This week’s new episode of The Mentalist, “White As The Driven Snow”, is a rush against time to save Van Pelt’s life, who has been kidnapped by Richard Haibach.
Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), Cho (Tim Kang) and Jane (Simon Baker), meet at a bar. A chat and a beer, and it turns out Rigsby and Van Pelt have always thought that Lisbon and Jane would eventually get together.
As Rigsby and Cho arrive back to Rigsby’s motel, they notice that the room’s door is open, Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) is missing.
Van Pelt wakes up in what appears to be a sort of basement.
The FBI starts immediately to work to find Van Pelt, their suspicions are all for Richard Haibach.
Surprisingly enough, Haibach arrives at the FBI.
He talks with Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and Jane, saying that he’s got nothing to do with Van Pelt’s abduction, and he can prove he was somewhere else while Van Pelt was kidnapped.
Jane and the team are sure that Haibach is responsible, and that he came to the FBI to watch them desperately look for Van Pelt, to “enjoy the show”. They also believe that Haibach has an accomplice who’s helping him.
Rigsby can’t wait any longer though, and he asks Jane’s help to find his wife.
Meanwhile, Van Pelt manages to escape the basement. It looks like she was brought to some place away from Austin, in the mountains. It’s snowing, and Grace starts walking to find help.
She sees a car, she stops the woman inside and asks for her phone. The mobile phone is not working, so the woman tells her she has a cabin with a phone she can use.
Back at the FBI, the team is working to find anything that could help them to trace Van Pelt. They find out that Haibach has a sister named Hazel. Since they don’t have enough to charge Haibach, they have to let him go. A car is ready for him and his lawyer.
Van Pelt arrives at the woman’s cabin, but she soon realizes something’s wrong.
The woman turns out to be Hiabch’s sister Hazel. She’s helping his brother making the former CBI team pay for what they did to him, particulary for what Jane did to him.
Meanwhile, Haibach and his lawyer are leaving the FBI in a rent car… driven by Jane! Rigsby is with him. They let Haibach’s lawyer go.
They start a “trip” with Haibach that will hopefully lead them to Van Pelt.
Haibach leads them to the house where Van Pelt was trapped and from where she escaped, and then leads them to his sister’s cabin.
After a fight, Rigsby gets shot twice. It looks like there are no chances for him to survive.
Haibach and his sister are about to kill Jane and Van Pelt too, when Rigsby storms outside the cabin, disarms the sister and kills Haibach.
At the hospital, Rigsby and Van Pelt are finally together with Cho, Lisbon and Jane.
Their nightmare is finally over.
This is the last episode in which we can see the former CBI team all together.
Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman are in fact leaving the show, so this is a farewell to Rigsby and Van Pelt.
Lisbon’s team worked together for a long, long time before they were forced to separate their ways.
These people have been more than just a team, co-workers. They’ve been a family. They risked and sacrificed their careers to help Jane, and to help one another.
As Van Pelt says at the end of this episode:
“I knew you guys would come”.
This phrase can really sum up the CBI Team, what they are for one another.
Goodbye Rigsby, goodbye Van Pelt.