The Mentalist (2008–2015)

Strawberries and Cream: Part 1 

A robber with a bomb attached to him is blown up in front of a convenience store, and CBI soon discovers that there may be connections between this case and Red John and agent Hightower.


Chris Long


Bruno Heller (created by), Ashley Gable

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Baker ... Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney ... Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang ... Kimball Cho
Owain Yeoman ... Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti ... Grace Van Pelt
Michael Gaston ... Gale Bertram
Ravi Kapoor ... Gupta
Adam Kulbersh ... Drake Vermilion
David Norona ... D.D.A. Osvaldo Ardiles (as David Noroña) (credit only)
Eric Winter ... Craig O'Laughlin
Rebecca Wisocky ... Brenda Shettrick
Mekia Cox ... Tracy Zuniga
Jesse Lee Soffer ... Alan Dinkler
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... J.J. LaRoche
Aunjanue Ellis ... Madeleine Hightower


Alan Dinkler (27, no record) robs Drake Vermilion's Sacramento cash office he works in for a mere $50,000 from the much richer vault, so Patrick assumes the real target were the customer names he also had. He is killed at Gupta's gas-station with two uniformed cops who ignored his please to go away by the remote control bomb on his chest. Dinkler's roommate was hot at home, probably as accidental witness. A vague message in the restroom leads to a trap location where Lisbon is fitted with a similar bomb vest. Jane finds her and makes her obey instructions, only to turn the tables on the culprit he already guessed, but who is killed by LaRoche in a fishy escape attempt. The only interesting customer name links to the Hightower case and thus to Red John. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

19 May 2011 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


WILHELM SCREAM: Heard when the bomb is detonated in the convenience store parking lot. See more »


Jane locks the check cashing employees in their own vault. A walk-in vault like that would have a release handle inside to prevent lock-ins. See more »


Patrick Jane: Then what did Dinkler do?
Drake Vermilion: He shut the door.
Patrick Jane: Like this?
[Jane starts to closes the vault door, leaving Drake inside the vault]
Drake Vermilion: Yes, exactly like that.
Patrick Jane: Thank you. Thanks for your help.
Drake Vermilion: Wait. No. Wait! Wait!
[Drake bangs on the vault door. Then muffled by the door]
Drake Vermilion: COME ON!
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