The Mentalist is really starting to come into its own. Sure, we're only 3 episodes in and the program is formulaic by CBS standards, but it is still a well-written show.
Patrick Jane is one of the most compelling characters on television. Like a chess master he is always one step ahead of his adversaries, and coincidentally is literally well-versed in the game. The scene with him building a spectacular sandcastle was hilarious on so many levels.
At points the episode dragged, but as a whole it had me glued to my screen hoping to solve the mystery along with the CBI unit. I was guessing from start to finish and the end came as somewhat of a surprise. It's not necessary to constantly have a plethora of plot twists (like Law and Order often does) but an occasional tricking of the viewer is always a good thing.
It's easy to see why The Mentalist has become the highest-rated new show.