The friendship between Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) that is the hallmark of "Rizzoli & Isles" will continue into Season 5 of the hit TNT drama as the Boston crime-solving duo investigate more complex and dangerous cases than ever before. But in the first two episodes of the season, they will also address the real-life death of Lee Thompson Young, by laying to rest his TV character Detective Barry Frost.
"Although, it is not an upbeat topic, our second episode, which deals with the loss of Lee is, I think, a very powerful episode just in terms of dealing with the loss, how it is written in and how the characters deal with it," Sasha Alexander told Examiner.com during a set visit. "It is the kind of episode we have never done here before. I am excited for people to see it because we all went thought something, I think the audience went through something, and it gives it the respect that it deserves. I am excited for people to see that and then have us as a team move forward."
In the premiere episode, the murder of a jogging mother leads to the search for her missing baby, which is a nice counterpart to Jane dealing with the fact that she is pregnant with Casey's [Chris Vance] baby but the father is nowhere in sight.
"Maura is there when Jane goes to her first OB/GYN appointment," Alexander says of an upcoming episode. "As a matter of fact, Angela [Lorraine Bracco] gets a little jealous because she wants to be the one going to all the appointments, but Jane doesn't always want mommy to be at everything, so Maura is reading a lot and offering ideas, and let's say, gathering information about the best car seats and whatever. So, she is the supportive friend … in her own neurotic way."
Want more dish? Alexander answered all the burning questions we posed going into the new season of "Rizzoli & Isles." Following is what she had to say:
Executive producer Jan Nash told us that Maura gets a motorcycle?
She finds one that she falls in love with. I think, the idea is that Jane can get around town faster.
A sidecar in Boston doesn't sound very safe?
Apparently, you can ride on sidewalks.
Maura has her biological parents, who she met as adults. Are either Hope [Sharon Lawrence] or Paddy Doyle [John Doman] going to appear the first half of this season?
They are not. Maura's family personal life is going to take a back seat this season. They did a lot of it before, so they are building up Korsak [Bruce McGill] and Frankie [Jordan Bridges], and focusing on a lot of cop and crime stuff. Maura does get a possible boyfriend, who is not a crazy person, so that is fun. It is played by an actor named Enver Gjokaj, and he is just wonderful. I don't know where it is going because we are not that far into it, but it is fun to see Maura … she likes him, but then she doesn't know what to do with it. There is a lot of weird neurosis coming up for her this season. Emotionally speaking, she kind of deals with things in a very offbeat way.
Can you say how she meets him?
She goes to teach a class at a university, a seminar on forensic science, and she meets him there. He is a professor.
What happens with Frankie? They did share a kiss.
It is not over. Something happens between them in the beginning of the season, where they deal with their kiss, and then, I think, they just make a decision. I don't want to believe that it is over. I think there is something between them. I just don't think it is something that is ready to be worked out now.
Does Jane weigh in on it?
A little bit. She picks up the vibe for sure.
"Rizzoli & Isles" premieres its fifth season on Tuesday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TNT.