I've advanced this before so do here again -- If the problem CBS has with renewing or not a show with 9 and 10 ratings (generally, not 18 to whatever age group) is that they do not own it and so make less money than they would with a show they do own, that is also a plus on whether or not The Mentalist will return next season. If (like Glee, for instance where the stars are tied up for 6 seasons) the cast is under contract for another season, the producer/owner can sell his show to any network if CBS doesn't renew. The Mentalist's ratings should be high enough to impress somebody!
I'd trade Clark -- but only because he's the least eccentric which makes him the least interesting squintern. I also think they've toned Daisy down enough this season that she's not so over-the-top-tooting-her-own-horn annoying. She's always seemed to me to be the best and the brightest of the squinterns, but there was always too much whiny garbage in whatever she had to say. I don't think there is as much anymore.
part 2: So, in reality (which the show isn't), to find that the cause of death is murder, they would have to be looking for it -- and the show can likely get away with everyone just assuming he had a heart attack and died (if they want) and not looking.
@David Adamson - One of the things we're talking about here is how real the show is, meaning will they detect an air bubble in the heart? A Google answer: "The detection of air embolisms requires special precautions during autopsy. An aspirometer has to be used for the detection, measurement and storage of gas. The aspirometer has to be filled completely with distilled water containing two drops of Tween 80 to reduce the surface tension of the water and to prevent adherence of small air bubbles to the wall of the aspirometer. Subsequently the gas has to be analysed by gas chromatography. When the results correspond with the main criteria defined by Pierucci and Gherson the diagnosis "air embolism" is justified. The technique for the detection of air embolism is simple but requires a careful procedure."
... or, a real example, the New York Yankees honchos thought they were a classy (pinstripe) organization, so they debated trading Mickey Mantle long and hard when the rookie was openly living with a stripper who got him to sign over 10% of his earnings to her, which became public knowledge when the media ran, tongue in cheek, with her story and the way he paid her, but of course Mantle was special; however, to the point @estatica made, several years after Mantle retired, the very same honchos who put up with him early on, ordered him to do some promotional work (he received a stipend for that), saying he hasn't hit any home runs for the Yankees lately!
@euterpe - I do agree with your laws of physics thinking. It's a matter of whether or not the audience member liking/disliking an entertainment can suspend their disbelief to enjoy the show or can't and is annoyed by the depicted supposed reality. That said, there are exceptions made in all fields for "characters" who are super highly regarded in reality (BUT, admittedly, way way more so in fiction -- for instance John Sandford's Lucas Davenport, a fictional Minnesota state cop who solves problems for the Governor, and about whom the fictional FBI says Minnesota doesn't have the death penalty except for Lucas Davenport)
@watcher - It took awhile to read all this and do see you're not much of a Jane fan (to see no reason not to hold him to the same standards as others in CBI); so, not wanting to ratchet up disagreement, but accept that may be. What I want to add is my sense of how the CBI has treated Jane as their special treasure right from the start, but came right out and had Hightower say it and that Lisbon's job and performance ratings were only on how well she controlled Jane, that if she couldn't, she was gone (and Jane was told that Lisbon was his "whipping boy," and that whatever happened to Lisbon was up to him since he was so valuable to the CBI and she wasn't).
Do not like Elizabeth Shue on this show at all. Watched last night's episode (3/20/2013) to see if I could stand her better ... nope, but also thought so many of old cast look old and out of shape (to put it kindly). Danson was a great addition (and has hopefully run out of family to be accused of crimes or kidnapped), but can't imagine how show can continue???
I think Glee is over -- just hanging on to their diehard fans. The 5 million could be enough to keep it going on Fox forever (or not), but I don't think, no matter where they're scheduled, they'll jump up again to, for instance, being scheduled to follow the Super Bowl. Lea Michele should still have a super career, however -- when she can get out of her Glee contract!
It was good to see Alfredo back, if even briefly. I like when shows expand the universe a little with recurring peripheral characters -- and wonder/hope Watson's reporter friend could return, either helping them find some information or bringing them a sticky problem. That would be fun!
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