Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond - Live Thoughts

It's almost episode time! If you're lucky enough to be able to watch TV and post at the same time, go right ahead. Post all your thought on "The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond" here.

Enjoy the show!

54 comments:

ashley said...

booth (to bones): thats for me to know, and for you to find out

yayyy. wonder what that means!?

L said...

OK, don't hurt me, but I really like the idea of Sweets/Angela... And poor Sweets, it's obvious he does blame himself for Hodgins and Ange breaking up. :( Oh the angst! I hope they explore that more in the eps to come!

L said...

OK I honestly don't get the team's reaction to Zack breaking out/returning - especially Cam. I get that time has passed, but not that much time. The wounds have got to hurt still. They can't separate the "old Zack" with the one who worked with a serial killer sp easily. They don't know he didn't actually kill someone, either. And Booth letting him get off without getting in trouble for escaping? PLS. Booth is way too law-abiding to do that, even for Zack, For Brennan, definitely, but not for Zack.

Also, uhh, Booth already admitted to reading her books in the first season in the Christmas episode - they were al talking about how her characters reflected them.

Cute B/B episode ender anyway though. :D

CupcakeBean said...

Holy crap! Holy crap! Holy crap! That's all I can say for now...

Anonymous said...

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!

Lisa said...

Lordy. That was a certainly an eventful episode. I have to admit I think the whole Zach confession was scripted to appease us ticked off fans. I freaked out none-the-less. Excellent B/B moments as usual.

akeiser said...

ohhh! I love that Zack is back... and I kinda love this new intern. He's definitely the best one so far.

Savanna said...

omg ZACK HE LOOKS SO CUTE 2 bad he had 2 go bye byes

Booth: Zack, try not to kill sweets
Zack: I promise

lol i love dis ep!!

Yanin said...

This episode was awesome! I loved all the B&B moments! Booth is really taking on a more protective role! I wonder if his fantasy comment was an intro to any fantasy episode coming up? I loved zach too! Just a gray episode all around. Good but sad case.

Yanin said...

Ok I meant "great" episode! Lol

Amazon said...

Does anyone know what that last song was? The one where they were in the diner?

L said...

It sounded like Jewel...

firefairyangel said...

There were quite a few believability issues in this one...but honestly, that didn't stop me from loving the episode.

I'm surprised Cam didn't find out that Hodgins gave Zack the file to look over. That's illegal.

I'm surprised Zack could just walk out of his institution like that. Are there no security cameras, anywhere in the building?

I'm surprised...and yet not surprised...that the group took Zack to dinner like that. Given the kind of work they do, I would have thought someone (Cam) would have said something about it being wrong for him to escape like that.

As unbelievable as it was, I really liked this episode. I thought it was funny and the case was interesting.

Stephanie said...

To quote Cam, I did NOT see that coming. Booth totally called Brennan sexy and there was that great twist with Zack (which I thought made much more sense, Zack-logic-wise than the finale did) so this was a great episode! I am curious to know if that was always the plan, though, or if Hart wrote that just because fans were upset. They did always plan to have Zack return in season 4

Anonymous said...

what was the song in the diner?

Mo said...

i really liked this episode... i enjoyed seeing Zack... and i definitly enjoyed the B/B moments... i really liked the last scene... Booth called her sexy, and she only kinda noticed.. all in all it was awesome.. i bet Booth enjoyed having a 'special' back fixing by Bones!! LOL!! i cant wait 4 the review on this ep, it seemed to have a good amount of underline meaning in a few thing... like 'thats for me to know and u to find out' i wonder if Sweets heard that.. i know he was in the room, but if he did, he didnt really react... anywho.. GREAT Episode.. LOVED it!! <333

ashley said...

BEST EP BY FAR!

Anonymous said...

ok...spent the last hour of my life looking for that darn song (the last one of the episode). somebody? anybody?!

Anonymous said...

Great episode.

Nice combination of a good case, funny interactions, and just enough BB tension to keep moving them along. Loved the return of Zach. Didn't realize how much I missed him.

