"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.
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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