Rizzoli & Isles Season 5 Review “If You Can’t Stand the Heat”

Rizzoli & Isles

On the latest episode of “Rizzoli & Isles,” the heat was on but the air conditioning, not so much, in the aptly-titled “If You Can’t Stand the Heat.” When a body was found during a bracing heat wave in SOBO (aka South Boston, which is apparently a thing, at least according to the show), the team was taken aback to find it might well have been from hypothermia, despite the fact that the power in the building was out.

Although the eventual cause of death ended up being strangulation, Isles puzzled out the fact that the body was kept on ice in the tub (hence the hypothermia), likely in hopes of keeping it preserved as long as possible, and to perhaps throw off the time of death in the process. But the power outage expedited that process, of course, and the killer’s plan was somewhat foiled.

The victim was Richard Nelson, by all accounts a nice enough guy, and reportedly an aspiring novelist, but nonetheless a guy with some dark secrets. For one thing, he had millions of dollars squirreled away, despite living in an iffy neighborhood, albeit one currently being refashioned into a sort of hipster district, a la SOHO (a similar type area in lower Manhattan)- hence the SOBO moniker.

For another, his girlfriend, Alex, was a financial advisor who stood to inherit said money, and who met the victim at a funeral! Even crazier, there were signs that his family’s tomb, at the same cemetery that he and his girlfriend met, had been broken into and raided, with some money found in one of the coffins. Factor in some shady, dubious origins of said money and the reason for his death was looking more understandable, nice guy rep or not.

Eventually, the money was tied into a kidnapping that had left the victim in question shell-shocked and unable to move on, living in a psychiatric facility. The kidnappers had never been caught, leaving the poor guy constantly looking over his shoulder, so he checked himself into the facility to deal with his PTSD. The ransom money dated back to the year 2008, which just so happened to be long enough ago that the statute of limitations on it was about to run out, and the money could be freely spent, without repercussions.

However, one of the guys apparently couldn’t wait a matter of days (!) and killed the victim when he wouldn’t say where the money was. With the help of the kidnapping victim, Rizzoli & company were able to puzzle out where he was likely held, and, after checking out who was working alongside the murder victim at the company connected to the kidnapping victim, they were able to ferret out a name as well, a fisherman that worked on the Boston harbor. After a quick chase, the man was apprehended and it was case closed.

This was a so-so case that was nonetheless watchable, thanks to the usual clever writing and amusing touches, such as Angela’s new favorite tea, which turned out to have aphrodisiac qualities, causing her to get flirty with Korsak, among others; and some silliness with a dog, which Korsak dubbed Sipowicz (after the famous Dennis Franz character on “NYPD Blue”) and which apparently only understood Spanish! I’m not gonna lie, that was pretty adorable when it cut to the dog at the precinct and it had its own little mini-fan.

Also amusing was the general antics going on at the station with the heat wave, as the air conditioning was down in the precinct as well, leading to some oddball behavior and a newfound interest in Isles’ work- which just so happened to coincide with people not-so-mysteriously converging on her lab due to its being the coolest place in the precinct.

My favorite lines were when Rizzoli discovered Isles in a casual outfit at work- shorts to be precise- and quipped: “Do those come with a free daiquiri?” Shot back Isles: “You’re so you sometimes.” I couldn’t help but think of this scene from the classic “Caddyshack,” which is likely the only time in history that anyone’s ever associated Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander with Rodney Dangerfield and Ted Knight. Maybe the heat is getting to me, too!

So, an okay episode overall, though I’m glad this wasn’t the season finale, to be sure. That would be next week’s episode, which looks to be one of their customary action-packed, more serious-minded finales, as per usual. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I like those episodes, too.

What did you think of “Rizzoli & Isles” this week? Is there actually a statue of limitations on ransom money? Is SOBO an actual thing? How cute was that dog? Did you get a kick out of a hot-to-trot Angela? Are you now aching for an Alexander/Harmon buddy comedy? Sound off below and I’ll see you next week for the big finale!