Rizzoli & Isles “Ocean Frank” Review- Series Finale (Season 7 Episode 13)

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On the series finale of “Rizzoli & Isles,” only one case stood between Rizzoli’s move, Isles’ vacation, and Korsak’s retirement- and the end of the show as we know it- in “Ocean Frank.” But would it live up to viewers’ expectations? Could it?

Well, yes and no. On the one hand, the main case was slight at best and fairly inconsequential. We all knew it was somewhat besides the point and that it didn’t really matter, except in that it was the last, and to that end, about as much thought went into it as could be expected.

The gist of it was that a man was found murdered, tied to the bed, seemingly in a case of a sex game gone horribly wrong. But was it unintentional? The fact that the wife had gone missing and had a shady past didn’t bode well for her, but, as it turns out, she had her reasons.

It seems that the marriage was a set-up, courtesy of an escort-type service called “Second Pleasure” and that the man who was killed wasn’t exactly the greatest guy in the world, and had taken to beating his wife regularly, often tying her up and locking her inside.

When a concerned male neighbor got wind of it, he took her to the hospital on several occasions and the two became friends, then fell in love. Then the husband found out and went after the neighbor, slipping and falling into a car bumper in the process.

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Frightened and unsure of what to do, what with the wife’s dubious background, the two opted to cover it up and were planning on fleeing to China. The team caught up with her and arrested her, but in the end, it seems like the two were going to be set free and given a slap on the wrist, given the circumstances.

Not sure how that would be, given that they still tried to cover it up and leave the country, but that’s what the show said, so make of it what you will. Honestly, I don’t think even the writers cared that much on this one, as it was besides the point. If anything, the case only served to take up valuable real estate in the real matter at hand: the resolution of the show itself.

Honestly, I’m not sure what the show could have done that could have possibly pleased everyone, but they gave it their best shot, and for the most part, it was reasonably satisfying. It managed to wrap certain things up, while leaving others open-ended enough to leave certain things to our imaginations, which was probably wise.

Word of Frankie and Nina’s engagement predictably leaked at the final send-off for all concerned after Kent accidentally caught it on film, then forgot to erase it before they could properly announce it to everyone officially. We didn’t get a wedding, but that’s fine, as we didn’t really need it.

Kent’s video “testimonials” were a reasonably clever way to allow these characters we’ve come to know and love a way to directly address the viewers in a way that was heartfelt, if a little on the cheesy side at times. Still, appropriately enough, Korsak’s bit, Isles’ spiel and especially Rizzoli’s were the most effective, and it was hard not to get a little teary eyed during them.

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For me, though, the most effective moment was when Rizzoli and Korsak broke down after Korsak made his final radio call, in which we got the “Ocean Frank” of the title. Now THAT got me a bit weepy, as you don’t often see the normally hard-edged Korsak get emotional like that. Bruce McGill definitely gets the MVP of the night for that scene alone, coupled with his aforementioned testimonial.

As to be expected, the lighter-hearted moments of the show fell to Angela, involving some Skype-related silliness and the accidental ordering of a Bachelorette’s cake featuring the shape of a certain male appendage, which Angela unsuccessfully tried to mask via new palm tree-like frosting, allowing Rizzoli one last priceless line at the end: “Can a have a beer and some penis cake?”

There was also some goofiness involving Kent, who had a time trying to get Rizzoli to do her video clip, in the end resorting to a sock puppet-themed threat to pull it off. Basically, he threatened to use a sock puppet in her place if she didn’t do it, which he would use to say things along the lines of “I use anger to hide my emotions.” Lol- isn’t that the truth? (The puppet also made an unexpected cameo in the final product, which Jane did not look all too amused by.)

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Then came the clincher when, in a clear suck-up to ‘shippers who longed to see Jane and Maura ride off into the sunset together as a couple, the episode ended with Rizzoli telling Isles she was postponing her move and cashing in on all her unused paid vacation time to accompany her to Paris for at least a month, so that the two could have their own proper send-off as “friends” before parting ways to do their own thing. (Insert fan fiction here!)

All in all, it was a decent enough send-off, even if the case was almost completely inconsequential and only served to take away from the main event of the gang all going their separate ways in the end. Be that as it may, we still got plenty of nice moments amongst all the main characters, and if some were better than others, I suppose that was to be expected as well.

Should the show have ended some time ago, before it changed show-runners? Maybe so. But it is what it is, and when all is said and done, there were enough solid moments along the way, even in the latter seasons of the show, to make the journey worthwhile overall. I will genuinely miss the show, and I look forward to seeing what all concerned get up to next.

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Until then, thanks for reading, and let me know what you thought of the overall final season and the finale in particular down below!