Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Complete list of "Rizzoli & Isles" season 3 spoilers!

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Here's a concise yet comprehensive list of "Rizzoli & Isles" season 3 spoilers, organized by episode. All spoilers were compiled using information from Rizzles Girls, ShaneSSaunders, the TNT Newsroom,, TV Guide, TVLine, Twitter, Zimbio, sides (drafts of scripts tailored for an actor) and tweets from various members of the "Rizzoli & Isles" cast/crew. None of the information is firsthand, but it's accurate to the best of our knowledge. Please feel free to point out any errors or omissions.

Check out the R&I tidbits archive post for tweets from the set of "Rizzoli & Isles" season 3, and follow the Absolutely Angie R&I Twitter list to keep up with those working on the show. You can find individual spoiler posts under the spoilers label. This post will be updated and bumped as more info is revealed!

You can find extended synopses of episodes that have already aired HERE.

Episode 15: "No More Drama in My Life"
December 25

Check out episodic stills HERE.

Dr. Hope Martin comes to Maura with an apology while Jane worries about Casey's spinal surgery. (via

"Maura's estranged biological mother Hope (Sharon Lawrence) will be back in the finale — this time with her tail in between her legs as she tries to apologize to Maura for dismissing her as her daughter and to ask Maura for a kidney donation for her dying 18-year-old daughter Kayleen. 'It's a great scene because Maura does something un-Maura-like: She just says what she feels to Hope,' [Sasha] Alexander says. 'It's a breakthrough for her because she's just not being polite about it and really showing Hope how she feels, and then allowing her to determine whether she's going to help her or not. It won't be resolved yet. ... It's just interesting to me because I feel like whether you know your mom growing up or not, there does come a point as an adult where you have to discover who your mother is. Is she somebody who could be a friend of yours? Or is this a woman who do I don't relate to at all and I don't have anything in common with? And we're seeing Hope also having to unravel this past. It's uncomfortable and complicated.' (via TV Guide)

Unlike last season's rift-inducing cliff-hanger, this year's closer will find Jane and Maura coming together after a building collapses with family and colleagues inside. 'I think it's a nice contrast to last year's [finale],' Alexander says. 'They're in this thing together.' Although it's technically just Jane's job to go inside the wreckage, Maura insists on following her. 'She doesn't want her friend to do it alone. There's a wonderful moment at the very, very end where you see these two women who are so different and yet they have this wonderful connection. I think the season ends beautifully between both of them.'" (via TV Guide)

Sides (drafts of scripts tailored for an actor) indicate that this week's murder involves the wife of a councilman, who is directing a play and rigs a prop gun to shoot ball bearings at one of the actors, killing him. The murder is part of a cover-up involving bad concrete being used in the construction of a building called the Storrow Center.

The center's underground parking garage collapses because of the bad concrete and other shortcuts taken by those overseeing the construction project - including the councilman himself. At least seven people die, and more are injured. Maura assists in treating the victims, and Hope comes to help as well. Frost, Tommy, and Lydia's baby are inside when the building starts to crumble. They are trapped in the wreckage and must be cut out of the collapsed structure before the entire building falls. Colin Egglesfield (Tommy) tweeted this picture.

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

Dr. Hope Martin (guest star Sharon Lawrence) returns to ask Maura for a life-altering favor. Jane worries about the impending spinal surgery for Lt. Col. Casey Jones (guest star Chris Vance), and Tommy (guest-star Colin Egglesfield) shows off baby T.J. But all gets shoved to the side when a building collapses, trapping loved ones inside.

Episode 14: "Over/Under"
December 18

Check out episodic stills HERE.

"Jane's paralyzed ex Lt. Col. Casey Jones (Chris Vance) returns in the final two episodes and reveals to Jane that he needs spinal surgery. 'Jane is grappling with that. He has to make some decisions about whether to do surgery or not because it's so risky,' [Sasha] Alexander says. 'Is it worth it?'" (via TV Guide)

Sides (drafts of scripts tailored for an actor) indicate that we meet Frost's mother, Camille, in this episode, along with her same-sex partner, Robin. Camille and her son (Frost's little brother) are visiting Boston from Virginia along with Robin, whom Camille introduces as her "roommate." She tells Angela she is getting remarried soon and is concerned about telling Frost, but doesn't reveal any more details.

