Are you a fan of the TNT television show Rizzoli & Isles? I’m fairly new to the show. I missed the first season, but earlier this month I caught a season 2 marathon and I feel caught up and fairly prepared for season three. Oh .. and of course as I watched all those season two episodes I pretty much fell in love with the show and it’s characters.
Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, RIZZOLI & ISLES stars Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry and strong working relationship that has helped them bust some of Boston’s most notorious criminals.
The Season Two finale left me with a lot of questions that I hope will be answered in the upcoming season.
The finale begins with a warehouse fire that kills a firefighter. Jane and Maura must investigate whether it was arson or an accident. As Maura starts asking questions it seems someone is becoming nervous. Maura and her mother and out walking after dinner and a car speeds down the street and hits Maura’s mother Constance (played by Jacqueline Bissett). Maura turns to Jane when her mother is injured – unknowingly interrupting a reunion of sorts of Jane and FBI agent Gabriel Dean (played by Billy Burke).
Constance Isles is quite severely injured and Maura is very upset. Jane continues the arson investigation and surprise – Paddy Doyle shows up in the hospital to make sure that Maura and her mother are ok. This is where I begin to wonder if Paddy knows Mauras mother? Paddy tries to tell Maura that he’s there to make sure she’s safe and I presume to warn her that the hit and run might have been aimed at her but she’s not really interested in talking to her criminal father. He even offered to tell her who her real mother was but she said Constance was her real mother.
As it turns out the hit and run and the warehouse fire are connected. The fire was arson and the firefighter was murdered as Jane and later Maura’s investigation begins to prove. It turns out that cough syrup was thrown at the firefighter and that caused his mask to flare up.
Jane tells Gabriel that Paddy is in town but asks him not to try to arrest him. She knows Paddy is protecting Maura. He agrees to not take any actions.
Later, when they figure out that one of the firefighters from the same unit as the dead fighter fighter was the arsonist and the driver in the hit and run attack on Maura and her mother Maura agrees to go under cover and meet him in the burned out warehouse to discuss some of her findings. Jane and frost are there to back up Maura and unbeknownst to Jane so is Agent Dean! Shortly after Maura begins to walk around the burned out warehouse the fireman shows up and says to her that she shouldn’t have come alone and he pulls out a gun. He says he was committing the fires because of budget cuts and now that she’s on to him he’s going to have to get rid of her.
That’s when the camera pans upward and we see Paddy standing on a walkway above. He pulls out a gun and shoots at the fireman. Agent Dean then shoots Paddy, Paddy shoots Dean and then Jane shoots Paddy … Paddy falls from the walkway to the ground. Is he dead? Probably not but he’s severely injured.
Maura runs to her fathers side and tries to help him. Jane tries to come near to help as well but Maura is devastated and tells Jane to get away.
Is this the end of their friendship? Can it be repaired? Will Paddy live? What is Paddy trying to tell Maura as he lies on the ground? It sounds like “hope”? Is Maura’s adoptive mother really her birth mother or does she know her birth mother? So many questions to be answered in the new season! Rizzoli & Isles returns for season 3. All new Tuesdays 9/8c on TNT. Episode one premiered on June 5th. If you missed the first episode I’m sure you can catch it On Demand at your cable company.
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