Cho, Kang was working in a totally different industry—he was putting his BS in Political Science from Berkley to use at the Pacific Exchange, a regional stock exchange in California. He later got an MFA from Harvard.

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Simon Baker received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013...

The Mentalistwas in its fifth season. It was presented to him by Bruno Heller (the show's executive producer) and Naomi Watts on Valentine's Day. He made sure to thank his co-star Robin Tunney, saying she made going to work every day a "joy." And eventeared up (opens in new tab)thanking his friends for inspiring him with their work and his wife for her support.

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Another good friend of Baker's? Nicole Kidman.

The Aussie pair are extremely close, and Kidman serves as a godmother to his children as well.

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'The Mentalist' was Joe Adler's big break into television.

The actor, who played computer savvy but socially awkward FBI agent Jason Wylie on the show, went on to have major roles inGrey's AnatomyandMaze Runner.

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The chemistry between Jane and Lisbon was real, but not how you'd think...

Simon Baker and Robin Tunney were very close friends, and their off-screen relationship made filming scenes together super easy. "The teasing, the fondness, as the relationship's progressed—it's just us in real life and how comfortable we are with each other,"said (opens in new tab)Tunney. "There's very little acting involved. We're pretty lucky."

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The series was so popular that it spawned a book.

Psychology professor (and superfan) David Danielwrote (opens in new tab)The Mentalist Code and the Search for Red Johnafter the serial killer's identity was finally revealed.

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Xander Berkeley was cast as Red John for a scary, scary reason.

PerThe Mentalist Code and the Search for Red John, Berkeley was chosen for the role for a very specific reason: He was born in the same year as the notorious serial killer who inspired the character of Red John, Keith Hunter Jesperson. You may know him as the"Happy Face Killer." (opens in new tab)

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Josie Loren knew about the tragic fate of her character before signing on...

Loren joined the cast as FBI agent Michelle Vega in season 7. "Tom (executive producer ofThe Mentalist) called me the day before I started shooting the very first episode, and he let me know what was in store for Vega, and in that phone call, he also laid out her storyline for me," the actress revealed toThe Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab). "So I knew everything that was going to happen before I stepped on the set."

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...but the rest of the cast was totally blindsided.

And they werenothappy about theplot twist (opens in new tab), according to executive producer Tom Szentgyorgyi: "A number [of castmembers] came up to me and said, 'Do we really need to do this?'" Alas, Vega was killed in a shoot-out in February of the final season.

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If Vega had survived, her relationship with Wylie might have blossomed into something more.

In an interview withET (opens in new tab), Josie Loren revealed that the CBI almost had another office romance on their hands. "Wylie and Vega were drifting toward something more a little bit more than friendship," she said. "And I think if Vega and Wylie had a whole season, I think it would have been very clear that Wylie was perfect for Vega."

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FAQs

Why does every episode of The Mentalist have red in it?

These "red" references served as a reminder of Red John, the mysterious figure responsible for the murder of Patrick Jane's wife and daughter. After the Red John storyline was resolved in "Red John," episode titles would allude to colors outside of red.

How did Red John figure out Jane's list?

They got inside the building by pretending to fix the AC that was broken (mentioned in the episode). They took videos and photos of Jane's work so the inside man knew everything. Pretty sure he reported it to Red John so that's how he ended up having that list.

Did Simon Baker and Robin Tunney get along?

Simon Baker and Robin Tunney were very close friends, and their off-screen relationship made filming scenes together super easy. "The teasing, the fondness, as the relationship's progressed—it's just us in real life and how comfortable we are with each other," said (opens in new tab) Tunney.

Why does Patrick Jane drink tea?

Originally Answered: In the mentalist, why does Jane drink so much tea and especially inside the house of murdered people? He likes tea...and it also gives Patrick some time to observe the people.

When did Jane shake hands with Red John?

As of the thirteenth episode of the fifth season, Patrick Jane has narrowed his Red John suspect list from 2,164 suspects to 408. Ray Haffner is now a prime candidate, the reasons for which are the following: He and Jane shook hands in "Little Red Book" when they first met.

What did Bosco say to Jane?

