The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 17

The Red Box

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 01, 2010 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (8)

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  • New character, Hightower, is a complete distraction to a successful series.

    There was nothing special about the crime or the guest cast in this episode. More importantly, I'm not sure what the creative team is trying to accomplish with the addition of the new boss--my guess is that polling showed they needed to add more diversity in the casting. Worst case is that they make the character permanent AND make the role substantial. Best case is that they dump her. Hopefully her role will be very minimal, if they keep her. I think the drama should unfold in the field, not cluttering up the storyline with office politics. When Hightower told Jane that he was important to the case work and Lisbon was dispensable, I thought he's tell her he wouldn't stay on the job under the conditions she, Hightower, had outlined. Unfortunately, the writers didn't give him the needed lines. One of the great features of TiVo is that I'll be able to skip past the Hightower scenes and stay with the plot.