The Mentalist

Season 3 Episode 23

Strawberries & Cream Part I

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 19, 2011 on CBS
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Red John's CBI mole is revealed which leads to a highly emotional confrontation with Patrick Jane.

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  • Strawberries and cream{1}

    The first episode of a two part finale is a great start to the finale.The episode is about the CBI trying to track down a bomber Anthony Gupta who is planting them on people to get something which was later proven to be a list to that would help him find the location of Hightower for him and Lisbon becomes a victim.Jane then finds out that he was working for Red John and he was trying to get to Hightower because they found Hightower's uncle killed by the bomber which proves Anthony was working for Red John and Jane knows that Red John is getting closer as the tension builds for the season finale.moreless
  • Part 1

    Part 1 of The Mentalist season finale an it turned out to be a very good episode. We had a lot of drama, but it was clearly the build-up to the second half where a lot would be revealed.

    The Mentalist's main problem is that five or six minutes in they already have you disinterested on occasion. That was not the case today. Not only was the case engaging, but they made it clear we are going to learn about Red John. It seems like this show could just say the words Red John and you go from that disinterested phase to being interested.

    A good build-up and a good hour for this season finale, but it is clear part two will be the great part.moreless
Rebecca Wisocky

Rebecca Wisocky

Brenda Shettrick

Guest Star

Ravi Kapoor

Ravi Kapoor

Anthony Gupta

Guest Star

Jesse Lee Soffer

Jesse Lee Soffer

Alan Dinkler

Guest Star

Pruitt Taylor Vince

Pruitt Taylor Vince

J .J. LaRoche, Investigator with the Professional Standards Unit

Recurring Role

Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

Madeleine Hightower

Recurring Role

Eric Winter

Eric Winter

FBI Agent Craig O'Laughlin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The necklace that Craig O'Laughlin gives to Grace Van Pelt wasn't made until the late 1990's/early 2000's. Back then they were either clasped or strung (no clasps), never toggle.

    • In the opening scene, the closeup of the phone ringing just before the bomb explodes shows the front end of a blue car. However when the bomb explodes, the blue car is just pulling into the parking spot. It wouldn't have been visible during the closeup on the phone.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lisbon: Are you coming?
      Jane : Hmm. Come along on a methodical grinding search through Sacramento county or rearrange my sock drawer? I'll go with the or, thanks. Have fun with it.

    • Lisbon: (LaRoche has just been asking about progress on the case) God, I miss Hightower. (Rigsby gives her a look) Aside from the murder stuff, obviously. Screw it. Even with the murder stuff. How does he just appear out of nowhere like that?
      Jane: He's a ghost, from the fifth dimension, right Rigsby.
      Rigsby: He's the boss. Not going there.

    • Gupta: More questions? Everyone has more questions. Chitchat, chitchat, police, journalists, more police. Makes work very difficult.
      Lisbon: We try and be brief. Just wanna ask about Dinkler, the bomber. Did he say anything, indicate why he was here, maybe?
      Gupta: He asked for the restroom key. That is why I thought he was so agitated. He needs to urinate. But, no, he did not.

    • Risby: Lisbon's been looking for you. What are you doing here?
      Jane: Ah, you know, curious. Putting an explosive on someone it's unsporting, don't you think? (to the man next to him) Don't you think?
      Drake: Uh, Alan's loss is very upsetting to all of us in the cash in motion family.
      Jane: Cash in motion family, right. Oh, this is Drake Vermillion, clearly an alias, who knows why? Thwarted show business aspirations or just an unfortunate birth name. What, what is it?
      Drake: I don't think that's germane. Do you?
      Jane: Ooh, germane. Definitely showbiz.

    • Lisbon: Any revelations?

      Jane: No. Scavenger hunt, secret codes. I just can't seem to put my finger on it. It's all so, uh... so--

      Lisbon: Baroque? Mysterious even?

      Jane: Yes.

      Lisbon: I thought you liked that sort of thing.

      Jane: I do. Very much.

    • Jane: (on a phone) Aye, captain Ahab. How goes the hunt?

      Lisbon: Done. Practically done, one more. Windsor High School, it's over on Alameda. Shut down a couple of years ago.

      Jane: Hmm. That's kind of an iffy area. You have, uh, plenty of harpoons?

      Lisbon: I've got a few 9-millimeter ones.

    • (Jane walks in while Lisbon is trying on her bridesmaid's dress.)

      Lisbon: Jeez, Jane! You mind knocking?

      Jane: Whoa. Oh, my.

      Lisbon: Van Pelt must die.

      Jane: No, no, no, no. You look good. This is... beautiful, like a princess. An angry little princess. Someone stole your tiara.

      Lisbon: She caught me by surprise when she asked me, otherwise I'd never agree to be a bridesmaid. And why would she even ask me to do something like this? She knows I hate this crap.

      Jane: I told her to ask you. I told her that you were secretly dying to be a bridesmaid.

      Lisbon: Really? Why would you do that?

      Jane: Oh, for the fun of it, and because, uh, of course, deep down you secretly do wanna be a bridesmaid. Go ahead, confess.

    • Jane: (about the case) If it's so cut and dried, why are you here?

      Lisbon: Them. The media. Director Bertram wanted a CBI presence here.

      Jane: Director Bertram. Let me ask you something. If director Bertram wanted a CBI presence to jump off a cliff, would you and your CBI presence jump off that cliff?

      Lisbon: If there was overtime, sure.

      Jane: That's very sad.

    • (at the crime scene)

      Lisbon: I didn't call you. What are you doing here?

      Jane: Fighting crime. You?

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 14.11 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Jahody se smetanou (Strawberries with Cream)
      Germany: Bomben (Bombs)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 19, 2011 on CTV
      The Netherlands: May 26, 2011 on SBS 6
      United Kingdom: June 3, 2011 on Channel 5/Channel 5 HD
      Australia: July 03, 2011 on Nine
      Sweden: September 28, 2011 on TV3
      Germany: November 6, 2011 on SAT 1
      Czech Republic: June 6, 2012 on TV Nova