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Rizzoli & Isles Summer Finale Review: Happy Birthday, Jane!

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Charles Hoyt was back on Rizzoli & Isles this week, as "Remember Me" brought back Jane's worst nightmare - and just in time for her birthday. How sweet, right?

Michael Massee as Charles Hoyt

Graham's murder was gruesome and bloody. That surprised me. Usually the show makes its killings scary without showing much actual gore. But I suppose when it comes to Hoyt, carnage follows.

I had the same feelings Jane did when I found out Hoyt was dying of pancreatic cancer. On one hand, it seemed as though Karma had finally caught up with him. On the other, it seemed like far too merciless a death for someone who spent his life torturing others and enjoying it.

Some of my favorite moments went to Jane's team. Korsak stuck by her side, helping her go through cold case files and reminding her she wasn't in this alone. Although when he left the case file room I had to wonder who was meant to clean up. That was a heck of a mess they left on the floor.

Frost felt like an outsider because Jane wouldn't talk to him about what Hoyt had done to her. He wanted to help.  Unfortunately, I don't think this was something Jane could share with him or perhaps anyone who wasn't there at the time.

In a small moment of comic relief, Maura compared the creativity of the different shiffs found in the prison cells to an episode of Project Runway. There's a whole new reality show. Project Cell Block. How many weapons can you make with a toothbrush and a ball point pen? Yikes!

When they were told Hoyt was about to die and he wanted to tell Jane everything, Maura insisted on going. She said it was to help her deduce what was true and what was nonsense due to the morphine. Of course, I believe she didn't want her friend to go through this alone. And it almost got her killed.

The moment Jane walked into the room, I noticed that Hoyt's restraints looked very loose. It seemed like something a cop would notice right away but I'll let that small detail slide. I was also surprised that Hoyt was able to overpower Jane. If he really had stage 4 cancer, I'd guess that it would have taken most of his strength.

That said, it was a heck of a conclusion to a powerful story. Jane was terrified as her worst nightmare loomed over her, scalpel in hand once again. I didn't think it was a coincidence that the moment that Jane found the power to turn completely badass was when Hoyt turned the scalpel on Maura.

I was thrilled that she actually killed him, banishing the nightmare to hell where he belonged. Happy birthday to Jane Rizzoli. She gave herself, and the world, a heck of a birthday gift. I'm sorry to see this story arc end, but was pleased with how it went down.

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Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (81 Votes)

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I loved Jane's look of dissapointment going into the bar expecting her birthday surprise party!! Lol good one!!

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Loved the epi!! Very intense! Also the last before this one! Good last summer epis! Cannot wait until November for more!!!