Rizzoli & Isles

Season 1 Episode 3

Sympathy for the Devil

6
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jul 26, 2010 on TNT
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Jane and Maura investigate the mysterious death of a young boy that may point to an attempted exorcism. Meanwhile, Jane's mother sets her up on a surprise date.

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  • 103

    5.0
    The second episode of TNT's new smash series proves to be a drop off in quality from the previous two. The viewer might actually think they were watching one of the channel's many Law and Order reruns based on how lifeless this storyline was. The fact that Angie Harmon was there might have confused viewers even more.



    While these characters were a breath of fresh air in the first two episodes, they almost seem generic and cliched by the third. I feel like Isles' genius charm has already worn off, as has Rizzoli's tough female cop vibe.



    Not a horrible hour of television here, but far from a good one.moreless
  • What killed the boy...the devil, the priest, or the stepmom?

    7.5
    This episode was interesting, although definitely not as good as the pilot, and I think the second episode was better, too. I continue to be dazzled by the characters Maura and Jane. I love how their friendship is going. I love the banter, and I love the commitment they have for each other. How many friends drive out in the middle of the night in their very stylish pajamas to investigate a fallen vase of flowers?



    Jane Rizzoli is also turning out to be very complex. At first, all we see is this character's blind hatred for her new boss, a man she grew up with, who she sees as a creep, a slimeball, a spotlight junkie, etc. - and immediately we see the, "oh, crap, I was wrong" expression. Angie Harmon is a great actress.



    I was actually starting to like Mrs. Rizzoli, too. The shopping trip at the beginning was random, but fun, and the lunchtime visit was good. At first, I thought it was just another attempt on the mother's part to be incredibly nosy, but then Mrs. Rizzoli whipped out a plastic container of food, saying, "And you always forget to eat," and I was sold.



    ....Until the set-up dinner with Jane's boss. The whole "mommy trying to set up her daughter with a cute man" angle is totally unoriginal. I didn't enjoy any part of that scene once the two were left alone in the room together. Not to mention how unprofessional it would be for a boss and his subordinate to have a romantic dinner together. Not to mention that Jane Rizzoli is a grown woman capable of deciding who she does and does not want to date. Meddling mother? You may cease now.



    Some things I especially liked: 1. The "what're you scared of?" conversation between Jane and Maura. I love how, instead of making her out to be the "Big Bad Tough Street Girl," they're making Jane as sensitive and human as she is sharp and impressive. 2. The snakes-in-the-car scene, for the same reasons. 3. The end scene, because although I don't like the Rizzoli/boss pairing, I did like that the boss isn't as big of a creep as he was made out to be. 4. The sobbing mother. I feel like these crime shows, although fascinating, rarely make the victims' surviving relatives as upset as real people are. Usually you just get a sniffle or two, and then the mother/wife/husband is just fine to rattle off answers to dozens of investigative questions. Seeing the grief in the mother's sobs was refreshing, even though it was saddening at the same time.



    Things I'm looking forward to: more Jane and Maura friendship moments - I love those. I hardly care whether they become lovers or not, and I'm sure that possibility is a key interest in this show (I admit, I find it intriguing, as well) - as long as that friendship is there, I'm satisfied. I'm also looking forward to more scenes of Jane and her brother. What I'm not looking forward to is more of Mrs. Rizzoli - unless they tune her way, way down.moreless
Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon

Det. Jane Rizzoli

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Dr. Maura Isles

Lorraine Bracco

Lorraine Bracco

Angela Rizzoli

Bruce McGill

Bruce McGill

Det. Vince Korsak

Lee Thompson Young

Lee Thompson Young

Det. Barry Frost

Jordan Bridges

Jordan Bridges

Frankie Rizzoli, Jr.

Deidre Henry

Deidre Henry

Mrs. Senna (Mathias' mother)

Guest Star

Michael Jace

Michael Jace

Malcolm Senna

Guest Star

Charles Malik Whitfield

Charles Malik Whitfield

Pastor Osorio Kokou aka Reginald Perry

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Det. Jane Rizzoli: Damn it. I am late for dinner. My mom's gonna kill me!
      Det. Barry Frost: You were firebombed, Jane. It's a good excuse!
      Det. Jane Rizzoli: Yeah. You don't know my mother.

    • Angela Rizzoli: Wow! That is one stunning little black dress. And, Jane, you look beautiful.
      Jane Rizzoli: Mom, where am I gonna wear this? A murder at the Boston Pops?

    • John Grant: Sorry I called you "frog face".
      Jane Rizzoli: What about "roly-poly Rizzoli"?
      John Grant: Yeah, that too. I liked you.
      Jane Rizzoli: Really?
      John Grant: Yeah. For a long time. I mean, like ... a really, really, really long time.

    • John Grant: I, uh, haven't seen you in a dress since, what, senior prom?
      Jane Rizzoli: With Charlie Krenz. He was a dork.
      John Grant: Yeah, he was a dork.
      Jane Rizzoli: What, are you gonna tell me I've filled out nicely?
      John Grant: Uh, and risk being brought up on, uh, harassment charges? Uh... maybe.

    • Jane Rizzoli: Maura, I can't go after that priest until I know what Matt died of.
      Maura Isles: Well, I'm not gonna guess.
      Jane Rizzoli: All right, well, what if you were to guess? Just hypothetically guess. What would be your guess... hypothetically?

    • Jane Rizzoli: Grant's a brass-kisser. Even when we were young, he had all the nuns wrapped around his little finger. (mimicking him) "Oh, I'll erase the board for you, sister Mary Pat". At recess, he would yell out, "Roly-poly Rizzoli eats cannoli".
      Maura Isles: Oh, you were overweight?
      Jane Rizzoli: No. I was athletic. And strong. Maybe I was a little chubby. Why? What'd they call you?
      Maura Isles: (speaking in a childish voice) "Maura, the bore-a". You know. They meant boring, but it doesn't rhyme.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Smlouva s áblem (Deal with the Devil)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey - March 1, 2011 on CNBC-e
      United Kingdom - September 27, 2011 on Alibi
      Germany - March 28, 2012 on Vox
      Czech Republic - September 20, 2012 on Prima family
      Finland - November 5, 2012 on MTV3

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