In this week’s installment of Rizzoli & Isles, the past seems to be repeating itself and bringing buried memories to the surface. As our heroines, Det. Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) prepare to give a presentation at a law enforcement symposium featuring the work of Charles Hoyt, it become painfully obvious that while hidden, Jane’s memories still haunt her even with Hoyt dead. As the symposium begins, it is quickly discovered by our dynamic duo that the two posed dead bodies are indeed real dead bodies. This turns the tables. Suddenly, the police are the suspects.
As Jane returns to her apartment for some much needed rest, her brain plays tricks on her. As she sleeps, she dreams of a little boy about to strangle a puppy and a sinister Hoyt egging him on. Startling awake, she goes to Maura and asks about PTSD. Anyone with a pulse who had gone through what she had would have mild if not more PTSD, it would be no surprise. While the markers in the murder look like Hoyt, one thing stands out: burn marks on all of the victims as the copycat’s calling card. This is not Charles Hoyt.
The pinnacle question of the episode comes from Maura as she sits at dinner with a seemingly upset Dr. Nolan: “why play out someone else’s fantasy?” Why indeed. Det. Korsak (Bruce McGill) takes Dr. Nolan to his home to continue their discussion as he feeds his dog who is nursing pups, and Jane and Maura tackle Nolan’s taped interviews of the serial killers. Jane chooses to take Hoyt’s and in the process notices the critical clue that leads them to the killer: Dr. Nolan. With teddy bear Korsak tied up in his basement, Nolan and her son (conceived from being repeatedly raped by her own father) begin to explain things. After Jack was taken from her at the age of fourteen, she found him and taught him how to kill as the men she admired killed. She blames Korsak for preventing Hoyt from becoming as great as he could have been, however, before anything can happen, Det. Frost (Lee Thompson Young) and Jane stop her.
With Korsak relatively unharmed, our lovely family of mismatched misfits sit on Korsak’s porch sipping on beer and cuddling puppies. While no one mourns the wicked, millions mourn with the cast and crew of Rizzoli & Isles this week. With the news that Lee Thompson Young took his own life earlier this week, this episode is bitter sweet. He was an extremely talented actor praised for his kindness and he will be deeply missed by all of us. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends in this time of grief.