Sam Bosco | Fandom. Shouldn't Sam Bosco be a suspected member of The Blake Association? When he was dying in the hospital, he whispered "Tyger Tyger" to Patrick Jane in his last breath.

Was Red John a member of visualize?

In 1988, around the age of thirty or less, he was a member of Visualize and worked on a farm for the church in Elliston, where he painted his first known smiley face, the future insignia of Red John.

Who was Red John's inside man?

In the season 6 episode "Red John", the eponymous serial killer's identity is revealed to be Thomas McAllister, the sheriff of Napa County, portrayed by Xander Berkeley.

Who is Red John's friend in the FBI?

Biography. Reede Smith first appears in the Season 5 premiere as an FBI agent sometimes partnered with FBI Agent Gabe Mancini. They were assigned the FBI's investigation of Red John in the fallout over the arrest of Lorelei Martins.

Is Lisbon Red John?

In the episode "The Desert Rose", Lisbon is captured by Red John. In episode “Little Yellow House” (season 7) it is revealed that Lisbon's 3rd brother is named Stanley and Lisbon is the oldest.

Why did Van Pelt leave The Mentalist?

After his stellar work on the case (and a recovery, of course), Rigsby was offered a full-time position with the FBI, but he turned it down as the couple decided to leave the law enforcement life behind.

Who is Red John's accomplice in the CBI?

Gale Bertram was the director of the CBI and a member of the Blake Association. He became the prime Red John suspect after Reede Smith was arrested, and the others were all presumed dead.

Does Kimball Cho get married?

At their wedding, Cho gives Jane and Lisbon big hugs and smiles widely.

Is Red John afraid of birds?

I thought to myself on that scene "that lady said Red John came in to talk about his fear of heights, but she wasn't sure if he was really afraid of heights or if it was something else, but a phobia was there". This would lead you to believe "oh well he's afraid of pigeons/birds! That's your man!"

Is Patrick Jane a psychopath?

After he manipulates the newest Supervising Agent, Luther Wainwright, in order to capture a suspect, Wainwright, who has a degree in forensic psychology, tells him he has inferred from their interactions that Jane is a clinical psychopath.

What did Red John do to Kristina Frye?

It seems that Frye has been hypnotized by Red John into believing she is dead and has passed over to the spirit world. Kristina was the first date for Patrick since his wife's death.

Why did LaRoche cut out the tongue?

LaRoche said it reminded him of the depths a man can sink and reminded him of his mother. When Lisbon visits the house where the man who raped LaRoche's mom lives, she finds out from his mother that somebody broke into his house the day before his court hearing, gave him a sedative, and cut his tongue out.

Who killed Kira Tinsley?

Red John stabs and chokes her, and by the time Jane gets to her house, Kira is being assisted by a local police officer trying to keep her responsive. Kira gives Jane the final clue he needs to catch Red John as she dies.

What does Tyger Tyger mean in the mentalist?

Perhaps the most popular interpretation of the poem is that the tiger represents or symbolizes evil and fear, or an incarnation of either. The lamb (line 20) is thought to represent the opposite, goodness and innocence.

What is in Laroche's Tupperware?

In Laroche's Tupperware box is the tongue of the man who raped his mother for 2 hours straight, Scott Sanay(sp). The day before his trial, Laroche broke into his apartment while he slept, injected him with a sedative and cut out his tongue. According to the rapists mother Judith Sanay, "they never found his tongue."

What happened to Hightower on the mentalist?

In the fourth season, she was replaced as the boss of Lisbon's team by Luther Wainwright. She returns in the sixth season, she faked her own and her children's death to prevent Red John from "cleaning house" after he killed Lorelei Martins .

What happened between Lisbon and Bosco?

She and the married Bosco were in love with one another, but never spoke of their feelings out loud or acted on them (His Red Right Hand). It is implied that Lisbon learned after the fact that Bosco had killed a suspect who beat the charges, but failed to turn him in (Black Gold and Red Blood).

Does Patrick Jane marry Lisbon?

The season concludes with their first kiss. In the series finale, White Orchids, Jane and Lisbon get married, becoming husband and wife on the property Jane bought to build their house on. They are expecting a baby together, as she tells Jane after the wedding that she is pregnant with their first child.

Did Partridge work Red John?

