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Rizzoli & Isles Review: When In Doubt, Cuddle a Puppy

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"No One Mourns the Wicked" was a wickedly dark episode of Rizzoli & Isles that centered around the psychology of serial killers.

There were so many fascinating facts thrown out during the hour. 70% of serial killers were abused as children. 60% have some sort of brain damage. Most are of average intelligence. They are often substance abusers and female serial killers usually work in teams. 

Time for Cuddles

But all of that intriguing information didn't hold a candle to the diabolical killers included in this story.  

First we got to revisit the thankfully-deceased Charles Hoyt, the man who not only tortured and killed numerous woman but tortured and tried to murder Jane on more than one occasion. 

Speaking of Jane, I'd be shocked if the poor woman wasn't suffering from some form of PTSD given all she's been through. And I was never so relieved as when Frankie and Angela showed up on her doorstep. The Rizzoli family may have it's occasional flaws but they always stick together. Plus, Angela bringing a lasagna more than made up for Frankie raiding the beer in the fridge. 

As creepy as it was to see Hoyt again, Dr. Victoria Nolan might just surpass him for sheer wickedness.

I had figured early on that someone on her team was most likely the copy cat killer. When the newspaper article surfaced with a picture of a young blonde girl whose family had been brutally slain, I knew instantly that the girl was Dr. Nolan. 

That Victoria had been abused by her equally twisted parents seemed like fairly normal serial killer psychology, but it was her son that took the story to another level. 

The future Dr. Nolan gave birth to a son created via incest. He was taken away, only to have her find him five years later to teach him how to kill puppies. That type of cold, heartless evil was truly frightening.

I was so proud of Korsak in those final scenes. Despite having had his head slammed with a 2x4 and chained up in his own basement, the man never flinched... until he thought they were going to hurt one of his puppies. I've always loved Korsak but never quite as much as in that moment. 

As he explained his love of dogs in this Rizzoli & Isles quote

Three wives and not one of them ever looked at me the way my dogs do. They think I'm the greatest man who ever lived. | permalink

Supposedly 4% of the population is either sociopaths or psychopaths. Thankfully not all of those are serial killers. Too bad Korsak was sharing his love of dogs with one that was.

Thankfully the hour ended on a much lighter note than it had begun as all of the friends celebrated life on Korsak's front porch by sharing drinks and cuddling puppies.  It doesn't get much better than that.

This was a difficult episode of Rizzoli & Isles to watch, mostly due to the tragic news this week concerning Lee Thompson Young's suicide. Young played series regular Det. Barry Frost and his death at 29 years of age is a tragedy. If you or someone you care about may be considering suicide, please ask a mental health professional in your area for help or find someone to talk to by contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It can get better.

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Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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This was a superb, disturbing episode of Rizzoli and Isles, made all the more poignant knowing that the handsome, talented Lee Thompson Young was dead. Just the thought that harm might come to that puppy was making my gorge rise! Everyone turned in amazing performances, Young included, and seeing Rizzoli turn the tables and save Korsak, as he had saved her from the serial killer previously, was highly satisfying. It's a real shame we won't be seeing Mr. Young on the show anymore, once the episodes he filmed have been exhausted. He seemingly had everything to live for. There was no suicide note. I hope the investigation into his death is very thorough. Love, Robin

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For me it was hard to see this episode.
I could not stop the young Lee.
My condolences to family, friends and coworkers.
So Sad.
Now,good episode.

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Good review also and I'm glad the writer, Christine Orlando, sought to mention about Lee Thompson Young and his death. I have to agree with Allie701. I too feel kind of uncomfortable with Lorraine Bracco. She was such an important part of the Sopranos, and well respected. In this show her acting does seem stilted and sometimes I can't figure her out. Her voice comes across childish and petulant. Be that as it may I do hope that the show continues in spite of Lee's death, although it may get an earlier hiatus than planned. It's a pity that death can have such an impact on things. If it's truly a suicide, I wonder if Lee thought of the impact on the show, his family and others. I hope more investigation into his death is done.

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I suspected Dr Nolan's people, but did not think of her initially at all, although that actress, Jessica Tuck, can really play evil so I was kind of wondering. Good episode. I'm not a dog lover so Korvak's attitude did not mean that much to me, but I do like him. I'm sure he will certainly miss Lee Thompson Young as all the others. I was truly shocked when I saw the news about Lee. Always loved him since Famous Jett Jackson. Can't believe such a handsome, successful and talented actor could take his own life and leave so many in pain and sadness. I loved the tribute for him though at the end. The show won't ever be the same but I hope it will continue. Would like to see how they will handle his death, as that role is pivotal to the show, him being the techkie person.

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Thanks for this great review, especially the tribute to Lee Thompson Young. The photos at the end of the episode were so poignant.
I really enjoy the family love on this show but to me ‎Lorraine Bracco who plays Jane's mother is the weak link. The dialog provided for her is embarassingly awkward, and her acting is rather stilted. It is hard to believe she had a pivotal role in The Sopranos.

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I always knew Korsak had a soft spot for dogs. He's always "finding" lost ones on the street. The most basic belief of a dog lover, "Don't mess with my dog." I also thought that the murders were for publicity for Dr. Nolan's book then the murder of the doctor and his wife were brought up. My sympathies to Lee Thompson Young's family, friends and co-workers. Whatever pain Lee hid from you, be assured that now it is gone from him. Only we who miss and loved him feel this pain now.

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The writers (and reviewers) need to be more careful about the things they claim as facts. Just because one study makes claims about what makes a serial killer does make the claims true. The study all these "facts" is from has been widely criticized.

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I too will miss Lee Thompson Young. I like his character and the interaction with the other castmembers. It was a lovely tribute to him at the end. As for the episode itself, it was good. Was surprised at who the killer was but thought it might be a member of Dr. Nolan's entourage. Gotta love Korsak and knowing his love of his dogs just makes me love him more. Even in the face of death, he was concerned for his puppy. Loved the ending with all of them on the porch.

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I totally thought from the start the murders were going to end up being promo stunts to sell the book. Glad I was wrong! Will totally miss Lee Thompson Young. He really added to the chemistry of the cast. So sad.

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I'll miss Frost. I always liked his character & the amused smiles. I never read a reason for his suicide but I know it's a loss to his fans but more so his Family.
Last nights episode had too much blood & gore for me. I'm glad I had recorded so I could fast forward. Must have been flashback night as R&I and Suits had them. Not much of a fan of flashbacks and especially the serial killers. I liked the end with them all sitting on the porch.

Rizzoli & Isles Season 4 Episode 9 Quotes

Yay! Three day symposium where we can relive our four year nightmare.

Jane

Maura: You presented a unique challenge to someone like Charles Hoyt.
Jane: So you're saying it's a compliment that he tried to kill me?

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