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The Boston Way...
on August 19, 2013
"Rizzoli & Isles" returns for its fourth season on TNT with its principal cast intact and a whole new set of excellent episodes set in the Boston Police Department. Angie Harmon is street-wise detective Jane Rizzoli; Sasha Alexander is her best friend, medical examiner Maura Isles. Bruce McGill and Lee Thompson Young are Jane's fellow Homicide Division squad mates Vince Korsak and Barry Frost. Lorraine Bracco is Jane's mother Angela.
When we last saw them at the end of Season Three, Jane and Maura were leading the rescue effort to get Jane's brother Tommy, his baby son TJ, and Detective Frost out of a collapsed parking garage. In the new season, the crew deals with the aftermath of that traumatic incident. Jane's injured soldier boyfriend will elect risky spinal surgery; Maura will struggle to build a relationship with her newly discovered mother and step-sister. The trial of Maura's mobster father Paddy Doyle will hang over the season, placing strains on Jane and Maura. Jane's brother Frankie finally gets his detective shield, putting him at odds with Jane at more crime scenes.
The episodes combine tense police procedural with moving and sometime hilarious family drama. Jane and Maura will have difficult cases to solve, including one in which Maura is framed for murder and another in which Jane has to work with an old boyfriend she no longer trusts. The christening of Tommy's TJ turns into a social disaster, with TJ's mother threatening to take the child out of state and away from Jane's family. The end result will be superb entertainment. The heart of the show continues to be the wonderful friendship between Jane and Maura. Recommended. And Rizzoli & Isles has already been renewed for Season Five.