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Calamity Jane Meets Dr Isles, Medicine Woman and its sequel, Calamity Jane 2: The Doctor and the Deputy, by JoBethMegAmy. my homegirls, is a Western AU of Rizzoli & Isles, relocating the characters and key events to the Wild West in the late 1800s. As Maura Isles comes to the small town of Hollow Creek to be with her fiancé, Garrett Fairfield, she immediately meets the outlaw ‘Jake Wyatt’ but learns in the process that ‘Jake’ is actually Jane Rizzoli. This simple meeting begins a complex friendship that changes the lives of both women, as Maura becomes drawn into Jane’s hunt for the man who murdered her parents while Jane helps Maura learn more about life in Hollow Creek, to the point where Maura breaks off her engagement and orders Garrett to leave the town while she essentially ‘marries’ Jane.

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Calamity Jane & Doctor Isles, Medicine Woman contains examples of:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Maura’s attracts quite a bite of attention from Jane even before she acknowledges her attraction to Maura
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • For a given value of ‘hero’; Garrett Fairfield doesn’t kill anyone in this adaptation, but he does pay a man he doesn’t know to take Jane away from Hollow Creek.
    • Dennis Rockmond is not a serial killer, although he does make Maura uncomfortable when he makes certain assumptions
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: The main reason Jake Wyatt attracts so much interest, and part of the reason Hoyt won over at least one of his apprentices
  • Ascended Extra: Adelaide Johns, the town seamstress, and the only female company in the village that Jane could tolerate growing up aside from Angela
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Jane and Maura’s first kiss, in a rainstorm outside Maura’s house, just after Maura has told Jane that she loves her in every way
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  • Broken Pedestal: Tommy’s admiration of Jane is shattered when he finds her about to get into a bath with Maura, unable to accept his sister’s relationship
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Maura, as always; she and Jane spend some time en route to Boston working out how Maura can discuss their ‘marriage’ without anything said being an actual lie, such as referring to Jane as ‘Jake’, an alias Jane already used; apart from referring to Jane as ‘he’, Maura never tells any real lies about her relationship with Jane when talking to her old friends.
  • Can’t Hold Her Liquor: Jane and Maura are not great drinkers, with Jane being potentially more violent while Maura is just generally more talkative to the point of giving away details they would prefer stayed private
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Jane saw her parents killed by the same man, ten years apart, when she was five and fifteen; it’s a miracle she didn’t just go out and become a criminal herself
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  • Death by Adaptation: Tommy Rizzoli dies in a mining cave-in, and Lydia dies giving birth to her and Tommy’s daughter Lily
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: As in canon, Jane is not a fan of her full name
  • Exact Words: Due to Maua’s inability to lie, she is careful about her word choice during her visit to Boston while Jane is posing as her husband, as shown in this scene when discussing if she and ‘Jake’ have considered having children;
    Maura: “We have discussed children, yes. But going from the intimate knowledge I have of Jake and myself, I've begun handing myself over to the fact that certain factors I'd really rather not discuss will preclude us from ever having children of our own.”
  • Fanservice: Jane and Maura get the equivalent on a few occasions, such as Maura dressing as a saloon girl as part of an attempt to track Hoyt or Jane and Maura each dressing sexily for the other in the bedroom (Maura in the contemporary equivalent of sexy lingerie to Jane donning her own alternative)
  • The Fashionista: Maura has more limited resources, but she still enjoys dressing up
  • Friend to All Living Things: Korsak still has this role, even taking in some horses on top of the smaller animals he cared for in canon
  • Gender Bender: Jane has spent years posing as ‘Jake Wyatt’, and Riley Cooper attempts a similar ‘scam’.
  • Happily Adopted: It’s not official for obvious reasons, but Jane and Maura end up forming a family with Maura’s younger brother Colin and Jane’s niece Lily, after Paddy is shot by Jane and Tommy dies in a mining accident after Lydia gives birth.
  • Has Two Mommies: As mentioned above for Colin Doyle and Lily Rizzoli.
