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'Rizzoli & Isles' 'It Takes a Village' recap: Loss, greed and normality

'Rizzoli & Isles' season 5 episode 9 "It Takes a Village"
'Rizzoli & Isles' season 5 episode 9 "It Takes a Village"
Eddy Chen, used with permission

The Tuesday, Aug. 12 episode of "Rizzoli & Isles," 509, "It Takes a Village," sees the aftermath of Jane's heroic actions in last week's hour. However, that doesn't mean the others – and Jane, from her hospital bed – don't still have a murder to solve.

"How am I supposed to be doing?" – Jane Rizzoli

First, let's discuss the case in this week's "Rizzoli & Isles." The body, "beautifully preserved," according to Maura, is found in the wine room in the basement of a house in foreclosure. Maura determines that she was poisoned, and it happened at least two years ago but not more than 10 due to what she's wearing. Fashion, it's important. One maggot milkshake later, and she also knows that she was poisoned with hemlock. It turns out that Fran died four and a half years ago, and with all her bills on auto-pay and lights on timers, the fact that she kept to herself (she even freelanced writing computer code for banks but never went into the offices) and her estranged relationship with her mother, no one noticed. But could she have taken her own life? Her stepfather hopes not.

They do momentarily have a lead when they find out that the gardener received a raise six months after Fran's death, but he's just a greedy guy who found her dead and decided to capitalize on it. He points them in another possible suspect's direction, but Bill too also found her body but is just greedy, in the sense that he knew no one would know he owed her money for an app they were developing if no one knew she was dead. However, Bill does give them a big clue: an inheritance. Turns out that Fran received nearly a million dollars from her father when he died, and it's in an offshore account.

The real break comes when they learn that Fran's mother had apparently been doing better and had been in remission before she died suddenly. There was no autopsy since she was a cancer patient, and her husband had her cremated the next day. It was all for the money, and unlike the other two guys who got a bit greedy, the stepfather wanted it all. He even goes so far as to take the bait when Korsak and Frankie tell him they're ruling Fran's death a suicide, but without any evidence the poison was in her possession, the bank is going to send investigators. The stepfather goes to plant the evidence, but the police are there waiting – and they never told him which poison it was so… Greedy, greedy Howard.

Meanwhile, Jane's stuck in the hospital recovering from her injuries, and while she's mostly just bruised, she did lose her baby. She may not know how to talk about that just yet (or even how she should be feeling), but Angela knows how she feels, as she reveals that she had a miscarriage a year before Jane was born. She was sad, devastated and confused, unable to understand how she could have such a sense of loss for something she never really had. Jane may not be ready to talk yet, but Angela knows she'll know when she is. Even so, her family (and we're including Korsak, of course) is there for her, and that means that just as she just wants a chance to relax and try to get back to normal, Korsak, Frankie and Angela are there with pizza to force her and Maura to watch the game with them. Thank you, "Rizzoli & Isles," for handling this the best way you can right now and not changing Jane's character.

As for Tasha, there has to be a reason why they're making this nurse so likeable, and there is. Because of the system, Tasha's likely to end up in a group home, and she knows that could affect her grades, so she runs away as soon as she gets the chance and hides out. Jane finds her, and Tasha admits her concerns. She just wants to graduate to get the chance to go to college and get a job, and in the end, Jane comes up with the perfect solution: the nurse is going to be her foster parent. But there are going to be some rules…

"Rizzoli & Isles" season 5 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on TNT. What did you think of episode 9 "It Takes a Village"?