Jane's pseudo-sister. Constance's daughter. Paddy's daughter. Hope's daughter. Cailin's sister. Angela's other daughter.
There are a million ways you can describe and define the enigmatic Maura Dorothea Isles. Perhaps the best way to get to know her is through her actions, her words and her past...
Classic Maura Moments! Loyal Best Friend, and genuinely warm and caring
Maura: (Glancing up from the body at Jane) Hairline fracture. The nasal bone above the lateral nasal cartilage. It’s not disfiguring.
Maura: I am in awe of what human beings can do. (smiling) I am in awe of the(running her hands across her collar) hand-knit channel stitching of this sweater. I am in awe of the artisan who molded, and shaped this shoe (holding it in her hand).
Classic Maura Moments! Passionate Professional
Jane: Maura, what do you see?
Maura: Yes but I’m waiting on toxin micros, but I can tell you this conclusively, it was not a natural death.
Maura: Oh, I’d like to come with you. Pay my respects. Maybe help you look for the bad guy. They like to see the results of their work. I know because I took two years of Forensic Psychiatry.
Maura: What are we arguing about here? History? Or are you just mad at me for who my friends are?
Jane: What if--
Maura: I come--. Jane--. Sure, Jane. (jokingly) Just give me a leatherman’s and some duct tape and I’m ready to go.
Classic Maura Moments! Google-minded, LITERAL, brilliant, cultured... and occasionally awkward
Jane: Ted Bundy!
Maura: You are deceptively complex. I do not understand you.
Maura: It takes 20-30 seconds to pass out from strangulation. 1-post-mortem- trauma. 2-post-mortem-trauma.
Jane: (to Grant) Yea I can tell by the nasty face you’re making.
(Maura speaks in Creole to the mother of the victim)
Maura: Haven’t you ever been scared of something?
Maura: The anterior inferior tibia fibular mondosyndum ligament is ruptured.
Maura: Kundalini is sacred energy work. Pitalau is a savory rice dish and I’m pretty sure you made up that last word.
Maura: Her last glucose reading was over 400.
Maura: Injuries are consistent with a non-biological, phallus shaped object.
Jane: Well at least you don’t snore.
(Maura walks over with her “sneakers” squeaking and P.U.K.E. on her tank top)
Jane: (walking around to see her) Holy crap! If you’re gonna cry on me-
Jane: Next reddish brown stain. You call blood. Before the labs come in.
Maura: (adjusting a box cutter, sarcastically) Wow. These are very sophisticated tools. I don’t miss my lab at all.
Maura: Actually that’s a common reaction to fear. As the rostral anterior sinulate cortex activates. (Jane’s confused, look of disbelief, Maura notices everyone’s disinterest and strange stares, Maura seems uncomfortable) A lot of people find neurobiology fascinating. (Putting food in her mouth)
Maura: There are empirical data from several sources provide strong, converging lines of evidence (Jane rubbing her temples) that indicate that there is some degree of genetic predisposition for crime!
Jane: Maura, can you hand me the torch please?
Classic Maura Moments! Vulnerable, emotional and trusting
Maura: I’m not seeing him (Dean).
Maura: You should talk to your Mom.
Jane: Ohh. Dr. Maura Isles. Knuckle deep in germy bar snacks. I’m shocked.
Korsak: My take is that you’re the Chief Medical Examiner and it’s not your first floater.
Maura: There’s not much to tell. (Jane’s skeptical look; Maura readies herself) I loved that guy. You know when you’re so in love you feel like you took some kind of a substance?
Maura: No, it’s not a mistake. (pointing to screen) This is the victim’s DNA profile. This is my DNA profile. See the autosomal markers? They’re the same in both samples.
Maura: I’m fidgeting. I’m fidgeting. I never fidget.
Maura: (sitting next to table, staring at body of her half brother) We have the same nasal and zygomatic facial structure. There are also similar patterns in our super orbital forumin and the angle of our jawline. You see?
Maura: I sent the blood sample to the crime lab. There’s no doubt this man (holding picture of Paddy Doyle) is my father.
Paddy: I’m sorry. But I couldn’t go back to see you again and there was no other way of bringing you to me.
Maura: Take these off, please. (Paddy removes wire tie from her wrist and takes a few steps away; Maura looks down to see the item in her hand, stunned) This is the 5thgrade. My high school graduation.
Jane: I get it, Maura, I do. But we’re talking about your survival. Okay? He said he wanted to send a message. Those were his words? (Maura nods)
Classic Maura Moments! Brilliantly oblivious and, oftentimes unintentionally, funny
(Jo Friday barks)
(Maura flirts with a bystander)
Jane: Hey, did you ever hear from Marfan man?
Maura: What? Wait, I’m going with you. BCU is my alma mater.
Maura: Jorge dropped off lunch for you. (Jane’s annoyed look) That’s not why I interrupted you. I extracted the killers DNA from the murder weapon.
Maura: Well wishes can come true. Frost and Korsak wanted to fill out your dating profile. I typed.
Maura: (annoyed/dejected) Okay. That’s fine. You don’t want my help. It’s like trying to dress a squirmy 6 year old anyway. …everything is too short, too itchy, (mock whiny voice) I can’t walk in that.
Maura: Strike. Forefoot. Toes. Strike. Forefoot. Toes.
Jane: You brought your turtle to work?
Jane: (skeeved out) Danielle was selling herself to a guy with a plastic rug.
- Reddish brown stain
- Cold air is cold air.
Maura's most important people are lucky to have someone who cares so deeply, supports unconditionally and always has a warm smile to offer.
For more on Maura, read about the power of her friendship with Jane, and some of their inside jokes and shared moments. Moments from Seasons 2 & 3 on their way!
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