Brett Partridge was a forensic investigator working for the CBI. His first appearance is in the Pilot, as an expert of Red John's crime scenes. He was one of the seven final people on Jane's List of Suspects that could be Red John and a favorite suspect among fans of the show.

Who killed Todd in The Mentalist?

It was revealed in the season three finale that Johnson's killer was Craig O'Laughlin, who was Agent Grace Van Pelt's fiancé and Red John's mole within the CBI.

Is Bertram a bad guy on The Mentalist?

Yes, Bertram's a bad boy, perhaps even the head of the Blake Association, a ring of corrupt law-enforcement agents. That role alone is enough to explain his having a secret room full of weapons and documents, including fake passports.

Is Wainwright Red John?

Wainwright has officially fired Patrick Jane from the CBI. Wainright dead in Red John's limo It was in The Crimson Ticket, that Wainwright is shown to have become Red John's 29th murder victim (he was discovered as a stand-in for Red John in the back of the limousine).

Who does Red John turn out to be?

After five seasons and change, The Mentalisthas finally revealed the identity of serial killer Red John — it's Thomas McAllister, the quirky Napa County sheriff played by Xander Berkeley!

What did LaRoche have in his safe?

Executive producer Tom Szentgyorgi said in an interview "The mystery of what LaRoche has in the Tupperware container in his safe will finally be answered." It was implied at the end of the episode that the Tupperware container contained the severed tongue of LaRoche's mother's rapist.

Is Lisbon pregnant on The Mentalist?

Baby Jane is the unborn child of Teresa Lisbon and Patrick Jane. He/She is first mentioned in White Orchids.

Does Patrick Jane sleep with Lisbon?

Tunney recalls a Season 1 press conference in which she, Baker and series creator Bruno Heller avowed that Jane and Lisbon would never hook up, “and I think we were telling the truth,” she says.

Who does Lisbon marry in The Mentalist?

The Mentalistended its seven-season run Wednesday night with a series finale that saw Jane and Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) tying the knot, giving fans a happy twist of an ending.

Is Rigsby Red John?

"The Mentalist" Red John (TV Episode 2013) - Owain Yeoman as Wayne Rigsby - IMDb.

Are Rigsby and Grace in season 7?

Her final appearance on the show was in the very last episode of the series, Season 7 episode 13, "White Orchids" at Jane and Lisbon's wedding. She appears along with Rigsby and their two kids.

Did Grace Van Pelt have a baby?

In the episode "My Blue Heaven", it is revealed that Rigsby and Van Pelt have a daughter named Maddy.

Is Sheriff McAllister Red John?

Yes, Sheriff Thomas McAllister (Xander Berkeley) is Red John. He wasn't really blown up a couple episodes back.

Does Rigsby marry Sarah?

Wayne Rigsby is a fictional character on the CBS crime drama The Mentalist, portrayed by Owain Yeoman.
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SpouseAgent Grace Van Pelt
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Do summer and Cho get together?

At the end of the episode, she introduces Cho to her fiancé and they depart to get married.

Who is the mother of Rigsby's baby on The Mentalist?

Benjamin "Ben" Rigsby is the son of Wayne Rigsby and Sarah Harrigan. He has appeared four times throughout the series, in seasons 5 through 7, after having been born offscreen in season 4.

Did Red John have fear of heights?

According to the dead psychiatrist Sophie, Red John has a phobia — she suspected his fear of heights wasn't real, but he's irrationally afraid of something.

Is Patrick Jane rich?

Anyways, The Mentalist, Patrick Jane, is known to have been very wealthy, owning a modern house at Malibu, driving classic exotic cars like a Citröen DS 1971, having rich clients, and even appearing on Live Television.

How many suits does Patrick Jane have?

He does change his clothes, quite often, though he almost always wears 3-piece suits (different ones). He changes clothes a lot in the final seasons, and when he is on the islands he wears very different clothes from his standard suits.

What mental illness does Patrick Jane have?

Red John does not take to this kindly and Patrick returns home to find his daughter and wife brutally murdered, with Red John's signature smiley face drawn, in their blood. This was the causal factor which resulted in Patrick eventually displaying signs of psychopathy and embarking a quest for revenge.

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