Rizzoli & Isles “65 Hours” Review (Season 7 Episode 9)

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On the latest episode of “Rizzoli & Isles,” the team had but “65 Hours” to find ample evidence to put away a man accused of the robbery/homicide of a married couple that left a child orphaned when the evidence they had went inexplicably missing. Would they make it in time or would a murderer go free?

Well, if you’ve seen even one show like this, then you know the odds are in favor of everything working out in the end, and this was certainly no exception. Not that, mind you, I would want to see a murderer go free under any circumstances, but this being fiction and all, it is a least moderately interesting when they do, for the sake of unpredictability.

Of course, this being the seventh season, I’ve no doubt precisely that has happened at some point, though I couldn’t name the episode off the top of my head. (Feel free to, if you can think of an example.) But the law of averages says that it almost certainly has happened, so I’m going to assume it has, and this was just a more typical example of a case where that wasn’t the case.

That said, the whole “you have “X” amount of time to prove your case or a killer goes free” gambit lives or dies on the strength of its twists, and this particular case just didn’t have enough interesting details to take it over the line from typical to atypical, I’m afraid.

That left the weight on the extraneous details to pick up the slack, and when said subplots include Kent nursing a duck back to health and Frankie learning magic to impress Nina, well… need I say more, really?

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Okay, for the sake of filling out the review, I will say that the duck was really cute and the sight of it on a leash did induce an “aw” in my particular household, as I’m sure it did in many others elsewhere. I also got a chuckle out of the fact that Kent dubbed it Rihanna at one point, to a certain extent.

But the magic thing was sort of dopey all around, aside from maybe the scene where Rizzoli duped Frankie into thinking that she practiced magic with the fam after he went to bed on the sly without his knowledge. The look on his face was something I’m sure all younger siblings can relate to when it comes to being teased by their older relations.

That he would fail miserably at performing at least one trick was a foregone conclusion, however, and such was indeed the case at the end of the episode, when Frankie tried to make himself disappear, much to the laughter of all concerned. Myself, I was wondering if we could make this subplot disappear instead. Sorry. Nice try, writers.

Getting back to the main case, it was all pretty straightforward on the whole. The guilty party had a partner, who had a girlfriend that was able to use her ailing sister’s ID to get work on the security team involved in installing updated climate control in the building where the evidence room was containing the chopping board with the accused murderer’s blood on it.

She simply installed a secret passageway/hidden entrance to the building via the parking lot and was able to sneak in later and take the chopping board with her and attempt to destroy it when she arrived back home. She did succeed in at least that, but left traces of her hair behind which was subsequently used to track her down and arrest her, though she did make a run for it when they did.

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Alas, the chopping board was already suitably burned, thus rendering the evidence unusable, leaving only the record of the evidence itself, which wasn’t enough to do the trick of making the perpetrator pay for his crimes in and of itself, so it was back to the chopping drawing board, so to speak.

Another bit of evidence that had never been recovered in the first place was a cache of emeralds stolen from the scene of the crime. Deciding to try another tack, the team looked into similar cases in the area, expanding the field to Chicago, where the girl who’d destroyed the evidence was from.

They did try to get her to talk, to no avail, as it was her boyfriend, after all. Be that as it may, the team did find several unsolved cases that fit the bill, including some in Chicago, as Rizzoli suspected, as well as some with similar methods and murders attached, but beyond that suspicion, there was no evidence tied to the perpetrator.

Jane and Korsak decided to take one last look at the house the original case took place in and discovered a leaky skylight, which got Jane thinking. A check into the other crimes revealed that the other houses also had skylights, leading her to suspect that the thieves had been involved with the installation, much as they had with the climate control business.

A closer look at the skylight itself revealed a blood trail, which was how the killer had cut himself in the first place, going on to leave the blood on the chopping block. Rizzoli put Kent on the fast track for a DNA match to the suspect, knowing that, if it were the partner, they’d get him, but lose the initial suspect, who had been the one who committed the murder, not the partner.

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The team tried to get an extension, to no avail, but it turned out that they wanted the suspect to get off, so that he would be released without prejudice, meaning that he could avoid double jeopardy and be tried again for the same crime. In order to get the partner as well, they offered him a chance at parole he wouldn’t have gotten otherwise, and he took the deal.

A meet with the partner was set up and he was captured, and all was well that ended well, as expected. Unfortunately, the familiarity of it all, down to the fake-out meet, which was done earlier this season with another perp; and the suspect running for it at the end, only to be tripped up (literally in this case) and caught by Rizzoli, which was done as well; ensured that everything was all a bit too meh.

Combine this with the typical nature of the main case in general and it was all but guaranteed that this was one case that was all too predictable, overall. Oh well. Again, nice try, writers, but on the bright side, last week’s 100th episode was solid enough to make up for it, and coupled with a few more good ones this season, it wasn’t that big of a deal.

Besides, when you’ve been on the air this long, you’re bound to get a few clunkers here and there. It happens. That’s not to say the show wasn’t well-acted or even written on the whole- there were some cute moments scattered throughout the episode, like Rizzoli terming a blouse Isles gave her the color of a “radioactive booger” that was “visible from space.”

They were just too far and few in between to really recommend this one in good faith. The truth is, there are only so many plots one can do anyway, so repeating oneself is an inevitability, but that doesn’t mean one can’t make up for it by being simply interesting or entertaining. As this was neither clever enough or funny enough to achieve either…well, you get the idea.

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So, what did you think of the latest episode of “Rizzoli & Isles”? Did it hit the mark for you where it didn’t for me? Feel free to put in a good word down below, if you thought so. It just didn’t do much for me personally, sorry to say. Better luck next episode, guys.