The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 17

The Red Box

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

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  • A plodding plot is enlivened by the introduction of a new ass-kicking character.

    The main plot was written in a very boring way. Even the scenes with the the 12-year old little girl weren't very compelling. All of the supporting cast were annoying, including the security guard, Bandino. And except for Van Pelt and Rigsby who had a couple really funny scenes, it seemed like the regular cast were sleepwalking through their scenes.

    There were some interesting things that came out of the episode though: - The Scotland Yard inspector allows the issue around Jane's vendetta against Red John to be revived. Will Jane be convinced that it will be the wrong move for him to kill Red John when he gets the chance? - Hightower should be an interesting character to watch. Someone whose personality is just as strong as Jane's but in a different way. For those who were confused (spoilers ahead): - Jane lied to Anglet about him having bought a fake ring. Under threat of death, the tutor had given up the real ring to the security guard. Jane uses this lie to catch the security guard and Anglet. Anglet then cuts a deal to avoid jail time by returning the real ring. Anyone think we might see Anglet again in a future episode? There wasn't enough time to really make him all that interesting except for the fact he always gets away. - Hightower's threat to Jane to can Lisbon should Jane fall out of line is real. Jane knows that the best chance he has of catching Red John is to remain a part of the CBI. This has been demonstrated in past episodes.