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Rizzoli & Isles Review: "Gone Daddy Gone"

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"Gone Daddy Gone" brought Patti Doyle back into Maura's life, whether she liked it or not.

Indeed, Maura's biological Daddy paid her a visit... with a gunshot wound. Certainly not the hostess gift Maura was hoping for.

At the Docks

The man was lying there bleeding all over her sofa and he still wouldn't tell her who her biological mother was. He could have died and she never would have gotten that information. Although a man with Doyle's arrogance might think himself invincible, so perhaps that thought hadn't crossed his mind. 

I believed he cared for Maura, but withholding that nugget from her just seemed cruel. Granted, he's a mobster. I suppose cruelty is a necessary personality trait.

It was nice that Tommy was there for the whole ordeal. Even though he was tied up with a gun at his head, it was better than Maura having to go through it alone.

The opening scene of the girl running from her killer was absolutely frightening. As MJ sprinted for her life and fumbled frantically for her keys, Rizzoli & Isles once again managed to make an attack - mostly kept offscreen - terrifying.

Meanwhile, I wasn't sure which was funnier: Jane dealing with the idiots sexually harassing her on the docks, or her avoiding her sensitivity training. In her defense, the Connect, Protect, and Respect class sounded pretty darn painful. Of course, once she finally completed it ,she did get that pretty rainbow certificate. Maybe she'll frame it and put it on her desk. Or not.

I kind of missed Angela in this episode, but loved her brief scene at the end. I couldn't believe she thought her $109 room for the night entitled her to take the robe, hairdryer and drinks. The mini-bar bill alone will double her charges. Add to it that she lost $85 playing nickel slots down in Atlantic City. I could just picture Angela spending all day at the nickel slot machine. (Do they still have those?)

I enjoyed this new view of Tommy as something more than the hot-headed brother with a criminal record. He and Maura had a nice, friendly chemistry with their all-night chess game. Plus, he was a good sport about taking the blame for the broken door. 

Perhaps Maura should add a few more dead bolts and a security system to her home, for the next time her mobster father decides to drop by. It probably won't stop him, but it couldn't hurt.

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Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Realdiehl

The audacity of the dockworkers was shocking. I hope it was overdramatized. I'd hate to think that there are still segments of society where such behavior is commonplace. The verbal assault was bad enough and I was surprised that the writers didn't have either Korsak or Rizzoli knock the guy out when he groped her. That would have been gratifying. I liked the story surrounding Maura and Tommy. I'm sure we'll see more of that storyline in future episodes. I really like the way Maura's character is written where sexual issues arise. Her rationality in explaining her feelings in terms of biological/chemical reactions makes her sound both enlightened and naive in an absent-minded sort of way. While at the same time making Jane feel a little bit uncomfortable.

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I don't think he was being cruel to Maura by not telling her mother's name. I think he was being kind to her mother. If I remember correctly he made it clear in his first visit that her mother was classier than he was. I got the picture that her social status was higher than his and people finding out she had a kid with a mobster and gave that kid away might hurt her reputation.

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I loved this episode. There was some great character development for both Maura (her keeping her emotional distance from Doyle was a nice companion to the earlier episode of her reaching out to her adoptive mother) and Jane (who showed she can play the office politics game when she has to, thus making her refusal to do so in most circumstances even more telling and appreciable) and the Tommy/Maura substory was interesting. I just wish there had been a bit more Frost in the episode - I loved his reaction to Dr. Pike complaining about the difficulties of being a white male in the workplace!

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LOVE THIS SHOW!!

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LOVE THE CHEMISTRY OF THE ACTORS..IT IS ALMOST AS WELL DONE AS NCIS MARK HARMON STYLE. LAST NIGHTS WAS ANOTHER SEASON IN THE MAKING, SURROUNDING THE MOTHER QUESTION. ARE THEY REALLY SISTERS ? INTERESTING WHERE IT CAN LEAD. LOVE THE SHOW...NOT ONLY THE STARS BUT THE OTHER PLAYERS ARE SUCH A GOOD FIT.

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Love Maura centric episodes!! I'm loving Rizzoli & Isles more with every episode, especially the relationship between Maura & Jane!

Rizzoli & Isles Season 2 Episode 9 Quotes

Maura: Males seek mates capable of nursing offspring. Abundant breasts do suggest...
Jane: You know what his abundant belly suggest? Snowball's chance in hell.

Yes Maura, I am sabotaging your knight to queen, castle thingy move.

Jane
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