RIZZOLI & ISLES “She Works Hard for the Money” Review

Despite my dislike of snakes (if you remember from last week’s episode of RIZZOLI & ISLES), I think I preferred last week’s show over tonight’s “She Works Hard for the Money.” It seems that we have taken a step in the wrong direction. I am a bit perplexed by Rizzoli & Isles. The ratings must be doing well, because the show is already renewed for another season. Yet I still find myself bored silly by the evidence gathering, chase scenes, and peering over dead bodies. There is a generic feeling to the scenes that seems to dull the show. Is it just me?

The case tonight revolves around the murder of Danielle, a straight-A student with a full soccer scholarship at Boston Cambridge University (BCU). There are no witnesses, but evidence consists of a piece of plastic from a broken laptop and a bracelet coil key chain with a barcode key. Jane and Frost learn that Danielle was cut from the soccer team and lost her scholarship after getting hurt. Korsak tells them that she paid her tuition in one big lump sum. Frost discovers that the key is for a locker at a high end gym, containing a fancy dress and high heel shoes. Deduction: she’s a hooker with a pimp and a schedule book. The book is found in the form of the calendar in her computer, which was at the repair shop. In the meantime, Maura finds a hair on Danielle’s body, which she determines to be synthetic material from a toupee. That toupee belongs to a professor at BCU, who is being blackmailed. He is found dead. The gun that killed Danielle and the professor are the same gun. Cut to vigil for Danielle. Korsak finds a way to read the scratched off serial number on the gun and tells Jane that it is connected to Danielles’ Resident Advisor. The RA senses something is wrong when Jane and Frost start closing in on him, so he grabs Danielle’s friend Natalie. Mayhem ensues. She gets shot but survives; the RA gets shot and dies.

While I’m having trouble accepting aspects of Rizzoli & Isles, I very much want to like the show for its great cast. It must be stated again that the cast really is quite a gathering. Angie Harmon is all around lovely and does her character justice, despite what people may think about her acting. Bruce McGill is just as funny as ever with his wry humor. Lee Thompson Young brings levity to scenes with Frost’s phobias and feeling of newness that contrast the character Korsak. [I’ve been assuming that Frost was a rookie, but it seems he is simply a new partner, as in someone who replaced Korsak.] Sasha Alexander is a perfect fit playing quirky Maura Isles. And Rizzoli’s family played by Lorraine Bracco, Jordan Bridges, and Chazz Palminteri gives the drama a slice of hilarity–the best thing about the show, in my opinion.