Jane, Frost and Frankie challenge Maura, Robin and Camille to a game of softball, and lose miserably. Over drinks at the Robber, Jane notices that Robin and Camille are wearing matching wedding bands. There is a touching moment in which Frost reveals that he knew about the relationship despite Camille's attempts to keep it from him, and gives the couple his blessing. Camille asks him to be best man, and he accepts.

Shot on location at a downtown car wash next to L.A. Live, as well as a nearby vacant building. (via Go for Location)

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

When a former college football player is stabbed inside a carwash during a fundraiser for his alma mater, Jane, Maura and the team must piece together clues to track down the killer. Meanwhile, Frost's mother visits Boston with some unexpected news. And Lt. Col. Casey Jones (guest star Chris Vance) bumps into Jane and is forced to reveal some startling news of his own.

Episode 13: "Virtual Love"
December 11

Check out episodic stills HERE.

When a microbrewer is murdered, the virtual world and real world meet head-on. Jane and the rest of the team mentor underprivileged teenagers. Angela starts a new romance. (via

Sides (drafts of scripts tailored for an actor) indicate that this week's case centers around a virtual reality game named Vikings of the Realm, which gets very real for one user when he ends up dead, stabbed with a spear that has Viking runes carved into it. Jane and Maura talk to a professor from the Nordic Studies department at BCU, who translates the runes as love letters - albeit historically inaccurate ones. The perpetrator turns out to be the dead man's assistant.

During the course of the investigation, a motorcycle gang briefly comes under suspicion in connection with a lawsuit over the copyright infringement of a biker logo. Korsak reveals that he used to ride a motorcycle.

Meanwhile, Rondo gets Jane, Maura, Korsak and Frost involved in mentoring some homeless teenagers from a local group home. Jane's mentee, Dania, attends an autopsy, and impresses Jane and Maura with her knowledge and theories. Later, one of the other mentees apologizes for stealing Angela's purse and setting off a fire alarm as a distraction, but it turns out that Dania is the real culprit - she stole the purse to get gift cards to buy books.

Also, Angela flirts with a hotshot detective from the Auto Theft Task Force to make Lt. Cavanaugh jealous.

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

The virtual world and the real world collide when a microbrewer is killed. Angela tries to move on from a failed romance by seeing someone new. And Jane and the team begin to mentor underprivileged teenagers, a move that ends in near disaster.

Episode 12: "Love the Way You Lie"
December 4

Watch the preview HERE.

The team investigates when a suicide may not be how it appears. Frost decides to review an old murder case. Angela's new romance isn't a secret anymore. (via

Sides (drafts of scripts tailored for an actor) indicate that the victim, the author of a bestselling book titled "Suicide Boy," was murdered in his apartment. The motive was to prevent him from exposing the real people behind the murder of a girl at a local prep school - the girl's then-boyfriend, Bradley, and his well-to-do mother. Later, it transpires that Bradley and the author - Ethan - were roommates at a rehab center, and Ethan was writing a tell-all book about the case.

The courtroom testimony of Ann, the dead girl's best friend, helps to convict the wrong man, but Maura picks up on the fact that Ann lied on the stand by watching recorded footage and studying her facial expressions.

Later, Maura and Frost speak with Ann. Ann says the dead girl was like a sister to her, to which Maura responds, "I have a best friend like that."

Additionally, Frost becomes extremely personally invested in the case, while Angela gives Jane and Maura stickers with a sad face and a smiley face, respectively, to reflect their attitudes.

Shot on location at Carondelet House, "an Italian villa with an urban flair" that now serves as an event and wedding venue. (via Carondelet House; website HERE)

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

A famous young writer of memoirs is found dead in an apparent suicide, but Jane and Maura soon discover there’s more to the story. Meanwhile, Frost becomes obsessed with an old case involving a young African American student as his final appeal is denied. And Jane discovers Angela is involved in a secret romance.

