Tonight on CBS The Mentalist returns with an all new Wednesday February 18, season 7 Series Finale called “Brown Shag Carpet; White Orchids” and we have your weekly recap below. On tonight’s episode, Jane [Simon Baker] goes back to his roots and pretends to be a psychic in order to lure out a serial killer for the FBI.
On the last episode a young man claiming to have psychic powers offered his help to the FBI in solving a pair of murders, but when he lead them to additional victims, Jane and the team begin to suspect that he is in fact the killer they’re hunting. Did you watch the last episode? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.
On tonight’s episode as per the CBS synopsis,“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. Lisbon 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. Owain Yeoman and Amanda Righetti return.”
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Susan complains to her husband Bill that a guy in a car was staring at her when she took out the trash. She’s scared because the serial killer on the news is still on the loose. He jokingly says that serial killers don’t lurk in cars. He goes out back to check the car Susan mentioned. The guy’s head is canted to the side and there’s a can in his hand. Bill calls out to him and the guy looks at him.
He calls the guy a stupid drunk then goes back inside to find their dinner burning on the stove. He calls out for his wife. She’s not in the house and the front door is open. Jane takes Teresa out into the woods and he covers her eyes to show her a surprise. He shows her a little house on a lake and he says he’s going to renovate it for them. He says it’s a start. She asks if he’s going to do that instead of the FBI.
Jane says he hasn’t decided if he’ll quit yet but Teresa says she has needs and asks if he’s going to run away again or is committed to them. He says he is and that’s why he’s buying the house. She asks if he’s going to take off his wedding ring. He says he’s used to it. She gets a call from Abbott and he says he needs her to come back in – he says, we have another one.
They come to where Susan’s body was dumped. She was shot in the chest and one fingernail was taken. Jane says the killer isn’t being cautious, but more playful since he knows they’re onto him. Jane notices a mark that looks like an IV line. The theory is that he took out some of her blood for some reason. Cho comes in with Rick Tork from the Santa Fe office. He’s going to help out since they’re short-handed.
Tork has also worked with Jane before. He says you always have to keep your hand on your wallet and Abbott says he really does know Jane. They go over the body count and a glimpse at the evidence with Tork. Teresa says the profilers can’t find any patterns to the killings since the victim profiles are diverse by age, race and gender. Jane says it’s about what he’s killing for.
Jane says he needs the blood for something. All the recent bodies had blood taken but the older bodies they couldn’t tell because of decomposition. Wiley says online theories include vampirism. Tork suggests feeding Jane to the media as a psychic and the guy might show himself. Cho says the last time Jane tried that, his wife and kid died. Jane had already walked away.
Teresa says Gabriel had little brain tumors found in the autopsy. Jane says – no wonder he thought he was psychic. Teresa apologizes for mentioning the ring and says she’s okay with it. Wiley says Austin PD called to say they think they shot the serial killer. They head to a house and Abbot says it’s a false alarm. A guy named Le Kong Vinh was shot when he was going through the trash looking for recyclables.
Cho asks the local cop if her department is logging calls about the killer and asks to see that. They walk off. Jane says they should try Tork’s idea but Teresa doesn’t like it. She says she doesn’t want what happened to Gabriel to happen to Jane but he insists and Abbott agrees. Jane and Teresa are at the TV station for his appearance. Teresa tells him he doesn’t have to do it, but he persists.
Jane comes to sit with the news anchor, Dan, who tells him he’ll throw him some easy questions. He introduces Jane as a psychic who works with the FBI. Dan asks if he’s been helping hunt the local serial killer then asks what is a psychic and what he does. Jane pauses and looks around then says he’s distracted. He says Dan has something on his mind and asks about his baby girl.
He says her name begins with a vowel and guesses the child’s name. Jane congratulates the stunned anchor. On an afternoon talk show, he wows a couple of hosts who swear that they didn’t tell him any of this. He’s in his element. He acts the part perfectly then talks about the case. Jane next goes to a radio show and says the killer is angry, in pain and trying to get in touch with someone from the other side.
Tork comes in and wakes Teresa who’s waiting on Jane. He tells her Abbott sent him to take Jane home. She leaves. She walks out to her car and gets in. A guy called Lazarus calls into the show and the guy says Lazarus rose from the dead. The caller asks what else he knows and Jane says he can’t say everything because the case is ongoing. Jane asks if he has information.
Tork calls Abbott and Wiley’s working to trace the call. Tork tells him to carry the call on longer. Jane says he thinks Lazarus knows more about the case and should help them solve the case. Lazarus says he spoke to someone like him before that was a fake. Wiley says the call is from a landline and Cho says to call for backup. The deejay asks if he’s a skeptic and Lazarus says he believes in spirits.
