Mini TV Watch: 'Bones'

Bones_lFirst of all, thoroughly enjoyed the season’s first case-of-the-week episode. It displayed the show’s knack for working the procedural angle and still touching on the cast’s personal stories, such as Brennan and her dad’s strained relationship, and Angela and Hodgins (ahem, ahem) enlightened one. But the case of the blown up fugitive radical/soccer mom nagged at me a little because it was vaguely reminiscent of an old Law & Order episode. (I’ve seen just about every one. Turns out I was thinking of the White Rabbit episode from October 19, 1994).

This one stood out enough not to really be derivative, as they followed the evidence to back to the husband.  (Isn’t it always the husband? Sorry, honey). But by the end, I was confused about who actually killed the woman’s partner in crime. If his arthritis wouldn’t have allowed him to pull the trigger as the suicide staging suggested, and the old FBI agent didn’t do it, and the husband was arrested only for the wife’s murder, who killed him?

Booth and Brennan did their dance as he pushed her to visit her dad (Ryan O’Neal) in federal prison and work on their relationship, she pushed back as she worked through her abandonment issues. O’Neal is fantastic as Brennan’s Robin Hood-esque criminal father and their claustrophobic scenes in the jail meeting room are almost beautiful as he pushes and cajoles her into relating to him and she hides behind her old judgmental self. But I would love to see O’Neal back on the outside, showing just what an old school pro he is.

Booth and Brennan are keeping things light and breezy right now (nonear-death experiences where they both wear there hearts on theirsleeves) but isn’t it funny how everyone they work with gets the depthof their relationship? It comes out through statements like this onefrom my favorite bossy N’Orleanian attorney, Caroline Julian (PatriciaBelcher): "Leave her be, cher. Absence makes the heart growfonder." (Belcher also had my favorite line of the night as she toldthe old FBI agent, "I’m sorry that after 40 years of working for theFBI, you’re still a little girl.")

I love that the (relatively) suave Hodgins turned into abumbling idiot just by coming into close proximity to a hot woman, theFBI bomb tech. It played well, on one level, as a reminder that hereally is just a lab geek. Yet he’s a lab geek who works with women wholook like Camille (Tamara Taylor), Brennan (Emily Deschanel), and, ofcourse, Angela (Michaela Conlin). There’s no shortage of hot women inhis orbit. But they don’t often sport the kind of cleavage that thebombshell from the bomb squad did. Still, it was satisfying to haveHodgins go cold on her when she tried to mess with his evidence.

I could really get used to these ending scenes between Booth andBrennan, these moments for them to connect and become close confidants.And a drunk Booth is so much fun, all loosey-goosey, burping andleaning on Brennan’s shoulder.

So, what did I miss regarding the wrapup of the second murder storyline? Do you think the season 1 Brennan would have been able to comfortthe fugitive’s daughter the way she did in this episode? Who else wouldlike to find out more about Camille’s personal life or history? Do youthink if I sat on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial long enough I’llget to pal around with David Boreanaz?


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  • greg

    The soccer mom’s husband also built the bomb that killed her radical ex-boyfriend. The good guys found evidence that he ordered the flag watch on ebay. Plus, he left his fingerprint of the casing of the watch.
    Hope that clears it up.

  • Senga

    But the radical ex-boyfriend was shot, not blown up.

  • boneswrapup

    The husband shot the ex-boyfriend. The husband followed the wife to the ex-boyfriend’s house the night she went to convince him to turn himself in. When the wife left, the husband shot him.

  • Rose Tyler

    I think the husband killed them both but I’m still not sure why they didn’t arrest him for both. Could be they didn’t have enough clear evidence to arrest him for the ex-boyfriend. Other then that it was another stellar episode. I loved the end!

  • Shannon

    yah the storyline about who killed the guy was a little confusing.
    This show has gotten so much better sinec season 1. It is definitely on my must watch list.

  • Missy

    Did anyone else hear Brennan say “I recognize that guy” when she saw a picture of the husband? It totally stuck with me through the entire episode, and I kept waiting for them to come back to it…..

  • E

    Love Bones. Keep these Mini-Watches coming. :)

  • Joe C

    This show is really starting to grow on me. The chemistry between the two leads is unique. Keep it up!

  • annie

    i’m sooo sad i have an activity meeting during Bones, and what’s worse, Fox’s player won’t work on my computer!! But this is a great recap!
    ps – Any CSI fans out there who’d love it if EW.com did a CSI TV Watch, or even a Mini TV Watch? Because I certainly would.

  • unworthyman

    weak weak ending-just a cop out why kill the wife if she was to go to lail for 9 years?betrayal is one thing but i don’t get the motive

  • Silent E

    I think Bones recognized the husband from the “Crate & Burial” ep of CSI, ’cause she’s obviously a fan! Hee.

  • LisaMama

    Bones is just a fun, entertaining show. I still don’t like Camille, so I don’t really want to know more about her.
    I wondered about that comment from Bones, too — “he looks familiar” about the old radical guy. I wondered if maybe he was a pal of her parents? But they never came back to it.
    I love Angela and Hodgens together, but does Angela have to be so understanding? She could be a little jealous about her man, couldn’t she? I know, I know, he was understanding about her first marriage. I’m just saying, most normal women do feel some level of jealousy!

  • Kaybar

    The husband killed them both because he thought his wife was cheating on him with the old boyfriend. As she was reading her Mom’s letter, the daughter said something to her father like “She was just trying to get him to surrender, too!”. At this point her father got a look on his face that indicxated that he knew he had blown it.
    By the way, I have to say that Emily Deschanel is incredibly attractive on this show. I could just stare at HER for an hour every Tuesday.

  • mjryan

    “Let’s just keep the conversation up.” Booth to Bones when talking about male-menopause.
    There are so many little asides like this that if you don’t listen closely, you miss them. That’s why I enjoy this show so much.
    Being a mother, I loved the difference in opinion regarding the card game – to Brennen her father should have let her win because she was a child. To her father, by beating her it built character and taught her to fight to be good.
    I wish they’d make the federal attorney a regular. She always makes me laugh.
    Thinking on it more, I think the whole mystery had some holes in it. Who killed the old partner? What was the husband’s motive for killing the old lover? How did the husband know how to build a bomb just like the one used by the Liberation Army 30 years ago? How did Brennan know him and why didn’t they come back to her comment? Did they really need to have a dismembered leg flying toward the camera and then shown later hanging in a tree?

  • becca

    I just love this show.

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