I'm not sure if the non-killer Zach storyline is a bit of a cop-out, though. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy about the storyline. Zach seemed like such a sweetie that I couldn't believe he murdered. It just seems like the writers might be pandering.... We'll see how it all pans out.

L said...

According to Adtunes, the song was Katie Gray - Set Free.

Listen to the track here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/katiegray

Anonymous said...

Bless you for the info! Katie Gray it is! What a great song!

Amanda said...

The case was pretty good, though I have a couple of nitpicks.

Hodgins giving the case to Zack was already touched on.

Maybe it varies by state, but I think you DO need a warrant for garbage until it mingles with the common garbage.

I know Zack's admission is a cop out, but it does open up a ton of opportunities.

I liked this intern quite a bit. I was sad to see him walk out. I hope we see him again.

And I LOVED all the B/B interactions... too many to list them all.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice when they were interrogating the publishing guy, he calls Bones a "hot scientist chick" and Booth only says, "Don't call my partner a chick!"
So he thinks she's a hot scientist eh?

rosario said...

Of course he thinks that! And, plus, he's a "sexy FBI agent". The perfect couple!
I really liked this ep!! Season is getting better and better. Makes me happy!

heirofloki said...

Ok, please don't kill me but I feel rather skeptical about the Zack development. I just... I'm speechless. All I can do is frown and shake my head. I'm not sure whether is good or bad. I'm open, however, to whatever the writers want to dish out. As long as is their creativity at work and not just a response to fan-pressure, I think I'll be good.

All my qualms aside, the episode was actually quite good, and the last bit with B&B was just perfect. Oh, and for the record, that grad student won me over by the end. I was sad to see him go.

Anonymous said...

I loved this one, but where the HELL is security at the Jeffersonian? They let in Angela's husband, and now an escaped mental patient!? I mean really?

Juliette said...

I LOVE THE B/B!!! this episode has completely made my week better =)

Jeannie said...

I'm a bit confused about the apprentice-situation. So the person who tried to kill Brennan and Booth and eventually killed the lobbyist was somebody else, but Zack had told the master where to find the lobbyist??? Meaning he was already working for him prior to his 'official' recruitment after killing the previous apprentice? Also, how hard could finding the lobbyist have been - he was in his own house.

Joy_Booth said...

I KNEW IT!!! I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT!! No WAY Zack could ever kill anyone!!! I KNEW IT!!!!!!! *squeals with joy* *hugs him* No way my Zacko would ever end someone's life!!!!! =D =D =D

Amanda said...

I'm probably wrong, but I think whoever was on the motorcycle was the Master himself.

Jeannie said...

Amanda, you are probably right. My main issue with this explanation is really the timeline: Zack supposedly telling the master where to find the lobbyist, having the apprentice kill him but not being recruited until after that? Huh? I don't know, the whole story doesn't really sit well with me. And I agree to what others have already mentioned - there was a lot of stuff where we had to suspend our disbelief: the lacking security at the loony bin and the Jeffersonian, the team taking Zack to a very public place for dinner, even though he is an escaped criminal (Couldn't that at least cost Cam her job?), Zack helping with the case (Can't that get the evidence thrown out in court?), etc. I hope the writers don't think that just making Zack reappear will make us forget about plausiblity.
Same goes for Booth's admission to read Brennan's books. That has been made known in at least 2 prior episodes - Superhero in the Alley (where they talk about them being characters in her book) and Bodies in the Book (where he says: You got time to write them, I got time to read them).
The case was really good, I had no idea who the killer was until it was revealed. However, they failed to make me care. Don't know why, I just had the feeling that this episode didn't flow as nicely as the last two. It felt somewhat pieced together. And that toilet candy part was GROSS. Seriously.

Johana Alvarez said...