Lazarus asks Jane who haunts him and he says no one. The cops race to the address and pull up quietly with no lights. They rush the place and bust the door down. They head inside. Jane asks whose spirit he’s trying to connect with but the guy says he has to go and ends the call. Jane’s cellphone vibrates and Abbott says the guy isn’t here but rigged the phone. Abbott says he doesn’t like this.
He tells Jane and Tork to leave and come back to the office. They go. Jane calls Teresa and tells her to get back to the office. She’s at his Airstream and asks if he left the door cracked. She says it’s open. He tells her to stay away from it. She says she’s going to check it out and he says to leave the phone on. Tork tries to get Jane to go but he waves him off.
Teresa opens the door of the RV and Jane asks what’s going on. She says no one is there and he says to get back to the office. Someone rams into the car that Jane and Tork are in and Jane is knocked unconscious.
At the office, Abbott replays security footage of the truck crashing into the car. Abbott says Jane was abducted and Tork is recovering in the hospital. Abbott says no one goes home, no one rests until Jane is back and the killer is arrested. He tells them to get assignments from Cho who says they found the truck so they can assume he has another vehicle.
Abbott tells Teresa he’s sorry for not heeding her warnings. Abbott says Jane is the best person to exploit this situation and she says she hopes he’s right. Jane’s head is in a pillow case. He hears the guy come in and he pulls it off. He uncovers Jane and offers water. Jane is tethered to a table by shackles. He asks if Jane knows who he is and he says he’s Lazarus.
Jane asks if he expects him to call him that. Jane checks out the surroundings and says the place could use an update. Lazarus says he saw him on TV saying that he knows and can hear things. He tells Jane to prove it. Jane says it doesn’t work like that and the TV shows were different circumstances. Lazarus says the other one said something like that and he tested him and found he was a liar.
He asks Jane if he’s a liar. Jane says no. Lazarus pulls out a gun and tells him to prove it. Tork is back from the hospital and insists he wants to help. Cho says the same thing would have happened with any of them. Wiley says he’s been researching the blood aspect and Wiley says a local bookstore keeps popping up called The Grimoire that is close to the body dump site.
Abbott says they don’t have time to waste on this. Wiley says Jane would go and would says the usual things give the usual results – dead victims. Cho agrees and he and Wiley leave. Jane tells Lazarus that his mother died young and he was raised by a strict father and now he thinks he deserved that punishment. Jane says Lazarus had no friends as a kid and usually ate alone because he was disgusted by the sounds people make when they eat.
He says people seem like robots to him. Lazarus asks what he does for a living and Jane says he’s an exterminator. Lazarus says he doesn’t need to know about him and needs contact with another. Jane says there are no spirits around him. Jane says he’s not and tells the guy to take it easy. Lazarus’ cellphone rings and he answers it then says the job is finished. He says he’ll be right over to address that.
Lazarus tells Jane he’ll be back and Jane asks for some water. He leaves him a bottle and then goes after dead bolting the door and heading upstairs. Jane sips the water then checks out the table he’s tethered to and used the lid to do something. He works a nail loose and picks the locks on the cuffs. He gets loose and then goes to the deadbolt. He can’t pick it with what he has so he looks around.
Cho and Wiley come to The Grimoire and she says she’s not open to their western morality and says some guy came in asking about Santeria and then he showed up at their service with cops and arrested them for animal abuse. She says they killed one chicken in the ritual far less than when people eat. Wiley tells Kelis that was unfair and offers to help her.
He says they can get Austin PD to lower or drop the charges. He says they’re working the serial killer case and can leverage any help. Cho agrees. Wiley says they’re looking for someone who uses human blood. She says to go to a deep web site called Blackmoore. She says you have to have the IP address and when they ask for it, she asks if they’ll really talk to Austin PD. They agree and she goes to get it.
Jane peruses the guys books, mail and other items in the room. He rattles a doorknob and sniffs. He uses a CD to open that door and goes into another room. He finds shelving and then a dead, dehydrated looking body that looks like it’s been there a long, long time. Wiley tells the others about Blackmoore and says there is a lot about blood for rituals.
He says 15 months ago there was a discussion on the site about harvesting blood. That’s the time that the killings started. Wiley was able to dig out one name – a guy named Alan who’s a college professor. Wiley says the most common use is binding a spirit to a dead body. Jane goes closer to look at the body. He finds a box nearby with the fingernails in it. He also sees a photo of the guy when he was alive.
