I’m a week late on this recap of “Rizzoli & Isles,” and the truth is, I kept putting it off because this is the first episode after we learned of the death of star Lee Thompson Young. It’s just so sad when someone so young, with their whole life ahead of them, takes their own life. One of those things that just makes no sense, and proves that you never know what’s going on beneath the surface of someone.
At the end of the episode, they showed a couple of photos of Lee and gave a little tribute: “In loving memory of Lee Thompson Young, 1984 to 2013.” It made me weepy. He was just 29…
The ep started with an ominous scene of someone duct-taped and being tortured. Meanwhile, Maura is trying to tune Jane into the health aspects of quinoa (a relative of tumbleweed!), and they’re prepping for a three-day symposium centered on a four-year case where the killer tried to kill Jane more than once.
Dr. Nolan (Jessica Tuck, who played Megan Gordon on “One Life to Live”) is a writer who wrote a book on serial killers. And she’s at the symposium, where they re-enact the crime scene. Only this time, the “body” turns out to be a real murder victim, and everyone there, including the cops, is suddenly a suspect.
The victim died two hours earlier, and by the looks of things, the killer apparently read Nolan’s book.
Maura is nervous about Jane staying by herself (I am, too!), but Jane goes home, checks over her place, and then has a nightmare about the killer (which didn’t seem like a nightmare at first!). She tells Maura the next day she’s afraid she has PTSD. Maura suggests Imagery Rehearsal Therapy – replay the dream with a different ending. Hmmm… will have to try that the next time I wake up freaked out by a nasty dream!
There’s another body found at the college campus (was this episode sponsored by Apple? Because a couple of iPads pop up here and there to help solve the crime), and the crew links it to a string of murders starting back in 1988.
I had a feeling Nolan was involved, and sure enough, it was her and her son (!) who were the killers, and Nolan had even killed her parents after being raped by her prominent father way back when. If I’m reading this episode right, her son was actually her father’s son. Someone correct me if I’m wrong on that.
When Nolan takes Korsak hostage, she and her son torture him and plan to kill him. But Korsak starts telling her son not to do everything she says, and he gets lippy with her, and she ends up shooting him! Model mom there.
And of course, Jane bursts in, shoots Nolan and rescues Korsak. It’s a fitting end because Korsak rescued Jane when she was held by the killer featured in the symposium.
Your thoughts on this episode of “Rizzoli & Isles”? Jessica Tuck has sure had a long career of guest-spot appearances, hasn’t she?