Rizzoli & Isles Season 5 Review “The Best Laid Plans”

Rizzoli & Isles Season 4 Episode 15 Food For Thought (2)

On the latest episode of “Rizzoli & Isles,” it was straight-up #richpeopleproblems in “The Best Laid Plans,” as an rich old woman with cancer was inexplicably killed- even though she was on the verge of dying already. What the what? Naturally, it was up to Rizzoli & isles to get to the bottom of this oddball case.

Right out the gate, this was a fun episode, with Rizzoli clearly reveling in making fun of the idle rich every step of the way. Between gleefully using the unnecessarily massive door knocker to lamenting her lack of a monocle, Rizzoli was definitely having a field day with all of this, and it was a joy to see Angie Harmon doing the same.

This was an eminently-quotable episode, filled to the brim with amusing moments, yet the show still made time for some quiet moments as the team (and us, as it were) continued to struggle with the loss of Frost, and Jane struggled to come to terms with her mother’s typical overstepping of boundaries.

We also finally got to see Isles find a love interest that at least seems to be normal, though I can’t say I blame her for being wary after Rizzoli rattled off that laundry list of horrific past relationships she’d had with various wackos and even serial killers.

Also, is face licking a thing? If so, eew. For one thing, it would seem like if one did it to a typical woman, you’d get a mouthful of make-up, which can’t taste too good, I would imagine. For another, that just seems unsanitary in general. Now, other parts, that I can understand- but the face? Um, no. Just no.

Honestly, there were too many choice quotes to choose from to include here, but some of my favorites include:

Rizzoli, after Isles called her out for always falling asleep during “Downton Abbey”: “It’s called meditating. It’s how I focus. You’ve never respected that.”
Isles: “The puddle of drool makes it hard.”

Rizzoli, after rejecting Isles’ typically wordy first explanation of something, then encountering another, equally perplexing one: “Nope squared.”

Rizzoli, after a suspect said he was at home reading Proust when the murder occurred: “Your alibi is not only flimsy, it’s pretentious.”

Rizzoli, after her mother finally apologizes for overstepping: “Who are you and what have you done with my mother?”

Isles, on how her date went: “Well, he didn’t try and kill me.”

Great stuff all around and plenty more quotable stuff where that came from. I love it when the show is firing on all cylinders, and this was definitely the perfect example of that. Indeed, it was so much fun that I didn’t even really care that much about the case at hand, which admittedly wasn’t that compelling anyway. Sometimes when a premise is uninspired, it doesn’t matter as much if the writing is. This was one of those cases.

Besides, at this point, there have been so many crime procedurals on TV that it’s hard to come up with something new, anyway. Better to make an episode engaging and fun than try to get too serious with things- though there’s room for both clever plotting and clever writing, to be sure.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s no rulebook that says you can’t have an episode that deals with serious issues here and there, but most people watch summer shows for an escape, not a confrontation. This show is a perfect example of the kind of show people watch when they want to watch something just fun enough to be entertaining and just engaging enough not to be total fluff. Hey, it beats reality shows any day of the week, IMHO.

What did you think of “Rizzoli & Isles” this week? Did you laugh as much as I did? Did I miss one of your favorite quotes? What do you think of pregnant Jane? How about firmly-in-like with someone Maura? Did you figure out who did it, or do you even care? Let me know below and see you next week!