Episode 11: "Class Action Satisfaction"
November 27

After a man dies from poisoning, Jane searches for the source. As Korsak gets back with his ex-wife, Tommy and Lydia can't come to terms about the baby. Stanley reveals his true feelings. (via

This episode opens with Jane and Maura in their pajamas, caring for the baby who was left on Maura's doorstep at the end of episode 10. (via South Coast Today)

"Who's the father? Frank or Tommy? A paternity test will be done in the midseason premiere, at the hands of Maura, so the question will finally be put to bed. In the interim, Rizzoli & Isles & Co. take in the infant, nicknamed T.J. for Tommy Jr. — and Jane's got babies on the brain. 'There's this moment where Jane is considering taking care of this baby and Maura's the reality check of, 'Really? You really think you can do that?' [Sasha] Alexander tells 'She has to knock some sense into her. They both are not in relationships that have offered them the opportunity in their lives yet to turn that corner. The reality of working the jobs that they do and raising a child alone is extremely difficult. That doesn't meant they won't do it at some point.'" (via TV Guide)

Sides (drafts of scripts tailored for an actor) indicate that a man - Phil - collapses in the Division 1 Cafe and is found to have Korsak's contact details in his wallet. The investigation into his death takes Frost and Korsak to an AA meeting at a local church. There, they watch as a man shares how he overcame his struggles with alcohol to become a lawyer operating out of the back of his car.

Korsak runs into his first wife, Dana, at the meeting, and we learn about their history (they were married for a year, but he spent most of that time in Vietnam, where she sent him a letter telling him she wanted to end the marriage). It turns out that Dana was the one who had given Korsak's information to Phil after Phil confessed to her that he had ruined a little boy's life. Thanks to Dana and a helpful barista, Phil is linked to another AA attendee, a woman named Alice.

Later in the episode, it transpires that the lawyer had been using the meetings to drum up business and blackmail his clients. Korsak and Jane discover he had been withholding evidence (a bloody license plate) that implicated Phil in a drunk-driving incident.

Meanwhile, Maura, Jane and a new morgue attendant named Alex are exposed to a biohazardous substance that requires the M.E.'s office to be sealed off and the three of them to undress and shower. In typical Isles fashion, Maura expresses concern about the fate of her designer dress, which she's only worn once, but it ends up being returned to her safely.

Colin Egglesfield appears in this episode. (via various cast/crew tweets)

Caroline Aaron ("Wings") guest stars. (via Norman Buckley)

James DuMont guest stars (via Kabookit)

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

When a man having breakfast in the Division 1 Café dies from poisoning, Jane and the team must quickly find the source as Angela and the irascible Stanley both come under scrutiny. Meanwhile, Tommy wants proof that he’s the biological father of Lydia’s baby as she returns to take the baby back. And Detective Korsak is reunited with one of his ex-wives.

Episode 10: "Melt My Heart to Stone"

Check out episodic photos HERE.

Sides (drafts of scripts tailored for an actor) were posted for this episode. They indicate that a mother and son at a children's play area in a park discover that a bronze Venus statue in the middle of a fountain isn't what it seems - specifically, one of its arm stumps is bloody. A student and teacher on a field trip to a museum make a similar discovery - the apparent latest in a string of asphyxiated prostitutes. The fact that a sculpture/statue is involved is a potential link to Dennis Rockmond from episode 3, who returns in this episode, although this is just speculation.

With some help from an acquaintance of Rondo's - a transvestite prostitute named Kitty - a construction worker who likes to choke hookers is implicated. When Frost, Frankie and Jane go to interrogate him, he reacts violently.

During the course of the investigation, the trio - with the help of Jane's new neighbor, Riley - also question a 60-year-old woman with a questionable wig.

Tommy helps to deliver a baby. (via Colin Egglesfield)

Shot on location at a downtown Los Angeles loft in the Art District. (via Go for Location)

Kelly Mantle guest stars. (via Brad Lemack)

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

When a statue breaks open to reveal a dead woman inside, Jane and Maura must find the killer quickly as the body count begins to rise. Back at headquarters, a new homicide detective is named to the squad. Meanwhile, Dennis Rockmond (guest star Eddie Cibrian) returns to Boston after disappearing on Maura and tries to woo her back. Lydia goes into labor. Colin Egglesfield, Daniella Alonso and Alexandra Holden also guest-star.

