The Best Episodes of Rizzoli & Isles

Last Updated: Dec 3, 2018

Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are complete opposites and good friends who solve crimes and bust some of Boston’s most notorious criminals. Jane and Maura often find themselves working together as both use their brilliant minds and expertise to figure Boston’s most complex cases.

Goodbye

#1 - Goodbye

Season 5 - Episode 2

A woman walks into the station and confesses to killing someone; the team tries to unravel a bizarre case while dealing with the loss of a colleague.

star 8.26
473 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: Jan Nash
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When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang

#2 - When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang

Season 1 - Episode 10

After an undercover cop working a narcotics-smuggling sting is shot dead, the killers next turn their sights on Boston homicide headquarters, leaving Jane, Maura and Frankie Jr. trapped in a fight for survival on their home turf. It's a situation that will force Maura to challenge herself like never before. On the home front, Jane's parents are excited that their oldest child, Tommy, is being released after serving time in prison.

star 8.23
402 votes
Writers: Janet Tamaro
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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

#3 - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

Season 2 - Episode 12

Boston Homicide teams up with the FBI after a bank manager is shot during a robbery. Jane’s brother Tommy may be facing more trouble just as his relationship with Maura begins to grow.

star 8.20
389 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: David Gould, Dee Johnson
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Ocean Frank

#4 - Ocean Frank

Season 7 - Episode 13

Facts don't add up when a man is found dead and handcuffed to a bed in a home. Also, everyone makes a farewell video as a 'bon voyage' party fast approaches in the series finale.

star 8.20
761 votes
Directors: Michael Robin
Writers: Russell J. Grant, Jan Nash
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Remember Me

#5 - Remember Me

Season 2 - Episode 10

When a prison inmate is murdered, a serial killer claims to have information useful to the case. Frankie readies himself for the detective exam.

star 8.19
390 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Janet Tamaro
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Burning Down the House

#6 - Burning Down the House

Season 2 - Episode 15

When a warehouse fire kills a firefighter, Jane and Maura must investigate whether it was arson or an accident. But the investigation hits a snag when a hit-and-run leaves someone in the hospital. FBI Agent Gabriel Dean returns, hoping to rekindle his relationship with Jane.

star 8.19
371 votes
Writers: Janet Tamaro
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Killer in High Heels

#7 - Killer in High Heels

Season 4 - Episode 4

Maura becomes a murder suspect when her date is found dead and she can not remember their evening together; Jane struggles to protect her best friend while doing her job.

star 8.17
479 votes
Directors: Mark Haber
Writers: Charles Grant Craig, Ken Hanes
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What Doesn't Kill You

#8 - What Doesn't Kill You

Season 3 - Episode 1

Jane and Maura’s friendship suffers following the shooting of Maura’s biological father, gangster Paddy Doyle. Jane also finds herself in the middle of an Internal Affairs investigation. And her relationship with Agent Dean is exposed.

star 8.13
415 votes
Writers: Janet Tamaro
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Dance With the Devil

#9 - Dance With the Devil

Season 4 - Episode 5

Maura gains insight into her father; Korsak opens up about Cavanaugh's tragic past; Maura and Jane unravel a shocking secret about Paddy and Hope.

star 8.13
454 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Janet Tamaro
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Dirty Little Secret

#10 - Dirty Little Secret

Season 3 - Episode 2

Tensions continue to mount between Jane and Maura, causing those close to them to be caught in the middle. But they must put aside their differences when they investigate the case of a college student who died in a tunnel. Meanwhile, Frankie Sr. returns with news that upsets Angela.

star 8.11
425 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Steve Lichtman, Kiersten Van Horne
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Don't Stop Dancing, Girl

#11 - Don't Stop Dancing, Girl

Season 2 - Episode 14

The world of competitive dance turns deadly when the mother of a star performer is stabbed to death at a competition. Jane and the team search for clues, but they soon realize something is off about the woman’s history. Korsak has his hands full when his stepson is accused of shooting a cop.

star 8.11
358 votes
Directors: Mark Haber
Writers: David Gould, Janet Tamaro
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Throwing Down the Gauntlet

#12 - Throwing Down the Gauntlet

Season 3 - Episode 5

Jane looks for a way for Maura to meet her biological mother, Dr. Hope Martin. Angela gets involved in a political campaign. And a nun from Jane and Frankie Jr.’s past returns.

star 8.09
390 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Antoinette Stella, Janet Tamaro
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Welcome to the Dollhouse

