Rizzoli & Isles Review: And the Devil Appears

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There was a rumor that the stories in Rizzoli & Isles season 4 were going to dive into darker territory.  

"Dance With the Devil" definitely took things to such a place.

Sharing the Past

I always knew Paddy Doyle was a criminal. He was up on RICO charges and accused of being behind the murders of at least 15 people. Yet being Maura's biological father, the man who had always tried to protect her, seemed to humanize him. 

That disappeared with this episode.

Believing that Paddy had ordered a hit on Cavanaugh 20 years ago in order to buy cheaper drugs was bad enough... but knowing that he'd done the deed personally and thus killed the man's wife and son was chilling. It's difficult to view someone as anything but a monster once you know their actions caused a a young woman and a two year old to burn to death. 

Suddenly all of Paddy Doyle's pathos about never harming women and children sounded like the hollow words they were. 

The trial had Maura on an emotional roller coaster. She even called out of work. When has Dr. Isles done that except when she donated her kidney?

When Hope showed up on her doorstep with coffee, it felt like a bonding moment, but it quickly soured. Maura simply couldn't get past the fact that her mother had accepted Paddy's financial help to start her foundation.  She knew that for every person Hope helped, there was another who had probably suffered and died on Paddy's orders.

Thankfully, there was at least one lighter moment thrown in when Jane joined Maura in her yoga room. Maura asked Jane if she ever missed her father and she responded as only Jane could in this Rizzoli & Isles quote

Jane: Do you think if I tracked him down in Florida and forced myself to watch him snuggle with his slutty blonde girlfriend I wouldn't miss him so much?

Maura: No. What makes you think she's blonde?

Jane: They're always blonde. | permalink

But the light heartedness didn't last long. When Cavanaugh figured out that Paddy had murdered his family two decades ago, he wanted to kill him and he wanted to make it hurt. I couldn't blame him. 

As Korsak, Jane and Frost frantically tried to stop their friend and boss from murdering Doyle in the men's room, it was Maura who provided the Hail Mary pass. 

Maura confronted Hope with the truth. That Paddy Doyle was a killer and a liar and in turning a blind eye to his sins, Hope had given him leave to commit them. 

You made a bargain with the devil and it has come due. | permalink

The only thing that could crack Paddy's armored heart was knowing that his one true love had turned on him.

They say, speak of the devil, and the devil appears. Paddy Doyle's facade finally fell away even for Hope and with any luck, even the devil will have to pay.


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I have seen this episode twice and I still think It's a little strange that all that "evidence" suddenly shows up in an old car from a 20 year old case. Paddy's whole family is with the Irish Mob but he also risked everything to protect Maura and Hope. If he did set the fire why would he stay long enough to get 3d degree burns? Why would Cavanaugh suddenly reopen the case if Paddy was still under suspicion 20 years ago? I mean MONK felt guilty about his wife getting killed in a car bombing, but he did not wait 20 years to solve the case.


Este episodio estuvo excelente,pero creo que los escritos y los productores This episode was great, but I think the writing and the producers should have put on stage to Mrs Angela to give support to the chief of police, this was the time to see them as a couple.
Also, the writers and producers should be aware of the story line of each episode if more do not remember the mobster Paddy
said in one of the earlier episodes that respected women and
niños.Bueno'm not an expert on scripts and production.
Well, I liked the episode.debieron haber colocado en escena a la Sra Angela para darle apoyo al jefe de la policía,esta era el momento de verlos como pareja.
También,los escritores y productores deberían estar pendiente de la linea narrativa de cada uno de los episodio si mas no recuerdo el mafioso Paddy
dijo en una de los episodios anteriores que el respetaba a las mujeres y a los
niños.Bueno no soy experta en guiones ni producción.
Bueno,Me gusto el episodio.


Since season 4 started I am really excited for each episode. It really shows how this two treasured their friendship and respect each other. We might saw Maura as "put in together" as Jane said before for her mom but still she so vulnerable right know. With Paddy and Hope around things is pretty emotional to her. Hope the next episode will be as strong as the past episode. I can't image that I am hook with this series.


love the show, but lets be real cavanaugh attacked paddy 2x .... which would have been enough for paddys lawyer to have the case thrown out. i say this because the lawyer could have easily said cavanaugh was behind some of the killings or definitely have said he was a dirty cop, thats why he tried "2x" to take paddy out. and still we never saw hope testify .....


I don't think Hope should be given a free ride - she knew he was a killer and she still took his money - and did she bother to ask how he got the burns?


Surprisingly, I really felt for Paddy at the end. I think he knew he was about to be beaten. And whilst we all had compassion for Cavanaugh, it seemed a little our of the blue that Paddy had anything to do with his family's death. Maybe I missed something in previous episodes but it was a little convenient... However, maybe Cavanaugh can move on now with Angela.


I thought last weeks episode was great and now I think this one is even better. R&I is back to season 1 greatness. They are on fire!! Great job.


I thought for a moment that they were going to pull a fast one on us and reveal that Paddy was really being framed for all of his crimes. I even thought that the US Attorney was somehow involved because of his line at the beginning about waiting 20 years to make his opening statement. I'm glad they left him a bad guy. Poor Maura has been through too much to deal with any more. I missed the rest of the Rizzolli clan in this episode but their comic relief would have been out of place.

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Rizzoli & Isles Season 4 Episode 5 Quotes

He was thoughtful and smart and unbelievable kind and that sounds crazy now.


Frost: You look a little naked.
Jane: Excuse me.
Frost: I can see your knees