Rizzoli & Isles Season 4 Review “Killer in High Heels”

Rizzoli & Isles Season 4 Episode 4 Killer in High Heels (2)

On the latest episode of “Rizzoli & Isles,” it was one of the girls’ turn to be targeted, as these shows are wont to do at some point, from time to time. In this case, it was Maura Isles in the appropriately-titled “Killer in High Heels,” though the actual killer proved to be anything but. It was the classic Hitchcockian who done it, where the main character seems guilty as all get-out, but in fact, is being thoroughly framed for a crime they did not commit.

As these things go, it was a reasonably entertaining affair. Of course, we knew she didn’t do it, despite the episode’s intentionally trying to lead us to think otherwise by having Isles be unaware of what had happened to her, not exactly convincingly so. At the same time, the show somewhat cleverly figured out a way to get Isles involved in her own defense, lest it be placed into the hands of the drunken coroner fill-in.

My main complaint about all of this wasn’t that Isles had access to a computer in the first place to be able to help herself out even after she was in jail- that actually made sense, as I had no problem buying the fact that Isles’ father had people on the inside (even a cop) that could help protect her and hook her up with privileges she wouldn’t have otherwise have had.

My problem was, if even Rizzoli’s mother knows that the substitute coroner is a drunk, why would the police department continue to call on his services? What the what? That’s pretty screwed up. Couldn’t they have gotten that doctor that Ed Begley Jr. played a while back? He seemed a bit more on the ball. Granted, he might not have been a coroner per se- I can’t recall, exactly- but why would they get some random alkie to try to exonerate the much-beloved Isles? That seems all kinds of wrong to me.

If you could get past that, then the rest was reasonably plausible, and it was admittedly sort of fun seeing the typically prim and proper Isles not only get tanked early on in the episode, but donning the customary orange jumpsuit and even getting into a scuffle in jail- though to hear Rizzoli’s mother talk about it, you’d think she’d have been able to defend herself a little better.

We also saw Maura get her flirt on, with an alleged rectal doctor, no less. As Rizzoli aptly put it: “I never thought I’d hear the words charming and rectal used in the same sentence.” Of course, he turned out to be a con artist who not only played a part in setting up Isles himself (truly earning Rizzoli’s label of “a-hole”), but who got himself killed in the process. Whoops!

I liked how they incorporated the “zombie” drug scopolamine into the proceedings; though you’d think someone would have noticed a guy blatantly blowing a dust-like substance in her face right in the valet area. Fortunately, Isles figured it out and was able to point everyone in the right direction, much to her credit.

It ended up being one of the founders of the very charity she’d been attending, who’d done it to cover his own butt, which seems appropriate, given the means he went about doing so. This pro golfer got a hole in one he shouldn’t have when he knocked up a Brazilian model, despite being married. As a direct result, she was killed by the guy, as was his co-conspirator, Dr. Poser, with Maura getting left hung out to dry for the latter crime.

That was about it, but it was a fairly entertaining episode, I thought, slight aforementioned plot holes notwithstanding. These sorts of frame jobs are typically sort of inherently fun, I think, even when you know it’s likely not going to go in the direction the show would have you believe, i.e. that the accused is actually guilty. I think I might have seen one of these on one of the “CSI” shows where the accused actually was guilty for once, but it’s pretty rare, so this was no exception to the frame job rule.

I will say that I have seen shows try and drag this sort of thing out longer than they should have, so there’s something to be said for brevity, I suppose. It will be interesting to see if the cop that helped Maura out on the inside crops up again, as she mentioned having a brother in jail, and she obviously is allied with Doyle as a result. Will that situation come into play on next week’s episode, what with Doyle being involved? We shall see.

What did you think of “Rizzoli & Isles” this week? Were you sorry it was resolved so soon and we didn’t get to see Isles become someone’s prison, ahem, “love” interest? Would you have liked to see her hold her own in a prison catfight? Would you date a rectal doctor in the first place? Post your answers to these burning questions and other comments down below, and I’ll see you next week!