THE MENTALIST “Strawberries and Cream Parts 1 and 2” Season 3 Finale Review

The Mentalist (CBS) Strawberries and Cream

THE MENTALIST “Strawberries and Cream Parts 1 and 2” Season 3 Finale – Unlike last night’s episode of Bones, I knew from get go that this 2-hour finale was going in some heavy places. So the fact that most of the first hour seemed like just a regular, everyday sort of case, I was not fooled. In fact I was so sure of it that I kept waiting for something bad to happen, so that Jane would know something had gone very wrong.

I guess that happened when he found Lisbon unconscious with a bomb strapped to her chest. Yep, that was a definite sign that things had changed. Even then, when that was all over, I figured they were going to move on to another case. But no, the original case led them directly back to LaRoche, Hightower, Red John, and Red John’s unknown friend in the CBI.

During the sting I started getting suspicious of Craig and it occurred to me that having him as Red John’s friend would make a lot of sense. After all, what better way to feed the killer info on Jane and the team but to be that close to the inside. Also, breaking his cover would mean his death and an end to him standing in the way of Rigsby. Though I still haven’t decided if that’s a good or bad thing.

Finally there was the end. Wow. That I didn’t see any of that coming is an understatement, because I’m pretty sure I screamed out loud when I saw that Jane had been sitting across from his sworn enemy the whole time he’d been on the phone. Bradley Whitford nailed it and I found myself looking forward to the two of them sparring next season.

That is, up until Patrick shot him. That was the second time I screamed at my TV set, just out of pure shock.

After those gunshots faded, I was left to wonder, what will happen with Jane now? Will we see him as a whole new man next season? He told Red John that killing him would end his suffering and he certainly seemed calm and collected afterwards, but what if he finds that killing the monster didn’t quite fix everything as much as he thought it would. Also, will he go to jail? Actually, scratch that, I know he’s going to jail. The question is for how long. Finally, I’m wondering who will be the next Enemy Number One on Jane’s list. After all, we’ve had three seasons of him focused on one man, will there be another?

Once again, the only way to know the answers is to wait until next season. I’m going to use the summer to catch up on episodes from earlier seasons that I missed, how about you?

My favorite bits..

Jane calling a man using a bomb to rob a bank “Baroque”.

Lisbon saying if Director Bertram wanted her and the CBI presence to jump off a cliff, she’d consider it if there was overtime involved.

“Sir, that’s a restricted area.” “Ooh, let’s sing that.”

Jane locking the guy in the vault.

Jane peeking his head around while Lisbon was talking to LaRoche.

Wait. Is there a reason why they’re not waiting for the bomb squad? Jane working on that thing scared the living daylights out of me, as did the phone ringing out of the blue.

Lisbon praying.

Knowing that Jane was opening the door to the room where the guy was sitting.

Jane telling Lisbon that she looked like an angry little princess.

Cho finding a picture of Hightower in the dead guy’s apartment.

Jane’s got a point, if Red John wanted him, he could have had him at any time.

“Are you alone?” “Yes, just me and my demons, and they’re not going to hurt you.”

Thinking Hightower had a good point when she asked Jane how he was going to do in 48 hours what he couldn’t do in months.

Jane finally admitting what Red John said to him when he kidnapped him.

Oooh.Jane using the little Tupperware box to get LaRoche to give him the list. Awesome.

Whoa, Van Pelt’s fiancé Craig is on the list? Interesting.

Sitting on the edge of my seat as they set up each of the suspects to find out who was going to go after Hightower.

Suddenly I’m becoming very suspicious of Craig.

Oh crap! Jane figuring out that they had the wrong guy and AHA! I KNEW it was Craig!

Groaning when Van Pelt turned off her phone. Dammit!

Gasping out loud when Craig shot Lisbon. Holy crap!

Cheering when Hightower and Van Pelt shot Craig.

OH MY GOD!! IS THAT BRADLEY WHITFORD??? I thought I recognized that voice before! Holy crap! Holy crap! Holy crap!

Practically losing it when Jane stopped in front of Red John while he sat and read his paper.

Is it totally wrong to think that Whitford looks great? I liked the mustache he had in The Good Guys for it’s hilarity factor, but he looks SO much better without it.

Finding Red John scarier and scarier the more he tried to claim he was a regular guy.

“You put that gun away and I’ll show you what I can do.” (a part of my really wanted to see that)

Jane’s face dropping when Red John went into details about his wife and daughter.

Jane calmly sitting down to sip his tea and ask for the check after blowing Red John away. Gimme a second, I think it’s gonna take me a minute to pick my jaw up off the floor.

What did you think of the season 3 finale of The Mentalist? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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