“The Mentalist” star Simon Baker reflects on “loving the experience”

The Mentalist Series Finale Ryan Berenz

After seven seasons, FBI consultant and master of observation Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) will help crack a final case as The Mentalist concludes with back-to-back new episodes on CBS Wednesday, Feb. 18, beginning at 8pm ET/PT. In “Brown Shag Carpet,” Jane agrees to once again pretend to be a renowned psychic and be used as bait in an attempt to lure out a serial killer and give the FBI a chance to apprehend him. Then in the series finale, “White Orchids,” Lisbon (Robin Tunney) accepts Jane’s surprise marriage proposal, but a killer’s quest for revenge may cost them the happy ending they’ve worked so hard to achieve. Original cast members Owain Yeoman and Amanda Righetti return.

The Mentalist Series Finale

“The Mentalist” Series Finale: Simon Baker reflects on “loving the experience”

The Mentalist
CBS
Seasons: 7
First Aired: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008
Last Episode: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 (two-hour series finale)
Emmy Nominations: 1
Original Reviews: The Mentalist is the fall season’s biggest ratings success, and why not? Its detective plots are cozily formulaic, its defining twist cheerfully preposterous. As cop-show comfort food, it’s a kind of California fusion cooked up to appeal to people fed up with techno-beat lab scenes. Softening the sadism of a genre that leaves the mind strewn with beautiful corpses, it’s as sunny as any entertainment devoted to homicide investigations could be, in terms of both temperament and solar glare. Often does the mellow protagonist squint winningly under the Pacific light.” — Troy Patterson, Slate.com

Iconic Episodes: We asked series star Simon Baker to share his thoughts on the series’ most iconic moments: “I still think the pilot is the best episode and it should have been. It had the most money and most time spent on it, and it had the introduction into the series and I think that would probably be my favorite still.” His second favorite would be an episode he directed, Season 6, Episode 9, “My Blue Heaven.” Baker says, “That episode is the catalyst that precipitated what was done from that point on. I like it because it was almost a spinoff, almost like a pilot.”

As For The Finale: “I think it is satisfying,” Baker says. “I really enjoyed [being a part of the series] and I want to leave loving the experience and I want the show to finish with people loving the experience.” When we asked him how would it go if he could write the ending for his Patrick Jane character, he confessed: “I pretty much wrote the ending anyway. I didn’t write the script, but I definitely wrote the last scene. That’s not uncommon; just do it. I just called Bruno [Heller, creator and executive producer] and said, ‘I think this should end it, and what do you think?’ And he said, ‘I love the idea.’ And he wrote a draft and I fiddled with that draft.”

Photo: Credit: Robert Voets/Warner Bros./CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

10 Comments

  1. I love the mentalism and I love Simon baker. I tried to e mail him but don’t have his email address.:-):-):-):-):-):-):-)

  2. Great show! Wish it went on for some more time. Will miss Patrick and Teresa long after they have gone. Feeling sad already.

  3. When you dress your cast in US Forest Service uniforms – please do not refer to them as Park Rangers – two entirely different organizations – and the title of “Ranger” has an entirely different meaning

  4. Agreed JAck – it doesn’t get any love.

    Why end it? It could go for a few more seasons, hope it comes back.

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