Jane really hates Los Angeles.
Really, really hates it.
In case that wasn't clear, she spent most of Rizzoli & Isles Season 6 Episode 11 complaining about it. Oh yeah, and helping solve a murder, too.
I've always found stories where cops have to travel across the country or world to be a little bit problematic. Most of the time, there's no real reason for them to be there, and sometimes I wonder if they even have proper jurisdiction wherever it is that they're going.
So when Vince told Jane and Maura to pack their bags, I was about as enthusiastic as Jane.
Oh no. I hate flying, and I get jet lagged and L.A. is so not my style.Jane
This crime was more interesting than most, though. At the very beginning of the hour, when Nina said there was no work history, criminal history or other history on Jane and Maura's victim, I immediately was curious. I expected it to turn out that Dan Walsh had once been Danielle and had sealed the records of his past.
The truth was more mundane in some ways, but nevertheless the story was compelling.
I didn't expect Dan Walsh to turn out to be a guy who tried to get out of the drug scene after his girlfriend OD'd. If ever there was a reason to fake your own death and run to the other side of the country, it's that you're trying to turn your life around. It seemed he put his rebirth to good use, helping other people get out of similar trouble, until his killer caught up with him.
The actual crime – stealing people's identities and money and killing to cover up those activities – tied in nicely with Jane's personal story. As soon as it was revealed her accounts had been hacked, I figured it was that creepy kid who had threatened her in the parking garage and that he probably set the fire in Jane's apartment, too.
Downloading the video was a nice set up for the summer finale, which will likely be a full-blown investigation into the arson.
Anyway, it was nice that Frankie was able to help Jane figure out who was messing with her identity. It almost made up for him not being allowed to go to L.A.
Fine. I don't wanna go. I'll stay here and drink espresso. Naked!Frankie
Poor Frankie always seems like the unwanted child to me, relegated to silly sidelines most of the time. I'm glad that Jane left for a bit so that he could do something else besides argue with her about his coffee making skills.
Frankie: I know how to make coffee.
Jane: Your last pot tasted like motor oil.
While Jane was busy complaining about spending time on Venice Beach and Frankie and Nina were trying to uncover the source of her financial problems, Angela was busy having a dinner party. For a minute I forgot that she wasn't actually dating Vince. Their conversations seem so natural and close that they seem like partners to me.
Angela: That's why we have to ask them.
Vince: We do?
Kiki and Ron's discomfort with each other turned out to be for a very silly reason that I'm not going to bother to repeat. I'm glad it was nothing serious so that it won't get in Vince and Kiki's way. I haven't decided whether I like Ron or not yet since so far all he's done is stare awkwardly at Kiki.
Your turn! Were you tempted to book a flight to L.A., or did Jane's whining turn you off too much? Did you expect the killings to be related to identity theft? Who do you think set Jane's apartment building on fire?
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