Holy cow! I am so excited! This epi was so cute!
1) I loved the B&B interactions! That's probably a given, but still! I loved that Booth told her "that's for me to know and you to find out". That was good! And then when she was talking about the book and he was like "...want me in your fantasy world". Is that a hint that the fantasy epi is coming up soon? And then the face that Booth made when she put her arms around him! ::swoon:: and of course: protective Booth=hot!
2) I loved Hodgins! Yes, the attitude was heavy, but if I had to picture how I'd feel working with my ex fiance and having to work with the ghost of my bf everyday I would imagine that I'd have a bit of a tude too! Even though I probably would never have the guts to speak to my boss that way! But I love Hodgins!
3) I loved Sweets! I feel like his character has had a lot more depth lately! I don't know what it is, but I think it's that we've been able to see his reactions to things more than before.
4) I loved Zack. He's so cute. But I wonder how they're going to work out the whole "I didn't actually kill a man" thing. I am wondering if that means that there's a hope that maybe EM will be a permanent member of the cast again, maybe S5?
Ok, I think I've written enough for now!

vacelts said...

I loved that when Booth saw the action figures in Jared's room, he wanted to call in "expert" Sweets to get insight into Jared.

I think that on it's own, the whole Wendell misunderstanding arc would have been funnier but it was overshadowed by the return of Zack.

And the final few minutes (I'm trying not to give it away) more than made up for last year's finale. I was happy/relieved to learn what we found out, but at the same time it was still sad.

http://redlightnaps.wordpress.com/2008/09/25/bones-perfect-pieces/

Lauren said...
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Lauren said...

I'm a recent reader on your blog, but I'd like to voice my biggest irritation with this episode:

If Booth's back hurt like he said it did, there was no way that he would be able to dig the hole where the head was buried. He'd bend halfway down and have to hand the shovel off.

Also, the fact that Booth, Bones, and Sweets missed the 12 thing is a little hard to believe. Though I did love that when Zack pointed it out, they spoke in unison and were then like "Uh...let's pretend that didn't happen."

kathrine said...

well!!! i love the episode... getting better..:) love the bb moments of course.. and Zach's return...brennan's reaction when she saw zach made me smile and laugh a bit.. she missed him! lol

and also.. love sweets :D

Mella said...

I don't like the Zack thing . I'd rather have them stick to the murder story . Too much backpaddling for my taste

Anonymous said...

I love this episode!!it's absolutely great!! Love the end xD I like the moments with Zack!

Ariel said...

Eeeh! I looove this episode. Yes, the whole Zack thing wasn't particularly realistic but it's at least mildly plausible. It doesn't really matter to me though, as long as Zack is back! I actually jumped off the couch and did a crazy dance around the room when he came on screen, I think I forever terrified my cat)....

I loved the B/B moments and finally I am starting to like Sweets (he really bugged me last season)

It was very odd though how Cam went from being furious with Zack for breaking out to going out to dinner with him.

Irininde said...

Um... okay... I've had time to think about this... and...

I both LOVED this episode and... well not hated, exactly, but I was raising my eyebrows every five minutes. Obviously Booth and Bones were at their cutest! There are so many awesome lines and interactions i kept mentally squealing! (you see... uh, I was MEANT to be finishing my homework).
So anyway, the case was okay, not my favourite (it felt a LOT like a less important plot-line), but still interesting.
But to adress my main issue here: ZACK. I was not among those who raged at Pain in The Heart, but I missed him a lot, especially after rewatching a few episodes from season 1 and 2, and realising there was JUST NO WAY.
BUT, the fact that he escapes (seriously? I mean he manages to open the door and therefore can simply WALK OUT? Are you KIDDING ME??) is just ridiculous. While I was watching the episode, I looked it over, but now as I've rethoght it... hmmm. And same for gettin inside the Jeffersonian. It's one thing for a hot man from Fiji (a hot but INNOCENT man) to get in. Quite another for an escaped MENTAl convict!!!
Also, the end confession felt kind of weird. I mean... they should have waited to show us that zack didn't actually stab the man, or at leat given SOME backstory with Sweets questioning him and feeling something wasn't quite righ... not to have Sweets just say "oh, I knew something didn't fit! You didn't kill him!" HURRAY! Hehe, yeah so I have some issues.
Still, despite my great rant, I have to say that the ep was funny and cute, and although I didn't like how it was handled... Zack really couldn't have killed anyone, and I was glad to see him back! ;)

Yanin said...

