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'Rizzoli & Isles' 5x11 'If You Can't Stand the Heat': Murder in SoBo

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Rizzoli & Isles Season Five Episode Eleven: If You Can't Stand The Heat

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Korsak: “You see how the dog is panting to cool down? Works for humans too.”

“If You Can’t Stand the Heat” is the August 26 episode of “Rizzoli & Isles.” If you haven’t seen this episode, beware of spoilers. The summer finale of “Rizzoli & Isles” airs next Tuesday at 8 p.m. CT on TNT.

This is definitely one of the more gross crime scenes. Thankfully there aren't a lot of scenes looking at Rich’s decomposing corpse. The writers did a good job of straying away from predictability with this case. There was a fear that maybe someone from the family was involved considering how dismissive the dad was, and how the sister reacted at the precinct. What the writers could have expanded on is why Eric checked himself into the hospital. The assumption is that it is post-traumatic stress from being kidnapped, but it is never really discussed. Did you enjoy the case?

It’s hot in Boston. There’s a heat wave and, of course, the air conditioner isn't working. Most procedurals usually have a heat wave episode, but they are always enjoyable. It’s a nice change up from the usual episodes, and with procedurals, a change is needed sometimes. The best part about it in this episode is the rush to autopsy. It would have been fun though to see more of Maura trying to work with all those people crammed into autopsy. She talks about it, but it isn't shown. Still, it’s a nice dose of humor. Did you enjoy the heat wave element?

Hands down, the best part of this episode is Sipowicz. The puppy is absolutely adorable, and he speaks Spanish. It’s a nice bit of comedy to lighten the episode. Plus, who doesn't love a puppy? What’s nice is that there isn't a connection to the case. It wouldn't have been shocking if somehow the owners of the puppy were involved. Instead, this is just a fun little running storyline. It would have been great to see Sipowicz interact with more people. Did you fall in love with Sipowicz?

What did you think of the episode? Did you see any point at all in the Angela’s tea storyline? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.

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