The best drama comes from turning the tables on a favorite character and seeing what they'll do.
Rizzoli & Isles Season 6 Episode 12 does a superb job of that. Jane spends most of the hour resisting her friends' attempts to protect her from her mysterious enemy. Then it turns out she's not the one in danger.
Season finales usually pull out all the stops, and "5:26" was no exception. I thought the emotional drama of Jane having to be the protected instead of the protector to be interesting.
Jane isn't the type to sit around and wait, and I knew sooner or later she'd end up in the center of the investigation.
I'm not going to be pushed out of an investigation that involves me.Jane
Vince and Maura tried hard to protect her from herself, but at a certain point they had to give up. It's not often that we get to see Jane go head to head with Vince in as powerful a way as she did here.
What is this, a mixed metaphor? A simile? I'm a little tired for wordplay.Vince
The mystery of who killed the victim, a woman trying to turn her life around who somehow became a cocaine mule again, never really got solved. But that's okay because it was all connected to whoever has been stalking Jane. So it will undoubtedly play into the second half of the season this winter.
Frankie and Angela's scenes were among the best, most tense parts of the hour, and that's saying a lot considering how much tension there was. There was no room for Angela to be her usually nosey self, not when Jane was in such serious danger. Angela's understated fears really made the hour.
I'm torn between Angela's threat towards Boris the Bodyguard and Frankie's terse explanation of what was going on for my favorite moment.
Boris, work friend of Jane's? If something happens to Jane, I'll kill you dead.Angela
Speaking of Boris, did anyone else think he was going to end up being involved in this somehow? His friendly rapport with Jane and Angela was just a little too perfect for me, even if he did seem to understand what Jane was going through.
I'll make sure you're around to achieve your dreams, whatever they are.Bodyguard
That kind of thing is what made "5:26" so riveting to watch. There was so much tension because anyone could be a suspect, even that guy following Jane that she insisted was trustworthy.
He works in the building. He's a good guy.Jane
There was no silly sideline, either. Just Frankie and Angela both trying to look out for Jane in their own way. This is a much better use of Frankie than we've seen all season. I like seeing him as the devoted brother and fellow cop. I want more of this Frankie and less of the guy who puts lobsters in his sister's desk drawer.
And then there was the final five minutes...
When I saw that we were almost out of time and Jane was convinced Angela was in danger, I was convinced the season-ending cliffhanger was going to be that Angela was missing. But as soon as Angela stepped out of the shower, I remembered that call Maura got and realized who the real target was. Did you see it coming before I did?
Fellow fans, it's your turn to weigh in. What was your favorite quote from "5:26?"
Don't forget to check back in early 2016 for the next season of Rizzoli and Isles! In the meantime, if you need a refresher or missed anything, watch Rizzoli & Isles online to catch up.
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