He reads the memo on the back of the Polaroid then flips through some other photos. Abbott looks at the professor they brought in and Cho says they’re still working on the warrant to go through his place. Teresa comes in and asks why no one is talking to him. Abbott says he demanded a lawyer but she asks to talk to him for a moment. Abbott agrees.
She goes in and Alan says he wants a lawyer. Teresa says she doesn’t care. She says – you’re hiding something. She says she’s been working with someone who sees into people and what they’re thinking and feelings. She says they can tell he’s worried they’ll find out something about the black magic. He says he’s not freaked out and his interest is purely academic.
Teresa says she doesn’t care about his kinky stuff but says a friend of hers is being held by one of his blood group friends. He says he doesn’t know names but she says he’s lying and has met some of them. Teresa says he can walk out the door if he gives her one name or she will tell everyone who knows him all the dirty things about him. He says it’s illegal. She says she doesn’t care if she gets fired.
She slides a notebook over and says she wants those names no matter the cost. Teresa gets eight names and they use credit card records to verify that Alan was out of the country for some of the killings. Lazarus comes back and finds Jane still shackled to the table. He tells Lazarus that Joe, Big Joe, his father is here and says that’s who he wants to get in touch with.
He says Joe thanks him for keeping him and taking care of. He says passing over was hard but he feels better and his back isn’t hurting him anymore. Lazarus is stunned. Jane tells him to put aside the doubt or he’ll lose the connection. Lazarus agrees and Jane says there’s a lake called Rickasee, Lazarus says Pickasee. Jane says he didn’t catch a fish that day but he did.
Jane says Joe wants to know why he’s keeping him here. Lazarus says there’s a voice inside him that he can’t ignore and he has to go out and find someone. Then he says it goes away again for awhile. He asks if that’s his daddy’s voice in him. He asks if Joe is sending him out and if he’s doing this for him. Jane says he’s saying something but it’s not clear.
Jane says he’s sorry, he’s gone. Lazarus says to get him back but Jane says he needs an hour to rest. He says this is how this works. He asks for a piece of gum. Lazarus hands him a piece and Jane thanks him. The guy leaves and locks him in. Jane immediately picks the lock and then goes back into the room with the body. He opens the furnace and blows out the pilot light.
You hear gas hissing. Jane turns the light bulb off and sticks a piece of gum to the bulb. He leaves the room and closes the door again. Teresa and Cho talk to Ms Martinez, an apartment building manager. They tell her they’re looking for Joseph Keller. She says he said something about his dad being sick and says he was an exterminator. She says he sent her an email asking him to hire her to exterminate the building.
Cho and Teresa step out to talk to Wiley. He says Keller Sr was a likely perp for a string of killings 15 years ago. Wiley says he had a house on Lake Pickasee and he fell off the grid a few years ago. Teresa goes to check out the house. Lazarus comes back and Jane says his dad came back while he was gone. He says he wants to talk to him and says the answers are in that room.
Lazarus unlocks the door and asks Jane if he smells gas. He says no. The guy coughs, goes in and turns on the light. He looks at the pilot light. Jane takes off his manacles. The gum starts to hiss on the heating light bulb. Jane goes for the door to get out. Lazarus looks up as the bulb cracks and half the basement turns into a fire bomb.
Teresa has just pulled up when the explosion happens. She runs inside calling for Jane. She heads downstairs and kicks the door open. She sees flames and calls out for Jane. She hears coughing and finds him lying on the floor. She stands him up and helps him out of the room. They go out onto the porch and she tells him to never do that to her again.
At the lake, Jane is signing papers to purchase the property and cottage he spotted. The realtor says it’s all his and says there are no keys. She shakes his hand and Jane thanks her. She heads off. He looks around at the ducks on the lake and smiles. At Keller’s house, Tork talks to the Fire Marshall who says they can go in and says they should have fun.
Tork says there should be two bodies in the basement and evidence related to 10 other homicides. He tells the CSUs to work with a fine tooth comb. They head inside. A half burned Lazarus watches this from a clearing a short way away. His clothes are burned and he looks bad but he jogs off down the road and away from the house.
Jane makes plans as he looks at the cottage. Teresa shows up and asks how his head is. He says his ears are still ringing a little. She brought sandwiches and he takes her outside to eat by the lake. She says it looks like the house slants a little. She notices he’s not wearing his wedding ring. He tells her he’s not married. He says the ground is slanty but the house is straight. He says slanty is a technical term.
