Angie Harmon (Law & Order) and Sasha Alexander (NCIS) co-star as Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, close friends and complete opposites who, together, solve some of Boston's most notorious crimes. Jane is a blue-collar Boston native with an uncompromisingly brash and beautiful bull-in-a-china shop approach to both cases and life. Maura, raised by affluent, educated, globe-trotting parents, is a quirky combination of a science nerd and an elegantly chic girly girl. As different as they are, they've formed a perfect and unique partnership to unravel complex crimes and catch the bad guy.
The drama series also features the seasoned and lovable Detective Vince Korsak, Rizzoli's former partner who was initially hurt to find Jane now partnered with the computer savvy but squeamish Detective Barry Frost; Frankie Rizzoli Jr., Jane's younger brother who is now following in her footsteps as a detective; Lieutenant Detective Sean Cavanaugh, whose knowledge of the hardscrabble back alleys of Boston and history as a detective make him the perfect choice to head the Homicide unit; and Jane's nosy but warm-hearted mother Angela Rizzoli (The Sopranos' Lorraine Bracco), who moved into Maura's guesthouse after her recent divorce. Rizzoli & Isles is based on the crime novels by internationally best-selling author Tess Gerritsen.
01 - We Are Family
Based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, RIZZOLI & ISLES follows Boston's toughest crime-solving duo: Jane Rizzoli (series star ANGIE HARMON), a tough-as-nails police detective, and Maura Isles (series star SASHA ALEXANDER), a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry and strong working relationship that has helped them bust some of Boston's most notorious criminals.
The drama series also features the seasoned and lovable Detective Vince Korsak (series star BRUCE McGILL), Rizzoli's former partner who was initially hurt to find Jane now partnered with the computer savvy but squeamish Detective Barry Frost (series star LEE THOMPSON YOUNG); Frankie Rizzoli Jr. (series star JORDAN BRIDGES), Jane's younger brother who recently achieved his dream of being a detective; Lieutenant Detective Sean Cavanaugh (series star BRIAN GOODMAN), whose knowledge of the hardscrabble back alleys of Boston and history as a detective make him the perfect choice to head the Homicide unit; and Jane's nosy but warm-hearted mother, Angela Rizzoli (series star LORRAINE BRACCO).
In the fourth season premiere, a community parade turns deadly in a case that brings family tensions and politics to the forefront. Maura, who is dealing with her own family issues, is not quite herself. And a surprise visit from Lt. Col. Casey Jones (recurring guest star CHRIS VANCE) reveals some shocking news.
02 - In Over Your Head
While investigating the homicide of an overzealous journalism student, Jane is not happy when a former colleague (recurring guest star AMAURY NOLASCO -- Prison Break) returns to the Boston Police Department as the new lieutenant of the drug unit. But the murder Jane is investigating soon forces her to deal with him -- and the event in the past that wrecked their relationship. Meanwhile, an alarming tip from Cailin (recurring guest star EMILEE WALLACE) causes Maura to investigate Hope (recurring guest star SHARON LAWRENCE).
03 - But I Am A Good Girl
Baby TJ's christening turns grim when a body is discovered in the church. Jane almost abuses her power in order to protect her brother Tommy (recurring guest star COLIN EGGLESFIELD) when Lydia's fiancé, Stuart Stawbridge (guest star JAREB DAUPLAISE -- Mad Men) threatens to take custody of TJ, and budget cuts cause tensions to run high around the department.
04 - Killer in High Heels
Maura becomes the key suspect in a homicide case when Maura's date turns up dead -- and Maura can't remember their evening together. As the shocking evidence against Maura piles up, Jane struggles between protecting her best friend and doing her job.
05 - Dance With the Devil
On the first day of Paddy's (recurring guest star JOHN DOMAN -- Borgia, Damages, The Wire) murder trial, Maura gains insight into her father from Hope (recurring guest star SHARON LAWRENCE). Korsak opens up about Cavanaugh's tragic past. And in an unexpected twist, Maura must decide which side she's on when she and Jane unravel a shocking secret about Paddy and Hope that affects them all.
06 - Somebody's Watching Me
When a beleaguered Jane spills hot coffee on a stranger, a viral video of Jane's bad day potentially jeopardizes her career and reputation. Meanwhile, the squad rushes to solve a puzzling murder case involving a conspiracy theorist.
07 - All For One
A popular high school teacher is killed in a hit and run that is clearly no accident. The squad works to solve the case, but Jane is preoccupied with Lt. Martinez's (recurring guest star AMAURY NOLASCO) apparent favoritism towards his own drug unit.
08 - Cold As Ice
Frankie Jr. is brought in to help with a gruesome murder case involving a youth hockey league. Frustrated with Hope (recurring guest star SHARON LAWRENCE), Cailin (recurring guest star EMILEE WALLACE) asks to stay with Maura. But Maura quickly learns that living with her younger half-sister requires skills she does not have.
09 - No One Mourns the Wicked
When Jane and Maura are asked to present the case of serial killer Charles Hoyt at a symposium for law enforcement, Jane worries that her greatest challenge will be facing bad memories. However, as she and Maura begin a simulation of investigating Hoyt's murders, they soon come across a horrifying discovery. In a matter of moments, the team finds themselves drawn into a lethal game of cat and mouse with a new and terrifying serial killer.
10 - Built for Speed
When a late-night amateur drag race turns deadly, the squad works quickly to solve what turns out to be a particularly dangerous case. As evidence unfolds, Jane suspects that the motive for murder may have been an attempt to conceal drug trafficking. However, when she turns to Lt. Martinez (recurring guest star AMAURY NOLASCO) for help he seems to be thwarting her investigation.
11 - Judge, Jury and Executioner
A mock trial advisor (guest star A'DA ALISON WOOLFOLK -- Franklin & Bash) dies tragically during a competition. Meanwhile, Angela's increased interest in selling brownies has Jane concerned that she may be hiding financial issues. And Tommy (recurring guest star COLIN EGGLESFIELD) hires a lawyer (guest star CHRIS COPPOLA -- Beowulf) to settle his claim against the Storrow Center. DOUG SAVANT (Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place) also guest stars as a mock trial advisor, a colleague of the woman who dies.
12 - Partners in Crime
In the summer finale, the squad rushes to solve a violent homicide case muddied by conflicting evidence. Maura is burdened with the major decision of whether to take in her recently paroled grandfather (guest star RICHARD HERD -- Seinfeld, T.J. Hooker). Meanwhile, Jane and Casey (recurring guest star CHRIS VANCE) are forced to decide between their careers and their romantic relationship.
13 - Tears of a Clown
When a kidnapper who dresses as a clown re-emerges after 20+ years, the squad digs for clues from the unsolved abductions of 1988. Jane and Casey (CHRIS VANCE) become more serious.
14 - Just Push Play
A singer/guitar player is brutally and mysteriously stabbed in a bar -- but did the victim have something to hide? Jane's dad (CHAZZ PALMINTERI) returns, and he's got shocking news
15 - Food For Thought
A food truck chef dies suddenly, prompting many questions. Tommy (COLIN EGGLESFIELD) announces plans that have Angela excited. Maura's birth mother (SHARON LAWRENCE) reaches out
16 - You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone
Homeland Security steps in when a senator's daughter is murdered. Tommy (COLIN EGGLESFIELD) and Frankie get into a fight. Jane reveals shocking news that could be life-changing.