In Rizzoli & Isles 6×15, Korsak and Kiki got engaged, everybody broke the first rule of Fear Club, and Jane acknowledged Maura’s scalpel skills. Read on for our recap of Rizzoli & Isles 6×15, “Scared to Death.”
Rings & silver linings
In last week’s premiere episode of Rizzoli & Isles 6B, creepy psychiatrist Joe went off the deep end by abducting Maura to get back at Jane. The good news? Jane shot him dead. The bad news? He has an accomplice who’s still out there. The second of last week’s double dollop of R&I saw both Jane and Maura on edge as they grappled with this reality, and the looming threat persists in this week’s episode. In fact, the first conversation we hear between Jane and Maura in Rizzoli & Isles 6×15 involves Jane backing out of the deal that would have secured her a new condo because her previous one was set on fire and she fears for the safety of any potential new neighbors. Instead, Jane’s going to continue to stay at brother Frankie’s apartment, so she can put his neighbors in danger instead. What? I don’t get it either. Maura comes up with a counter-offer: a (free-standing) town house. Is she finally asking Jane to move in with her? Nope, just volunteering a professor friend’s house for Jane to sub-let.
Maura: “And it’s a block from me!”
Jane: “Ehhh… that means it’s a block away from Ma, too.”
Jane, you need to get better at seeing silver linings.
Speaking of Mama Rizzoli, Angela appears with news: Korsak is going to propose to his life coach-turned-girlfriend Kiki. Who would’ve thought a Rizzles wedding would be superseded by a Korki wedding? (Their ship name is still a work in progress – mail me your ideas on a postcard.) As Angela tries on the ring, Jane and Maura get tandem phone calls summoning them to a crime scene, which means viewers get the patented “Rizzoli!” “Isles!” we’ve all been waiting for. Just a couple of small issues: Maura is impressively – and hilariously – horrendous at hiding the fact that she knows Korsak’s secret, and Angela can’t get the ring off her finger…
Guns vs. scalpels
As they head to the crime scene, Maura delves into why Jane doesn’t seem entirely happy about the impending nuptials.
Maura: “You’re worried if he gets married, things will change.”
Jane: “Things WILL change. He’ll be married, he’ll be happy, and then he’ll leave the force.”
Maura: “You don’t know that.”
Maura: “At least you have me.”
Jane: “Yeah, but you don’t carry a gun.”
Maura: “No, but I am fantastic with a scalpel.”
Jane: “Very true.”
And Jane prefers scalpels to guns any day of the week, wink wink.
Oh, right, there’s a woman’s murder to solve. The crime scene is an abandoned warehouse that seems eerily reminiscent of the dilapidated old mental hospital where Maura was held by psycho psychiatrist Joe, and although Jane quickly offers to bring in Kent as the M.E. on the case instead, Maura declines, claiming to be fine. Further exploration reveals an improvised torture chamber, some blood (later determined to be fake), the DNA of a mystery woman who isn’t their victim, a bloody boot print from a man’s shoe, and a digital encryption key linked to a local bank manager. When Jane and Korsak speak with the bank manager, he reveals that the warehouse hosted a Fear Club gathering the previous weekend. What’s the Fear Club? As the banker phrases it, “You buy a ticket, they scare the hell out of you.” As Jane phrases it, “A haunted house on steroids.” Well, I didn’t expect to be dusting off my Halloween puns in February, but that sounds spooktacular – except for the part where a person died for real.
Needless to say, Jane’s not a fan, declaring “There’s enough horrible things out there; I don’t need to pay for the fake stuff.” That being said, she does permit herself a small smile after Korsak gets startled by the special effects on the club’s website, then she and Korsak have some fun by exploiting Frankie’s fear of spiders right before Frankie goes to a Fear Club event undercover. Oh, those Rizzolis. It turns out that their victim, Daniella, was on the Fear Club staff, and she interrupted a very real attack on preschool director Karen by a former janitor at the school. In a nail-biting showdown, Jane shoots the perpetrator after she and Frankie almost shoot each other. As R&I writer Jeremy Svenson observed:
If Frankie & Jane shot each other just then, Angela would have to be the "Rizzoli" in #RizzoliandIsles
— Jeremy Svenson (@jeremysvenson) February 24, 2016
As for the ongoing case involving Jane as a victim rather than a detective, Jane’s having a hard time staying uninvolved in what her colleagues are doing. “He’ll make a mistake, and you’ll be there to catch him,” Maura assures her, but she’s frustrated. Apparently the computer science professor Nina turned to was able to identify a signature in the work of the person who hacked into Jane’s bank account, and Korsak dispatches Nina to speak to one of the victims. It’s Nina’s first real foray into field work since moving to Boston from Chicago after her boyfriend was killed in the line of duty, and it’s a success! She gets a name, not to mention a couple of endearing bonding scenes with Korsak. Korsak and Nina bring their suspect in, and Jane watches from behind the glass of the interrogation room as they fail to find any connection to Jane’s case. It seems the hacker was simply hired for his talents. Maura draws upon her recollections from the time she was abducted and says she believes Joe’s accomplice is older than the hacker, based on the tone Joe used to speak to his partner on the phone.
Remember that whole “Maura’s fine! Who else is fine?” routine at the crime scene? When Angela walks in on Maura researching PTSD, the M.E. admits she’s not doing as well as she’d like people to believe.
Maura: “Please don’t say anything to Jane. I don’t want her worrying about me.”
Angela: “Like you could ever stop her.”
(I’m convinced Angela’s been waiting for Jane and Maura to get together since they hugged at the Massachusetts Marathon finish line in season 1, but that’s just me.)
Shitty moments & happy endings
As Rizzoli & Isles 6×15 winds down, Korsak tells Jane he’s planning to propose to Kiki and admits he was concerned to share the news.
Korsak: “I wanted to tell you, I just… I thought talking about my marriage proposal was insensitive [because of] all the stuff that was going on. Maura’s kidnapping, the attacks on you…”
Jane: “What, so you’re worried about being happy? How are we supposed to get through the shitty moments in life if we don’t have the happy ones to balance them out?”
I kind of want to cross-stitch that second sentence of Jane’s on a pillow, but I don’t know how to cross-stitch.
Anyway, there’s much debate about how the proposal should go, with Jane in favor of Fenway Park during a Red Sox game while Maura’s thinking champagne and a string quartet. Hopefully they’re both taking notes for the inevitable Rizzles proposal, but in the meantime, Korsak simply asks Kiki at the Dirty Robber as their friends and colleagues applaud.
Before I go, here’s a cool factoid for ya: The girl Jane busted for conning Nina (and eventually half the police department) into buying “raffle tickets” (read: helping her save money for a puppy) was Angie Harmon’s real-life daughter, Avery Grace Sehorn. Two more facts: Avery’s sisters’ names are similarly spiritual (Finley Faith and Emery Hope), and the family actually does have a puppy. Do I know too much about Angie Harmon? Probably.
What did you think of Rizzoli & Isles 6×15?