Did they say that he was flying from Milan, Italy to Boston and stopped in LA to refuel? WTF?
I believe they did say that. WTF indeed.
I missed the last ep, saw the first two, but after seeing this one I'm done. The writing in this episode surpassed all previous eps in crappitude. The arguments between Jane and Maura were completely contrived and unbelievable. Why wouldn't Jane at least wait until the death was ruled a homicide before behaving as if everyone in the Fairfield family must be guilty of something. There was nothing there initially to indicate the death was anything but an accident, but Jane was immediately frothing at the mouth to grill her "suspects". And all the "rich girl/poor girl" arguments between Jane and Maura were completely ridiculous (not to mention totally cliché) - they're both supposed to be highly professional and focused on doing their jobs right, but in this episode they got derailed by unconvincing personal animosity toward each other regarding class - an issue which, it seems to me, they would have already worked out ages ago, if it had been a problem. Some really bad writing going on here.
Jane especially seems more and more like a problematic character. She's not written well, as others have pointed out, and Angie Harmon, though she does have her moments, is really not a skilled enough actress to transcend the bad material. Sasha Alexander does better, but I also think her character is written better - well slightly better, anyway.
I'll say it again, the mom just has to go. She's an idiot, and Lorraine Bracco's portrayal is awful. Get rid of her! The only Rizzoli I'm liking is Jane's brother (I forget his name) - I wouldn't mind seeing more of him. In fact, IMO they could get rid of Jane too and make her brother the "Rizzoli" of the title, and it would be an improvement.
It's too bad, because plotwise this episode did hold some surprises. I was sure the guilty party was going to be the lawyer, and it was a nice touch that he turned out to be OK. And the backstory of Maura's involvemnt with Garrett didn't seem hackneyed.
If only the writers could learn to write for their two leading ladies. Unfortunately I'm not going to stick around to see if they do.
Edited by nelblu, Aug 11, 2010 @ 9:25 PM.