Episode 9: "Hometown Glory"

Check out episodic photos HERE.

Sides (drafts of scripts tailored for an actor) were posted for this episode. They indicate that this week's murder victim is Shane Finnegan, a member of the Channel Street Boys - a band comprised of three brothers that has its roots in South Boston. The Rizzoli family has known the brothers for years, and Shane even wrote a song about Jane called "Pure Boston Beauty." Initially, Shane's history of substance abuse leads to the assumption that he died of a drug overdose. The boys' father is also a suspect. However, once a tox screen comes back that shows Shane didn't have any drugs in his system when he died, the investigation changes course and eventually implicates the other Finnegan brothers.

In lighter news, Jane and Maura go clothes-shopping, then take Lydia (Frank, Sr.'s ex-fiancee, who is pregnant with Tommy's baby) to a lamaze class.

Lucas Kerr guest stars. (via Lucas Kerr)

Shot on location on Hollywood Blvd. (via tweets from numerous cast/crew members)

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

A boy band star returns to his roots for a show and winds up murdered. Jane and Frankie, who grew up with the victim, work hard to solve the case. Meanwhile, Jane and Maura must decide if it’s time to tell Angela the truth about Lydia’s (guest star Alexandra Holden) pregnancy just as Angela prepares to throw her a baby shower.

Episode 8: "Cuts Like A Knife"

Check out episodic photos HERE.

Sides (drafts of scripts tailored for an actor) were posted for this episode. They indicate that there's at least one "Rizzles" moment involving Jane and Maura both lying on the same mattress with glasses of wine. In the wake of the stalker incident in the previous episode, Jane gets a new bed - and Frankie soon gets involved with her new neighbor, Riley Cooper (Daniella Alonso, "As the World Turns"). The pair go on a date to the Dirty Robber, and Frankie even wears a suit.

There is a "twist" to Riley's character. (via Soap News)

The homicide in this episode takes place at a wedding; specifically, the bride is stabbed and her sister disappears. At first, the sister is a suspect, but then it becomes clear she's been abducted. Next to fall under suspicion is the groom's jilted lover, but the focus soon turns toward an Eastern European human trafficker. Ultimately, the bride's sister is found with Chuck Simms, the leader of a nonprofit who purportedly works to help free Eastern European sex slaves. Simms is in the middle of auctioning her off to the highest bidder.

In lighter news, Frankie takes another step toward his dream of becoming a homicide detective when he goes for an interview with Cavanaugh. Also, we find out Maura can speak fluent Serbian.

Gabriel Tigerman guest stars in this episode. (via Gabriel Tigerman)

Shot on location at a tire shop and commercial lofts in L.A.'s warehouse district. (via Go for Location)

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

A bride is killed right before she walks down the aisle, and Jane and Maura must figure out if the groom’s ex-girlfriend is a suspect, or if there’s a deeper connection to the bride’s European roots. On the homefront, Jane has a new neighbor who captures the attention of Angela, Frankie and Frost.

Episode 7: "Crazy For You"

Check out episodic photos HERE.

Sides (drafts of scripts tailored for an actor) were posted for this episode. They indicate that Jane deals with a stalker who grew up in the same neighborhood as she did and is a friend of the Rizzoli family (his parents owned a local bakery, which he inherited). He became fixated on her after his wife passed away, to the point where he uses a camera to watch her in her apartment. At some point, he has her tied to a bed. (This was confirmed by Angie HERE.)

Frank, Sr.'s ex-fiancee makes an appearance in this episode. Her name is Lydia Sparks and she is "late 20s, cute and loopy and seven months pregnant" ...with Tommy's baby. Angela, unaware of who Lydia is, becomes fast friends with the girl. Meanwhile, Jane and Maura get the truth out of Tommy about who Lydia is.

