Our second episode started off a little slow and I was contemplating turning the television off about half way through, but luckily I didn't as things eventually got better. The pilot episode had the same writing as Dexter, plus the donuts and the Asian forensics guy, with the jokes that one might find on an episode of Psych. This installment was completely unique to The Mentalist. Sure, we had a few "psychic" gags, but they were simply used to lighten the mood and give the viewer a few chuckles while advancing the murder mystery.
Business picked up when we thought the sheriff may have been the killer, only for Patrick to accidentally fall asleep while the real murderers snuck into the motel room. We had an exciting standoff that ended in two gunshots and a life saved.
The Mentalist needs to work on hooking viewers in during the opening minutes. It is the biggest new show of the 2008-2009 season but it could get even better ratings if the show spaces out its best parts better.