Rizzoli & Isles Review: The Kindness of Strangers

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Rizzoli & Isles is having one of its best seasons yet and the reveal of Maura's biological mother is definitely a part of that success.

"Money Maker" gave us a salacious murder wrapped around the growing relationship of Maura and her new family. Yes, I said family because not only has she made contact with bio mom Hope, she also has a half sister.

At first I couldn't figure out why Hope dragged Kaylin back to the States. She's a college student. She certainly didn't need to be taken care of by mommy but then there was the big reveal: Kaylin needed a kidney and suddenly the trip back to Boston made sense.

Maura & Jane Go Undercover

I actually ended up liking Kaylin. She was angry, sullen and stubborn. Everything I'd expect from a teen who felt life had dealt her a bad hand. I also knew she'd find that picture in Maura's bathroom. Doesn't everyone snoop through a stranger's bathroom?

The kidney transplant issue could have been used to pull this family together and I have little doubt it may end up doing so in the future. Presently, I'm thrilled with the rift it's torn between this threesome. 

Kaylin felt betrayed by the sister she'd thought was dead and yet could still never measure up to. And I really felt for Hope. She thought her child died! Then there's this woman standing there telling her that's not the case. 

She must have thought Maura was crazy and, given intense concern for Kaylin, it was no wonder she became completely overwhelmed. 

I enjoyed the angst of this family drama because it felt real. This storyline could have become cliched but some good writing and very talented actresses have elevated it to something more.

Even the murder story was fun tonight. It was a financial ponzi scheme with a sex club twist. These boys were determined to find plenty of ways to cheat.

Guest star Monet Mazur somehow made her realtor /call girl/mistress believable and fun. I was sorry to see her end up dead in the pool.

Did Maura seem a little too fixated on the call girl life? She gushed over the clothes and the leather accessories. From the sound of things I'm guessing Eddie Cibrian's character is long gone. I can't say I'm disappointed in that but Maura definitely deserves a worthy love interest.

Of course, she always has Jane, who went from putting Hope's reaction into perspective for her best friend before reminding her that family sucks and then joking about how good her kidney was. At least for now, Maura's got the love and support she needs.


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


I think Angie Harmon is terrific in this role....her comedic timing and line delivery is excellent as well as the serious detective stuff. Sasha Alexander is not measuring up IMO.....her acting leaves much to be desired...or maybe it is the writing. In any case, I find any scene without Angie less engaging if not boring.


Oh, and I forgot to mention how sad it makes me that Maura's biological mom was so overwhelmed that she didn't believe Maura and took her daughter out of the room. I thought Kaitlyn was a huge brat and an emotional mess before she went snooping and found the drawing of her mother. I also thought it was ridiculous and short sighted of Kaitlyn to say she doesn't want Maura's kidney, when she might die for want of a matched tissue type on the national donor database. That's cutting your nose off to spite your face, and I doubt that she has that much of a death wish, or, having gone to Oxford, is that stupid.


I agree with Walter about the blantant product placement with the Dr Scholls shoe inserts that Maura gave Angela...I mean sheez! We already have to put up with a lot of commercials, we should have to be sold something during the actual program! I disagree with Florin about Sister whatshername on the show, though, I like her, and I think she's hilarious because of the Rizzoli family's reactions to her...so funny! She's got serious cohones going after that rapper and taking him to task for his foul language lyrics and making the gangster lifestyle seem enticing to young african americans...I see her point. And I LOVE that she calls the one police officer by his given name, Barroll, which means spear! LOL


I am enjoying this season of Rizzoli and Isles and especially like the introduction of Sharon Lawrence as Maura's biological mother. Last night's ending was a huge surprise, and I am anxious to see where this relationship goes and how it affects Jacqueline Bisset, Maura's adoptive parent. I have always been a fan of Jenny O'Hara, but her character of the nun is poorly written and adds nothing to this show. Can you really imagine this prune-faced woman having a desk in a real police detective unit and scolding all the police officers? They attempted to show a little humanity last night but the entire premise is so absurd that I didn't care. Either give Ms. O'Hara a role equal to her talent (not a sterotype from the 50's) or move her to another part of the building and use her sporatically, if at all.


great show but ridiculous nun character


Great show except for the new character - a ridiculously portrayed nun character...does not fit in at all.


Great show except for the new addition of that ridiculous nun character...it's so bizarre!


I liked the fact that the reveal did not lead to a round of hugs and kumbaya. There are so many issues to be worked out. I wonder if it will be beyond the scope of the series or if it will continue to be a major element in the plot.


I loved this episode!!! It flowed really good and both Maura and Jane felt right in character and the friendship was front and center like it always should be.


Agree completely with the review. Show is getting better every episode. However they should be ashamed of the blatant sponsor placement. Really Maura giving Angela a Dr. Scholls insert!

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Rizzoli & Isles Season 3 Episode 6 Quotes

Maura: Let's talk about his penis.
Jane: If we must.

I'm done watching coffee porn.