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Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Mentalist connection

Arnold Schwarzenegger was the governor of California when the Mentalist first aired. As the California Bureau of Investigation is the highest crime fighting and enforcement department of the ...
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Are there real posts as consultants in detective departments like shown in TV shows in America?

What you see on TV is entirely fictionalized. Nothing like what happens in Castle or Bones or The Mentalist happens in real life. Any remotely competent defense attorney would tear apart a case where ...
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What is Patrick Jane's 'foolproof line'?

We don't know. Both times that Jane says "the line" (to Whittaker halfway through the episode and to Fischer at the end) his face is hidden behind the other actor's face, and there's no audible ...
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Is it forbidden to have a relationship in CBI in reality?

For US Federal civilian employees, there is no prohibition against having spouses (or immediate family members) working in the same agency or even the same unit. The only prohibition is that one of ...
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Is Red John's motive ever revealed?

Red John was a psychopathic serial killer...and so needed no "motive" as such. From a wikia Red John's personality can be described as the classic example of a psychopath: narcissistic, with zero ...
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Did the writers know from the beginning who Red John was?

Doesn't look like it, according to series creator/exec producer Bruno Heller in November 2013: "Xander is a wonderfully subtle actor who can go deep — deep enough to be our Red John," says series ...
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Why was the Red John story arc finished when it was?

Here are a few answers from an interview with Bruno Heller, creator of the show Why was now the right time to have the confrontation between Patrick Jane and Red John? HELLER: Very early on in the ...
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Was Gabriel Osbourne really a psychic?

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 ...
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How did Red John predict the final short list of Patrick Jane?

Reddit user Rainer_Unfug has a theory. It's best you go read the whole (long) post: To make things simple: Red John used a simple trick – he forced PJ to end up with these particular seven ...
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Why do the main characters call each other by their last name only?

Whilst you consider it informal, in many parts of the world it is quite common. For example, sports stars are often referred to by their surnames. In military or police settings, surnames are often ...
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Did someone ever refer to Patrick Jane as Mentalist?

At least once, but it was a hallucination. In Devil's Cherry (2nd episode of season 5), Jane imagines he's talking to his daughter Charlotte after drinking some belladonna tea, and this dialogue ...
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Does anyone not agree with the fact that "Gale Bertram was one of the Red John's Man"?

He wasn't one of Red John's men. He was part of Red John's corrupt organization, As you see in the episode where Jane killed Red John and the episode before that, Bertram is part of that organization ...
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Why do the agents knock on the doors?

Because a doorbell sound is much more audible inside the house, when the door is closed, while knocking on the door is easily heard by the TV ior movie audience, if the camera and audio perspective is ...
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Why did Patrick Jane have to steal the suspect list from LaRoche by hiring Donny Cullpepper?

In episode S3E10 Jane got the whole list of suspect. But in S3E20 he got top 4 suspect that is nearby the murder place and no one can prove that he/she is with them.
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Who was Kristina Frye and what happened to her?

Who was Kristina Frye and what happened to her? Kristina was another "psychic," like Jane used to be. She made the same mistake of insulting Red John on TV, and she paid the price. In terms of "...
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Why did Jane not use his gun to kill Red John?

Simple answer. Revenge is best served cold. Now that the Jane is sure of Red John, he wants to make him feel sorry for what he did and torture him the way Red John had tortured Jane's wife and other ...
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Why does Red John never attack Jane directly like his other victims?

Indeed, it was never Red John's plan to just kill Jane. I think, Jane was the first person that presented a challenge to him in an intelectual level. But at the time Jane was only a fake embarrassing ...
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Is it forbidden to have a relationship in CBI in reality?

There used to be a "California Bureau of Investigation" as part of the state's Department of Justice. The "Bureau of Investigation" is now attached to the Office of the Attorney General of California. ...
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How did Red John predict the final short list of Patrick Jane?

Here's my in-universe theory. There were 7 names on Jane's final list. Knowing that Red John knew Jane very well (very similar to himself), let's go over each name. Bret Stiles - The head of ...
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Why was the show The Mentalist moved from Sacramento to Austin?

According to this article: Tom Szentgyorgy, an executive producer for The Mentalist, said he and other producers mulled several cities for Jane’s new locale before settling on Austin. “We were ...
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In The Mentalist, video evidence from the killer is unusable due to the "fruit of the poisonous tree" law. Could one of the exceptions have applied?

Obvious "not a lawyer" disclaimer. I'm using commonly understood TV law here. "fruit of the poisonous tree" doctrine in US law, which basically states that evidence found through ...
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Why do the main characters call each other by their last name only?

In the context of this show, I just wanted to add another perspective to this. In S1E5, when Jane tells Lisbon that the murderer smelled like Pineapple, this is how the conversation went: Lisbon: Hey ...
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Why did CBI launch an investigation into Todd Johnson's death and not Rebecca Anderson's?

Remember, they only show us stuff that's interesting and plot-relevant. I'm sure Patrick Jane eats lunch every day, but they rarely bother to show it on camera (unless he's meeting someone to discuss ...
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How did Red John predict the final short list of Patrick Jane?

In season 5 episode 13, we are told his list contains some 408 names. 9 episodes later, we are told he has 7 names left. There were 3 episodes between the 408 names and Lorelei turning up dead, so it'...
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Was Gabriel Osbourne really a psychic?

The show make it quite obvious he is not a psychic. After all when it really matters (saving not only his life, but his sister's), he failed to deliver. As french joke says : "If I call a psychic and ...
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Why does Lorelei shoot Jason Lennon in S05E16?

In that chapter Lorelei also says: He's got weaknesses. He can die. And I'm gonna kill him So this explains why she shot Jason, so that he won't reveal who is Red John and thus cause his arrest/...

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