Can we talk about this scene for a sec? Jane’s had a day in family hell and she’s bursting at the seams. It would’ve been an emotional day if her father had simply shone up after his year long absence. It’s a-whole-nother thing if he shows up only to expect you to support him now that he’s been diagnosed with cancer. She’s kept strong for her mother, for her brothers, for her father, and put on the brave face we all expect from Detective Jane Rizzoli. But after Frank’s behavior goes from bad to worse: belittling the woman who took his wife in after he abandoned her in her own home, insulting her boss/mother’s boyfriend, calling Tommy useless, calling Frankie a whiny quitter, and treating Angela like shit, all the while expecting his daughter’s loyalty. Because he knows that in his absence, she’s become the head of the family. She’s the person Frankie idolizes. She’s the person Angela hid her financial issues from because she knew Jane would move heaven and earth to fix that for her. She’s the person Tommy rebels from. She’s the person that’s afraid Maura will one day decide she’s not good enough to be around. She’s drowing. So she apologizes to Maura. She apologizes for her father’s behavior, for the disaster that was dinner, for everything she’s putting her through. But Maura doesn’t know what to do to make everything okay again. She’s knows one wrong move and Jane will close herself off completely. She’s willing to do anything for Jane and yet she’s completely helpless. This is her childhood all over again: she feels like an outsider in her own family.
Sarah Paulson | THR’s Independent Spirit Awards 2014 Photo Booth
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And thanks for putting up with us nutballs, Maura…
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