Rizzoli & Isles Review: Nutballs

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All families have their share of nutballs. Some more than others and the Rizzoli family is no exception. 

Rizzoli & Isles Season 4 Episode 14 combined a tragic murder with an awkward homecoming.

Natasha's murder was a sad, tragic case. She couldn't have looked more innocent wearing that white lace dress. The girl had a gift. A serious talent for music and her life was ended due to jealousy and greed. 

I kept wondering what the murder weapon was and enjoyed the search for the "sharp, pointy thing" used in the stabbing. My guess was an ice pick since the killing took place in a bar, I was wrong. Yet that must have been one heck of a nail file. I may never look at one the same way again. 

One of the greatest insights was that Korsak is a musician. I love finding out these little tidbits about these characters. It reminds us that there's still so much of their back stories to be enjoyed.

But the biggest surprise of night was Frank Rizzoli wandering back and somehow believing his children would be happy to see him even though…

  • He left their mother and took off to Florida.
  • He slept with Tommy's girlfriend.
  • He stuck Angela with a $27,000 IRS bill. 

Somehow, he thought that just being their father should entitle him to be able to walk back into his family but it just didn't work that way.

As usual, Angela was a champ. When she walked in and overheard that her ex had cancer, she immediately reminded Jane that none of this was her fault. No one can say Angela Rizzoli is not a great mother. 

I also found it telling that Jane wasn't even sure whether or not she believed her father's story about having cancer. Frank has most certainly shattered her trust in him in a way that may be irreparable.

Their family dinner was horribly awkward. As soon as Frank showed up with the cheap blue carnations I had no doubt that Cavanaugh would be next through the door with a beautiful bouquet. 

It only proved to make Frank more insecure, which led to his drinking and then berating his sons and ex-wife. I appreciated that Cavanaugh was there to stand up for Angela but I liked it even better that she was completely capable of standing up for herself. 

And as Jane told her Pop in this Rizzoli & Isles quote

All the crap that you say to Tommy and Frankie, you can't ever take that back, Pop.


In the end, I felt bad for the sick man whose family told him to go back to Florida but I was still very happy that they did just that.

When Frank walked away from his family, Maura was there to lend a hand and fill the void. She's definitely earned her place as part of this family and it was nice too see everyone acknowledge it.

Your turn, TV Fanatics. Should Angela and Jane have told Frank to return to Florida?


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Love Rizzoli & Isles. This week's was a little sad. Angela showed up as a strong person, and the father was a wash out. Great family.


I felt sad for the victim. She was just a shy though very talented girl, and that someone snuffed her life out because of jealousy was so hard to watch. I'm glad Jane's father was sent back. He has no shame. I liked Frankie's reactions to him; Tommie though is such a woose. No one mentioned Lee Thompson Young, not even the writer, but I have to mention him. Does anyone not feel awkward watching him onscreen and still in the show, knowing he killed himself only recently? The "missing him" is still so strong for me, and it feels very strange watching him working cases when I know he died and is no longer in the show. If it were a movie I'd feel differently; but a series? No way. Couldn't they have written him out and scrapped the episodes that were already done? I find it tasteless that these episodes are running like if nothing happened.

@ Stephie59

I agree with your comments about Lee Thompson Young. I am in Australia and we have not had the second part of this season air. I've checked TV.com and TVfanatic and have been astounded at the lack of mention of Lee Thompson Young. I didn't actually realise he would still be in these episodes. From what I read when he died, there was one unaired episode in the season (the one before this one), so I expected he was in that one. I didn't think he'd be in it after that. I think he was such a good actor. In that much pain, but you couldn't tell on screen.

@ Jane

Hi Stephie59 and Jane, Just before these 4 episodes began I interviewed Sasha Alexander (Maura Isles) and asked about Lee Thompson Young and how the show was handling his loss. You can read her response here: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2014/... It is a horribly tragic situation and difficult for both the show and its fans and as much as I think about it every time I see him onscreen, it also doesn't seem right to mention it in every review. That said, I'm sure I'll be writing about it when the show returns this summer without him.


I was always confused because when he was on the show originally he always seemed like a great father and it just came out of nowhere when he left his wife and left her with the IRS debt, it just seemed like he left the show and they had to find a way to write him off. It just seems so weird and I wish they never had him come back because none of it ever really made sense to me.


He didn't come back humbled in any way, he thought they had just stopped their lives and were all just waiting for him to return. I got the impression that he had always been like this and everyone just tolerated him and gave him love and respect that he didn't deserve. I enjoyed the episode and was surprised that they would write him back in but it was worth it. The murder of the girl was just a subplot.


This was definitely a woman's episode, and I loved that. I was happy to see Angela's strength, as well as her understanding of the stress on Jane. To those who learned to love Jane from Tess Gerritsen's books, this series is sometimes a far stretch. But the "essence of Jane" comes through. And so I continue to watch Rizzoli and Isles, waiting for Gerritsen to write another book. (As it happens, Gerritsen wrote another novel, not about R&I, that seems to be a big hit, but the movie is not the book. It was called Gravity.)


Good episode. The murder of the girl was sad I hate that when the murder victim is someone that's very talented or something like that because it seems to make the case sadder. I was surprised to see Jane's father again and was shocked that he only came back because he had cancer but I was glad that in the end they told him to go back to Florida. Can't wait till the next episode.

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Rizzoli & Isles Season 4 Episode 14 Quotes

Maura: A gluten free almond cookie.
Jane: So it's suppose to taste like cardboard.

I'm so tired my taste buds are asleep.