Tonight on TNT RIZZOLI & ISLES returns with an all new Tuesday, March 17 season 5 finale called, “Bite Out of Crime; Family Matters,” and we have your weekly recap below. On tonight’s episode, the squad tracks a serial sniper. Maura [Sasha Alexander] forges a friendship with a witness, who suffers from a condition that causes him to believe he’s a wolf.
On the last episode, a man was bludgeoned to death on the side of a road, prompting the squad to join forces with another detective who had been investigating the same roadside killer. Elsewhere, Maura’s identity was stolen, so she reached out to Angela for help. Did you watch the last episode? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.
On tonight’s episode per say TNT Synopsis “the squad works overtime hunting down a serial killer sniper. Maura befriends a witness to the crime, who happens to suffer from a mental condition that has him believing he is a wolf. Also a husband’s murder is investigated, but the case turns complex when it’s discovered he may have been living a double life. The Season 5 finale.”
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Tonight’s episode of Rizzoli and Isles kicks off with a string of murders in Central Park, the victims were killed by a sniper. Maura sits down in the interrogation room with the witness while he inhales a sandwich like a savage, their one witness to the murder doesn’t speak and acts like a wild animal. He growls at her that he was “hurt by the hunter” and snaps at her like a dog when she tries to talk to him. Maura leaves the room and tells Jane that she thinks he is having a psychotic break that is triggered by schizophrenia. Jane is lost by Maura’s analysis. Maura explains in layman terms that “McGruff thinks he is a werewolf.”
Maura and Jane brief Frankie on their werewolf – he thinks that he is faking it. Maura argues that he has been living in a den soaked in urine for weeks in the park, and Jane points out that people have been calling the police and reporting a crazy man barking at them and stealing their food. Jane doesn’t want their only witness to the murder to wind up in a psych ward. Maura agrees to “buy him some cheeseburgers ad buy him some time.”
Korsack and Frankie are trying to track down the sniper’s bullets – they get a list of people that buy custom gunpowder. Korsack tells Frankie to get the driver license pictures of all of the people on the list to see if their werewolf can identify the shooter.
Maura’s boyfriend visits her in her office – he tells her that he figured out a plan. He was offered a full time position to teach at a university out of state, but he doesn’t want to leave Maura. So, he went back to the university and they offered him a job in Boston – only it will only be part time and he won’t receive tenure. Maura isn’t sure if she wants him to make that kind of sacrifice for her, she feels guilty.
Frankie and Korsack get a phone call – they just found another sniper’s nest in Central Park. Jane rushes down to the lab and tells Maura that she needs her to come talk to the werewolf about the third sniper’s nest that they just found. Maura warns Jane that whenever she mentions the hunter, it triggers his fear response and he lashes out.
At the park, Frankie and Korsack investigate the sniper’s nest. They notice that there is only one streamer hanging in the nest to test the wind, unlike the other nests. Korsack looks at the photos of the other nests they found and realizes that the sniper shot Jeremy Fritz from the third nest, which means he was the prime target, and all of the other victims were killed just to throw them off.
Maura heads in to the interrogation room with the werewolf, she decides to show him compassion because she thinks that it will help him open up to her about the sniper. His wrist is sprained, so she wraps it with a bandage. The witness says that the hunter came at night to make the nests in the trees, he says the hunter came during the day with a gun and he knew he was going to hurt people – so he climbed the tree to try and stop him but he knocked him down and hurt him. Maura asks what else he remembers about the hunter, the werewolf says he is “loud, copper, wet.”
Jeremy Fritz gets out of surgery, but the doctors tell Frankie that he still isn’t well enough to answer any questions yet. Korsack has a theory, the werewolf said that the hunter was “copper and wet,” that might mean that he bit him. Jane gets a phone call from Maura and rushes to the hospital – she says that their witness had a tumor on his brain and that was why he was acting like a werewolf. Jane brings along two police officers and tells them to stay with their werewolf witness, in case the sniper tries to take him out at the hospital to keep him quiet.
After Jane leaves the hospital, Maura and the doctors wheel the witness out in to the hallway to take him to get a cat scan. A man in a leather jacket walks past them in the hallway and the witness begins freaking out, he tells Maura they are in danger and she needs to “run.” She realizes that the man in the leather jacket must be the hunter and she grabs a pair of scissors and chases after him after calling Jane and telling her the hunter is at the hospital.
Jane arrives at the hospital and begins searching for Maura and the hunter, meanwhile Maura runs in to him in the stairwell and stabs him in the legs with the scissors. The hunter manages to get away from her but runs smack in to Jane, she tackles him and arrests him.
At the police station Korsack runs a background check on the hunter and learns that his name is Wesley Peidmont – he actually comes from a rich family. He has never worked a day in his life, but he did receive awards for his rifle skills. Apparently Wesley’s family had gotten him a job at Jeremy Fritz’s financial firm, and it was his last chance to get his life together, if he didn’t work for Jeremy then his parents were going to cut him off. So, Wesley decided to take out Jeremy so he didn’t have to work for him, and killed a few innocent bystanders just to make the crime seem random.
Maura visits the werewolf witness in the hospital, she breaks the news to him that they found a tumor on his brain and that is why he is acting crazy. She reassures him that the tumor is benign and the doctors can remove it, then he won’t think that he is a wolf anymore. They also found his family, and his name is Michael Lyons and he is a student at University of New Hampshire. Michael thanks Maura for everything she did for him and shakes her hand. Afterwards Maura meets with her boyfriend in the park, she tells him that he has to take the job out of state so that he can be with his daughter Ally. Maura refuses to be the reason that he isn’t n his daughter’s life. They hug and say their goodbyes.
