Thursday, July 21, 2011

What I’m Watching: Rizzoli & Isles

Rizzoli & Isles: Season 2, Episode 2 “Living Proof” (B)

Perhaps I was a bit too enthusiastic about this show’s return last week, but I think that’s because the premiere was a much stronger episode than this show usually offers. The spa trip at the start of this episode was amusing, and it turned out to be quite convenient that Maura was there to be able to save the baby while the mother unfortunately didn’t make it. With the father at sea and the mother not actually the biological mother, things got plenty complicated as the adoptive parents showed up in addition to the biological parents. The addition of another nurse and a con man that plays doctor and adoption lawyer made things even messier, but I suppose there’s a greater value to these storylines for the way that they impact our main characters and help to draw out some of their less prominently-displayed traits and interests. Maura’s maternal nature is one instance of that, as is some form of relief for Angela, who had way too much time on her hands. Angela’s yard sale at Jane’s house proved quite entertaining, and I most enjoyed the fighting over the action figure from Maura, Barry, and Frankie. Frankie shadowing Vince is an interesting way of incorporating an otherwise tangential character more directly into the regular plot. I enjoyed seeing the differences in the way the detectives work, with Barry accusing Vince of old-school probably cause tactics while Jane just strolls right in without even bothering to make up any kind of reason.

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