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Rizzoli & Isles Review: How Much Can Jane Take?

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After watching "Crazy For You" I had to wonder how Jane is even remotely sane. The woman has had a serial killer target her on multiple occasions. She was kidnapped and tortured and now she's been abducted by a stalker and chained to a bed.

If I'd gone through a fraction of what this woman has endured, I'm fairly certain I'd be curled up in a ball in the corner of my room sucking my thumb. Can we please give Jane Rizzoli a break?

Jane & Maura Investigate

But if I look past the ongoing torture of the good detective, I will admit that I really enjoyed this episode.

The murder of the doctors in the opening scene was brutal. As Jane mentioned in this Rizzoli & Isles quote

 Dr. Eve got shot just because she had to pee. I mean, that's just wrong. | permalink

Yeah, that's a pretty tough break even for a woman whose fame came from writing books like No Womb For Children and No Need to Breed. No matter how you felt about the subject matter, the titles were catchy.

Dominic was scary and his wall of Jane head shots attached to supposed vacation and wedding photos landed somewhere between comical and really creepy. You know it's a really bad day when you wake up chained to a bed and some psycho says you missed your Brazilian wax.

Jane's panic was palpable as she begged Frost through the camera to come find her. I liked how certain she was that her colleague was watching her through the lens. She knew her team was coming for her. She just had to hang on.

Of course being abducted meant that Jane got out of telling her mother that the woman who hit her car was pregnant with either her ex-husband's or her son's child. Oh, that's a family meeting I'd happily miss.

What about Dr. Pike's confession of love for Maura?!? The Russian doctor was right. A corpse has a better shot with Maura than Pike does.

My only disappointment was that the story of Maura's biological family was completely dropped. Last week's episode left us on such a cliffhanger that it felt very odd not to have it even mentioned. I can only assume that Maura's mother and half sister will be brought back before the end of the season.

At the end of the day Jane can always count on one thing. That after some psycho has made her day a living Hell, Maura will be willing to stay over to make sure her friend can sleep.

What else could you ask from a best friend?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (48 Votes)

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

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I think that it is a great show I love it plus it has my two favorite actresses in it but from most of the interviews I've seen it sounds like the show is going to head in to a different direction because I've heard that by the end jane and Maura finally end up together I don't know what will happen next but I can't wait to find out

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I'm giving up. Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander are such good actresses that this drivel that passes for writing they are given to work with is criminal. It has become too stupid too bear.

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I agree with Amanda. I still really enjoy this show, the humor in it is fantastic. But what happened to Jane's scars? What happened to really stretching the characters and giving them situations where they don't get out of it in 10 minutes? This last abduction was a joke. There's no way she should have gotten out of it that quickly. And honestly, I'd love to see Maura kidnapped again. She doesn't get nearly enough meat in her role.

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sorry and the little brother was involved in the search too, I guess that was more than enough people? Silly. I don't like where this show is going lately...

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I was so disappointed with this episode-Jane gets kidnapped, she's tied to a bed by a crazy man and the only ones involved in the search are Frost and Korsak? They wouldn't think to involve anyone else in trying to find a missing detective?

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Go cut off: Oh and the product placement has gotten out of hand... and unfortuneately seems to be the only way the writer's can think of, to use Angela (Lorraine Bracco) in recent episodes. Don't get me wrong, I think that Angie and Sasha (and supporting cast) are doing a fabulous job with what they're being given. The chemistry among this cast just oozes out of the T.V.... but as of late, I find myself feeling like something is missing this season...

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I enjoyed this episode. I do feel that this season is missing the character development that made the first season so strong, and carried out, but started to get lost in season 2. It's becoming a little too cartoonish, and predictable. In the end, the case almost always gets tied up with a neat little bow and a joke between the miraculously recovered, Rizzoli and Isles... In season 1, Jane's physical and emotional scars carried with her through each episode... from minor character traits such as her hand rubbing... -- "crazy for you" could easily have been a 2 parter, with the final 10 minutes being played out over the course of another 1 hour show... including character development and history from Jane's past... I fear the show is becoming another CSI Miami, prioritizing the one liners, cartoonish characters, and bizarre cases, while sacrificing the character development and continuity, which made me fall in love with the show to begin with. Oh and the product placement has gotten out of hand... and unfortuneately seems to be the only way the writer's can think of, to use Angela (Lorraine Bracco) in recent episodes. Don't get me wrong, I think that Angie and Sasha (and supporting cast) are doing a fabulous job with what they're being given. The chemistry among this cast just oozes out of the T.V.... but as of late, I find myself feeling like something is missing this season...

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I thought this was a great episode. I the acting of total terror Angie did, even her body shook like someone who was scared. That was great. I think Sasha did do a good job of acting while watching her friend being tied to a bed. I also think that the friendship between these two women are the key to the success of the show. I did not like that Maura's biological family was dropped. I know they will come back to it, but they should have continued with it this week, and did the Jane family crisis for next week. But, I still enjoyed the episode.

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Is Angie Harmon just a much better actress than Sasha Alexander or is it that the writers give Angie much better material with which to work? Everything about Dr. Pike's storyline is distracting, inane, and boring and causes horrible facial expressions from Maura. I'm always anxious to get back to Jane's storyline. I agree that the friendship is key to this....doesn't everyone need a friendship like Jane & Maura?

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I loved the episode. Maura's emotions while she had to watch the kidnapper and Jane was excellent. Kudos to Sasha Alexander!! At the end of the day this show is about the friendhip as much or more then the crime and this was one of the episodes that showed us why we love the team of Jane and Maura. I am sure Maura's biological family storyline will be back. They would not leave it like it was left. I am sure we will get drama from that at some point in the future and Jane will be there helping her best friend through! Love this show!!!!

Rizzoli & Isles Season 3 Episode 7 Quotes

OK, please don't show me your womb.

Korsak

Is that why you shot Dr. Eve? She didn't have stretch marks.

Jane
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