Country singer Craig Morgan will guest star in this episode. "Craig will play Dr. Bill Ray Higgins, a medical examiner who comes to Boston for the Bullet and Blast Injuries Symposium. While visiting, he helps Jane and Maura with a murder case." (via Country Weekly)

David DeLuise ("Wizards of Waverly Place") will also guest star. (via David DeLuise)

This episode is "really cool sort of artsy meets cray-cray." (via Nanci)

Actress Lucy Butler plays a victim. (via Lucy Butler)

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

The detectives must piece together partial clues to lead them to the murderer of a husband-and-wife team of psychiatrists. Jane finds herself closer to the investigation than she realizes. Also, when the Boston Police Department hosts a seminar for Medical Examiners, one of the attendees (guest star country singer Craig Morgan), offers to help Jane and Maura on their case. Meanwhile, the Rizzolis have their hands full when they discover there may be a link to a pregnant stranger they've met.

Episode 6: "Money Maker"

Check out episodic photos HERE.

Sides (drafts of scripts tailored for an actor) were posted for this episode. They indicate that Maura finds out she has a sister, Cailin, who needs a kidney transplant. Cailin and her mother, Hope (Maura's birth mother), come over to Maura's house for dinner after Maura discovers her kidney is a match. Neither Cailin nor Hope know Maura's relationship to them, although Cailin figures it out. Maura eventually admits who she is to Hope, who is shocked because she'd always believed Paddy Doyle's story about Maura dying at birth.

Ryan McPartlin ("Chuck") guest stars in this episode. (via Ryan McPartlin)

One of the victims in this episode is played by Monet Mazur. (via Monet Mazur)

There will be several scenes at a "Beacon Hill mansion." (via Cody Kennedy) The sides indicate that a murder takes place at the mansion during a gathering that involves Venetian masks. At the gathering, attendees are separated by rankings, including tin, indium and rhodium.

Angela Rizzoli gets dressed up in this episode. (via Nanci)

Shot on location in Los Angeles at at Wilshire United Methodist Church (4350 Wilshire Blvd.) and a residential property at 356 Lorraine Blvd., which looks like this if you're interested. (via Go for Location, OLV)

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

When a rich financier is found stuffed in a trashcan wearing a cloak and mask, Jane and Maura must figure out what happened. Meanwhile, Maura makes a deeper connection with her biological mother, Dr. Hope Davis (guest star Sharon Lawrence), and half-sister, who still doesn’t know Maura is related to them.

Episode 5: "Throwing Down the Gauntlet"

Check out episodic photos HERE.

Sides (drafts of scripts tailored for an actor) were posted for this episode. They indicate that this week's murder victim is Emma Spencer, a Harvard-educated recent law graduate who worked for the D.A.'s office. She posed as a nanny for Congressional hopeful Tom McGregor, Jr. - whose political campaign Angela Rizzoli actively supports - to obtain evidence in the form of a hair trapped in a suit of armor that will help solve the 10-year-old homicide case of Isabelle Dubois. It eventually transpires that McGregor, who had been sleeping with Isabelle, woke up next to her dead body with little recollection of what happened because his campaign manager had drugged them both and strangled Isabelle.

We meet Maura's birth mother, Hope, in this episode. As Sasha explains, “Maura, Jane, and Angela [Lorraine Bracco] stop in their tracks when they hear this woman speak. It’s like you’re listening to Maura. And Maura physically cannot talk around her. She’s so scared to interact with her because she doesn’t want her to know [she's her daughter], so it’s actually very comedic. There are moments when she’ll do something that somehow moves me, and I just burst into tears. She’s like, ‘Why are you crying?’ And Jane will be like, ‘She gets really emotional when we break a case.’” (via Entertainment Weekly)

Meanwhile, a nun - Sister Winifred - from Jane and Frankie's past shows up who also has connections to Maura's birth father, Paddy Doyle. Specifically, he was in the first second-grade class she ever taught.

Jane and Maura go dumpster-diving. (via Nanci, Sasha)

Jamie Elman guest stars. (via Jamie Elman)

Shot on location at a two-story Beaux Arts mansion located at 56 Fremont Place in L.A. (via Before the Trailer,; pictures HERE, HERE and HERE)

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

Jane looks for a way for Maura to meet her biological mother, Dr. Hope Davis (guest star Sharon Lawrence). Angela gets involved in a political campaign. And a nun from Jane and Frankie Jr.’s past returns. Matthew Del Negro and Jenny O’Hara also guest-star.

