How many times would you say a body (or, in the case of Rizzoli & Isles 5×14, a body part) has been discovered because a guy and a girl ventured somewhere isolated, the guy enthusiastically and the girl hesitantly? It may not be original, but that’s how this episode begins. Read on for our recap of Rizzoli & Isles 5×14.
In this particular scenario, the “somewhere isolated” is the beach; the boy wants to swim in the ocean, and the girl… not so much. The girl flips him off (are you allowed to do that on TNT?) but the boy dives in anyway and throws a floating sneaker at her. Plot twist: The sneaker turns out to have a severed foot inside. He’s going to have to take her on a whole lot of romantic dinners to make up for that.
All Josh Groban, all the time
Over at the Dirty Robber, Jane and Maura are trying to convince its new owner – none other than Korsak – that the bar needs a theme to tie it together. Hey, speaking of romantic dinners, have you noticed how much time the two of them spend there?
Jane: Switch it up – like, one week do ’80s hair bands and the next week do Southern rock.
Maura: You know, I think a little consistency would be better. Like all Josh Groban, all the time.
Jane: I like it. That way, the bar would be consistently empty; we would always have seats.
Korsak isn’t sold on either idea, but he does promise they’ll always have seats. I knew he was a Rizzles shipper.
Although Korsak is embarking on a new phase of life, Angela‘s efforts to do the same aren’t working out quite as well. Specifically, she’s sent out 37 resumes and still doesn’t have a job. As she bemoans her situation, Jane and Maura are saved by the bell – or, should we say, their ringtones. They do their cute little “Rizzoli!” “Isles!” tandem-phone-answering thing, and this time there’s a bonus “Korsak!” from behind them. Duty calls: There’s a mystery afoot. (Get it?)
At the beach, Maura helpfully volunteers the fact that everyone’s feet are “detachable, kinda” while Jane gazes at her incredulously. Members of the press are quick to arrive at the scene and even quicker to spin the discovery into a “serial murderer dumping body parts in Boston Harbor,” but Jane summarily ignores their questions. She does have one of her own, though – who tipped them off?
Back at the lab, Maura determines that the foot was sawed off and the sneaker is a professional running shoe. In the BRIC, Frankie and Nina are pulling up images of all body parts that washed up in the area over the past 10 years. Nina mentions the fact that 11 different feet have washed up on the shores of British Columbia, Canada, since 2007. Want to know something creepy? That fact actually is a fact – and according to Idara Victor, who plays Nina, it served as the inspiration for the case in Rizzoli & Isles 5×14. Spooky.
& torso makes two…
Just then, there’s news: Another body part has been found, and the detectives rush to its location. “It’s illegal to cast off the pier,” Korsak notes, referring to the way the next piece of the gruesome puzzle was discovered by a fisherman. “He caught us a torso – maybe we’ll let it slide,” Jane retorts. The press show up again, confirming there’s a leak in the department.
Back at the Robber, Angela bonds with the woman delivering Blue Moon to the bar (glad to see that MillerCoors product placement deal is still going strong). When the woman describes the man in her life as perfect, Angela retorts, “Lewis is a man? Yeah, well, then he’s not perfect.” Lucky her daughter’s dating Maura, then.
Later in the episode, Angela – who’s still jobless, remember – gives advice to a man planning to propose to his girlfriend. He describes incorporating the ring into a Rube Goldberg-esque contraption, exclaiming, “It’ll be like the OK Go video!” Angela stares him down before deadpanning, “OK, no.” Later, the man comes back to sing her praises to Korsak. …Anyone see where this is going? Spoiler alert: By the end of the episode, she’s officially working as the Robber’s new bartender. Surprise!
Meanwhile, in the parking garage, a Volkswagen Thing is in Korsak’s spot, and he’s not happy about it. Jane determines from the car’s contents that the vehicle belongs to forensic artist Chip, a.k.a. @ChipOnTNT. Oh, and remember the leak in the department? Turns out that was Chip’s doing too. Jane takes him to task – and given his description of Korsak as an “angry bear guy,” he’s not having a good day.
A torsopsy with a twist
Jane joins Maura for the autopsy of the torso (torsopsy?), but the routine procedure becomes anything but when the two women smell almonds – the telltale scent of cyanide. Fun fact: The ability to smell cyanide is genetic, and although many people don’t have it, Maura and Jane both do, which means they’re made for each other. For now, though, they’re just being made to sequester themselves in Maura’s office until the autopsy room is decontaminated.
One decontamination later, and Maura comes to a startling conclusion: The torso and the foot don’t belong to the same person. Looks like the press may not have been entirely off-base with the serial murderer theory after all. Moreover, the owner of the torso had a degenerative disease that necessitated a titanium rod to be inserted in his spine. The rod has a serial number, which means the torso owner has a name. Korsak follows up with the victim’s parents and finds out that the young man was under the influence of a faith-healing doctor. He heads to the doctor’s office with Jane and Frankie, where they find an intense sound system setup, a selection of CDs to “heal” different afflictions using sound waves, and… oh, yeah, blood, which Maura determines is from both the foot and the torso.
Jane and Frankie speak to one of the doctor’s patients, who describes being recruited on the way home from the pharmacy by a man who referred to himself only as “Dr. Murray‘s assistant.” They do a little digging and find out the assistant’s name is Bob Burke – but is it too late? When they show up at his house, there’s an ambulance crew on scene, but the assistant manages to detail how the doctor began to believe his own hype and think of himself as a god. That usually ends well… and as for what’s ailing him, Jane smells almonds.
Cut to the Dirty Robber. Maura shows up ready for her date with Jane but gets a two-for-one deal on Rizzolis, both of whom are wearing scrubs while their clothes get decontaminated. Frankie’s soon distracted by a pretty girl and wanders off, and given that Jane’s now been exposed to cyanide twice in a short period of time, Maura recommends that she flush out her system. They summarily order drinks.
Over at the hospital, Jane talks to Bob some more. The assistant details that Dr. Murray worked miracles – except in the cases of two patients who didn’t respond to treatment. Guess whose body parts ended up in the ocean? Bob recounts how the doctor forced cyanide down his throat after he refused to help cover up the murders – but is he telling the truth? Jane and Korsak find a single running shoe at the house of Dr. Murray that turns the case on its head. Could Murray be the victim, not the killer? But why would Burke poison himself with cyanide? Maura has the answer: He didn’t. He smelled like almond because he swallowed almond extract, not cyanide.
Frankie rushes to the hospital and finds the guard appointed to watch over Burke trussed up in Burke’s bed, with no sign of the killer or the guard’s uniform. Uh-oh. The hapless Frankie puts the hospital on lockdown, but lets Burke walk right through the front door. Luckily, his colleagues are a little more tenured, and Jane and Korsak soon take Burke into custody outside.
At the Robber, Angela serves drinks while Maura, Jane, Korsak and Frankie discuss the case. Then, bizarrely, Chip shows up to thank Jane for getting him fired, claiming he hated being a forensic artist and he’s finally publishing the comic book he’s been working on – which just so happens to feature a heroine who strongly resembles Jane. “That’s a lotta lotta cleavage,” Mama Rizzoli comments. Maura refrains from mentioning her girlfriend’s endowments in public, sticking to a safer assessment of “It looks a lot like you.” Korsak declares that they’re going to have to keep the comic book out of the prisons, but it’s Maura who has the final word, telling Jane, “You’re gonna have a lot of fans.”
What did you think of Rizzoli & Isles 5×14?