Rizzoli & Isles (2010–2016)
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Burning Down the House 

When a warehouse fire kills a firefighter, Jane and Maura must investigate whether it was arson or an accident. But the investigation hits a snag when a hit-and-run leaves someone in the hospital.


Michael Zinberg


Janet Tamaro (developed by), Janet Tamaro (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angie Harmon ... Jane Rizzoli
Sasha Alexander ... Maura Isles
Jordan Bridges ... Frankie Rizzoli Jr.
Lee Thompson Young ... Barry Frost
Bruce McGill ... Vince Korsak
Lorraine Bracco ... Angela Rizzoli
Billy Burke ... Special Agent Gabriel Dean
Brian Goodman ... Lieutenant Sean Cavanaugh
Peter Bogdanovich ... Arnold Whistler
Michael Reilly Burke ... Chief Joe Kobolsnik
Nick Warnock ... Jim Grant
Tina Huang ... Susie Chang
Sarah Scott ... Christie Whistler
Erica Gimpel ... ER Doctor
Romeo Brown ... Craig Hill


Jane and Maura investigate a warehouse fire in which a fireman, Craig Hill, was killed. Maura finds that the fire likely started from a heater that had been tampered with. The building was a denim factory and the owner, Arnold Whistler, had a number of sexual harassment lawsuits filed against him. Meanwhile, Maura' and her mother Constance are the victims of a hit and run driver. Maura escapes with a few scrapes and bruises but Constance is seriously injured. When she finds her biological father, mobster Paddy Doyle, visiting her Jane begins to wonder if there's a connection. When they locate the car however, they find direct evidence to the warehouse fire leading the police to think that someone killed the fireman and then set out to eliminate Maura who must have come across some critical information. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

26 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In the hospital when Maura says "Anyone of those men or women convicted could want me dead" her voice and mouth do not match up with the words. See more »


At about 30 minutes, Paddy is at the hospital with Maura and he pulls out his wallet full of pictures of Maura growing up. Maura says that she "never knew he was there," but this is factually incorrect. In S01E09, when Paddy and Maura first met, he showed her the pictures at her graduations and explained that he had been at every graduation. See more »


References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »


You're Still Here
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Also played in episode 1.4
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