Aug 20

Rizzoli & Isles 5×10 – Phoenix Rising – Recap

Rizzoli & Isles 5x10

Rizzoli & Isles 5×10 opens with a guy dousing a house with gasoline before setting it alight. Talk about a warm welcome to the episode (sorry). Read on for our recap of “Phoenix Rising”:

Jane hasn’t yet been cleared for duty after her hospital stay – and she’s not happy about it. As she waits for her mother to get to Maura‘s house with the mail, Maura tells her, “I know how badly you really want to get back to work, but I must admit that it’s been really nice having you here and I’m sad that you’re leaving.” (I still don’t understand why they don’t officially live together given that Jane is at Maura’s house constantly and, you know, they’re married, but whatever.)

Angela finally shows up, but the medical release letter Jane’s been waiting for doesn’t. Jane begs Maura, as her best friend and a doctor (she would’ve added “lesbian lover” if her mom weren’t present), to put her in a medically induced coma.

Jane: “Just one little coma! Is it really too much to ask?”
Maura: “You’d have better luck asking me to give you Oxycontin.”

…I think that’s a no.

Falsely accused?

Following the legendary Irish jig theme song, we learn that Korsak‘s spending his Saturday visiting a friend, Rick, in prison. Rick has six months left to live, and he wants Korsak to help clear his name so he doesn’t die with his son thinking he set the fire that killed his wife and daughter.

When Korsak drops by Maura’s house with the case files, Jane wants to get involved but can’t until she’s cleared for duty. Korsak explains that Rick was an alcoholic and the prevailing thinking was that he torched the house to get his cheating wife’s life insurance payout. The fact that Rick was found passed out in his backyard with acetone on his pants didn’t exactly strengthen his case. As Korsak and Maura talk, Jane hides some of the papers in a magazine and casually leaves the room.

Frankie drops by BPD headquarters to help with the effort. There’s a somber moment when he and Korsak acknowledge that he’s sitting at Frost‘s usually empty desk because his own is covered with files from the archives. Incidentally, this episode aired on the one-year anniversary of Lee Thompson Young‘s death; find out more about the foundation set up in his name.

A break in the case

While Jane’s at home looking over the papers she… ahem, borrowed… Korsak and Maura are talking about the case at the park (actually the Paramount Studios backlot, according to a tweet by writers’ assistant Diana Mendez). Maura suspects the fire burned too hot to have been caused by acetone alone – in other words, the convicting evidence in Rick’s case wasn’t so convicting after all.

New girl Nina confirms Maura’s suspicions with a fancy computer simulation, and Maura determines that the other accelerent used was toluene. The burn pattern indicates that the acetone and toluene had to have been poured from the same container, so if there’s no toluene on the pants Rick was wearing, that’s forensic proof he’s innocent. However, the guy in charge of manning the evidence lockup is a stickler for rules and won’t give Korsak access unless he has permission from the D.A.

So, if Rick didn’t set the fire, who did? With Korsak on speakerphone, Jane scribbles notes to Maura about how the wife’s boyfriend could have a motive. Of course, Maura blows her stealthiness by reading the notes aloud and reprimanding Jane for writing on her good cloth napkins.

“Sometimes your blatant disregard of the rules works to my advantage,” Korsak tells Jane wearily. He dispatches Frankie to do some digging, and the younger Rizzoli finds that the wife’s boyfriend had threatened to kill her and her husband mere weeks before the fire – but he has an iron-clad alibi.

Ever the observant detective, Jane remembers a wall calendar betraying the obstinate evidence guardian’s fetish for librarians. She breezes past the rules thanks to a getup purloined from Maura’s closet. Sure enough, while there’s acetone on the jeans, there’s no toluene. Korsak visits Rick’s son Jason to tell him his father is innocent, but doesn’t exactly get a warm reception. “You want me to believe he didn’t do it, you show me the guy who did,” Jason challenges him.

Meanwhile, Angela reveals that a letter from the department doctor did arrive, but she’d hidden it because she wasn’t ready for Jane to go back to work. Ultimately, she acknowledges that Jane can look after herself and tells her to “knock ‘em dead.” Jane points out that she’s a homicide detective, so they’re already dead. Ba-dum-chhh.

The right man

A new suspect emerges in the form of Rick’s former neighbor, Melvin, a member of a biker gang who sold his house and disappeared immediately after the fire. Six weeks later, he was stabbed to death in Florida. The investigators try to find a connection between Melvin and Rick, and determine that a case of mistaken identity is ultimately to blame: The two men owned similar trucks, and when the gang turned against Melvin, they simply targeted the wrong house. Finally, the mystery in Rizzoli & Isles 5×10 is solved! After the ringleader confesses, Rick’s conviction is overturned and his son finally accepts his innocence.

Back at Maura’s, Jane is told her mother is out dancing and insists on staying up until she knows Angela is home safely. Maura maintains that Angela is a grown woman, but then admits she probably won’t be able to sleep either. She and Jane end up cuddling on the couch under a blanket, because they’re gay for each other. The end.

