For the stars of “Rizzoli & isles,” their favorite moments mix the silly and the significant.
Sasha Alexander recalls the scene at the end of season two when Jane shot Maura’s biological father. “I remember the creator of the show, Janet Tamaro, was fighting for that. The network didn’t believe the fans would want to see [Rizzoli and Isles] fight, but I remember her saying, ‘This will deepen their friendship,’” Alexander says. “It was an extremely dramatic moment but it gave us a place to go.”
The more comedic moments also stick out. “I remember one where Jane was preparing Maura to go undercover and Maura was so excited she was like a kid coming out of her skin,” Alexander says. “And all the while Jane’s trying to calm her down and get the mic on her.”
Harmon says she enjoyed the season seven premiere where she spent a night cavorting in a Vivienne Westwood dress: “I was barefoot on the Paramount lot being a badass and shooting guns and that’s my thing.”
Harmon also cited the episode where the show laid to rest Barry Frost, following the suicide of actor Lee Thompson Young. “This is the first time I’ve spoken about it, but it was my favorite one because of the kindness that was shown to us as a show and cast and a family,” Harmon says. “And it was right for the fans. They needed that kind of closure and we needed to be respectful to his family.”
Jane Rizzoli eulogized Frost, but it was clear Harmon was also mourning the loss of Young. “It was very difficult to shoot; we were living it,” she says. “The fact they let us give him the proper send-off was such a blessing from TNT and Warner Bros. Horrible as it was, it really kept my faith in the people in my industry.”