DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

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OOH, this couldn’t be more ex­cit­ing – Si­mon Baker’s di­rect­ing tonight’s episode of The Men­tal­ist. I mean, he’s got the glasses for it, he’s more than ready. Be­sides, he’s done it be­fore, an episode last year and an episode of The Guardian, that show he was in be­fore he re­ally hit the big time and started re­fus­ing to talk about E Street. I won­der if Si­mon’s is like ev­ery other work­place, though, and peo­ple are just ex­pected to do sev­eral other jobs as well as their own. Maybe he doesn’t ac­tu­ally want to di­rect and they’re just mak­ing him. He’s on mas­sive money, you know how it goes. Peo­ple start think­ing they own you.

Love the oth­ers and every­thing, but who’d watch this show if there was no Si­mon Baker? (Has any­one ever en­ter­tained the idea that Grace Van Pelt is go­ing to be some­how con­nected to Red John? A vic­tim, per­haps? I only ask be­cause of her red hair.)

So tonight. A high-cred­i­bil­ity guest star in the form of David Paymer plays a kind of older ver­sion of Pa­trick Jane, and it’s fairly dis­turb­ing to Jane to see how your life can just dis­ap­pear pur­su­ing a se­rial killer you may never catch. James Panzer (Paymer) is a blog­ger who is as ob­ses­sive about his guy as Jane is about Red John (bear­ing in mind the world thinks Red John is dead), only he’s been at it a lot longer.

Have a look at the main sus­pect, Richard Haibach. In real life the ac­tor is Wil­liam Mapother. Tom Cruise’s cousin. He’s as creepy as any­thing. Richard Haibach, I mean, not Tom Cruise. Ob­vi­ously.

I’ll be keen to see where Si­mon Baker’s ca­reer goes. He’s been in two great movies – LA Confidential and The Killer In­side Me, which is on Foxtel/aus­tar this month and can­not be missed. The Men­tal­ist Chan­nel 9, 8.30pm

Di­rect­ing: Si­mon Baker

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