Jane Shot Maura's Father. Now What? On Rizzoli & Isles, Tonight
· Angie Harmon
· Sasha Alexander
· Lorraine Bracco
· John Doman
Television Review: Rizzoli & Isles, "What Doesn't Kill You"
by R.J. Carter
Published: June 5, 2012
The writers at Rizzoli & Isles like to always leave us wondering if there will be a team at the end of a season. The first season closed with Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) being shot. Last season, Rizzoli is the one doing the shooting, and the target she hits is Paddy Doyle (John Doman) -- wanted mob boss, and biological father to her best friend, Medical Examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander). Was it self-defense? Did Jane react without reason? And will Jane get to keep her badge when the Internal Affairs investigation begins on the depth of her knowledge about Paddy's whereabouts? But more importantly, what impact will this action have on the friendship between Rizzoli and Isles?
There's barely time for Rizzoli to even attempt to explain herself to Maura, as she's quickly drawn onto another case -- the murder of a Boston cop during a convenience store robbery. But was he a victim of the robbery, or the main target? As Jane and her partners Detective Barry Frost (Lee Thompson Young) and Sgt. Detective Vince Korsak (Bruce McGill) investigate, Maura works out issues with her adoptive mother while continuing to search for her biological mother, now that she knows the infamy of her father.
While the storyline is heavy on sentiment and family surprises (with more yet to come in this season opener), I found the actual police work to be a sequence of one lucky break after another. A temporary detail to the evidence locker as punishment puts Jane in just the right position to pick up just the right piece of evidence at random, leading to the investigation of another location where Jane just happens to randomly find another break. CSI this aint; nor do I expect it to be. But neither do I want Jane to get credit for dumb luck when she's a smart, capable character.
Rizzoli & Isles, "What Doesn't Kill You" debuts Tuesday, June 5, at 9PM ET/PT on TNT.