RIZZOLI & ISLES “Money for Nothing” Review

Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) - Money for Nothing

RIZZOLI & ISLES is giving me a case of whip lash. Just when I think I’m out, the show pulls me back in with a better episode. The drowning victim at the center of “Money for Nothing” is Adam Fairfield, whose brother Garrett (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) used to date Maura. The Fairfields are considered a Boston Brahmin family, meaning they are direct descendants of the English Protestants who founded Boston. This high class society is the main conceit that runs through the show, giving us a new perspective on Maura.

Through the first part of the episode, there is tension between Jane and Maura. Jane is resentful of the disparity (in treatment and attitude) between the wealthy and the less affluent, especially after Maura fails to back her up when Jane tries to question the Fairfields. She also has trouble reconciling the Maura that she knows with the Maura that is part of high society. Korsak acts as go-between as they investigate the case. They discover that Adam was indeed murdered, since injury does not match placement of blood on the boat. We learn that Sumner, the youngest Fairfield, works at a food pantry after being displaced as head of the family business by half-brother Adam, who framed Sumner for fraud. After a few antics set in fancy settings (all involving food), it is revealed that Adam was having lunch with a woman and thus having an affair. This makes Adam’s wife a prime suspect until Jane and Maura see her kissing Sumner. With these two off the hook for murder, we are left with Garrett, the more or less black sheep of the family with his rocky father-son relationship, his own clothing company in Milan, and the kicker, a mixed blend cashmere sweater. It turns out his company is going bankrupt and some inherited money would be helpful. Poor Maura! She actually showed some emotion in this episode of Rizzoli & Isles, albeit for the murdering ex-boyfriend.

“Money for Nothing” delves into Maura’s background, highlighting the difference in upbringing between Jane and Maura. This glimpse into Maura’s life and the ribbing she gets from Jane, Frost, and Korsak make the episode enjoyable. It is also a relief to see more complexity in the character of Maura, who could be rather bland with her straight face and routine one-liners. The comedic skills of the Rizzoli & Isles cast is undeniable, but like previous episodes, the revealing of the killer is never much of a surprise. In spite of this, along with the few juvenile moments/jokes, it is generally a decent episode.

What did you think of the latest episode of Rizzoli and Isles “Money For Nothing”?