The Tuesday, Aug. 5 episode of "Rizzoli & Isles," 508, "Lost & Found," sees the detectives investigate what looks like professional hits on a couple. Meanwhile, Frost's replacement is introduced and Jane finally meets Maura's boyfriend. But could Jane's heroic act cost her?
Jane meeting Jack very much fades into the background given the nature of the case in this "Rizzoli & Isles" episode, though he does all the right things and says all the right things and Jane likes him, so he gets points. Plus, all signs seem to be pointing to him sticking around, which is good because, well, he's played by Enver Gjokaj, and Maura deserves some luck in the romance department.
There's no big fanfare or introduction when it comes to Frost's replacement. Yes, it's obvious that's why Nina's there and the one helping with this case, but it's done subtly enough that it lessens the blow to think of him being replaced, even though it had to happen. Their acknowledgment of that is done right as well, with Korsak and Jane's conversation and the remark that the situation makes it easier on them.
However, "Lost & Found" does, in a way, seem to focus on how much Nina can help the team in a slightly pushy way, but hopefully that's downplayed a bit in future episodes. We get it, she's Wonder Woman at a computer. Show us over time, not just over the course of one episode. It's a tricky situation, but the series seems to be handling it well overall, going back to the first episode after Frost's death.
As for the case itself, it's maybe about a B+, just like Tasha's average in school. A couple is murdered, professional hit-style, in a way that can make you question accepting a light from a stranger in an alley or looking through the peephole of your front door, but the real mystery becomes not who killed them but who saw the wife killed and who could be next on the killer's list for being a witness. Then the search turns to not finding the shooter, but finding this witness, Tasha, a teenager who has been homeless and taking care of herself for 18 months after her mother died. Those turns are what make this episode good. Instead of the original case being the focus, it's about protecting this girl.
Yes, Korsak's reminder for everyone to wear vests and Jane going ahead despite the bad connection keeping her from letting him know where she is are giant signs flashing in red lights that hey, something bad is going to happen, but that's okay. Jane and Tasha both get shot, but while Jane does have her vest, which she almost forgets in her car, Tasha's bleeding out – and so it's up to Maura to talk to keep her awake (fortunately, they have a lot in common because someone else? Maura's conversation might have put to sleep) while Jane hunts down the shooter stalking them without her gun because Tasha needs medical attention yesterday.
In the end, Jane ends up on the wrong side of the pipe she uses on the killer, but her team arrives in time to shoot him before he can strike again. That said, is anyone else really worried about the blows Jane took before Korsak and Frankie arrived on scene and what it could mean for her pregnancy?
"Rizzoli & Isles" season 5 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on TNT. What did you think of episode 8 "Lost & Found"?