The Mentalist: Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman Exit the CBS Drama—Did Van Pelt and Rigsby Make it Out Alive?
By TIERNEY BRICKER
March 23, 2014
The Mentalist family is down two members.
While their impending departures from the CBS series was first reported in August, before the sixth season even premiered, Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman’s final episode as series regulars didn’t air until Sunday, March 23.
Righetti and Yeoman, who have been with the show since it began in 2008, play special agents Grace Van Pelt and Wayne Rigsby, the show’s fan favorite couple who wed in the season five finale, so viewers have been anxious to see how their story ends.
So did both Rigsby and Van Pelt make it out of “White as the Driven Snow,” which began with Van Pelt kidnapped and in some serious danger, alive? Warning, spoilers ahead!
Though it looked rocky for a moment, Rigsby and Van Pelt both made it out of the hour alive…and happy!
Pulling off a tricky ruse with Jane (Simon Baker), Rigsby was able to rescue Van Pelt from Richard Haibach (William Mapother), the person hunting down and killing former CBI agents, though he was severely injured in the process.
After his stellar work on the case (and a recovery, of course), Rigsby was offered a full-time position with the FBI, but he turned it down as the couple decided to leave the law enforcement life behind. Don’t you love it when your favorite TV characters actually get a happy ending?!
Fortunately, Righetti’s fans won’t have to wait too long to see her back on their TV screens as we exclusively reported that she’s set to guest star on Chicago PD and Chicago Fire as a pediatrician during the NBC hit drama’s upcoming crossover episodes. And there’s even buzz that a third spinoff, Chicago M.D., could be in the works.
Prior to Sunday’s episode, fans of the show were able to make#GoodbyeWayneandGrace a wordwide trending topic on Twitter. “Am so proud and humbled by #GoodbyeWayneandGrace trending worldwide,” Yeoman wrote. “So lucky to have such awesome followers. Thanku.”
The Mentalist airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on CBS.