Rizzoli & Isles Season 4 Review “But I Am a Good Girl”

Rizzoli & Isles Season 4 Episode 3 But I am a Good Girl (5)

On the latest episode of “Rizzoli & Isles”, it was the worst baby christening EVER, as the two discovered a dead body hidden away under the altar, covered in lime to mask the odor, in “But I am a Good Girl”. Of course, nothing like that gets by Isles, who sniffed out the situation and cleared the room accordingly. If I were Tommy and Lydia, I would demand a re-do, because that’s just bad karma- or whatever Catholics call something like that.

The victim turned out to be a young Latina with potential gang ties that turned out to be against her will. However, it wasn’t a gang behind her death, but a worried father, who feared for his son’s safety, due to his affiliation with the dead girl, who had been “marked” by said gang to be given over to a member for what one assumes was not a very Christian endeavor. That’s pretty icky all around, and it’s probably not going to do his son any favors when the gang guy finds out that his father killed the object of his affections. Nice going there, dad.

That unpleasantness aside, the fun stuff was the bits with Tommy and Lydia and Rizzoli and her family trying to “Parent Trap” them and get them back together, after it was discovered that Lydia was engaged to some rando guy that wanted them to relocate to Texas. This would obviously keep Tommy and the rest of the family from seeing their grandson, which would not do, so wacky scheming ensued, with a nice assist from Jo Friday, Rizzoli’s pooch.

My favorite things in the episode had to be Rondo’s pimp-tastic outfit, and his reaction to seeing Rizzoli dressed to the nines: “Vanilla! Look at those legs!” I also laughed when he called her mom “Mrs. Vanilla”. Does he seriously not know their names by now, or does he consider that a term of endearment? Either way, it’s pretty funny, as was his comment to Isles’ misinterpreted nerd-speak: “Dope and OxyContin? They gonna have a good night.”

I also laughed at Lydia’s reaction to the dead body revelation: “I knew I should have been a Methodist”. LOL. Not to mention the dubiousness of going to a church where the guy having his baby christened once ran down the priest with his car! I think even God would have understood the relocation after that incident. Too late now, I suppose.

Anyway, a pretty solid episode, in terms of overall entertainment. It never ceases to amaze me how certain shows can take on the darkest subject matter and still be amusing and entertaining for the most part. The subject matter here was heavy all around, to be sure, yet the show managed to maintain its sense of humor and fun. Obviously, a large part of that was the chemistry of the cast, who are like a well-oiled machine by now. Even the supporting characters like Rondo are pretty well-defined at this point.

Sure, you could make a case that the show is coasting a bit, but that still doesn’t change the fact that it’s a fun watch. It’s also worth mentioning that this would be a perfect match with either of TNT’s Monday night shows, which it is definitely of a piece with. “The Closer”-spin-off “Major Crimes” is probably the closest in tone (no pun intended), though the new show “King & Maxwell” is pretty similar as well.

I can see where they’d want to stick with at least one proven show per night to anchor things, but I think they should at least flip-flop things, as “Perception” isn’t quite as good a fit as it could be. “King & Maxwell” has that charismatic two-lead thing going for it, so that seems like a better fit to me. Don’t get me wrong, I do like “Perception”, it just seems a bit off as a match for “Rizzoli & Isles” to me overall. Maybe it’s just me, but I can never watch both back-to-back.

So, what did you think of “Rizzoli & Isles” this week? Did you get a kick out of the shenanigans with Tommy & Lydia? Would you have demanded a re-christening if a dead body popped up at yours? Was the notion of a girl getting “marked” for sex as gross to you as it was to me? Was it a coincidence that Stuart’s designated nickname was “Strawberry,” of all things? Sound off on this and more below in the comments, and thanks for reading!