‘Rizzoli & Isles’ season 7, episode 9 review: A race against time

Do you love courtroom drama, Jane being under the gun, and some assorted silliness? About how funny commentary on courtroom outfits? If you answer these questions with a “yes,” odds are that this episode of “Rizzoli & Isles” tonight was right up your alley and then some.

From the very onset of this case, we had a feeling this was going to be a good one because we like these sort of missions that feel a little bit like “24” … or at least “24” times three. After some key evidence went missing, Jane and the BPD had under 72 hours in order to figure out a way to gather information and clues all over again. It was like a re-investigation mixed with some courtroom drama; it was enough of a shake-up from the signature show formula to make us happy.

We’re not going to depend that there were some obvious logic issues in here, with the idea of DNA results coming in over the course of an hour being at the top of the list. Also, you could certainly argue that in general the show made the circumstances for them rather than the other way around, and maybe the “magic trick” at the end is something we all saw coming. Still, Frankie and Nina are fun! We’re not going to hate on a silly-but-charming B-story.

As a whole, this was a good episode from the standpoint of the main characters, though we do wish Jane and Maura had more direct time together. It was entertaining, provided that you weren’t an eagle eye looking out for ways in which it slipped up. Grade: B-.

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