Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rizzoli & Isles - 6.13 - Hide and Seek - Preview

Rizzoli & Isles returns this Tuesday, Feb. 16 
at 9/8 C on TNT.

Previously on Rizzoli & Isles, Jane's apartment was burned down due to what they thought was faulty wiring. However when a case takes Jane and Maura to Los Angeles and back, they realize that instead her apartment was deliberately targeted by a stalker with Jane in his or her sights. When another clue makes them think Jane is in imminent danger, she is given a bodyguard against her protests and benched to desk duty, which she hates even more. When the countdown ends with nothing happening, Jane realizes they misinterpreted the clues. Instead of sending a time, the stalker actually sent a verse and the penal code for kidnapping. Frantic that her mother might be in danger, they all converge on a baffled Angela who was about to take a bath. Little do they know that the target is not Angela but Maura. Receiving a bogus homicide call, Maura goes out to do her job but instead gets kidnapped.

Picking up right where the last episode left off, Maura is no damsel in distress. She puts up one heck of a fight, but in the end the kidnapper is successful. She wakes handcuffed to a pipe in an abandoned building just outside of Boston proper. From this point on it's up to her to use her smarts to give herself a fighting shot at survival, leading to some of the best scenes of the episode. Things are a bit slower pacing-wise on the police station front. Even with everyone working together, they still must slog through lots of paperwork and examine all the evidence. With her best friend's life on the line, Jane's frustration is palpable but it leads to some of the more poignant moments, including a Jane monologue to someone unexpected and the return of someone that surprised me. While I wish they had spent a little more time on Maura and less on the procedural elements, this is a great return for Rizzoli & Isles and I'm confident fans will be pleased.

Grade: B+

Biggest Hint - the kidnapper is someone we already know
Best Reason to Watch - the storyline is far more complicated than just one stalker/kidnapper, which should lead to a great plotline for this season
Best Scene - Maura fights back and…
Best Character Interaction - Korsak and Jane
Best Call - Korsak for realizing the black smudge is actually important
Best Way to End - on a laugh, even if not everyone thinks it's funny
Best Return - ?????
Worst Technology - spoofing
Most Important Girl Scout Rule - always take a buddy, which is why they need another officer for these things
Most Useful Accessory - a belt
Most Improved Character - Kent
Most Insightful Conversation - Jane and…
Most Competent / Smartest Cookie in the Bunch - Maura
Most Creepy - old mental hospitals / tunnels
Biggest Question - What is the reason behind any of this?
Biggest Fan Pleasing Scene - the ending emotional scene
Hardest Job - Angela who has to…
Favorite Child - Jane this week because she gets the homemade brownies

Best Quotes -

"How about we work more, randomly theorize less?" "Fair enough."
"I really don't want to hit you again. It seems unsporting, you being tied up and all."
"Is that a fact?" "Yeah." "Well you can take your fact and shove it up your…"
"It's not a witch. It's not a Big Bad Wolf. It's just some jacka** that we've got to get to before he hurts Maura."
"Thank you." "For what? Doing my job?"
"This is not your fault. How could you possibly anticipate that someone would lure Maura into a trap? You were just protecting the most vulnerable person in your circle." "And Maura…" "Is strong, she's smart, she is capable. She will do her part. Now we have to do our part, alright?"
"This isn't over." "It's over for now."
"We work in silence."
"Why me? Why me?" "Why not?"
"You know I worked so hard to deal with my feelings about your job. I just didn't know I was supposed to be dealing with my feelings for her job too."

Check out Rizzoli & Isles this Tuesday on TNT at 9/8 C.

Screencaps by TNT, Talk About Telefilm, and Coub.

About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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