RIZZOLI & ISLES “When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang” Review

Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) - When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang

The season finale of RIZZOLI & ISLES, titled “When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang”, is not a huge disappointment which I feared was a possibility after last week. The plot is interesting; there is action and tension; and the episode ends with enough doubt to make us care about what will happen next season. Also I am glad that the entire main cast, including Bass the tortoise, makes an appearance tonight. We are even given a brief introduction to Jane and Frankie’s brother Tommy, who we are told ran down a priest in a crosswalk while DUI for the third time.

The big drama involves cop Danny Clarke who is killed while working undercover for homicide division on Korsak’s case. The case involves two dead truck drivers who were involved in drug trafficking. Danny was assigned to the case by Lt. Det. Sean Cavanaugh, who didn’t tell anyone about it and is acting suspiciously. But it turns out he is just bearing the weight of responsibility for letting Danny go undercover alone.

Jane questions Danny’s former long-time partner Bobby (Erik Palladino), who says Danny was a dirty cop. A drug addict witness turns up to say she can identify Danny’s shooter if she gets out of doing time. The gang who killed Danny arrives at Boston homicide headquarters, shooting everyone in sight and looking for evidence. The witness is killed. Jane finds that Frankie has been injured. In the autopsy room, Maura determines that he is critically injured.

After repeated attempts to contact Jane, Frost and Korsak return to headquarters to check things out. Shooters on the roof fire at them; they call for backup. Korsak gets a hold of Jane on the walkie-talkie. They figure out that the men want a pack of cigarettes found with Danny’s possession, but strangely enough Danny didn’t smoke. As Jane reaches for the evidence in her pocket, a shooter barges in and tells Jane to hand the cigarette pack (containing a cigarette-shaped recorder) to Bobby. Bobby was the dirty cop whom Danny was investigating!

Slow motion chaos follows. Bobby grabs Jane using her as a shield when they go outside. Jane forces him to point the gun towards her body, taking both of them down.

The first season of Rizzoli & Isles has been inconsistent, but generally watchable because there is always something good about each episode, even if that something is just the potential to be good. While the writing can be uneven, the show’s strength lies in the cast. The season finale leaves two of the cast members seriously injured. We know there wouldn’t be a show without Jane, so we are left to wonder if Frankie will be back next season. Or will his character be replaced with Tommy? I do look forward to learning more about the Tommy character and seeing who is chosen to play him; but I also like Jordan Bridges as Frankie. Admittedly Frankie never had much to do, but he is part of the Rizzoli family dynamic. Well, we can only wait and see how things play out.

What did you think of the finale “When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang” of Rizzoli & Isles?