I tried to put myself in their shoes after seeing Zach again. I would be thrilled to see him and I would definitely try to make the most of the time they could spend with him. I think someone commented that Booth wouldn't cover up for him escaping, but I think for Brennan he would. He fudged the timeframe when he brough Russ in remember? I like that they clarified some of Zach's story from the season finale which is something we've all been waiting for and I for one am really interested to see where they take this. Primarily, what developments it might bring.

Emilie said...

I love this episode§ I love it because of all the team, Zack's return. I have to say the intern is at the top of my favorite interns. And the Bones/Booth moments were priceless : particularly like the end! "Its like me saying I don't wanna be a sexy FBI Agent" and to be honest I remarked too that Booth is digging although his back hurt, but I really don't care about that or the security's problems! It's my opinion but I think it gets better each episode. As I said I love this episode (and what's Bones wearing too! : nice shoes, pants, jacket,... suits her).

Shep said...

Woah! That's about all I can say right now!

..........

10 minutes later...
Woah!

Ok, firstly - EEEEEEEE!!! OMG, I'm so glad they cleared up the Zack thing. In my heart I couldn't bring myself to believe he really did physically kill that guy and now we know he didn't. THANK YOU HART!! I missed him so much and love him even more right now - I'd forgotten how adorable he is!

Secondly - I didn't expect the reaction form the Squints but I loved it and I would have done the same - it shows how much they love him! The conversation between Hodgins and Zack in the psychiatric hospital almost brought tears into my eyes!

And finally - the juicy stuff! Booth is being really protective and he's showing just how well he knows Brennan - excellent! Protective Booth is hot and I can't wait to see him be aggressively protective! I laughed out loud when he said 'don't call my partner a chick' and 'that's like me saying I don't wanna be a sexy FBI agent' - the innocent look on his face was great!. He knows he himslef is hot and that Brennan is hot - and I think that is HOT! Did anyone else notice the expression on his face when Brennan put her arms around him to fix his back - it was as if he coudl feel the sparks of electricity we all know exist between them. That is one of my most favourite B&B moments now!

Overall - I LOVED THIS EPISODE!

quick addendum - It's Bonesday in the UK I've seen Yanks already but nothing is gonna stop me from seeing it again!

Jeannie said...

Irininde, you summed up my issues with the Zack storyline perfectly. Also, I don't get why they had him escape from the institution in the first place. He didn't come to the lab to use some of the equipment, he SHOWED THEM PICTURES. Couldn't he just have called and asked them to visit him where they could have looked at the pics all the same??? Was that all just a setup for the diner scene and the confession with Sweets? I'm really curious to know whether HH had planned this all along - if he had, I actually feel sorry for all the crap the poor guy had to take over the summer for making Zack a killer. If it's just something they made up to please the fans, I'll be disappointed. But in any case, he has again succeeded - didn't he say that good TV is TV that gets talked about? ;-)

RMF said...

I wouldn't call the ending a copout, but rather a welcome correction to a truly ghastly writing error. Despite the setting, this is a character-driven show, not a police procedural, so whereas we can forgive a few lapses in logic or continuity, any gross character inconsistencies land the writers in very hot water. There's a certain whiff of retcon about it, but the whole murderer angle was just not going to work in light of Zack's prior characterization. They've managed to pull his situation back into the neighborhood of plausibility without pushing the giant reset button. He's still morally compromised, but not to the ridiculous degree he was before, so his situation is challenging but not wholly unsympathetic. I loved the poignancy of his meeting with Hodgins, and I loved the bracketing scenes with Sweets, who I am normally very impatient with. Sweets leaves the first meeting believing Zack a sociopath, but leaves their last meeting realizing Zack feels guilt acute enough to make him blame himself for a blow he never struck. I agree that it opens up a host of interesting possibilities. There is first of all the question of whether he would really have done the murder. Sweets points out that he can't actually know. This practically screams for an episode in which Zack does confront the choice to kill or not kill. Either way, I think he gives himself away, because if he can't, they'll know, and if he does, he'll go to pieces, and they'll know. Plus, the whole choice to kill or not kill reflects strongly on his experience in Iraq, which has been something of a mystery. Second, the people closest to him are also the people who are supposed to suss out the truth in a criminal case, and they missed it. To a certain extent, you can't really blame them for believing him, because few people confess to more than they've done, and they're more used to the type of criminal who tries to weasel out of it. Yet the irony of failing their own team member is manifest. Also, the Big Secret is always dramaworthy. Who knows the secret, who doesn't know the secret, how is the secret given away, how does it affect everyone's actions and attitudes. And Sweets finally gets a patient that actually needs him (there, I said it).

