The Mentalist's Patrick Jane will continue to antagonize the FBI when the CBS drama returns from its mid-season hiatus on Jan. 5.
The faux psychic may have conned the Bureau into accepting his terms and conditions for their "deal," and he may have Agent Lisbon (Robin Tunney) back by his side, but the post-Red John world still has numerous obstacles for Jane (Simon Baker) to overcome.
A new extended promo for the next upcoming episode, "White Lines," shows that Agent Kim Fischer (Emily Swallow) will still be trying to control the rebellious investigator despite his clear demonstrations that he is having absolutely none of that (see video below).
"You don't make the rules," Fischer can be heard saying when Jane laments the lack of a comfy couch at the FBI HQ. Why she even bothers is beyond comprehension considering Jane later departs on a date with a woman, Krystal Markham (Brianna Brown), who is closely associated with the team's investigation into the death of several DEA agents, according to TV Line .
While this little bit of extracurricular activity seems to be merely a ploy to get information from the unwitting mark, series creator Bruno Heller assures viewers that the writers have not forgotten about any possible romantic feelings between Jane and Lisbon.
"That's an arc that we're going to be watching develop through the back end of this season. Now that Red John is gone, both Jane and Lisbon are sort of psychically free to wake up and look around and what they see when they wake up from that nightmare is each other," Heller told Entertainment Weekly . "And how that relationship develops and how they sort of start working out who they are to each other is a big part of how the rest of this season unfolds."
However, look for Lisbon to have a new boyfriend later this season.
The Mentalist airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on CBS.