On this week’s episode of Rizzoli & Isles, entitled “I Am A Good Girl,” one overarching theme ran rampant: family equals drama. Early on, our beloved, albeit troubled, Tommy Rizzoli (Colin Egglesfield) anxiously readies for the christening of his son, TJ. As always, the Rizzoli clan is all present, Maura (Sasha Alexander) included, and fighting ensues over who gets to carry the baby to the car. As dramatic and flawed as they are, nothing quite brings them together like TJ. Once at the church, the drama continues as Lydia (Alexandra Holden) invites her brand new fiancée to TJ’s christening, claiming that he has a right to be there. Stuart (who hilariously goes by “Strawberry”) brings even more tension that can only be broken by a dead body. Maura’s nose detects the odor of death like a bomb-sniffing dog, making her social awkwardness interrupt what could have been a lovely family moment.
Having unearthed the body swimming in a tub of agricultural lye, Jane (Angie Harmon) and Maura head back to the morgue to look it over. Meanwhile, across town, Tommy panics about losing his son to a man with a fruit for a nickname due to not filing custody papers. Frankie (Jordan Bridges) tells Tommy there are some things Jane can’t fix before he goes to help with the case, conspiring to get Tommy and Lydia together before Strawberry takes her and the baby away to Abilene to live in a house full of puppies, kitties and babies. When Lydia shows up to the precinct per Frankie’s prompting, Maura and Jane play the guilt card and try to make her see how horrible it would be to take TJ away from Tommy without being obvious. The result, however, is an unplanned girls night under the lie that Jane is being transferred. Nothing is ever easy or straight forward with Rizzoli and Isles.
In the background of the family drama, the victim turns out to be the daughter of a woman who works in a factory nearby. Upon talking to her, we come to find out that this girl was targeted by the Four Corners gang and branded by their leader. However, she was pregnant when she died, leading the police to question whether or not she had a boyfriend seeing as the child is clearly not the gang leader’s. Later in the episode, the mother shows up with a bag with something she found in her daughter’s closet in it. The Moorestown sweatshirt leads the police back to the grounds of the church. The son of the groundskeeper was in love with the victim. When the police bring him in for questioning, he attempts to hang himself in the interrogation room.
While Frost (Lee Thompson Young) and Korsak (Bruce McGill) seem content with the suicide – meaning the kid was guilty – Jane is not convinced. They find their killer in the father, the groundskeeper of the church, who wouldn’t let the victim get his son killed for love. He strangled the victim with his own rosary before depositing her in the baptismal font and dousing her with agricultural lye from the shed, which happens to be what got him caught. Justice is served.
Back at Casa Isles, Tommy is returning from a walk with Jo Friday (Paxton the dog) just as Lydia is dropping off TJ so that she and Strawberry can go to his big going away party. Upon inhaling Jo Friday’s puppy dog scent, Strawberry erupts into a fit of sneezes and has to leave. His parting words, “take a shower and call me” make Lydia cringe more than his lack of ability to have lots of puppies and kitties in their home. Maura and Jane convince her that they will still watch TJ if she “wanted to go do something” which sends her and Tommy off on a walk. Perhaps young love will prevail after all.
Join us next week as we find out just what has sent Maura off to the clink, and whether or not Jane can solve the case before prison gets too rough.