First of all, I would be remiss if I didn’t start out my review with a nod to the untimely passing of supporting actor Lee Thompson Young, aka Detective Barry Frost. To many, he was chiefly known as the star of Disney’s “The Famous Jett Jackson” in the title role, but his resume also included any number of genre-oriented shows I watched as well, including the short-lived “The Event” and “FlashForward,” as well as movies like “Friday Night Lights” and “The Hills Have Eyes 2.”
He seemed like a genuinely nice guy, and sadly joins the list of yet another actor that died way too soon, in light of the recent passing of “Glee”-star Cory Monteith. That he died by his own hand is unfathomably sad, and I truly wish his family the best during this trying time. Although his character didn’t play a huge part in this particular episode of “Rizzoli & Isles,” my hope is that he will have a chance to shine in the remainder of episodes this season he was involved in. Whatever the case, this episode was dedicated to him, of course, which is as it should be. He will be missed.
Tonight’s episode, “No One Mourns the Wicked,” dealt with a budding serial killer that was seemingly emulating previous killers, namely ones written about in true crime author and forensic psychologist Dr. Nolan’s book. One of which was Charles Hoyt (Michael Massee), who terrorized Jane, nearly killing her before Detective Korsak saved the day.
As Jane and Maura were essential to the case, Dr. Nolan asked them to speak at a symposium on serial killers which featured the super-creepy live recreation of one of Hoyt’s real-life murders, made even creepier by the fact that this particular tableau featured actual dead people in it, killed in a similar fashion to two of Hoyt’s victims. Was there a copycat afoot?
As the presentation was in front of a roomful of cops, it was a tricky bit of business in particular, as everyone was a suspect. This also included Dr. Nolan’s entourage, which consisted of research assistant Jack Roberts and publicist Tim Fielding. However, as Dr. Nolan was played by stalwart character actress Jessica Tuck, I must say I was immediately a bit suspicious of her especially, a suspicion that ultimately proved completely on the money.
Tuck has played quite a few baddies in her time, typically women too tightly-wound for their own good, including roles on the current “Twisted,” “Revenge,” “Grimm,” and, of course, “True Blood,” where she played Nan Flanagan, vampire spokesperson. Interestingly, she actually has a degree in psychology in real-life as well, from Yale no less, which makes her role here all too convincing. (Which is not to say she might not be a perfectly lovely person in real-life, all things considered.)
That said, in true “Scream”-like fashion, she also had an assistant, which in this case, turned out to be her son, who was none other than her actual assistant, Jack Roberts. Well, that’s convenient. And more than a little icky, given that she “trained” him practically from birth to be a psycho. Norma Bates, meet your new best friend! You might want to hide your puppies, though. (I’m telling you, if they had killed any of those dogs, I would not have been happy. That dream sequence was particularly chill-inducing.)
As if that weren’t icky enough, it also turned out that the son was the product of incest, a crime committed against Dr. Nolan as a child by her own father, who got away with it scot-free. Well, at least until the then-future Dr. Nolan put a stop to it with a gun, taking out her entire family in the process. Recruiting her son shortly thereafter, she proceeded to take a hiatus for over a decade before starting back up again with the more recent string of copycat murders. Pretty freaky stuff, to be sure.
This was an exciting episode that was almost too stuffed with material and clever ideas, from the early tip-off from Dr. Nolan about the puppy business to Maura’s clever idea to give the cops a psych test to be evaluated against their previous tests on file to weed out suspects amongst the police in attendance at the presentation. How alarming was it that at least three of the cops there qualified as sociopaths, if not full-on psychopaths? It might be time to update those tests!
I actually might have been okay with this being a two-parter, there was so much going on, but given that I was right all along about who the killer was, I suppose it’s just as well they wrapped it up as quickly as they did. Still, it was a quick-moving, tense episode, capped off by an action-packed climax that saw poor Korsak tied up and about to be taken out by the Addams Family, before Jane swooped in and saved the day, paying him back for saving her previously. Game, set, match, as they say. It wasn’t soon enough to stop Dr. Nolan from shooting her own son (!), but you win some, you lose some.
This has been a pretty great season of “Rizzoli & Isles” thus far, and the last few episodes in particular have been really engaging. Can’t wait to see what goes down next week! Let me know what you thought of it below in the comments section and see you next week!