He has his wedding ring in his hand and say it’s been with him for a very long time. He says it has significance with his past and also represents meeting her. He says without that ring, he never would have met her. He says it could also represent his future. Jane says he wants it to represent their future together. He asks her to be his wife. She’s shocked and says okay then yes.
Jane says he was a little nervous and says he wasn’t sure she’d say yes. They kiss. Abbott talks to Wiley and Cho about the Lazarus case and then asks if he can help. They tell him it’s all good. He says he’s spinning his wheels between jobs. Teresa and Jane come in and tell them they’re getting married. Everyone hugs and congratulates them. Jane says they’re going to elope quietly.
Lazarus is at a gas station buying first aid supplies. He also picks up a ball cap and slides it onto his half burned head then selects some clothing. He’s in pain but is coping. The clerk freaks at his appearance but he blames it on a barbecue grill accident. Teresa skypes her brothers about her impending marriage. She says no guests and no big wedding. They ask to come down.
Teresa says no and they promise to be quiet but insist they’re coming. They tell her mom will spin in her grave. They argue and Stan says she doesn’t want them there. Then they start wrestling on the sofa as she watches. Jane pulls her away from her desk over to her couch. He says it’s okay that she invited her brothers and she asks how he knew. He tells her she should stop asking that.
She says it feels funny not inviting people from work since her brothers are coming. Jane says to invite away and says to keep it small. He laughs and says he can deal with a huge massive wedding but she says 10 or so friends at the courthouse, 12 tops, then the bar or a restaurant. He says he’s going to go buy her a ring. She says she can help but he says he has better taste.
Abbott is at loose ends when Teresa finds him. She invites him to the wedding. Abbott says they should have the wedding at his house and she accepts. Wiley comes to Cho and says he didn’t see the wedding thing coming but Cho isn’t as surprised. He asks what’s on Wiley’s mind and he says he requested a transfer to Salt Lake to a new cyber crime unit.
Wiley says he’s not good in the field and being in the office puts him near Vega’s desk. Cho smacks him upside the head and says to stop feeling sorry for himself. He says everyone makes mistakes. He says it’s okay to miss Vega but to remember she never ran from a challenge. Cho says he has to rebuild the team but wants to start with people he knows and trusts. He asks Wiley to stay and he agrees.
He tells him to check in with Tork to see what’s going on at the house. Wiley thanks Cho. Jane is at a jewelry store when he sees a couple. He says the jeweler did a French drop and swapped their ring. He says the guy will “study” the ring then tell him it’s a phony. Jane makes him open his hand then sees the ring. They leave and Jane tells the crooked jeweler it’s his lucky day since he needs a ring.
He tells him no glass or the cuffs will come out. Wiley says Tork called in and there were no intact bodies just body parts. Cho says to rush the DNA test so they can address the media. Teresa comes and tells Cho he needs to come to the wedding then says she needs his help. She takes him to help her pick out her wedding dress. He says one makes her look short. She tries another and he says snow cone.
They try another and he says slutty elf. He says she needs a simple piece with clean lines, something vintage and off-white. She says she brought him because she knew he would be honest but didn’t know he knew about dresses. He says his mom could sew a gown without a pattern. New guy Dan is leaving the TV station. Lazarus lurks outside and approaches him then puts a knife to his neck.
He tells Dan to get into the car and says he won’t hurt him if he follows instructions. Lazarus hops in the back and puts the knife to Dan’s neck again. They head out to a remote area and Lazarus has him stop the car and get out. He asks for Dan’s phone and he hands it over. He asks for his wallet and he says he only has $20. He asks to keep his driver’s license. Lazarus says sure.
He hands it over. Dan thanks him and then he stabs the news guy repeatedly while he screams. Dan lies on the back road bleeding out from gut wounds. Lazarus wipes the knife, takes the phone and calls the FBI. He asks for Patrick Jane and says he’s Dan Glover from the news station and asks if he’s available. Tork says he’s out of the office for a few days. He offers to take a message but he says no need.
Lazarus drags Dan’s body to the trunk of the car. Teresa and Jane are getting his marriage license and he says this is tedious. She tells him no take backs. She says people are coming and they’re getting married. She asks to see the ring and digs into his pocket. He opens the ring box and she laughs and says it’s not real because it’s big. He says it is and she asks if he’s out of his mind.
She says it’s too much and she can’t accept it. He says she will and it’s hers and they go file their papers. Teresa says she can’t take it and he clicks the box shut and says – not yet, you can’t. Teresa head to the office and asks Wiley to the wedding. He asks about a gift registry or trousseau. She doesn’t know what that is. Cho brings her a laptop with a call from Ron and his wife offering congratulations. She invites them to the wedding as well then starts counting people and shakes her head.
