“Rizzoli & Isles” Subtext Recap (5.02): Everybody needs a hug

So back to the hard bit. Frankie and Korsak are discussing the arrangements. Korsak is still having trouble with Frankie’s old job, the music. But after visiting Frost’s apartment, Frankie returns with some of his vinyl collection, including the last thing on his turntable. Korsak compliments Frost’s taste. And now it is his turn to have FEELINGS.

After his good cry, Korsak recommends Jane have one herself to loosen herself up. She has a big eulogy to deliver. Deep breath. Steady yourself. This part is going to hurt.


At the funeral bagpipes play “Amazing Grace.” The camera pans the crowd. Mrs. Frost is there, holding hands with her partner Robin. I know it’s a little thing to notice, but such continuity matters. Even Admiral Frost makes it after all. It’s another small, but significant, sign of respect. They’re going to do this right. The music stops and Jane rises.


Everything she says is about Barry, but we know it’s really about Lee. We shouldn’t be here today. He was too young and too good for us to be here today. Pictures flash up of Lee as a chid, Lee clowning with his co-stars. These are real, not staged–and so too was laughter and his smile. Even to those of us watching through a screen, it was infectious. Death may have taken him, but it can’t take our memories of him. And that, indeed, is the good news.


It’s short, but true. The scene doesn’t dwell, yet allows us time to grieve. Angie Harmon should be commended for her acting throughout, though there’s no disparagement in saying she probably wasn’t acting all that much. The loss is real. We will miss him. We were so lucky to have had him.

And then it’s over. We could discuss why the writers chose this route to memorialize Lee. A car crash has a suddenness and finality they probably found fitting. If he has been killed in the line of duty there would have been more reverberations echoing throughout the season of that case. And if they chose to mirror his real-life suicide, Nash said in an interview with Slate that they risked feeling exploitive. But the end is the end. And so it has come and the writers, cast and crew should be commended. And also given a hug–a big one.


After the service Jane returns to her apartment. Maura is on the phone with her, of course, fussing over her. She swears she’ll be OK. Jane says she’s going right to bed. And then chuckles because she tells Maura she knows she’d come over and stay with her in a heartbeat. Please, tell me again how they aren’t married.

She sorts through her mail before turning in. But in it Jane finds a postcard. It’s from Barry. After you lose someone, you can never really tell when the tears will come. Sometimes they happen at the obvious moments. At that phone call. During the funeral. And other times they come when you least expect it. When there’s a joke you can’t tell him anymore. Or a song you can’t hear him hum anymore. And you remember again. And it hurts because it has to.


And now, your #gayzzoli tweets. Pass the tissue, friends. We’ll get through this together.

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