Back when Rizzoli & Isles first premiered, My Life, Made Possible by Pop Culture brought you an interview with star Angie Harmon and told you all to tune into the premiere because the show was like Women's Murder Club 2.0. Also starring Sasha Alexander, the series focuses on a homicide detective and forensic medical examiner dynamic duo. Together they face off against some of Boston's toughest criminals.
An all new episode airs tonight on TNT, in which a familiar adversarial face from the pilot episode resurfaces and gives the girls a run for their money. Also in this particular episode, after weeks of seeing Rizzoli's family (including the awesome Lorraine Bracco as her mother), we finally get insight into Isles' background. It feels like the Pilot 2.0.
So tune in tonight at ten p.m. and keep an eye out for something that draws Rizzoli out into her street at night in one early scene. Come back after you watch it, leave a comment with what it was that got her attention, and you will be entered to win a copy of one of the books from the Tess Gerritsen series on which the show is based!
Rizzoli & Isles follows Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), complete opposites and good friends who solve crimes and bust some of Boston's most notorious criminals. Growing up at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, the two remain strikingly different from one another in many ways. Jane, the only female detective in Boston's homicide division, is a tough and gutsy cop who doesn't let her guard down (except with Maura), dodges her overprotective mother and is better at basketball than her brother. Maura, meanwhile, is usually more comfortable among the dead than the living. She is always impeccably dressed in designer duds with a steady, sometimes icy temperament. And she is working on curbing her tendency to diagnose the people she meets - including her first dates. Jane and Maura often find themselves working together as both use their brilliant minds and expertise to figure out the "who done it" as well as the "how done it" of Boston's most complex cases.
Despite their many differences, Jane and Maura are best friends, with a quirky and supportive relationship. As Tamaro explains, "That Jane and Maura are so different and yet so effective as a team makes them unusual. There's something rare about their relationship that I see in the world but not enough on television: two smart, strong, competent women who instinctively drop the protective shield when they're with each other."