Timeline issues. It’s September 16 at the end of The Greybar Hotel. Clearly, timelines mean nothing on The Mentalist. Jane’s birthday is supposedly July 30, 1969 (seen on his driver’s licence in 7.11; it’s Simon’s Birthday) or September 16, 1974 (seen on his marriage licence form 7.13). Both made impossible by this moment.  Also, Vega’s file (in 7.10) says she joined the FBI on November 30, 2014 (date of the Season 7 premiere). And Erica Flynn escaped from prison ‘about a year ago’ in 7.03, even after a two-year jump between 6.08 and 6.09.