Rizzoli & Isles Review: Murder by Lethal Injection

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"Judge, Jury, and Executioner" surprised the heck out of me when Angela's financial crisis was taken care of by an unlikely source. 

Yes, perhaps it should have been obvious, but I didn't put the pieces together until the very end. Tommy wanting a quick payday for almost being crushed in that parking garage wasn't exactly a shock. He is generally impulsive. He doesn't think ahead, so believing that he'd want the instant gratification of cash now instead of waiting for a bigger settlement seemed completely in character.

Jane's Concerned

I suppose all of Tommy's previous bad decisions blinded me from seeing that he was actually trying to do something good this time. 

However, it was quite telling that Angela confided in Tommy about her money issues - but not in Frankie or Jane. As Tommy told Jane in this Rizzoli & Isles quote

She needs my help and she doesn't see me as a screw up. | permalink

I never thought of Jane and Frankie as being overly judgmental, but I'm sure Angela felt foolish for not finalizing her divorce sooner and didn't want to hear recriminations from her children. Things were hard enough without feeling like her own kids were looking down on her. 

Tommy really stepped up and I was proud that Jane offered to chip in... of course, she probably should have spoken to Frankie before volunteering him to do the same. 

But now that the crisis is over, I hope that doesn't mean Angela's going to stop making her espresso brownies. Those sound darn good.

The case of the week felt even more tragic as Judge Harper was only trying to help kids who needed a second chance. I hadn't expected her to have been killed by an overdose of Ritalin. At one point I wondered if her daughter was involved but her grief seemed completely sincere.

The funniest part was Max. The kid seemed to believe he was much smarter than everyone else. It was fun seeing Frost and Jane smack him back down.

But the best part was when he crowed that he wasn't stupid enough to kill a judge. No, only stupid enough to threaten one. 

With only one episode left in the Rizzoli & Isles summer season, who would you like to see return next week?


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I know the show is really letting me down lately, how can Maura a "genius" turn into cotton candy because she likes a guy? I don't know it's sort of dribbling to nothing lately.


To Lindalou: Blame the showrunner, Janet Tamaro. The TV show is "inspired by" Tess Gerritsen's books, not based on them. Tamaro set if off in an entirely different direction. The actors can only work with the lines they are given.


I have read several of the Gerritsen novels upon which Rizzoli & Isles is based. Harmon's "Rizzoli" is well acted, Alexander's "Isles" is a terrible interpretation of the original character...not sure if it is the TV script writers or actress interpretation. Jane's family is terribly written and acted, especially her mother. I wish they'd de-emphasize the silly family stuff and emphasize the crime solving partnerships.


Next week will, I hope, be the last we see of Casey. He will propose to Jane and she'll turn him down. He wants a hot housewife type, she's a professional woman. As for Tommy's generosity to his mother, how soon will he and Lydia blow the rest of the lawyer's advance and be broke again, trying to mooch off the Rizzolis as usual?


"But the best part was when he crowed that he wasn't stupid enough to kill a judge. No, only stupid enough to threaten one." I have to go back and watch again. I had to impression that he did not so much threaten the judge as express the opinion that the judge deserved a lethal injection. That is just an opinion and not a statement of intent.

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Rizzoli & Isles Season 4 Episode 11 Quotes

How is it that we can put a rover on Mars but the damn crime lab can't find a toxin unless we tell it what to look for?


Maura: You can't have caffeinated beverages this late in the day, Jane.
Jane: OK, Maura says I can't drink it so can I have an IV drip?