Episode 4: "Welcome to the Dollhouse"

Shot on location in Baldwin Park, California. (via Zimbio)

Looks like Korsak's fondness for animals comes into play; Bruce McGill was pictured on set holding a dog with a leash made out of Korsak's tie. (via Zimbio)

Lorraine Bracco's dog guest-stars. (via People)

Jane cries in this episode. (via Angie Harmon)

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

Young female professionals dressed as dolls are turning up dead on the public transit system, and Jane and Maura must piece together the clues. Angela implements new ideas for the café. And Jane learns more about how Casey (guest star Chris Vance) was injured.

Episode 3: "This is How A Heart Breaks"

Rondo's detective skills are put to the test in this episode, and we get to learn more about his background. Maura's appreciation for art and Jane's appreciation for sarcasm help solve this week's crime even as the bickering from last week continues, and some surprising information about Korsak is revealed in the process. (via Rizzles Girls)

Eddie Cibrian guest stars in this episode as someone Maura finds love with. “Maura meets him on her autopsy table,” Sasha explains. “Let’s just say his ‘special part’ gives him away. We think his character just had a stroke and died, so he’s still in his clothes on the table, and the girls are commenting on how hot he is when he’s on the autopsy table. It’s so inappropriate.” (via Entertainment Weekly) ...He then ends up in her kitchen.

Chris Vance ("Mental") reprises his role as Casey Jones, who "returns from Afghanistan with a troubling secret." (via TV Guide)

“He’s hurt, and he doesn’t want Jane to know. Maura finds out and then tells Angela, which was a big mistake,” according to Sasha. “It’s a really sad but also really good story line. Maura seems to keep telling Angela everything, not realizing that she will never keep a secret.” (via Entertainment Weekly)

Adam Tsekhman, Matt McTighe and Tina Huang guest-star. (via Adam Tsekhman, Matt McTighe and Tina Huang)

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

When Maura meets a new guy named Dennis (guest star Eddie Cibrian) in a very unusual way, he opens up a different side of her. And Jane is filled with mixed emotions after someone from her past returns. Chris Vance also guest-stars.

Episode 2: "Dirty Little Secret"

Sides (drafts of scripts tailored for an actor) were posted for some scenes in this episode. They indicate that Maura and Jane continue to bicker, despite Angela's best attempts to reunite them with the help of an audio book called "What To Do When You & Your Friend Can't Be Friends."

That said, "come the second episode, something happens that brings them back together. They slowly make their way back when they start to realize what went down. Maura is coming to the realization that Paddy Doyle is not a good guy. This incident will bring them into a much deeper relationship and they do come out of it stronger." (via After Ellen)

Specifically, according to the sides, Maura and Jane cross an ex-Army Ranger trained in psychological warfare who's engaging in a fraudulent fracking scheme. They end up in a reservoir spillway, "trapped in a car with the water rising around them" (via Entertainment Weekly). Maura tells Jane to call her mom to tell her they're friends again, but Jane's phone won't work. She can only type in symbols, so Maura dictates a Morse code message to text to Korsak. Also, Jane has to perform surgery on an injured Maura.

Tommy Rizzoli and Jo Friday appear in this episode. (via Nanci)

Chazz Palminteri reprises his role as Jane's father - Frank, Sr. - and "will return for the first time since the Season 1 finale with some news that upsets the family." (via TV Guide)

Specifically, Frank "has a dalliance with a 28-year-old woman with baggage [who] may or may not be dallying with Jane's brother, Tommy, too." (via TV Guide)

Shot on location at Disney's Golden Oak Ranch. (via Nanci Cascio)

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

Tensions continue to mount between Jane and Maura, causing those close to them to be caught in the middle. But they must put aside their differences when they investigate the case of a college student who died in a tunnel. Meanwhile, Frankie Sr. (guest star Chazz Palminteri) returns with news that upsets Angela. Colin Egglesfield also guest-stars.

Episode 1: "What Doesn't Kill You"

Unlike what happened between season 1 and season 2, season 3 picks up moments after season 2 ends.