Jane and Maura head out for drinks with Angela – Jane’s mom says that they got a lucky break with the werewolf in the park. If Michael hadn’t ID’d the sniper, then it would have “been just like that movie with the guy with the limp.”
The second half of Rizzoli & Isles season finale kicks off with a woman lying in bed with a blindfold on and her hands handcuffed to the headboard. She is role-playing with a man named Ronald. The woman shouts for help and pretends to be a damsel in distress and Ronald runs around in a cape pretending to be her superhero. Suddenly there is a thud, and Ronald drops to the floor, the woman’s blindfold is splattered with his blood and she screams for help.
Jane is trying to cheer Maura up after her break-up, she offers to take her on a hike or they could pretend to be French – Maura isn’t in the mood. But, she perks up when Jane gets a phone call and they have a murder to investigate. They head to the hotel where Ronald was shot. Inside the hotel room they find cops sawing the headboard of the bed to get the woman free. The paramedics sedated the woman because she was hysterical.
Maura investigates Ronald’s body and says that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. Jane thinks he just slipped and bumped his head while he was flying around pretending to be a superhero. Maura says the only way their superhero could have died from hitting his head on the bed post is if he was flying at a rate of 120 miles per hour or fell from 18 stories. Ronald was definitely hit over the head by another person. Back at the police station they learn that Ronald Wallace was a real estate agent, and he made some suspiciously large cash withdrawals from his account.
Jane and Korsack sit down with Ronald’s wife – she explains that he travels out of town a lot, and every once in a while he liked to spice up their marriage by checking in to the hotel. They ask her about the large withdrawals from his bank account and his wife insists that it was part of his job as real estate development. She is shocked when Jane tells her that they think Ronald was murdered and he did’t slip and hit his head. According to Ronald’s wife, someone was stalking Ronald and calling his phone and sending him upsetting letters. Ronald told her that it was just over a “real estate job gone bad.”
Frankie traces Ronald’s phone and realizes that a man named Larry Price was calling him non-stop. Larry and Ron used to be partners, but they sued each other last year. He has an airtight alibi for the day that Ronald was murdered. Larry told Frankie that Ronald was a gambling man – and the reason they ended their partnership was because Larry didn’t trust him.
Jane and Maura head out to lunch with Tasha, the girl that Jane saved when she was homeless. Tasha is doing well now and applying to colleges. Maura is thrilled when she learns that she applied to BCU and says she is going to call the board and give her a recommendation. Tasha turns her down and says she doesn’t want anyone to pull any strings – she wants to get in on her own. Afterwards Maura whines to Jane that she has to make the call but Jane tells her to stay out of it.
Frankie does some research and learns that every day that Ronald took out big cash withdrawals – he turned his phone off, turned on another phone, and then travelled to Connecticut. He fills Jane in on what he found out and she goes to the morgue and tells Maura that they are going on a roadtrip. Once they hit the road Jane tells her that they are going to Connecticut – they are going to check out the casino there, and stop by the spa that Maura has been raving about.
In Connecticut Maura is not happy when she learns that Jane is just dropping her off at the spa and she is going to see if anyone at the casino recognizes Ronald. The local police station says that Ronald was not recognized by any of the employees at the casino – but he did register for a gun in the state of Connecticut under the name “Alan Wallace.” Jane heads to the address that was listed on his gun registry and a woman answers the door. She has never heard of Ronald, but she says that Ronald Wallace is her husband. Jane sits down with Ronald’s other wife Cynthia and explains that he was murdered – and already married.
Maura and Jane head back to the police station in Boston – Korsack is convinced that Cynthia found out Ronald was married to someone else and killed him. But, according to her cell phone records she hasn’t left Connecticut. Maura calls everyone down to the lab and says she has big news on Ronald’s murder. She reenacted the scene to try and determine what killed Ronald. She thinks the murder weapon was something wooden that was shaped like the bedpost – but whoever swung it and killed Ronald had to have used at least 68 MPH’s of force. Jane thinks that their killer must be a man – but Nina does some research and learns that Cynthia actually went to college on a softball scholarship and was a four year starter.
Korsack sends Frankie to Cynthia’s house in Connecticut – he doesn’t find a murder weapon, but he does find a burner cell phone hidden in the trunk of her car. Jane isn’t buying it though – she thinks that there is more to the story and Ronald’s other wife had to have helped her. How else would Cynthia have gotten in to the hotel room or known where they would be?
Everyone heads out to get drinks – afterwards Jane heads to the park to sit and listen to some music. She sees a man walking with a badge on his coat and he is carrying an action figure just like the one that Frost had on his desk. She tries to follow the man and he leads her back to the office – then he disappears. She finds the police station empty, and Judith is cleaning the desk. It’s like she imagined the entire thing. She sits down at her desk and looks at the pictures of Ronald’s wives and has an epiphany.
The next day they bring Ronald’s wives Cynthia and Linda in for questioning – she decides to put them in separate rooms and play them against each other to see if one of them crack. Jane plays a recording for Cynthia making it sound like Linda is ratting her out. Cynthia cracks and says that she has a recording of her and Linda planning the murder together – they arrest both of Ronald’s wives for his murder as co-conspirators.
After work Maura, Jane, and Frankie meet up with Tasha for dinner. Maura snooped around and found out that Tasha got accepted to BCU – but she didn’t get a financial aid package. They surprise Tasha and tell her that she qualified for the Barry Frost Memorial Scholarship – and she is getting a full ride to college with it.
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