Given that last week’s episode centered on such a heavy theme, Rizzoli & Isles 5×03 proved a welcome relief. Sure, there’s still murder, but some touching scenes involving Jane, her family and her colleagues help balance everything out. Read on for our recap of Rizzoli & Isles 5×03, “Too Good to Be True”:
During the first interaction between Jane and Maura in Rizzoli & Isles 5×03, Jane says the only person she trusts with the knowledge that she’s pregnant is Maura. Of course, Maura chooses this moment to reveal that Jane’s busybody mother, Angela, has already figured it out – then she promptly flees the room.
Jane swears both Maura and Angela to secrecy, claiming she doesn’t want to be put on desk duty. When Angela inquires why that would be so bad, Jane answers, “I’m a cop,” to which Angela responds, “You’re about to be a mother too.” This was a great tie-back to the opening of the season, when Jane had a nightmare that depicted her in both roles.
News travels fast
Although Angela agrees not to share Jane’s news with anybody, Jane soon doubts she kept her word when Frankie starts acting strangely chivalrous. She confronts her mother, who argues, “Frankie isn’t anybody, he’s your brother.”
Of course, Angela’s other son, Tommy, is also in the loop. He in turn shares the news with his AA group, and by the end of the episode, Jane has told Korsak as well.
Now that almost everyone has the scoop, Jane summons the nerve to talk to the baby’s father, Casey, whose marriage proposal she rejected at the end of season four. After going over the conversational index cards Maura helped her put together, she tells him about the pregnancy via Skype.
The next morning, Jane reports that the conversation went “fine,” but the fact that she’s pregnant is finally sinking in and she’s freaking out. Angela reassures her, telling her, “Fear is normal; it keeps us on our toes.” Mama Rizzoli wisdom: There’s nothing quite like it.
Oh, yeah, this is a crime show…
Remember that murder we mentioned earlier? Aside from all the pregnancy drama, Jane’s also dealing with a puzzling case. What begins as a body found in a wooded area near a freshly dug grave turns into a hunt for a predator who’s been luring men to their deaths via online job ads.
Using information from the roommate of a missing person thought to have been entrapped by the scheme, the investigators recover another body. By submitting a fake online application and using some computer mojo that the dearly departed Det. Frost would surely have been able to execute ten times faster, they identify a man who met with their perp – and lived. A BOLO is put out on the suspect’s vehicle, and it’s only a matter of time before Jane’s chasing the man through the woods. She wins their shootout – but takes a nasty fall in the process.
Throughout most of the episode, Jane doesn’t take kindly to Maura fussing over her – especially when the M.E. tries to police what she eats (“I was just eating a cupcake; I didn’t mean it as a hostile act!”) But after the incident in the woods and talking to the roommate of one of the victims, Jane realizes she needs to accept Maura’s good will.
Jane: I realized I have to let you help me with this baby.
Maura: Wow, it’s not easy for you to ask for help.
Jane: I can’t do this alone.
Maura: Nobody can. It takes a village, and your family and me? We are happy to be your village.
Revelation of the week: It turns out Senior Criminalist Susie Chang went to art school, while Korsak recorded an album before becoming a cop. (Actor Bruce McGill is an accomplished guitarist in real life, and according to executive producer Jan Nash, we’ll be treated to his musical stylings later in the season.)
Gone but not forgotten: Although Detective Barry Frost was laid to rest in last week’s episode, he wasn’t forgotten in Rizzoli & Isles 5×03. When Korsak produces a file with the names of potential replacements for Frost, as sent down by the higher-ups, Jane protests, saying he’s “irreplaceable.”
Nash told TV Guide that although a new character will join the cast in Rizzoli & Isles 5×08, his introduction will be handled delicately.
He will fill that role of some of Frost’s facilities, like computers, but he’s not replacing him. We’re not talking too much about that right now. There is no replacing Lee.
What did you think of Rizzoli & Isles 5×03?