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The last three episodes of "The Mentalist" are about arresting a serial killer (Keller). In episode 11, a man named "Gabriel Osbourne" claimed to be a psychic and told the FBI about buried bodies in the woods - something that no one could possibly know but the murderer. Later, Gabriel was killed by Keller because he couldn't connect to his father's spirit, so turning out to be a "fake". I'm totally confused! Was he really a psychic or not?

  1. If he was really a psychic, so why couldn't he say anything about Keller's father to save his life?
  2. If he wasn't a psychic, how could he know anything about the bodies?
  • If he was a psychic, wouldn't he have seen Keller coming? ;-) – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Feb 21 '15 at 19:39
  • @Paulster2 Yes, but what about the question No. 2 above? – user2321323 Feb 21 '15 at 19:43
  • That's why this is left as a comment. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Feb 21 '15 at 19:43
  • Yeah, also the crying inside of Wylie and later "she's ok" scene. He couldn't possibly have known about this emerging romance. – Sergio Tulentsev Jul 9 '15 at 9:00
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Gabriel Osbourne is not a psychic. As Patrick Jane himself would say: "There's no such things as psychics."

It's possible that Gabriel was mentally unstable to the point that he actually believed he was psychic himself (the fact that his sister - a close personal support in his life - also promoted him as psychic surely didn't help.) He was certainly a little bit "off." That said, nothing presented in the course of the show has ever suggested that there are any REAL supernatural powers out there, so there's no reason to start thinking so on account of Gabriel.

As for how Gabriel could have known what he knew; Lisbon suggested two possibilities herself:

1) he might have a friend in the evidence lab (or other menial position in law enforcement.)

2) he might be the killer (this one is later proven false, of course.)

On top of that, there was an earlier episode (S04E03: "Pretty Red Balloon") where Jane himself did the whole "psychically predict where the victim is in the middle of the woods" gag, and he even stopped to explain how he did it. IIRC, Jane talked about how "saying it's near a body of water is a safe guess" because there's almost always a pond or a stream or something in the woods.

Gabriel is an established psychic, for better or for worse, and he probably knows all the same tricks Jane does. How to be just specific enough to get people going while staying vague enough to avoid outing himself. It's what the show is all about.

  • FYI this is the episode where he fakes being a psychic and predicts where the boy is being help by the "body of water": imdb.com/title/tt2010716. – slm Apr 20 '17 at 4:37
  • @slm Thanks! I'll update the answer. – Steve-O Apr 20 '17 at 13:10

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