The Mentalist: Nick Chinlund Joins In As Jane's Dad


Ladies and gents, meet Patrick Jane's dad.


Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello reports that Nick Chinlund is joining this season of The Mentalist for one episode, appearing in a series of flashbacks as Alex, the dad of that intrepid psychic-slash-BS-spotter played by Simon Baker.


Chinlund has stints on Desperate Housewives and The Sopranos, and most recently had a two-episode stint on 24.


The episode is expected to air on November 12, where Jane's childhood is expected to be explored: how he worked as a carnival psychic under the watchful eye of his dad, who also works at the carnival. Sounds interesting. Who would've thought Jane started in a carnival?


The floating question, of course, is whether this means there'll be a present-day father-son reunion in coming episodes. A rep for the show isn't saying much. But come to think of it, it does make a whole lot of sense...


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