  • Hates My Secret Identity: Occurs briefly for Tommy Rizzoli, as he idolises Jake Wyatt even as he loses all respect for Jane upon learning of her real relationship with Maura.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Jane and Maura essentially pose as this to avoid questions about their relationship; as they argue, if anyone asks why two attractive women are living together rather than getting married, they will claim that they’ve concluded that no man would be able to understand their desire to continue in their chosen fields even if they got married, so they’ve chosen not to bother about it
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Jane prepares to leave Hollow Creek after Hoyt’s death because she thinks Maura will want a life away from the violence Jane’s brought into her world, only for Maura to immediately reject that idea
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: Essentially Angela’s attitude towards Jane and Maura’s relationship; she won’t judge them, but she won’t actually acknowledge what she knows
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: Apart from Maura’s mother and biological father, nobody Jane and Maura meet in Boston is aware that Jane is a woman, accepting the story that ‘Jake Rizzoli’ is Maura’s new husband, to the point that the younger sister of one of Maura’s old friends tries to flirt with ‘Jake’
  • Impaled Palm: Jane’s scars are more significant in this time due to the more primitive medical facilities, although she can still use her hands fairly normally
  • Insecure Love Interest: For Jane in particular, as she worries about everything Maura’s giving up to be with her, such as the ability to have her own children, and can’t believe Maura thinks she’s worth all that
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Comes up for Maura on several occasions when reflecting on her past
  • Like Brother and Sister: Jane and Frost never explicitly describe the other as such, but they are an important part of each other’s lives
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: Jane and Maura experience subtle awareness of their attraction to each other at first, ‘simply’ acknowledging the other as a good friend, but Maura only explicitly tells Jane that she loves her when Jane is preparing to leave Hollow Creek after Hoyt’s death, which gives Jane the kick to realise the depth of her own feelings for Maura.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Ironically, this happened to Jane on a couple of occasions while she was posing as Jake Wyatt (although nobody uses the term ‘gay’ for obvious reasons); only the people who knew her well as Jane realise that she actually is attracted to Maura
  • My Beloved Smother: Angela still takes this role despite not being the Rizzolis’ biological mother
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Jane has a moment like this when she all-but-assaults Maura while drunk, although enough characters know who she really is to help her understand that this was an extreme circumstance that they won’t judge her for unless she goes that far again.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Played with; Maura is immediately shocked and uncomfortable when Dennis prepares to sculpt her while naked (Maura quickly clarifying that she never had any attention of modelling nude for him in turn), but there is a certain humour in Jane subsequently kicking him out of their house
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Jane, based on a more genuine perception of herself this time around as she can’t read or write much beyond her name(s), but Maura is able to swiftly help Jane improve her literacy, and she often compliments Jane’s greater general knowledge in areas beyond book smarts (as well as Jane being fluent in Italian)
  • Papa Wolf: Paddy Doyle tries to be this for Maura, but when he tries to kill Jane for ‘corrupting’ his daughter, Maura has no problem with Jane shooting him.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Once characters get past the masculine clothing, Jane’s ‘Jake Wyatt’ disguise is just a fake moustache and wrappings around her chest, as well as socks down the front of her trousers
  • Parental Substitute: Angela is this for Jane in this adaptation, as Jane’s biological mother died when she was five
  • Posthumous Character: Maura’s father and Jane’s parents all died before the story began (Angela is Jane’s unofficially adopted mother), but they still have a strong influence on their daughters’ lives
  • Race Lift: Not explicitly stated, but considering that everyone comments on how similar Riley Cooper is to the ‘real’ Jake Wyatt, it seems likely that this version has lighter skin than her canon counterpart.
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Jane is highly uncomfortable in any situation where she has to wear a dress, to the point that her equivalent of ‘sexy lingerie’ is basically her usual attire without a shirt or trousers.
  • Really Gets Around: Jake Wyatt has a reputation with women, but Jane has managed to create such an impression without actually going further than flirting
  • Secret Identity: Jane’s whole identity as Jake Wyatt
  • Shipper on Deck: Even before Jane and Maura have told anyone about their new relationship, Adelaide is shown subtly encouraging such an idea, such as observing that it looks natural for the two of them to be in a family-style photograph
    • As their relationship goes on, Constance Isles and Vince Korsak each express their understanding of Jane and Maura’s choice, although Angela has some difficulty accepting it, and Tommy outright rejects Jane when he learns about it.
  • Shipping Torpedo: After Garrett tries to make arrangements for Jane to leave Hollow Creek by paying what turns out to be Hoyt, Maura and Korsak tell him that he should leave the town, Maura bluntly stating that she doesn’t want Garrett here any more
  • Shout-Out: Maura mentions that one of her mother’s acquaintances “used antlers in all of his decorating”.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Colin Doyle is not killed by Paddy Doyle’s enemies as an adult, but meets Jane and Maura when he’s eight and basically becomes their adopted son.
  • Suppressed Mammaries: Justified in-universe as Jane was never significantly endowed
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Jane is able to take a few people by surprise when she speaks fluent Italian (particularly as she initially introduces herself to Maura as Jane Johnson rather than reveal her true surname)
  • They Fight Crime!: The story focuses on Jane and Maura coming together in such unconventional circumstances, but they still develop a reputation for hunting criminals
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: To such an extent with Jane and Maura that they have an unspoken acknowledgement that Jane is the ‘husband’ in their relationship
  • Trauma Conga Line: Jane’s mother died when she was five and she then witnessed her father’s death when she was fifteen while sustaining near-crippling wounds to her hands, starting a quest for her parents’ killer that took up most of her life until she was thirty
  • The Western: The entire storyline is this for the original series
  • Working-Class Hero: Jane, in so many ways
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