‘Rizzoli & Isles’ season 6, episode 16 review: A look inside ‘East Meets West’

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If there is one thing that we have been pretty consistent about when it comes to crime shows over the years, it is this: We’re not typically a fan of the whole “mob” story. So many of them often feel the same, and there are only so many tropes that can be done. Also, we tend to find that these people are pretty humorless, and we prefer our crime procedurals to have a little more comedy.

With that in mind, “East Meets West” is probably our least favorite “Rizzoli & Isles” episode of the back half of season 6 so far. We didn’t get as much information as we wanted in regards to Jane’s shocker, and we don’t really think that the central mystery had that much of an exciting resolution other than watching someone get in Nicky in return for testifying against a gang.

The episode did start with a bit of an interesting premise, with a body found in the street and zero witnesses willing to help. This can often be a fascinating dynamic since it shows the fear that onlookers have when it comes to speaking up. Unfortunately, it didn’t get the emphasis we would have liked, even if it was nice to see Jane and Maura, who was battling sickness over the course of the episode, have to put their skills to the test in order to figure this out.

As for Angela and Kent’s home remedies for Maura, that was probably one of the more entertaining parts of the hour, though it did also help us to see that one of the biggest flaws here was just that this episode was probably a little too much about the entire cast, and maybe not enough about Rizzoli & Isles together. We do have some more stories to tell this season, and maybe through those we’ll get some more answers as to what we seek. As for “East Meets West,” we’ll concede that it was moderately entertaining; we just want more given that we are so near the end of the season. Grade: C+.

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