Rizzoli & Isles
Tuesday, May 20 @ 8:00PM (ET)

Those who’ve read my books know that they are dark and intense, with not much humor. So it was fun to watch how this episode combined such quirky humor with a serious serial killer story. A series of recent stranglings makes Jane and Maura wonder if the Boston Strangler might still be alive and killing again. Eerily enough, the new series of victims have the same names as the Strangler's earlier victims. A retired homicide detective, played by the distinguished Brian Dennehy, tells Jane that he never believed they imprisoned the real strangler. And Jane begins to wonder if he might be right.

I had quite a few laugh-out-loud moments in this one, the first during Maura’s disastrous date, when she can’t stop herself from playing doctor and diagnosing the man who’s invited her to dinner. Another was when a suspect’s elderly mom confronts the three detectives and starts spewing every sexist and racist insult she can hurl at the cops – not what you expect to come out of a sweet little granny’s mouth.

We get a deeper glimpse at what makes Jane tick when Dennehy asks Jane why she’s a cop. And she gives him the simple, heartfelt answer: she loves her job, and she will never give it up. This is a woman who won’t sacrifice that part of her life, not for anyone. (Yay, Jane!)

And when Jane’s old childhood nemesis (Donnie Wahlberg) strides back into her life to torment her yet again, you know that fireworks are ahead for the two of them.

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