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Rizzoli & Isles Review: Not Worth Killing Over

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There was something so very sad about Rizzoli & Isles Season 5 Episode 3.

Perhaps it was because the victims all believed they'd finally caught a break and were going to turn their lives around... only to find out it was "Too Good to Be True."

Greg, the killer, somehow believed he was owed, so he hunted these men and then murdered them for their meager possessions. For all of the psychology behind the effects of watching his father's farm go bankrupt, I think Jane was right, the guy was just a selfish, greedy, twisted ass.

I loved all the little things about this episode. Like the diner waitress making fun of Greg's grey pony tail. Or Jane and Korsak questioning of John Brooks best friend. Even realizing that another man was spared simply because he was lucky enough to have a girlfriend who just might miss him and cause the killer a problem. 

Then there was the order to start the search for a replacement for Barry Frost. Jane's simply not ready to see someone else sit at his desk and neither am I, but life does march forward whether we're ready for it or not. 

I was kind of hoping that the show would simply have Frankie take over Frost's role, but now I wonder if they'll be making another addition to this team. I don't know that it's really necessary but I'm willing to keep and open mind. 

The best part was watching Jane finally come clean with family and friends about her pregnancy. I love the idea of Jane raising this child, yet I hate the idea of her being stuck behind a desk if only because I don't know how the series continues on like that.

Maybe they'll do a time jump and skip over those long boring months of her pregnancy while on hiatus. 

Part of the fun of this pregnancy storyline is having Jane's family involved and hearing the stories it sparks, like the one Jane told Maura about Angela in this Rizzoli & Isles quote

Frankie couldn't get away with anything as a kid cause she was always weaseling a confession out of him.

Jane

I guess that's where Jane gets her interrogation technique. Maybe Angela was meant to be a cop. She certainly did a good job raising two of them. 

It was great fun finding out that Frankie and Tommy already knew. It shouldn't have been a surprise because there's no way Angela could've kept that secret for very long. If I had one complaint, it was that I wanted to see a bit more conversation between Jane and Korsak when she finally told him. I have no doubt he's thrilled for her but I do wonder if he has any concerns about her being out in the field. 

Finally, Jane broke the news to Casey. I was a little confused at first because Jane kept insisting that she would be raising this child alone. I don't doubt that it will go that way but Casey has the right to be involved. So I was relieved when she and Casey decided that they'd work out his role in their child's life together. 

In the end, Jane admitted she was terrified…and she should be. Raising a child is overwhelming but she's got quite a village there to help our out. And as Maura pointed out, everybody needs help sometimes. Even Jane Rizzoli.

Tell us TV Fanatics, how much of Jane's pregnancy do you want to see onscreen?

 

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Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I guess they have to do the pregnancy story line as it arises from the book, but I'm not really looking forward to the baby story line. Why they have to go and make her a single mother cop. Was that in the book? I don't know, I haven't read it. Most times producers don't stick to the book, so I don't know why they had to go with that story line. I'm sure in the book Frost didn't die, and don't they have to change that story line? They could have done the same with the pregnancy. On another note, I think I read somewhere where they said they weren't going to add a new person to replace Frost, but to me Frankie on his own doing the computer thing would be kind of boring. I think they should give it some time and then bring on an additional person. NCIS replaced Ziva and the show is doing just fine. They can bring on someone new. And it's not like someone kicked out Frost. He did take his own life. While I love and miss him, I don't think the show should suffer because of it.

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I get they're sort of trying to stay with the books. Which is fine.. But honestly. This pregnancy just doesn't "fit". So I hope they write it out somehow. Because like Carol was saying, in the book, she was married to agent Dean. They haven't touched on that at all.. so they could forgo this part of the book too.

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In the books Jane was married to FBI agent Gabriel Dean who was on the show briefly but then moved away to a new job. Why can't the show stay true to the books more than it does. Maura was smarter and more interesting in the books too. Jane's Mom has a relationship with Korsak in the books, but that could still happen on the show. I feel like the writers should give Maura more attention. In several of the books, she has a very close relationship with a priest, now that was interesting. If you're a fan of this show, you should really read the books.

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@ Carol

I like the show a lot, but I don't think I'm that much of a fan that I'd want to read the books. Hell, it's no Game of Thrones. It's a procedural and I don't need the book to follow these story lines.

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After seeing Jane's near miss in this episode, the first thought was that the writers had given Jane an out over her fretting about having a baby right now, as she would miscarry or, thankfully not, be shot and lose the baby. Maybe a storyline in the future so that her super cop instincts would not have to compete with being a working mom. Others have done it, and Jane would be good at it, too, especially with her over-doting mom and crazy friend, Moria. As for replacing Frost, I think Frankie would be a great addition to the threesome, however, didn't I see in next week's preview that Korsak is announcing his retirement???

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@ klimville

I like Frankie, but sometimes he can be boring. I wouldn't want to be stuck with him alone. I think a replacement for Frost, after some decent time of mourning, would be applicable.

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I cannot STAND Jane's mother!!! Every time she opens her mouth, I cringe. I wish there were some way to get rid of this annoying character. And this season's writing seems especially weak. Loathe the "Jane's pregnant" story line as well.

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@ Leimomi

I have to say I agree with you concerning Angela, Jane's mother. The way she talks annoys me, and she is such an interfering and nosey mother. She should marry the lieutenant and move away. By the way, I have not seen him lately. I think they're a good match. I too loathe the pregnant story line.

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@ Leimomi

Leimomi, I COMPLETELY agree with you in regards to Jane's mom. The actress has acting chops so it must be the lame writing. On the plus side, the scenes between Jane & Maura have definitely improved this season. Maura doesn't seem so clueless ....I hated the way she was portrayed, especially if you've read any of the books...they SHOULD be smart, savvy women and a great team.

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@ Lindalou

We can't always blame lame writing. Angela's voice is totally annoying and she is very nosey, and not in a nice motherly way. I don't need to read the book. It's a good procedural story and I don't think the book is necessary. As I said earlier, it's no Game of Thrones.

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I may be in the minority but I really like the idea of Jane having a child. The whole family would be involved and it could be a lot of fun. They could still keep it as a side story to the murder of the weeks. With the show in season 5, I think it's a great way to shake things up.

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@ Kelly

Fun? A screaming baby, diapers everywhere, and we get lost in that and can't relate to the case eventually? No. I don't think it will be fun. And that whole family is already too involved in Jane's life without bringing in a baby. Remember how crazy they all behaved when Tommy had the baby? No way. Can't stand it and not looking forward to it at all.

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So sad for this acting team. You could just read the devastation over and above the acting, about replacing Det. Frost/Lee Thompson Young.

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Now that she has come to terms with being pregnant I would like her to have a miscarriage. It would add drama to the show. I just can't see a baby fitting into this show.

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@ Kate

WOW that not cool

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@ Michael

I agree Michael. Wishing a miscarriage on anyone, even a fake TV character, just for the drama seems quite heartless.

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@ Alihan

It is a bit harsh but I do understand what Kate means. And IT IS a show. It's not like she's wishing that a real live person be killed. Be real people. I was thinking the same thing actually cause I can't see a baby fitting into this show, whether it was in the books or not.

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@ Kate

I agree with you Kate. A baby for Jane would not fit into the show at all. Maybe a failed pregnancy has already been setup when Jane mentioned she did not want to sit behind a desk and without her action filled role, the show wouldn't be the same.

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Rizzoli & Isles Season 5 Episode 3 Quotes

Frankie couldn't get away with anything as a kid cause she was always weaseling a confession out of him.

Jane

Maura: How about depression?
Jane: Only since you started asking me all of these questions.

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