'Bones': That Guy

Bones_lYeah, yeah, we’re all for personal growth and all that, but you know, there’s nothing we love more than looking back on our past. An episode with a time capsule from 1987 is the perfect excuse to reference all the ’80s stuff that seemed essential during some of our teenage years. (The rest of you who don’t think that decade deserves such loving navel-gazing are sort of SOL here.) The show went straight to a warm happy place, name-checking such things as Betamax, Commodore Amiga computers, St. Elmo’s Fire, big hair, and the Cure (yes, Brennan’s "What did he have?" was one of the night’s best lines, but it would have been even more satisfying if it hadn’t been in last week’s trailer).

Of course, the time capsule also contained the gooey remains of poor sweet programmer Roger mixed in with the trivia. The tale of the brainy kid who got the head cheerleader pregnant and was accidentally killed by his best friend was an interesting new spin on the geeks-vs.-the-cool-kids narrative that’s often a subtext on this show. We’ve always known that the socially-awkward squints might as well be aliens to the charming Booth, and it stands to reason that these personality dynamics wouldn’t be new developments. But having them work on a case that exemplified those dynamics forced at least Booth and Brennan (Emily Deschanel, pictured) to talk about those aspects of themselves beyond the superficial listings from the rest of the crew (Doc Martens, Michael Jackson glove). It manifested in both the big talks as well as the little things like Temperance’s head shake and quizzical look when the 20-years-oldercheerleader asked whether we all didn’t miss the way we used to be, harkening back to an adolescent glory day.

Was anyone else surprised that Brennan had a thing for a jock inhigh school? No big surprise, though, that the varsity lacrossecaptain’s humiliating Christmas gift (Brainy Smurf instead ofSmurfette: disappointing, yes but traumatizing? It’s not like he gaveher Azrael.) soured her on Secret Santas forever. I loved that Boothknew that she hated Secret Santa. (Was it in the Christmas-lockdownepisode?) But any appreciation she might have had that he remembereddidn’t supersede her hurt that he laughed when she shared her personalstory.

But thanks to Booth’s conning Sweets (Yay for Sweets out in thefield! More Sweets!) into profiling the killer, we got to watch Booth’sattempt to find a comparably humiliating story to make it up toBrennan. (I want toknow what that report revealed about Booth, per Sweet’s crypticstatement.) His actual revelation atthe end really did speak volumes about Booth, in that as much as heidentifies with the cool kids, his moral center is sound. His shame atnot stepping up to defend the geek who’d embarrassed him still sat withhim, even though, as Brennan said,he’d evolved (never mind that it takes hundredsthousands of years to do so).I love these ending conversations betweenBooth and Brennan. They’re both collegial and sexual in their intimacy.But when do people ever really talk so closely? I mean, I know I’m alow-talker and will often have to lean in to talk to someone (usuallyafter they’ve asked me to repeat myself twice) but there’s a level ofcommitment to getting so in someone’s face. Maybe I can do it with you guys.

<<leaning in, droopy-eyed, and talking in hushed tones>> I know that you all have your looks and so much more. Don’t sell yourself short guys. <<leaning back>>

That do it for you?

Anywho… even with the writers strike, we’ve got more than ahandful of episodes left, guys, and next week’s looks like a doozy.Danger! Explosions! And Gormogon is back!


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  • DawnLD

    I love this show and I really enjoyed that last scene. All I can say is this….if I should have half the chemistry with someone as there is between Booth and Brennan, I think I’d be pretty happy! ;)

  • EvilCornbread

    That’s “Commodore Amiga”.
    When they showed the game, I immediately thought “woah that’s way too advanced for the time and that hardware”. And then that became the main plot point surrounding it. Nice.
    Yes, I’m a nerd.

  • MKS

    It was great to see more character development on Booth’s part, and I loved the pop culture references (and Brennan’s confused responses, lol). With the chemistry they have, it’s not surprising that they talk so close to each other. Looking forward to more
    “Gorgonzola” and Sweets!

  • Trixie Firecracker

    Wasn’t anyone else yelling at the tv at the end, “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!”?

  • dave-o

    this show is the new moonlighting. they CANT kiss.

  • Jen S

    I thought we might not get the Bones Mini TV Watch this week. Thank goodness we did! Last nights ep was pretty great at highlighting that who Booth and Brennan are has been set in stone for a long time. I was also pretty interested in the scene with Angela and the Commodore Amiga. We know that she has skills in that area but are so often reminded that she isn’t as “squint-y” as the rest of them because she is an artist, but last night her inner nerd was flying its flag proudly! Love it!

  • Anna

    Another great episode – this season is amazing! I do like the Sweets character and I love how the writers handle quite a large cast so thoroughly. I feel I know them all pretty well. As for all of the moonlighting references – just because it hasn’t worked in past TV shows, does not mean a hook up would break the chemistry.

  • Mells

    So glad to see our Bones mini-watch! B&B have so much chemistry it’s awesome – that last scene was so intimate that I almost did expect them to lean in a little closer and kiss (even though I’m sure they won’t) ARGH! I love this show.

  • Angela

    This show was brilliant.. in all aspects.

  • Silent E

    I just love this show. All that stuff coming out of the time capsule really dated me, but I’m glad that I have so much in common with our squints. Hubby and I were also saying, “No way that floppy still boots after 20 years in Roger goo.” And, when the graphics were so advanced, we called shenanigans until that became a plot point. I knew they wouldn’t let us down. Best line of the night was Booth asking Sweets if his 22 year old frontal lobe was grown in yet. :)

  • Silent E

    I just love this show. All that stuff coming out of the time capsule really dated me, but I’m glad that I have so much in common with our squints. Hubby and I were also saying, “No way that floppy still boots after 20 years in Roger goo.” And, when the graphics were so advanced, we called shenanigans until that became a plot point. I knew they wouldn’t let us down. Best line of the night was Booth asking Sweets if his 22 year old frontal lobe was grown in yet. :)

  • Jason

    Hmmmm…citing the law of economy of characters (see Roger Ebert’s movie dictionary for more on that), could Sweets be our Cannibal Killer? I mean, he’s obviously going to be around for a while, so it would make for an interesting plot point.

  • Tina

    Thanks again for a great review! This show so deserves it!

  • Shelly

    The intelligent thoughts, lack of flaming, and actual use of punctuation and grammar by the posters to this blog make reading the blog and its comments almost as enjoyable as watching “Bones” itself. Jason, your idea about Sweets is so good that I’m sharing it with my fellow watchers (and I won’t even take credit).

  • Carra

    Such chemistry!

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