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|The Mentalist character|
Owain Yeoman as Wayne Rigsby
|Created by||Bruno Heller|
|Portrayed by||Owain Yeoman|
Private InvestigatorFormer Agent for the California Bureau of Investigation
|Family||Steven Robert Rigsby (father, deceased)|
|Spouse(s)||Agent Grace Van Pelt|
|Significant other(s)||Agent Grace Van Pelt (coworker; wife)
Sarah Harrigan (public defender; former lover)
|Children||Benjamin Rigsby (Son with Sarah Harrigan)
Maddy Rigsby (Daughter with Grace Van Pelt)
|Relatives||Steven Rigsby (father, deceased)|
Not much is known about Rigsby's childhood, aside from the fact that his father was a motorcyclist and was in a motorcycle gang. His father was in and out of jail for numerous crimes, including manslaughter; it is strongly implied Rigsby was the victim of child abuse. Rigsby worked as an arson specialist in San Diego before becoming a CBI agent. Rigsby seems to be good friends with Cho and Jane.
He is frequently trying to imitate Jane in his antics and way of life, such as trying to hypnotize a suspect and failing. He also seems to be more daring than Cho in some ways such as when he runs in to a burning house to save someone and in the process receiving second degree burns on his arm.
With Grace Van Pelt
A recurring subplot is Rigsby's infatuation with Grace Van Pelt. It began in "Pilot", when Jane made an off-the-cuff comment about Rigsby wanting to invite Van Pelt back to his hotel room for sex, suggesting she accept. Rigsby kisses Van Pelt under hypnosis in "Russet Potatoes", when Jane said he could have his heart's desire. We see her return his feelings in "Red Scare", after Rigsby says he doesn't care about the CBI, he just wants to be with her. Near the end of the episode, they share their first real kiss.
In "Black Gold and Red Blood", Van Pelt and Rigsby seem to be dating and greet each other happily at a crime scene. However, Rigsby tells Van Pelt he thinks Jane may know about their relationship. In the following episode, "Red Bulls", Van Pelt and Rigsby argue about him not wearing a bulletproof vest to canvass an apartment building. Van Pelt is shot multiple times in the chest while questioning a young woman, but survives with a bulletproof vest on. When Van Pelt is taken to an ambulance, Rigsby says he loves her. Van Pelt slaps Rigsby and tells him next time, he has to wear a bulletproof vest.
In the episode "Bleeding Heart", he and Van Pelt announce their relationship to the team. Lisbon says she will take action and report their relationship to the head of the CBI, although in the episode, "Redline", Lisbon changes her mind and tells Rigsby and Van Pelt not to have physical contact with each other while at the office.
In the episode "The Red Box", the new head of the CBI, Madeleine Hightower, mysteriously discovers Rigsby's relationship with Van Pelt and informs Lisbon, who pretends she didn't know about it.
In "Aingavite Baa", Hightower gives Van Pelt and Rigsby an ultimatum: they can be in a relationship only if one of them leaves the unit. As they walk out of Hightower's office, Rigsby and Van Pelt say they love each other. Rigsby, after being in a shootout, tells Van Pelt he will get another job so they can be together. However, at the end of the episode, Grace breaks things off by saying she doesn't want the responsibility of making Rigsby leave the CBI. Rigsby pleads with her to talk it through, but Van Pelt simply says she knows herself and walks away, leaving him heartbroken. Van Pelt is later seen walking into the office elevator crying and sobbing.
In the episode "Bloodhounds," Rigsby dates criminal profiler Dr. Montague and shows interest in seeing her again. However, using her knowledge of behavioral patterns, Dr. Montague gently turns Rigsby down, stating he is clearly in love with someone else (which Rigsby does not deny).
During the third season, Van Pelt begins dating FBI Agent Craig O'Loughlin. In the episode "Blood for Blood," Van Pelt accepts O'Loughlin's marriage proposal, much to Rigsby's dismay. However it is revealed in the third season finale that Craig is actually a mole for Red John.
In Season 4, Rigsby starts dating a public defender. Van Pelt is jealous when she finds out, hinting that she wants Rigsby back.
In the episode "Red Velvet Cupcakes" Rigsby and Van Pelt go undercover as a couple with relationship problems. They then start showing their true feelings towards each other; after the case was solved, Van Pelt goes over to Rigsby's home and starts kissing him implying they revived their relationship. In the Season 5 finale, Rigsby confirms with Cho he and Van Pelt are back together. In the sixth season episode "Wedding in Red," Rigsby proposed to Van Pelt, who accepted. They were wed in the same episode.
In the Season 6 episode "My Blue Heaven," which jumps forward two years, Rigsby and Van Pelt are still married, running a digital surveillance firm, and have a young child.
With Sarah Harrigan
Rigsby begins dating Sarah Harrigan, a public defender, in season 4. In 'My Bloody Valentine", she informs Rigsby she is pregnant. In the episode, "War of the Roses", Rigsby and Sarah start preparing for their impending parenthood. They attend their first Lamaze childbirth class. Rigsby gets a little queasy and awkward after watching videos of childbirth. He later proposes to Sarah in one of the CBI conference rooms, but she says she does not want him to propose to her just because she is pregnant. She also says Rigsby would be a great father, but they were not ready for marriage yet. In "Something's Rotten in Redmund," Sarah gives birth (off-camera) to their son, Benjamin. In Season 5 ('Blood Feud') Rigsby reveals he and Sarah had split.