Season 6 premiered on September 29, 2013. It picked up after the cliffhanger of Red John's Rules.
The Mentalist tells the story of Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. He also makes frequent use of his mentalist abilities to lead witnesses or offenders into offering the actual facts of the case, as known only to them.
Within the Bureau, Patrick Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Patrick Jane's role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents.
However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon openly resists having Patrick Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Patrick Jane's usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon's team includes agents Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and rookie member Grace Van Pelt, who all think Patrick Jane is a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases.
This season is the most nail-biting and suspenseful season of The Mentalist yet. The first 8 episodes center around the narrowing of Jane's list of seven suspects, and by the end of the calendar year, Red John is killed. Grace Van Pelt and Wayne Rigsby walk down the aisle in Wedding in Red, the third episode of the season. As part of the operation to reveal Red John's identity, a secret organization of Law Enforcement personnel known as "The Blake Association" was discovered. Because Gale Bertram, the head of the CBI, was revealed to be a member the CBI was closed down. Teresa Lisbon became a police chief in a small town, Kimball Cho joined the FBI and Wayne Rigsby with Grace Van Pelt opened their own investigations company specializing in Computer Fraud. After Two years, Jane becomes a consultant for the FBI and is working alongside stern, but intelligent FBI agent-in-charge Dennis Abbott and by-the-book agent Kim Fischer, as well as Lisbon and Cho.
- Simon Baker as Patrick Jane (22/22)
- Robin Tunney as Teresa Lisbon (22/22)
- Tim Kang as Kimball Cho (22/22)
- Owain Yeoman as Wayne Rigsby (13/22)
- Amanda Righetti as Grace Van Pelt (13/22)
- Rockmond Dunbar as Dennis Abbott (16/22)
- Emily Swallow as Kim Fischer (14/22)
- Joe Adler as Jason Wylie (13/22)
- Pedro Pascal as Marcus Pike (6/22)
- Michael Gaston as Director Gale Bertram (5/22) †
- Xander Berkeley as Sheriff Thomas McAllister/Red John (4/22) †
- Drew Powell as FBI Agent Reede Smith (4/22)
- Reed Diamond as Ray Haffner (3/22) †
- William Mapother as Richard Haibach (3/22) †
- Zuleyka Silver as Daniela Welker (3/22)
- Robert Picardo as Jason Cooper (2/22)
- Titus Welliver as Michael Ridley (2/22)
- John Hensley as Anthony Tremel (2/22)
- Nandy Martin as Amy Welker (2/22)
Notable Guest Cast Edit
- Jack Plotnick as Brett Partridge (The Desert Rose) †
- Kevin Corrigan as Bob Kirkland (Red Listed) †
- Aunjanue Ellis as Madeleine Hightower (Red Listed)
- Malcolm McDowell as Bret Stiles (Fire and Brimstone) †
- David Norona as DDA Osvaldo Ardiles (Golden Hammer) †
- Pruitt Taylor Vince as J.J. LaRoche (Black Helicopters) †
- Paul Schulze as John Hutten (Grey Water)
|Image||Title||Writer(s)||Director||Airdate||Viewers (millions)||Ep. Number|
|The Desert Rose||Writer(s): Bruno Heller||Director: Chris Long||September 29, 2013||9.70||6.01|
|Jane and Lisbon secretly continue their dangerous mission to narrow down the list of seven Red John suspects as they investigate the murder of a man who was missing for two years.|
Special Guest Cast: Jack Plotnick as Brett Patridge
|Black-Winged Redbird||Writer(s): Tom Szentgyorgyi||Director: Robert Duncan McNeill||October 6, 2013||8.66||6.02|
|Jane discovers an important clue to Red John’s methods as the team encounters four of the suspects, and the CBI investigates the case of a software engineer killed by a drone strike.
|Wedding in Red||Writer(s): Daniel Cerone||Director: Randall Zisk||October 13, 2013||9.38||6.03|
|Jane gets the CBI involved in a case in Napa in order to focus on Sheriff McAllister, while Van Pelt and Rigsby take a trip down the aisle.
|Red Listed||Writer(s): Rebecca Perry Cutter||Director: Eric Laneuville||October 20, 2013||7.75||6.04|
|Jane reveals that a list of fake Red John suspects he planted was stolen and the team realizes these men are in danger.|
Special Guest Cast: Aunjanue Ellis as Madeleine Hightower & Kevin Corrigan as Robert Kirkland
|The Red Tattoo||Writer(s): Eoghan Mahony||Director: Tawnia McKiernan||October 27, 2013||8.82||6.05|
|When a prominent member of Visualize is mysteriously killed, Jane investigates in the hopes that the case will provide a clue that will lead him to Red John.
|Fire and Brimstone||Writer(s): Ken Woodruff||Director: John F. Showalter||November 10, 2013||8.46||6.06|
|With the final clue in hand, Jane attempts to gather the remaining Red John suspects in one place in hopes of finally revealing his identity.|
Special Guest Cast: Malcolm McDowell as Bret Stiles
|The Great Red Dragon||Writer(s): Jordan Harper||Director: Elodie Keene||November 17, 2013||9.72||6.07|
|Following the shocking events at Jane's house, the Red John list is narrowed down further, and the CBI's priority is the remaining suspects.
