The latest person to fall under Patrick Jane's spell on The Mentalist is Jane's new boss, Special Agent Madeline Hightower.
Ellis says Hightower's fascination with Jane begins when he exposes one of her secrets. "She's kind of maintained a story about herself that is revealed to not be the truth," she says. "It's true, but semantically, it's not true and Jane, in a very revealing and playful scene, exposes that. He disarms her in a way; he has that ability with everybody."
And could that fondness Hightower has for Jane ever turn to something more? Doubtful. "She sees Jane as a bit of a mystery that she wants to solve," Ellis says. "In the last few episodes we've done, there's a figuring-out between the two of them. I wouldn't say there's romance in a sexual way, but there's a sort of romance that happens with people who do have a fascination with one another."
The Mentalist airs Thursday at a special time, 9/8c, on CBS.