Friday, October 10, 2008

What's the right (written/production) order for Bones Season 4?

I'm not the the only one who has beefs with shows being written and produced in one order, and aired in another. If this bothers you too, and you'd like to know the proper logical order for the shows this season, here it is:

"The Yanks in the UK: Part One" (Prod. #3.19, Aired #4.01)***
"The Yanks in the UK: Part Two" (Prod. #3.20, Aired #4.02)***
"The He in the She" (Prod. #3.15, Aired #4.07)
"The Man in the Outhouse" (Prod. #3.16, Aired #4.03)
"The Finger in the Nest" (Prod. #3.17, Aired #4.04)
"The Crank in the Shaft" (Prod. #3.18, Aired #4.06)
"The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond" (Prod. #4.01, Aired #4.05)
*** I think these two are an exception to the produced vs aired order because they were specifically written to air before everything else on this list.

18 comments:

Jeannie said...

Thanks! That's definitely the order I will rewatch them in now. I'm pretty sure some of the stuff will make much more sense in terms of continuity this way.
However, seeing that Purple Pond was actually supposed to be the last one before the hiatus I hope that does not mean that this is where they will pick up in November?

Lauren said...

FYI, you've got both He in the She and Purple Pieces listed as airing 4.07...

Wendy said...

Whoops! Thanks Lauren :) Fixed now.

heirofloki said...

You're right, Wendy. Yanks was a one time event commissioned by the network for the premiere so (except for the H/A break-up) I'm sure those eps don't really count.

Louise said...

Well, if you go by that, then most eps so far wouldn't have even been in season 4, they would have been in season 3.

I don't really worry about these sorts of things - as far as I'm concerned, the show is a work in process until it actually airs ... and that includes the ep order.

Jeannie said...

Louise, I think we can assume that the shooting of these episodes in season 3 was due to the writer strike and not because they were intended to go with that season. I believe that Pain in the Heart was always supposed to be the finale and Yanks in the UK the first episode of season 4, and everything else they filmed was supposed to come after that.

Give it a try - if you watch them in the order they were intended to be shown in, a lot of things suddenly make so much more sense. Hodgela, for one. Awkwardness, no awkwardness, anger, no anger, it's been somewhat chaotic in terms of continuity so far. Or have a look at the relationship with Booth and Brennan - they grow really close in one episode but seem somewhat distant in the next, and then it's back to closeness again.
A good example of how important continuity is were the season 1 episodes - for example, episode 2 and 3 were switched, and suddenly Booth was asking for a security card he had already used during a previous episode. And while stuff like that might not ruin a show and its basic storyline, it really messes with the continuity and the character progression. If you own the season 1 DVDs, try to watch them in the order they were intended to be shown in and I promise a lot of stuff will suddenly get a whole new meaning. At least it did for me. ;-)

Yanin said...

I'm not sure if this has been answered before, but why are the episodes aired in a different order? Wouldn't Hart or Barry have a say in that if it gives the show continuity issues?

Wendy said...

I really don't know, Yanin. Shows are produced by a Production Company, and then purchased by a Network. I would *guess* that once they are purchased, the network can air them any way they want.

Jeannie said...

Yanin, this is just pure guesswork on my part but I believe I remember that for season 1 the reason were of a practical and "political" nature. Like, they had to re-shoot a particular scene for one episode and so had to air another one instead. Also, I seem to remember that they switched episode 2 and 3 because they believed they needed a "catchier" case after the pilot.
As for this season, my guess would be that they gave priority to Purple Pieces to "calm" all the Zack fans and keep them watching the show before they run out of patience with it. Something like that.

Yanin said...

Thanks for the info! =)

Anonymous said...

Wow, that does help thing make more sense. I felt the character development this season has been lacking, but I bet if I rewatch it in written order I'll find there is more

Shep said...

That's just silly. They're ruining it for the fans and the writers themselves - they're the ones who have put in all the hard work, not the network!

Jeannie said...

I think I found another good example of why the correct order actually matters.
If you watch Man on the Fairway and Two Bodies in the Lab from season 1 you'll find that there are a lot of rather intimate moments between Booth and Brennan. However, the next episode that was aired was Woman in the Tunnel where they were rather cool and reserved with each other. I remember that I had a serious "Huh?" moment when I first watched those episodes. However, if you start putting Woman in the Tunnel where it was supposed to be aired, between Woman at the Airport and Superhero at the Alley you'll actually start a real and serious progression in their relationship as the season unfolds. And it explains why they are so close in one episode and suddenly rather reserved with each other in the next. Two Bodies will then be followed by Man with the Bone (which made for a lighter tone after two rather serious episodes) and Skull in the Desert, which makes total sense, given that Booth is willing to make the trip for Bones since they now share a new and different bond.

Also, I've rewatched the ending scene of He in the She and I wish they had kept that one as the first "real" episode of this season (I'm still trying to forget about Yanks in the UK.;-)) In my opinion, that episode is setting up the general theme for this season - looking beyond the dust covers.
This is how I see the Booth and Brennan relationship evolve over the seasons:
1: Warming up to each other.
2: The sexual tension is piling up high - really high.
3: They are growing really close.
4: They are finally making a serious effort to really get to know each other. So far, all the topics touched upon were always important to at least one of them and the other one always tried to come to terms with it. (Not sure if I'm explaining this well.) They are definitely setting them up for something big here. Exciting!

RMF said...

I think Wendy is correct that the network controls the airing of the episodes. I remember Joss Whedon complaining that the network messed up "Firefly" by broadcasting the episodes completely out of order, making it impossible to follow the overall narrative. He evidently had no say.

Lauren said...

Question: in your master list of episodes/reviews, you've been listing them in written order (with dates added for aired order). But S4 is currently listed in aired order. Will you be changing it to written order later, when there are more episodes?

Wendy said...

Yes, I will. I intend to change it soon, actually, just haven't gotten to it yet. Thanks for reminding me! :)

Anonymous said...

I just caught up to season 4 and I really want to watch them in the right order. Now that more episodes have aired could you update the list? Thanks for the help!

Wendy said...

Hi. Just go to the Master List of Episodes and Reviews on the Left side - this list continues there. Season 4 is in the correct Written order there, from bottom to top. (All seasons are in Written order there.)

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