What did you think of Rizzoli & Isles 5×10?

Aug 20

Royal Pains 6×11 – HankMed on the Half-Shell – Recap

Lorena and Divya on Royal Pains

Last week’s episode of Royal Pains left us with one big question: who shot Ray?

Well, not only did we find out just who put a bullet in Ray and almost shot Paige, but we also watched Divya handle her relationship with Lorena, Hank and Boris’ treatment of Tobias, Jeremiah’s continued struggles with women and Evan’s dealings with Emma and “mobster” Ray.

Read our recap of Royal Pains 6×11: “HankMed on the Half-Shell” to find out the details!

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Aug 19

Pretty Little Liars 5×12 – Taking This One To The Grave – Preview Promo

ASHLEY BENSON, LUCY HALE, SHAY MITCHELL, TROIAN BELLISARIO, JANEL PARRISHThe FatalFinale is almost here! There’s so much to look forward to! Is someone getting arrested? Is Alison forming her own army? And who is getting killed off??

The answers to this and more lie within next week’s episode. Watch the preview for Pretty Little Liars 5×12: “Taking This One To The Grave” below:

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Aug 19

Pretty Little Liars 5×11 – No One Here Can Love or Understand Me – Recap

SHAY MITCHELL, IAN HARDING

It’s the second to last episode of the season you guys. We do indeed get some answers tonight…but those answers don’t make sense! Also, if you’re a Ravenswood fan who is still mourning the loss of the series, don’t worry. The ending can be explained in one sentence.

Read on for our recap of Pretty Little Liars 5×11: “No One Here Can Love Or Understand Me” below:

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Aug 19

The Fosters 2×10 – Someone’s Little Sister – Recap

The Fosters 2x10

Remember The Fosters 1×10, when Callie ran away after kissing Brandon at Stef and Lena‘s wedding? How about Brandon’s severe beating at the end of The Fosters 1×21? One thing’s for sure – this show has a history of dramatic finales, and the last episode of season 2a was no exception. Read on for our recap of The Fosters 2×10, “Someone’s Little Sister”:
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Aug 19

Dallas 3×9 – Denial, Anger, Acceptance – Recap

Sue Ellen on Dallas during the fire at Southfork

Dallas is back for the second half of its third season!

Tonight, the episode picked up right where we left off. Not only did Southfork catch fire with Sue Ellen and Bo, the ex-ranch hand, caught inside, but Pamela overdosed on pills after catching (and joining) John Ross and Emma in the act. Did Sue Ellen, Bo and Pamela survive? Did Ann tell Bobby about that kiss with Harris? Will Elena ever catch on to Nicolas’ devious ways?

Read our recap of Dallas 3×9: “Denial, Anger, Acceptance” to find out!

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Aug 18

Switched at Birth 3×22 – Christmas Special – Preview Promo

Switched at Birth 3x22Switched at Birth may have wrapped up their season 3 summer finale tonight but fans still have something else to look forward to this year. A Christmas episode! What would happen if the switch never happened? It’s A Wonderful Life “Switched at Birth” style.

Watch the Switched at Birth 3×22 Christmas special preview below:

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Aug 18

Switched at Birth 3×21 – And Life Begins Right Away – Recap

LUCAS GRABEEL, CONSTANCE MARIE, VANESSA MARANO, KATIE LECLERC, D.W. MOFFETT, LEA THOMPSONIt’s graduation day for our Switched at Birth gang! But I feel like graduation is the last thing on anyone’s mind. Why? Well. You’ll see.

Read on for our recap of the summer finale of Switched at Birth 3×21: “And Life Begins Right Away” below:

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Aug 18

Interview with Sherri Saum on ‘The Fosters’ Finale – Exclusive

Sherri Saum InterviewSherri Saum can currently be seen starring as Lena Adams Foster on ABC Family’s hit original drama series The Fosters. The beautiful and talented actress is part of a cast that delivers a groundbreaking show that has received award recognition and critical acclaim. It has been a hit with fans around the world and a popular addition to the ABC Family network.

Season 2A of The Fosters wraps up its run tonight and we had the chance to chat with Sherri about what fans can expect in the exciting finale. We also talk about her friendship with Teri Polo, Lena’s bond with Jude, and the finale twist that will open up a can of worms for next season.

Read on for our exclusive interview with Sherri Saum below:

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Aug 18

Interview: Hayden Byerly on The Fosters finale, Jonnor, & more! – Exclusive

Hayden Byerly

Hayden Byerly stars as Jude on the hit ABC Family original drama The Fosters. Ahead of tonight’s mid-season finale, we caught up with Hayden to discuss the struggles his character has faced so far in season 2, what it’s like on set, what’s coming up next for Jude in the summer finale, and more!

Check out our exclusive interview with Hayden Byerly below:
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