Rizzoli & Isles (2010–2016)

Throwing Down the Gauntlet 

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


Jamie Babbit


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angie Harmon ... Jane Rizzoli
Sasha Alexander ... Maura Isles
Brian Goodman ... Lieutenant Sean Cavanaugh
Jordan Bridges ... Frankie Rizzoli Jr.
Lee Thompson Young ... Barry Frost
Bruce McGill ... Vince Korsak
Lorraine Bracco ... Angela Rizzoli
Sharon Lawrence ... Dr. Hope Martin
Matthew Del Negro ... Giovanni Gilberti
Jenny O'Hara ... Sister Winifred Callahan
Lenny Jacobson ... Rick Jaffe
Mark Hildreth ... Tom MacGregor, Jr.
Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Assistant District Attorney
Margaret Easley ... Mrs. Dietrich
Maite Schwartz ... Celia Jaffe


Jane and Maura investigate the death of a young woman whose body is found in a back alley dumpster. The killer apparently burned her hands to stymie her identification but the police find a driver's license on her. Maura determines that she was asphyxiated and suffered a severe blow to the head. Meanwhile, Jane is after Maura to locate her biological mother and it turns out she already has. She is Dr. Hope Martin a world famous physician who has done a good deal of forensic analysis. Jane arranges for her to come in and try to identify the dead girl. She turns out to be everything Maura could ever hope for in a mother but is determined that she should never know about their connection. As for the dead girl, she is identified as 27 year-old Emma Spencer, a legal intern who worked at the DA's office. She was investigating the murder of a friend who disappeared when they were young teenagers and whose remains were only recently discovered. She had also taken a leave of absence to work as... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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3 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Mark Hildreth (who plays Tom MacGregor Jr.) and Maite Schwartz (who plays Celia Jaffe) both appear in this episode yet share no screen time. Coincidentally, both also appear in the same episode of the CW's Supernatural in season four episode fourteen entitled 'Sex and Violence'. Hildreth plays Adam Benson while Schwartz plays Dr. Cara Roberts. See more »


Sharon Lawrence is scarcely 12 years older than Sasha Alexander, whose mother she plays. See more »


Dr. Hope Martin: Maybe I didn't believe that I could save people, but I knew I could speak for the dead
Dr. Maura Isles: Well, I wish I could speak for her
Dr. Hope Martin: She's someone's daughter. That's what drives me. Everyone is someone's child
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References Out of Africa (1985) See more »

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