As episodes of Rizzoli & Isles go, this weeks episode about a murder at a hockey rink was just what its title said: cold. With little other than the case really going on, the episode lacked the usual personal connection to the characters that the viewer is so used to. While we all assumed that the angry hockey mom (who punches what looks like a timid business woman in the face) is the killer from the get-go, we have no idea just how deep the storyline will get.
A well thought out case is crucial to procedural television. It is what makes the story believable to the audience and, usually, what keeps us captivated. With Rizzoli & Isles, the story generally revolves more around the characters and their lives and less around the cases. When that normal is changed, it tends to produce what I felt tonight: disinterest. While the show was still well written, well acted and had moments that I loved, I felt that this episode was filler for something deeper coming later in the season. Truth be told, a case about a scientist working for a research lab doing testing for Huntington’s Disease in order to find her sister’s lost son was genius. For once, I had no idea who the killer was, but I found myself not caring either.
Aside from the in-depth case, our beloved socially awkward Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) attempts to learn how to deal with a sunrise house guest, her half sister Kalyn. While their mother is off in Europe calling Maura every five minutes with some other bit of pressing information, Maura attempts to control the 19 year old to the point of frustration. As always, mama Rizzoli is there to lend an ear and a word of advice. Even after it’s spelled out for her, Maura is still out love able clueless social idiot trying to parent in her mother’s absence. We can’t really blame her, the woman never had a sibling let alone a loving mother.
Continuing from last week, Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) is still hobbling around on a bum foot (but looking stronger every day). Thankfully this show has a staff of writers who know how to write a well-timed and not-at-all mean joke. As Korsak and Frost skip off to finally catch the killer at the end, Jane jokes that if the killer were to run she could hobble after him. Well played. In a small side plot line, Mama Rizzoli is still cleaning up the mess left behind by her cheating husband. My heart breaks for Angela every time Frank Sr. is brought up. I have a feeling this issue with the unpaid taxes will rear it’s ugly head again before the season is over.
In the end, it was an entertaining hour of television that furthered our characters toward next weeks episode where we will have a copycat killer that seems to be invoking nightmares of Hoyt for Jane. Just when we thought we were rid of him, could he come back? Tune in next week to find out!