Lazarus heads to the county clerk office and asks to complete a marriage license application. She points him to the in tray and then when she walks away, he looks through other ones stacked there to read Jane and Teresa’s form. He says the woman stood him up and he leaves. Cho calls to Abbott and says the spot DNA check showed only Joe Sr’s body parts were found, none from Joe Jr.
Abbott curses and Cho says he may have been vaporized by the explosion. But Cho thinks Lazarus is still alive and says he notified Austin PD and put out alerts. Abbott says he has everything handled then Cho asks if he should tell Jane and Teresa. Abbott says he shouldn’t because they don’t have proof and he says she might cancel the wedding and join the hunt.
Abbott says Keller might come after Jane and says they should put some bodies at the wedding and says since it’s house, he’ll arrange the security. Wiley and Teresa are at Abbott’s where there’s a tent and bar being assembled. She says she only invited 10 and he says it’s more like 25 plus more people are showing up since she didn’t exactly issue invitations.
Wylie says Abbott is covering all the costs as a wedding gift and shows her the menu. She’s shocked there’s a caterer. Stan brought his fiancee Lucy. Her other brother is there with the kids and it’s getting crazy. Tork tells Cho and Abbott that Austin PD got a missing person’s report on Dan Glover, the TV anchor. Tork says the guy called in about a repeat interview and he told him Jane was getting married.
Tork says it was his caller ID and Cho says they have to assume Keller is alive and is coming for Jane. Cho says they need at least 10 agents at the wedding and a chopper on standby. Tork says they should postpone the wedding and Cho says they’re FBI. Tork then says they can use the wedding as bait. Cho asks Abbott if they should tell Teresa and Jane but Abbott says – we’re the FBI.
Jane asks what they were talking about and Abbott says nothing and Jane asks why Abbott isn’t in Prague with Lena. Jane says he’s lying to him and says he knows he’d tell him if it was important. Abbott sits and says he’s been getting calls about Jane wanting to know if he’s sticking around. He says it’s a good question. Abbott says they have to deal with the napkin agreement if he’s leaving.
Jane says he’s getting married, building a house and doesn’t know beyond that. Jane says the job will be tough to give up because he likes the chase. Abbott agrees. Abbott asks him to let him know once he decides. He tells Abbott he appreciates his honesty and loves him for that. Abbott says he was lying and needs to talk to him. Jane gives him a hug.
At Abbott’s house, Jane finds Teresa sitting among the wedding set up and freaking out. He asks how many people are coming and she says no one knows then drops her face into her hands. She says this is not what she wanted and asks how this happened. She says they should have just eloped. He says they can just run off and get married at the cabin. He says the judge is driving in anyway.
He says they can get a park ranger to be a witness. Jane says Keller is still alive and is mad at him so they should totally elope. Jane says the FBI is going to stake out this wedding site to try and nab him. Teresa fusses at him for not telling her. She says she’s going to get her dress from the Airstream. Jane calls the judge about the change of venue.
She asks him to text the address as she goes to get into her car. Lazarus is in her trunk. She drives off none the wiser. Next day, Cho is checking on all the agents and then Wiley says a clerk at the court called in to report that a burned guy was looking at forms. Wiley says the forms don’t say where the wedding is, just who the officiant is. That alarms them.
Teresa steps out of the airstream in her dress. Jane waits in a suit. They’re out by the lake. They smile at each other and he says – wow. He says they should promise to always look on the bright side. They both promise then walk down toward the cottage. They head inside. Lazarus creeps up on the house holding a gun. He cocks the gun and goes inside.
The house is full of FBI agents with guns out. Tork cuffs him and Jane tells Keller – no hard feelings. Teresa says things work out better when he’s honest with her. He takes her gun away so she can hold her bouquet. All their friends and family are out by the lake watching as they exchange their vows. They are declared husband and wife and he lifts her little mesh veil and kisses her sweetly.
Everyone tosses rose petals on them as they continue kissing. They hug their friends and then they party and dance on a makeshift stage by lantern light. Wiley dances around. Cho takes selfies with friends. Abbott laughs and smiles. Jane and Teresa watch from a little ways away. She tells him she’s so happy and he says he is too. She says she has to tell him something.
She has her hand on her stomach. He smiles and asks if she’s kidding. She says she’s not. He asks if she really is and she says she is. He kisses her and then pulls her close to hold her tight. Aww. That’s it. That was the series finale of the Mentalist!
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