"We do see their initial reaction and response to all that drama. Maura is definitely spinning from all of that. There is a lot of anger and misunderstanding between her and Jane in terms of what just happened. They pick up at a place that is very intense for both of them. Maura has her dad in hospital and her mother in hospital and is really angry at Jane." (via Sasha Alexander)

Paddy apparently survives and escapes. This episode sees the search for him continue, but Jane is uncooperative by refusing to place a BOLO (if you don't know what that is, you can find out HERE). Although Korsak comes to her defense, her bosses are less than pleased - so much so that someone gets demoted to the Evidence Management Department (EMD). The team is also dealing with the fallout from the finale and the murder of a cop. (via ShaneSSaunders)

Looks like Jane's the one who gets demoted, judging by this picture that Angie posted.

Another picture from Angie confirms that this season picks up where the last left off, as both Jane and Frost are wearing the same clothes they had on in the last scene of episode 2x15.

That said, a flashback to Jane's undercover drug-investigation roots is also incorporated - specifically to the day she first meets Maura. (via TV Guide)

Additionally, an officer from the Internal Affairs Department searches for a suspicious link between Jane and Doyle. (via a TNT press release available for download HERE, under 'Show Info')

We also find out when Maura's birthday is... (via Janet Tamaro) well as Jane's "real name." (via TNT)

Angela, aware of the rift between Jane and Maura, tries to talk Jane into patching things up. She uses herself and Frank, Sr., as an example, to which Jane responds that she and Maura aren't a couple.

Shot on location at a private home in the Larchmont District (617 Lillian Way, which looks like this if you're interested), as well as Hudson's Liquor on Melrose and the Northridge Hospital Medical Center-Sherman Way Campus in Van Nuys. (via Go for Location, The Larchmont Chronicle and Larchmont LA)

From episodic stills:

- Dr. Pike (Ed Begley, Jr., "St. Elsewhere"), an assistant medical examiner from Western Massachusetts, makes another appearance. (We were first introduced to the character in episode 2x9, "Gone Daddy Gone.")
- Mama Rizzoli somehow ends up in Jane's bed ...while Jane's in it. Really.
- Maura's house is trashed, and the Crime Scene Response Unit (CSRU) is brought in.
- Jane and Maura have a confrontation in Maura's office.
- Oh, and Agent Dean survives.

Official episode synopsis from TNT:

Jane and Maura’s friendship suffers following the shooting of Maura’s biological father, gangster Paddy Doyle (guest star John Doman). Jane also finds herself in the middle of an Internal Affairs investigation. And her relationship with Agent Dean (guest-star Billy Burke) is exposed. Jacqueline Bisset and Ed Begley, Jr. also guest-star.

General spoilers

- Returning characters: Constance Isles (Jacqueline Bisset), Paddy Doyle (John Doman), Tommy Rizzoli (Colin Egglesfield), Dr. Pike (Ed Begley, Jr.), Frank Rizzoli, Sr. (Chazz Palminteri), Casey Jones (Chris Vance). (via TV Guide)
- Maura's biological mother, Hope (Sharon Lawrence, "NYPD Blue"), will appear in two episodes. She "gave up Maura for adoption when she was 18 following her relationship with crime boss Paddy Doyle (and is) now a prominent doctor and an activist for women's health with secrets of her own." (via TV Guide)
- Upcoming cases include "the murder of a female graduate student, whose strangled body is found hidden in tunnels under her university; a killer with a bizarre doll fetish who hunts women on public transportation, then leaves their bodies posed on benches; and the stabbing of two young homeless veterans who survived Afghanistan only to be brutally murdered in an alley." (via TNT Newsroom)
- Eddie Cibrian will appear in multiple episodes as a "crush interest" for Maura. He will play Dennis Rockmond, "a handsome motivational speaker who meets (Maura) in an unusual way, and then proceeds to coax her out of her blazer-clad shell." (via TVLine) "He is kind of an interesting cat. He is an artist, but she meets him on an autopsy table because they think he’s dead until he’s not. So it is kind of an interesting way to meet someone." (via Sasha Alexander)
- "Jane will have some heartbreak. Maura's family life will get more complicated. Frank Sr. will be back to throw a few big rocks into the middle of the lake, as will youngest kid, Tommy. (via Janet Tamaro)
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