The Mentalist

Season 3 Episode 24

Strawberries & Cream Part II

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 19, 2011 on CBS
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Strawberries & Cream Part II
Patrick Jane's explosive confrontation with Red John has unintended consequences.

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  • Did Jane really kill Red John?

    Stunning finale with Jane supposedly killing Red John.I don't think that he is dead I think the man Jane killed was just another one of RJ's accomplices.It was all to easy for Jane.We know how intelligent Red John is he would never get caught like that.Jane has definitely made a mistake by killing that man.I don't know if it has anything to do with what RJ said to Jane when he said "frame thy fearful symmetry" meaning to frame Jane.The CBI mole was also revealed as O'Loughlin which was no surprise after episode 3x18.I really thought about it and if this isn't Red John well O'Laughlin came in on 3x3 which is the Bret Stiles episode,I already think that Bret Stiles is Red John and i think that Bret sent O'Loughlin to spy on that investigation.Overall the episode was amazing with all the questions to be answered in season 4.moreless
  • Excellent finale, great performances, nicely paced, but one minor logic snafu...

    Excellent finale - possibly the best of the recent TV season. BUT, here's what's bothering me, plot-wise... (spoilers for finale, obviously)

    We know (by his actions) that Agent O'Loughlin (Van Pelt's fiancee) was a Red John mole and thus paid the price for messing with the head of a redhead by dying... in a hail of bullets from Van Pelt and Hightower! Quite right too! (Go, Rigsby!) It's possible other characters we know are also compromised (though I think LaRoche's secret is something different) but there's no direct evidence of this only the red herrings that play with the audience in the ep.

    However Patrick and Co lure their boss Betram (who they think is the bad guy) to the shopping mall to hopefully also lure out his 'boss' Red John (it's only while they wait that Patrick twigs the reasoning behind thinking Bertram was the mole is flawed). So if Bertram IS innocent, why DOES Red John turn up at all - watch closely and you even see him arrive in the background near the very beginning of the scene? He shouldn't even know about the meeting unless Patrick and Co WERE right. O'Loughlin knew nothing of the meeting, so he couldn't have got the information from him. The only reason he'd be there is if he arbitrarily tailed Jane (far too convenient) or, most likely, knows about the meeting and that only works if Jane and Co were actually right about Bertram being the mole and their plan actually worked as planned. Or if one of the remaining members of the team is ALSO a mole.

    Several people I know thought that the pendant O'Loughlin gave Van Pelt must have been bugged, but that makes no sense either as there's far too much information flying around earlier which would have compromised all the heroes' plans if they were being monitored.

    It's a great dramatic finale and mucho fun, but this minor quibble makes no internal logic/sense to me on closer scrutiny...moreless
  • Well! That came as a surprise!

    I had stopped watching this show after a few episodes in season 1. I found it too naff and corny. I have dipped into it occasionally, and caught the end of various episodes because over here it airs on Five, before Law & Order, Law & Order SVU or Law & Order: Criminal Intent - all of which I enjoy. I watched this in this episode to pass time, and because the Radio Times (TV guide) wrote that it was the end of the Red John saga. The whole Red John thing was one of the things I had found fake, because in the episodes I watched, Jane did not convince me as a bereaved husband and father. He certainly changed my opinion in this episode. I knew there would be twists and turns - and they were excellently done, but despite having read some of the reviews, the end managed to take me by surprise. I loved it. It has encouraged me to watch next season.moreless

    I bet you the real RED John is still alive, come on after all that time of searching f him do you really think he woud just give himself up t easily. Plus lets say he i dead, then what would be the point of season4, the whole reason of watchig the mentalist was that we had a target "Red John" we where going somewhere its like we had an aim. But now that he is supposedly dead, i might as well not bother watching it. On the other hand after killing the man i lovedhow he justwent over, continud to drink his tea and asked for a cheque, that was typical Patrick Jane behaviour.moreless
  • Red John or Red Herring?

    I agree with Darkflame2006 and rei_vilo that this isn't the real Red John. Bringing in a never-before-seen actor and calling him Red John is too easy and takes away from the drama of the show. Using an unknown "disposable" like this guy is indeed Red John's MO.

    "Who can Patrick Jane trust?" is the real central theme of the show. As of the this episode, he trusts the CBI team, finally telling them what he knows. He still doesn't trust LaRoche (what was in the plastic box?), which is probably a wise move.