The problem is, it makes Zack more interesting than ever, at a time when his role has been reduced. I'm not sure that makes sense. It's kind of like the running theme to these first episodes that his place can't be filled by anyone else, just as we found last time he disappeared. Of course his escaping from the asylum and his being allowed to have dinner with the team are both highly unbelievable, but they're also highly symbolic of his link to the team. They writers have made the case, I believe them, but what's the end game here? Even if the accessory to murder charges could be somehow be dismissed, he's tampered with evidence, and you can't have a job gathering criminal evidence if you've done that. No conviction would stand in any case he touched. Yet, are we supposed to turn around and believe somewhere down the line that someone will turn up who can take his place? After they've drawn that underscore through the first part of the season? They risk ending up somewhere either illogical or unsatisfying. Kind of like last season.

brennanite said...

rmf is right, the Big Secret is totally drama worthy. I loved the scene in the diner: everyone was happy, and it such a contrast to how unhappy everyone is right now. Things have really fallen apart for this team. I think this is a great thing for the show. They have always functioned as such a stream-lined machine, some temporary dysfunction will only make them work better when they get to the other side of it.

Isn't it interesting that Zach is the heart of the team? Zach! When he leaves, everyone falls apart! It is like a marriage that falls apart when a child dies.

On another note, I am ready for some Booth-centric episodes. This guy is always selling this big line about monogamy, but he doesn't practice what he preaches. Why is that exactly? He is also always telling bones that is okay for her to depend on him, but he never wants to depend on her, e.g. his back problems. We know all about Brennan's issues, what is Booth's deal?

chattypatra said...

I believe it is a testament to the power of an outstanding cast that the producers can greenlight an episode full of ridiculous plot points and yet, most of us loved to watch it and will probably watch it a few more times.

The chemistry between Bones and Booth is so intense that when I look at them flirting with each other, the heat almost suffocates me.

I wish that people who love to watch other procedurals like CSI and have never seen BONES would discover it. The one thing that distinguishes this show apart from the rest of the pack is its unique blend of crime solving and humor.

This particular episode is an excellent example of the reason we all love Bones. In spite of the glaring mistakes in logic during the development of the story, the dialogue and the incredible comic timing shown by the lead actors makes us 'forget' and enjoy the ride.

Thus, it isn't until the actual episode is over that we go back and think...Wait a minute, I call BS! No way could that ever happen!

Still, my love for Bones is going strong. I rather watch this show than almost anything else on TV; Chuck being my other beloved.

Thank God for Hulu!


P.S: Bones so did get what Booth was saying when he flirted with her about being sexy! She just pretended to be clueless because she was as mesmerized by his hotness as much as we girls were!
No way is she THAT clueless! That scene was SMOKING! Ufff.

TempeBooth said...

my heart belongs to seeley booth, but what is up with tj thyne/hodgins' cuteness this season???!!! he reminds me of bradley whitford in the first few seasons of west wing. luv angry little men!

Eli said...

What happen to Angela and Hodgins before scene came back .... are they flirting AGAIN? Hodgins is cute especially when he mocking Cam

cat pickin' on bones said...

Here's my snotty 2¢ worth...cuz I only give the episode a B+.

1. While I think it was screwy to make Zack a murderer, I groaned out loud at the supposed explanation...if there are only two, then how is it there were three (even if only for a short while), and how is it that Zack would be recruited in the first place? He doesn't fit the profile.

