Now, I am fan of Tess Gerritsen’s work. And I quite like Rizzoli & Isles, the TNT show based on her characters, best friends Detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles. But make no mistake, there’s only the slightest of connections between the two—if you love one, you may hate the other.
One of the oddest choices I found when I started watching the show was the obvious “flirtatiousness” between Jane and Maura. I am not the most sensitive person in the world to such things, so I thought maybe I was wrong, but the Intertubes assure me I was not imagining it. Or, at least, I wasn’t alone in imagining it.
For a long time, I just went “well, that’s their artistic decision.” And then I found the After Ellen site’s Rizzoli & Isles “subtext recaps” by “Dorothy Snarker,” and my enjoyment increased tenfold. These are a third form of entertainment entirely. You don’t have to watch the show to read them and get a giggle. For example, Snarker says about the most recent episode:
Then, in a moment that stretches not only credulity but the laws of nature, the dead guy rises. Well, one particular part of him rises. And as it rises it even makes a cartoony creaking up, up, up sound. Because when you’re a very special guest star, even your penis gets sound effects. Jane is, naturally, horrified. Because who wouldn’t be horrified by a zombie boner?
[. . .]
Maura performs an emergency cricothyrotomy to save him, which in non-medical terms means she jams a pen barrel into his throat. It works, the dead guy comes to and smiles at Maura. He even grabs her hand. Um, how long was he without oxygen in that body bag? Because only someone with severe brain damage would try of flirting with Dr. Isles in front of Det. Rizzoli. As the EMTs cart him off, Maura asks if she and Jane “should bump fists?” Man, what is up with you ladies and your adding/leaving out of important words today? You should definitely bump something together, but not fists.
See what I mean? No need to watch the show. And you either like the humor or you don’t. If it’s your kind of thing, I urge you to check it out. Even if you don’t watch the show, and especially if you do.