Rizzoli & Isles “Home Town Glory” Review

I thought the fact that Maura convinced Jane to buy a purse and shoes was a pretty unexpected way to kick off this week’s episode of Rizzoli & Isles . . . until we saw Angela.

Recognizing that Lydia was struggling and in serious need of help, Angela decided to throw the mother-to-be a baby shower. Angela appeared to spare no expense as she’d accumulated quite an impressive spread for Lydia. Of course, Jane and Maura got called away to investigate a crime before they could clue Angela in on some very important missing details about Lydia.

This week’s crime was personal for the Rizzoli family. The victim, Shane, was not only a boy band member – he was one of Frankie’s good friends. Although I figured Shane was not doing drugs again, I was happy that Frankie’s faith in him was well deserved as evidenced by the results of his tox screen.

Back to Angela and the secret of Lydia’s pregnancy . . .

It turned out that Lydia had no idea which of the Rizzoli men fathered her unborn child. I guess we were supposed to find consolation in the fact that Lydia was absolutely certain that only Frank or Tommy could be the father. Okay. I loved Jane’s reaction. You may suspect you know all the facts but you’re still not prepared for your suspicions to be confirmed.

Lydia may not have known the identify of her child’s father but she knew exactly who Angela was she rear-ended her car. Wow. After hearing Frank rave about Angela’s great parenting skills, Lydia was determined to meet her so that she could learn from her. I had to rewind the scene several times just to confirm that’s actually what she said. So creepy and so odd. I loved Jane’s disgust at Maura and Lydia bonding over a store they both liked at the mall, which happened to be Lydia’s happy place.

As soon as Lydia promised not to tell Angela that she had slept with her son and ex-husband, the shocking reveal was imminent. It was only appropriate that the crap hit the fan during the shower. Angela put on quite the festive affair considering there were only four guests in attendance. My heart broke for her as she went from the joy of expecting a grandchild to the anger of realizing that Lydia was the woman that prompted Frank’s need for an annulment. Things got even worse for Angela once she realized that both Jane and Maura had been hiding the truth from her, or as Maura put it the two “avoided a specific set of facts.” The entire scene was so well acted.

I love Maura. I too felt horrible for Lydia when we saw the dire home situation to which she was returning. Who the hell is Jed?

Speaking of heartbreaking, it was pretty sad to learn that Shane’s brothers killed him to boost sales and make a quick buck. Thankfully, things ended up on a slightly brighter note as Angela decided to stick around at Maura’s instead of moving in with cousin Theresa and her dirty bathrooms. Was I the only one who got a little teary as Frankie, Jane and Maura gave Angela a much needed pep talk? So sweet.

Another great episode of Rizzoli & Isles! I can’t believe the season finale is a mere two weeks away and it looks like Maura is in trouble – again. What did you think of “Home Town Glory?” Sound off below!

About The Author

Jocelyn, a Southern transplant to Philadelphia, was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. To sum up her obsession about television, she is reminded of something Homer Simpson once said "I was raised in front of the TV and I turned out TV." Although not actually raised in front of the TV, she does hail from a family that loves a good show and looks forward to her weekly phone pow wows with her mom about the latest episode of "Boardwalk Empire." If you stop by her apartment on a rainy weekend, she may subject you to an impromptu marathon of one of her favorite shows no longer on the air such as "Rome" or "The Wire." Despite the convenience of Netflix and Hulu, she still loves to own her favorite shows on DVD so that she can listen to commentary and enjoy interactive features. Although passionate about television, she still loves a good non-fiction book and in a perfect world, finds a way to intersect the two. After watching "Rome," she read four books on the Roman Empire and has three more to go. She loved "The Tudors" so much that she read five books on The Tudor Dynasty.

  • Znc

    I really liked the episode too bad the played it during the womens gymnastics because it lost some of its viewers but I am sure TNT expected that especially with the huge record setting ratings night the Olympics had.

  • ptjackson

     I liked this episode too, and I’ll bet many folks did what I did, which was to tape it and watch it later in the week.

    While it was creepy that Lydia rear-ended Angela, in a way I can
    understand her desperation to want to learn good parenting skills – she
    is in a way to be admired for wanting to break the cycle of bad
    parenting seen in her mom.

    And, yes, I too was teary at the pep talk – shows the love in this family despite the ups and downs!