|Red John (episode)||Writer(s): Bruno Heller||Director: Chris Long||November 24, 2013||10.94||6.08|
|Patrick Jane finally comes face-to-face with Red John, the serial killer he's tracked since the man murdered his wife and daughter. For 10 years, Jane has doggedly hunted his nemesis in his search for justice.
|My Blue Heaven||Writer(s): Tom Szentgyorgyi||Director: Simon Baker||December 1, 2013||9.58||6.09|
|Two years after the Red John case was closed, Jane receives a surprising job offer that could change his life.
|Green Thumb||Writer(s): Daniel Cerone||Director: Robert Duncan McNeill||December 8, 2013||9.97||6.10|
|The FBI reluctantly enlists Jane’s help to find a missing computer programmer, but he won’t help unless Lisbon is brought on board as well.
|White Lines||Writer(s): Ken Woodruff||Director: Guy Ferland||January 5, 2014||10.22||6.11|
|The FBI is tasked with finding the killer of several DEA agents, and Jane goes on a date with a beautiful woman associated with the case.
|Golden Hammer||Writer(s): Michael Weiss||Director: James Hayman||January 12, 2014||9.58||6.12|
|A high-tech cartographer who may have uncovered a spy ring is murdered. Meanwhile, Van Pelt and Rigsby wind up on the trail of an alarming conspiracy.|
Special Guest Cast: David Norona as Osvaldo Ardiles
|Black Helicopters||Writer(s): Erika Green Swafford||Director: Randall Zisk||March 9, 2014||9.95||6.13|
|Jane’s investigation leads him to join a separatist commune after a U.S. attorney is found dead in Mexico, even though there’s no record of her crossing the border. Also, Rigsby and Van Pelt convince JJ LaRoche to help them discover who is stalking former CBI members.|
Special Guest Cast: Pruitt Taylor Vince as J.J. LaRoche
|Grey Water||Writer(s): David Appelbaum||Director: Geary McLeod||March 16, 2014||8.65||6.14|
|Jane and Fischer investigate a murder at an oil fracking site, while Rigsby and Van Pelt travel to Austin to help investigate suspects in the string of attacks on former CBI team members.
|White as the Driven Snow||Writer(s): Eoghan Mahony||Director: Chris Long||March 23, 2014||8.02||6.15|
|Grace is kidnapped by the killer who has been hunting former CBI members, but when the prime suspect appears to have an airtight alibi, Jane must rely on all his skills to locate her before time runs out.
|Violets||Writer(s): Jordan Harper||Director: John Miller Tobin||March 30, 2014||8.72||6.16|
|Jane enlists his colleagues in a dangerous sting operation to catch a deadly team of art thieves. Meanwhile, sparks fly between Lisbon and an agent from the FBI’s art squad.
|Silver Wings of Time||Writer(s): Tom Szentgyorgyi & Rebecca Perry Cutter||Director: James Hayman||April 13, 2014||9.02||6.17|
|Jane and the FBI take up the cause of a death row inmate who has two days to prove his innocence before his sentence is carried out.
|Forest Green||Writer(s): Jeffery Hatcher||Director: Eric Laneuville||April 20, 2014||8.65||6.18|
|When a woman is found murdered near a remote men’s social club, Jane must find a way to insinuate himself into the insular group to find the killer.
|Brown Eyed Girls||Writer(s): Eoghan Mahony & Michael Weiss||Director: Sylvain White||April 27, 2014||8.63||6.19|
|A chance encounter with a suspicious-looking individual leads Jane and Lisbon to uncover a vast human smuggling ring. Meanwhile, Lisbon remains tempted by Pike’s offer to move to D.C.
|Il Tavolo Bianco||Writer(s): Daniel Cerone & Erika Green Swafford||Director: Tom Snyder||May 4, 2014||8.42||6.20|
|Jane’s freedom is at stake when a grand jury is empanelled to decide if he should be tried for the murder of Red John. Meanwhile, Lisbon tries to find out how Jane feels about the possibility of her leaving Austin with Agent Pike, and Cho and Abbott follow new leads in the human smuggling ring they recently uncovered.
|Black Hearts||Writer(s): David Appelbaum & Ken Woodruff||Director: Randall Zisk||May 11, 2014||8.64||6.21|
|With time running out to save the victims of a kidnapping ring before they are transported overseas, Jane and Lisbon zero in on the criminal enterprise’s mastermind. Meanwhile, Lisbon decides if she will move to D.C. with Agent Pike.
|Blue Bird||Writer(s): Bruno Heller||Director: Chris Long||May 18, 2014||9.69||6.22|
|A reopened cold case could be the last time that Jane and Lisbon work together unless he’s able to admit his true feelings for her.