#13 - Welcome to the Dollhouse

Season 3 - Episode 4

Young female professionals dressed as dolls are turning up dead on the public transit system, and Jane and Maura must piece together the clues. Angela implements new ideas for the café. And Jane learns more about how Casey was injured.

star 8.09
377 votes
Directors: Mark Haber
Writers: Russell J. Grant, Janet Tamaro
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This Is How a Heart Breaks

#14 - This Is How a Heart Breaks

Season 3 - Episode 3

When Maura meets a new guy named Dennis in a very unusual way, he opens up a different side of her. And Jane is filled with mixed emotions after someone from her past returns.

star 8.08
386 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: David Gould, Sal Calleros
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Brown Eyed Girl

#15 - Brown Eyed Girl

Season 2 - Episode 4

When the daughter of a police officer is kidnapped in front of her younger brother, Jane and the team race to find the girl, fearing her abduction is connected to another case in which a young girl turned up dead only hours earlier.

star 8.07
397 votes
Directors: Mark Haber
Writers: Julie Hébert
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Gone Daddy Gone

#16 - Gone Daddy Gone

Season 2 - Episode 9

After a young dockworker is killed, evidence surfaces that the mob has connections to dock operations, which brings up questions regarding involvement by Maura's biological father. Jane does everything she can to get out of sensitivity training. Meanwhile, Maura and Tommy start spending time together.

star 8.06
362 votes
Directors: Fred Toye
Writers: David Gould, Dee Johnson
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No More Drama in My Life

#17 - No More Drama in My Life

Season 3 - Episode 15

Dr. Hope Martin returns to ask Maura for a life-altering favor. Jane worries about the impending spinal surgery for Lt. Col. Casey Jones, and Tommy shows off baby T.J. But all gets shoved to the side when a building collapses, trapping loved ones inside.

star 8.06
371 votes
Writers: Janet Tamaro
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You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone

#18 - You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone

Season 4 - Episode 16

A senator's daughter is found murdered; Tommy begins to slip back into old habits; Jane reveals some shocking news.

star 8.06
436 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
Writers: Janet Tamaro
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We Don't Need Another Hero

#19 - We Don't Need Another Hero

Season 2 - Episode 1

After taking a bullet during a siege of the precinct, Jane Rizzoli is honored as a hero at a public event. The celebration is short-lived, however, when disaster strikes. The ensuing case reunites Jane with an old high-school flame, Sgt. Major Casey Jones, who may be just the person she needs to heal her emotional scars.

star 8.04
416 votes
Writers: Janet Tamaro
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Can I Get a Witness?

#20 - Can I Get a Witness?

Season 2 - Episode 11

When a community activist is gunned down, one brave witness comes forward to testify against a well-known gang member who is thought to have murdered 15 people. While the detectives work diligently to put him away, television host Bill O’Reilly comes to town for a book signing and criticizes the police department on-air.

star 8.04
382 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Janet Tamaro, Elizabeth Benjamin
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A New Day

#21 - A New Day

Season 5 - Episode 1

Jane works to solve the murder of a jogger; Jane tries to hide her pregnancy from her mother; Maura and Frankie face the aftermath of their kiss.

star 8.03
504 votes
Writers: Michael Sardo
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Food for Thought

#22 - Food for Thought

Season 4 - Episode 15

When a food truck chef dies suddenly, all signs point to poisoning; Tommy announces some big plans; Maura's birth mother tries to make amends with her daughter.

star 8.03
412 votes
Directors: Steve Clancy
Writers: Janet Tamaro
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My Own Worst Enemy

#23 - My Own Worst Enemy

Season 2 - Episode 8

With no obvious clues as to why a man was killed, Jane and Maura must delve into his background to get answers. Jane senses that Maura's keeping something from her.

star 8.02
383 votes
Writers: Joel Fields
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Living Proof

#24 - Living Proof

Season 2 - Episode 2

Jane and Maura's relaxing day at an outdoor spa is anything but when they discover the murder of a pregnant woman serving as a surrogate mother. Soon the hunt is on to find the baby's biological parents.

star 8.02
424 votes
Directors: Bethany Rooney
Writers: Dee Johnson
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No One Mourns the Wicked

#25 - No One Mourns the Wicked

Season 4 - Episode 9

Jane and Maura are asked to present the case of a serial killer at a symposium for law enforcement; Jane and Maura make a discovery.

star 8.02
447 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: Janet Tamaro
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