2. I LOVED the scene with Sweets and Angela. I can see Sweets crushing on someone like her. She tries to be open and honest about her feelings. She's probably the least neurotic member of that team, and how refreshing that would be for someone in Sweets' position.

3. I wish the writers had been a little more subtle with the "protective booth" stuff. I mean, he's always been the protective sort, but why so many instances in one episode with so many different characters. I could see it if he was obsessing about some guy in particular, but I dunno. Each scene worked very well on its own, but cumulatively...it felt like the writers were trying to hit us over with some new message. One instance per episode should be enough...spread out, ya know?

4. I liked last week's intern. I hope they bring him back. But god, I got a real kick outta this kid thinking Brennan was making a pass at him!

5. It was totally UNBELIEVABLE that Zack would have shown up at the Jeffersonian. He could not have escaped; he would not have left the premises without good reason (a phone call would have sufficed); and he certainly would not have made it into the Jeffersonian without being recognized by every damned security guard on duty.

Hell, he was in his prison garb. Did every guard at the "looney bin", every cop in DC, and every security guard on the Jeffersonian campus miss this guy walking by in a white JUMPSUIT??

arrrgh. B+

RMF said...

I've been thinking more about this episode. It really is a boon for Sweets, a character in search of a purpose. JDF is a charming enough actor, but the way they've shoehorned his character into some episodes has been downright painful. But Zack shown himself troubled and complex, yet redeemable, and really gives Sweets a reason to be involved. It won't be easy for him, though. I noticed that Zack's admission really comes early in the episode, rather than at the end, but Sweets can't interpret it. We gather that Sweets has been counseling him for some time but making no headway. Zack tells him he feels remorse for being taken in but not for murdering a man. Although it's couched in terms of his emotions, it doesn't express what he really feels, as we find out later, but rather is a literal admission of what he is and isn't factually guilty of. If he had made the same statement to Hodgins or Bones, they would have immediately zeroed in on the illogic of it, but Sweets is looking for abnormal psychology, and that's what he sees. He has a very tough hill to climb to begin to understand his patient, and their conversations could prove fascinating. Not only may there be very thorny, complex reasons behind why Zack was taken in and why he now wishes to punish himself beyond his deserts, but Zack is quite capable of talking way over Sweets' head. Sweets can't discuss the case with anyone else, but can he really figure out Zack without help from those who know him best? Lots of tightrope walking.

Lauren said...

Maybe part of the reason Booth was so overtly overprotective of Bones in this episode was because he was physically injured. If he's unable to physically protect her should the need arise, I could see him becoming more verbally protective to kind of balance it out (preemptively, to stave off any situation where physical protection might be necessary). Balance it out in his mind, anyway. Because even if he's not needed to physically protect her, he is always standing near her "at the ready" in case she should be overpowered. He can't be "at the ready" if his back hurts, so he's telling everyone "Look, don't mess with her" right up front.

heirofloki said...

Lauren, that's exactly what I thought - re:Booth's protectiveness.

On second viewing it also struck me how well they worked out the partnership issue into the case: He's keeping her at arm's length, repeating over and over that he's fine/doesn't need her help (got flashes of killer in the concrete here). Brennan on the other hand, spends the entire episode convincing him to let her help him, let her be his partner (shades of late season 1, anyone?). I really liked that because as fans, I think we've all, at one point or another, noted how the partnership is slightly slanted towards Brennan -meaning, Booth goes to great lengths to protect her, insure her mental and physical well-being, but tends to either downplay or keep his issues to himself. I've wondered for a long time if that would ever come to bite them in the ass and well, it didn't exactly bite them but it's nice to have that little unbalance acknowledged by the writers via the characters. Especially in such a twisty, hilarious, endearing way.

On a slightly unrelated note: That little bit of her coming behind him? There's a split second when she puts her hands on each side of his chest, right when he stops talking -she stops moving. She just stops. And it's just a second, but it's there and it was so wonderfully played by both actors. Then she keeps moving and puts her hands on his neck, and he goes back to babbling. But that split second, that's what sold the scene for me.

Shep said...

I agree heirofloki - like i said before, that split second was when they both felt something - like sparks of tingly electricity!! Hehe!

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