Rizzoli & Isles “Throwing Down the Gauntlet” Review


This week’s episode of Rizzoli & Isles picked up with Angela getting actively involved in glitter-infused politics and Maura using some serious compulsive shopping to avoid her feelings about her biological mother.

Looking at the vast array of Maura’s random purchases, Jane launched into a much needed carefrontration. It only took a few moments of probing questions from Jane for Maura to crack under the pressure and admit she’d already located her biological mother. Like Maura, Dr. Hope is into medicine and has used her talents to help victims of violence across the world. The biggest news was that Dr. Hope had returned to Boston to live.

By the way, Sharon Lawrence was a great choice to play Dr. Hope as she really does resemble Sasha Alexander (Maura).

We got more humorous insight into Jane’s life this week on Rizzoli & Isles. We learned that Sister Winifred (aka Sister Bitcher) scares the crap out of her, we got another reference to Jane’s middle name and we learned that she broke a window with her foot in grade school trying to kill a fly. I agree with Maura, the word flamboyant really has no place on a second grade spelling test. Frankie’s (aka Francesco’s) reaction to seeing Sister Bitcher was equally as funny. How cute was the picture of Jane in Sister Winifred’s internal hell-raiser file?

As Jane retreated from Sister Bitcher in the morgue, Maura realized that she could use one of Dr. Hope’s techniques to get a fingerprint off of the hand of their badly burned victim. Poor Frost. His tying his shoe method was a pretty graceful way of passing out after watching Maura snap off the victim’s finger. As a newbie to the show, I got a pretty good laugh upon learning that Frost’s first name is Barold.

The usually composed Maura was understandably nervous about meeting her biological mother for the first time. While working together, the women discussed Dr. Hope’s history. She revealed that she got pregnant and the baby died at birth. She also wondered if she lost the baby as a result of karma relating to the child’s evil father.

Dr. Hope’s technique worked and the victim finally got an identity. The victim’s identity broke open the case and helped the detective’s solve the crime. Angela’s stint in politics crashed and burned as her candidate turned out to be involved in the murder Jane helped solve. Although Maura and Dr. Hope had a natural rapport, Maura later revealed to Jane that she would never tell Dr. Hope who she was.

Maura finally getting a chance to meet Dr. Hope was the interesting, bittersweet highlight of the episode. I have no doubt that Maura’s identity will be revealed to Dr. Hope and really look forward to watching it play out. What did you think about this week’s episode of Rizzoli & Isles? Sound off below!