    It could never have been Director Bertram - he was too worried about media and not about what went on.

    LaRoche certainly has some baggage, including killing the bomber and responding as he did when Jane was running off to spring the trap ("Busy boy.") My guess is that LaRoche is Red John or another one of his minions. Jane's plan did not account for the possibility that two of the five people on the list (including LaRoche) might be Red John or his puppets.

    Jane will get off for the shooting because Bradley Whitford did have a gun with him so his CBI friends can claim self defense for him. Until he realizes that it wasn't Red John, Jane won't care to defend himself. (Maybe Jane will get off because Whitford over-acted so much in the role of Dan Stark last year - another form of self defense. :-) )

    The new layer of pain for Jane will be realizing that (a) he didn't really kill Red John and (b) he killed a relatively "innocent" man. This should make for some interesting story lines in the future.moreless
Ravi Kapoor

Ravi Kapoor

Anthony Gupta

Guest Star

Jesse Lee Soffer

Jesse Lee Soffer

Alan Dinkler

Guest Star

Adam Kulbersh

Adam Kulbersh

Drake Vermilion

Guest Star

Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

Madeleine Hightower

Recurring Role

Pruitt Taylor Vince

Pruitt Taylor Vince

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

Recurring Role

Eric Winter

Eric Winter

FBI Agent Craig O'Laughlin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jane: Press redial. Tell whoever answers-tell him O'Laughlin is dead.
      Timothy Carter: (Lisbon hits redial) Hey
      Lisbon: This is agent Lisbon. O'Laughlin's dead.
      Timothy Carter: That's too bad.Never mind.You wins some you lose some.
      Lisbon: (to Jane as he notices Timothy Carter) He said never mind.You win some.You lose some.

    • LaRoche: You're a fascinating man, Patrick. Who knows what you might have achieved in this world, were you not quite so damaged.

    • Lisbon: (The team has set a trap for Red John's accomplice) This is beginning to look like a huge waste of time.
      Jane : Whenever you say that, success is just around the corner.

    • Jane: So, I have here in my hand LaRoche's four suspects.

      Lisbon: How did you get him to tell?

      Jane: I threatened to reveal his dark secret.

      Lisbon: Which is what?

      Jane: I have no idea, I was bluffing. But it must be something terrible.

    • Red John: Look at-look at me. I'm just a regular guy. I bet you-you thought I'd have horns, huh? Right? I'm not a monster. I'm not the devil. I'm just another human being with flaws and vices and problems just like anybody else. Forget about me. I'm not worth ruining your life over.

      Jane: Wherever you go, you delusional freak, I will find you and I will kill you. And then... then I will forget about you.

    • Lisbon: You're getting that crazy look in your eyes. Calm down.

      Jane: Perfectly calm. Red John is one step behind me, but he thinks he's one step ahead, so in effect, he's two steps behind, and he doesn't know it. He's gonna be overconfident when he walks into my trap.

      Lisbon: And what will you use as a lure for this trap?

      Jane: Can we move, please? Because I can answer all your questions in motion. I'm clever like that. Thank you.

    • Jane: Why are you telling me all this?

      Red John: Well...I think we have a connection that needs to be honored. I-I wanna say good-bye. I want to apologize...for any pain I might have caused you, and I want to release you from this curse you've been under.

      Jane: I'm not under a curse.

      Red John: Doomed to an endless, angry search for a vengeance you will never have. I would call that a curse, wouldn't you?

      Jane: I look on it more as a hobby, and I will have that vengeance.

    • Deputy #1: Ma'am, we were debating who it is who we're guarding in there. I'm thinking it's a celebrity.

      Lisbon: If I told ya, I'd have to kill ya.

      Deputy #2: (laughs) Fair enough.

  • NOTES (3)

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

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Jahody se smetanou (Strawberries with Cream)
      Germany: Erdbeeren mit sahne (Strawberries and cream)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 19, 2011 on CTV
      The Netherlands: June 2, 2011 on SBS 6
      United Kingdom: June 10, 2011 on Channel 5/Channel 5 HD
      Australia: July 17, 2011 on Nine
      Sweden: October 5, 2011 on TV3
      Germany: November 13, 2011 on SAT 1
      Czech Republic: June 13, 2012 on TV Nova