Season Six of “The Mentalist” ended last night and it was a terrific season finale. We were left wondering about the “seven suspects” that I suspect are no longer suspects at all since Red John has identified them all to our beloved protagonist Patrick Jane. As much as I love Australian actor Simon Baker, I am distraught that I now realize the only proper way the series can finally end is in his death at the hands of the Real Red John: His soon-to-be-lover-and-still-boss, Teresa Lisbon. Yes, Teresa Lisbon is Red John and always has been because, you see, it can be no other way and still honor the moral code of the series.
Simon Baker is an excellent actor. He’s likable, funny, and you can tell the guy has a terrific personality. You like spending time with him in your living room. As the star of CBS’ “The Mentalist” you can enjoy Simon’s company every week.
Unfortunately, for Mentalist fans, there are original airings of the first shows in rerun, and I happened upon one of the earlier episodes. I was surprised at how fresh and light the show felt compared to more contemporary episodes. The actors were all thinner — of course — and not as polished, but they were fun and young and spritely. There was a sense of fun and wonder to the show.