Recap of Rizzoli & Isles’ Goodbye to Lee Thompson Young

Rizzoli & Isles acknowledged the death of their colleague, Lee Thompson Young, on a credit roll in August of 2013, but it was in tonight’s episode, “Goodbye,” where they sadly addressed the death of the character he played — Detective Barry Frost and said goodbye to Lee Thompson Young. Lee, 29, was found dead in his North Hollywood home last August of an apparent suicide. Much of this episode captured real emotion on the part of the cast. The pictures they showed of Lee Thompson Young included ones of him as a little boy and candid shots of the cast having fun. It was heartwrenching.

At Lee Thompson Young from Rizzoli & Islesthe end of last week’s episode we learned that Barry died in a traffic accident.

The second episode, “Goodbye,” begins with Maura (Sasha Alexander) trimming roses. When Jane’s mother asks how she’s doing and suggests to Maura that she should just let it out and have a good cry. She states that Janey (Angie Harmon) bottles everything up, and that she, too, needs a good cry — a big cry. And rightfully so. In fact, we all do.

Barry’s mother arrives at the precinct and talks about her doubts about what to plan for the funeral and mentions that his father (Ernie Hudson) is on a ship in the middle of the Pacific. Jane asks Barry’s mother if she would like them to take over the planning of the service.

Just then, a young woman covered in blood and brandishing a weapon, who claims she doesn’t know who she is, walks in the front door. A quick search doesn’t turn up any unexplained shootings or dead bodies that she could be connected to. Korsak thinks she’s faking amnesia, but Jane’s not sure.

In the lab, Maura gently interviews the young woman. She doesn’t want to call her Jane Doe, so, based on an estimate of her age being around 25 and finding out the most popular girl’s baby name 25 years ago she determines that Jessica is what she’s going to call her. She flosses Jessica’s teeth, scrapes under her fingernails and tries to nudge her memory ever so gently, without luck. When she finds drug residue on the girl’s skirt hem, she determines that Jessica might be in a fugue state (that would be “a state or period of loss of awareness of one’s identity”). She also finds a parking lot ticket in her pocket and a candy-coated fennel seed in her teeth.  She suggests that they take the girl to places that might trigger her memory. Indian restaurants near the parking lot come to mind first, of course.

Rizzoli-and-IslesAt one of the last stops, Jane thinks she sees Barry standing on the curb. She jumps out of the car and runs into traffic, almost getting hit by a car. Korsak shares a story with Jane about a dead guy he would see all over Boston.

Jane gets back in the car and talks to “Jessica,” coaxing her to try and remember something. At that moment, a group of young children come walking down the street singing “the wheels on the bus go round and round,” jogging Jessica’s memory and she realizes she is a teacher.

When Jane and Maura meet up, Jane tells her that she thought she saw Barry on the street that day. Maura states it’s perfectly natural, and says that they should talk about their own last wishes. Maura wants to be buried at sea, nothing fancy. Jane is appalled, stating she hates boats and would have to get all kinds of permits. Oh, and Maura wants a cello and some champagne before they throw her overboard. What does Jane want? She wants to die one day before Maura so she doesn’t have to go out on the boat.

As Maura leaves, a coworker stops her and tells her he’s sorry about Detective Frost, that he knows the two of them were close, and that he was a nice guy. She thanks him and walks out and cries. She has her good cry. And it’s genuine.

Frankie and Korsak are working late, trying to find the identity of Jessica Doe. Frankie thinks she works at a private school and they identify her at a pre-school near an Indian restaurant – her name is Lily Green.

Now that they know who she really is, they locate where Lily Green lives and upon entering, discover money wrappers, men’s tennis shoes and a picture of her with a man (Toby Warren). But no dead body. They also find her cell phone and have access to her cell-phone records. Frankie pings Toby’s phone and they find his body based on the location of the phone. Examining the crime scene, they discover that Lily couldn’t have fired the gun and was probably kneeling right next to Toby when he was shot.

Back at the precinct, they tell Lily her name and show her a picture of Toby and she remembers that Toby had been selling drugs after he lost his job. He had paid his bills with the drug money and she had lent him money to help pay the drug money back. But it wasn’t enough and the drug dealer shot and killed Toby.

As the funeral for Det. Frost begins, Admiral Frost (Hudson), walks in the door of the church. The final sequence is of Jane, after the funeral, looking through her mail when she finds a postcard from San Diego. It says “Couldn’t be better here, but I miss you anyway, Barry.” Jane finally has her good cry.

Next week, in Episode 3, “Too Good to be True,” a killer is using online ads to find the perfect candidate for murder: men no one will notice are missing. Meanwhile, Jane discovers that keeping her pregnancy quiet will be a tough assignment.

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