The Mentalist was one of the few bright spots of last year's TV season. And the opening scene in this episode showed just why: the show is clever, witty, engaging, entertaining and appeals to everybody. But after the scene at the mall and the opening credits things took a most unappealing turn. The story arc for the episode was hard to follow and the love/hate relationship between Patrick Jane and Theresa Lisbon needs to be worked on as there is untapped potential there.
And the rest of the force needs to show some personality. If the show is going to survive for multiple seasons it can't be a one man show.