Rizzoli & Isles Review: Roly Poly Rizzoli

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It was the dreaded high school reunion this week on Rizzoli & Isles... where one's goal is to show up looking gorgeous, with a hot guy on your arm, a fabulous job and pictures of beautiful children to coo over. Well, two out of three ain't bad.

"Seventeen Ain't So Sweet" threw Jane into the middle of this event with Maura as her date instead of her smokin' military man Casey. He was off fighting for his country, but it appeared he'd rather be spending some quality time with a certain detective. Even via cyber chat these two are cute and sexy.

As with most reunions, things were awkward. Former jock Rory Graham called Jane "Roly Poly Rizzoli," her hideous high school nickname. Isn't it funny how even years later the nice guys are still nice and the arrogant jackasses are still, well, arrogant jackasses?

High School Murder Scene

Maura's ex, Giovani - you might remember his as The Licker - turned up still believing that Maura and Jane were a couple. You'd think Jane would almost be grateful to have a body drop.

Of course, it had to be one of the nice guys. Steve's death on the football field managed to kill the infamous school spirit at these gatherings, as suddently everyone was a suspect.

One of the highlights of this investigation was the old yearbook photos the team managed to dig up on one another. Jane had an almost-unibrow and cheesy senior year quotes; Korsak's school play outfit should be burned; but Frost's rap video had to be the most embarrassing things of all. I loved how Jane held her hand over her mouth trying to stem the mock-filled laughter. Even funnier was the fact that Frost still seemed to consider his performance cool.

If one dead classmate was interesting, then three were downright intriguing. I never expected the body count to go there. This was one dangerous reunion.

It all circled back to a defected heart valve, which was great because it gave Jane the opportunity to put the cuffs on pharmaceutical tycoon Rory and his snooty wife.

The side story involved Korsak's ex-wife showing up. Melody (played by the always lovely Lolita Davidovich) left Boston five years ago with her son and it sounded like he and Korsak were pretty close. Now she's back, looking for cash for her new business and using access to her child to push Korsak's buttons. That's certainly a way to get me to hate a character in the first five minutes.

Overall, this was my favorite Rizzoli & Isles of the winter season. The story kept me guessing and the team chemistry was perfect. With only a few more remaining, I hope we get to enjoy more of the same.


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


Many laugh-out-loud moments in this ep. The flashback pics and video along with anything Giovani said were particularly noteworthy. I get the feeling that Jane's mom has feelings for Korsak. I had similar thoughts after an ep. from last season (or the one before that) but it didn't seem to develop. That would be an interesting storyline


They were only given the summer episodes originally. Then they got it extended by 5 episodes so had to write, film and edit it and wouldn't have had time to stick it on the end of the summer. So made it a Winter one instead. If next year they do the same then I don't know why but that's the reason for now!

Josie leeds

What is with this trend of short, long-distance spaced series??? I understand the issue with "Bones"--working around real life pregnancy can be a challenge. But now we have these short term series twice a year, like "Covert Affairs", "Leverage" and a few others. Could we have a REAL season instead of a season-on-the-installment-plan??? The choppy continuity is driving me nutz! That being said, this was an excellent episode all the way around--I love the chemistry between the ladies---I like Angie Harmon in anything she does--and I don't think of NCIS anymore when I see Sasha. (I think of NCIS but for different reasons) Well chosen, well played ensemble group and, for a change, good writing to compliment the terrific acting.


Love the show & all the cast


This seems to be straying too far from the story. Usually I have no problem with television scripts that are different from the original books, but I keep thinking, "This is Rizzoli lite." Jane Rizzoli is one of my favorite characters, but we're not seeing her strengths and humor in this show. I gather that Maura is an easier character to write.


I love Casey, but as a book fan I'm a Dane shipper! ;-) I LOVE Jane and Agent Dean together in the books, and I really hope he comes back at some point. I'd love to see them together the way they are in the books! This episode was my favorite also. I mean really, who WOULDN'T love to be able to arrest the jerk and jerkette from their own high school days?


Great episode!!! Totally didn't expect the case to have that many dead bodies. I don't like Korsak's ex-wife. She's totally using her son as a way to get money out of it. It's quite disgusting. I loved Jane and Korsak's high school pics but Frost's rap video was hilarious!!!! Can't believe he thought he could "flow" lol I'm officialy a Cane shipper!! Casey is gorgeous and a total sweetheart. He cared about Jane enough to actually listen when she talked about her old classmates. He even got their names right lol. How cute were they when flirting through Skype!! Hopefully he'll be back soon.

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