RIZZOLI & ISLES “I’m Your Boogie Man” Review

In the episode “I’m Your Boogie Man”, we are reintroduced to characters from the premiere of RIZZOLI & ISLES. A dead man is found sitting on a park bench; he was involved in a domestic violence case two years ago, when his wife disappeared. The murder has all the indications (severed carotid artery) that it was Charles Hoyt’s (Michael Massee) work. Jane begins to have nightmares about Hoyt. A flare is left outside her building; no DNA or fingerprints found. Someone is taking photos of her; they end up with Hoyt who is locked up in prison.

FBI Special Agent Gabriel Dean (Billy Burke) shows up to make sure that Jane is all right. Maura and Dean question Hoyt about the whereabouts of Emily Stern’s body. Hoyt says that he will keep Jane alive, so that he can have her all to himself. He unnerves Maura when he says that she’s not scared because she is like him.

A discovery of mold leads the team to a DVD from Hoyt, containing images of a living Emily Stern. From this, they determine her location, only to find a tape recorder playing her plea of help over and over.

Frankie meets a waitress called Lola (Scottie Thompson), and they start to date. Unfortunately, Lola is actually Emily Stern. She watched Hoyt kill her husband, and was kidnapped and beaten. She then developed a classic case of Stockholm syndrome. At Hoyt’s bidding, she attempts to kill Frankie until Jane challenges Emily’s belief that Hoyt loves her. Frankie shoots Emily after a struggle.

I must admit that the video and the recording freaked me out. I’m not even sure why. The plastic surgery connection and the back and forth comparison of photos also made me feel nauseated. It’s a shame really, because I will never look at Scottie Thompson the same again. This episode of Rizzoli & Isles brings the insecurities of the characters to light. Despite the bravado, Jane has questioned her abilities since her dealings with Hoyt. Korsak has never been at ease wondering why Jane requested a new partner. All-knowing Maura fears that her solitary upbringing signifies a hidden link of insanity to Hoyt. All in all, this is another good episode, although I’ve noticed a couple of times already that when Sasha Alexandar acts as vulnerable Maura, she comes across slightly whiny and expressionless. Dare I say fake?