Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Emily on Craig Ferguson - Update

It appears Emily finally has her scheduled date. Craig Ferguson's site only shows appearances through the next week but tvguide.com gives you a nice heads up that Emily will be appearing on Thursday night, May 8th (that's 12:30 AM on Friday for us East Coasters). Hopefully David's night will also come soon. The season is nearly over!

Emily and David are taping according to the following schedule:

Tue April 29, 2008 3:30 PM (that's today!)
Emily Deschanel

Wed May 7, 2008 5:15 PM
David Boreanaz

If you live in LA I am still required to hate you. No hard feelings, I hope?

Bones Episode Review - 3.09: 'The Baby in the Bough'

Notes: this is my first episode review. I don't want to do a full story recap. Fox does a great job of that on the official site. This is more opinion and perspective from a fan, as well as how I think it fits into the greater Bones landscape. When season 3 ends I plan to review all the previous episodes over the summer, starting with the 'Pilot'.

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After last week's 'Player Under Pressure' I was a little skeptical about another out-of-order episode. I have really been jonesing for some 'kiss' aftermath and this episode should have aired directly before it. I must say though, I was very happy with 'The Baby in the Bough'.

This is one of my favorite episodes of all time. How could it not be?

-Cutest baby. Ever.
-Adorable Hodgela moments
-Cutest baby. EVER.
-and top shelf Booth and Bones moments

Charlie - "Is it true Dr. Brennan's taking care of the baby? Because that's something I'd pay to see." Dude just stole Angela's role! Angela is supposed to be our voice. I'll grudgingly admit that he pulled it off well. This is exactly what the fans were doing - raptly absorbing this hilarious episode where we were eager to do exactly that: watch Temperance Brennan care for a child. And we weren't disappointed.
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The case wasn't one of the most interesting, to me. Minor beef with television show casting: who didn't know instantly who the bad-guy was when you saw 'Biff' (Played by Thomas F. Wilson)? No one else in the show was a recognizable face and he was right in the mix of suspects. It would have been more mysterious to have him play the husband or the husband of Carol Grant.

I don't mind that the case wasn't spectacular. 1) It's not the main reason I watch, big secret there. 2) With a side story so wonderful, a spectacular mystery would have competed with that. I'm glad the case was in the middle and, while giving a good base to the episode, didn't outshine the character stories.

Zack
- The story about beets cracked me up. He has no clue and no tact and I love how well they portray that.
- "Prodigious saliva production." This reminded me of Hodgins giving him advice on how to pretend to be human. We need to see Zack attempting to get a life and/or a date. If a baby has him in such awe what would normal situations do? We used to see this with Temperance but Booth has helped her become more and more 'normal'. Lets go back to season 1 funny, but with Zack this time. (Don't ever revert Temperance, okay?)
- Zack hanging up on Dr. Brennan. Slightly contrived but still very funny. Z-"Is this a better time?" Brennan-"No, no, no." Zack moves to hang up on her again. Z-"Then why'd you call back?"
- Gotta love our resident Vulcan/Robot.

Cam
- I wouldn't mind it if Cam got a bit more of a life outside the lab. Her only role, outside of brief object of fan hate when she was with Booth and the single family story, is to play straight-man to the rest of the cast. Don't get me wrong, the writers give her great lines and she plays them well. But I'd love a bit more character development out of her. Tamara Taylor, and the fans, can handle it!
- Cam stayed true to form in this episode. She was either a foil to Zack's social ineptness, a quick fly-by with important information, or the conduit by which the lab learned Andy's name. The one scene where she gets a moment to say something we should really listen to is actually about Angela and it's pretty negative on Cam, to boot. It was funny and it played a purpose but for the viewer it reflected a little harshly on her. She went to Angela to ask her about kids and played into the plot device of Angela being just a tad bit worried about what kids would do to her fab body. It just made Cam seem so...cold...and not in the endearing Temperance Brennan way.

Hodgela - (Hodgins/Angela - are they really separate anymore?)
- Adorable, as always.
- A-"Get used to it. I want, like, a million of these." ... H-"What do you think she meant by a million? Two?"
- Cam-"How many?... Because a million seems a bit impractical." A-"I don't know. I kind of have a thing for chaos. I guess I'll stop when the Feds need to airlift me in supplies."
- H-"I don't care if you're mushy and shapeless, puffy from constant hormone fluctuations. I'll still find you sexy." A-"Well I'm not going to look like..." H-"It's okay. When you get wider there'll be more of you to love."
- I have a personal beef with him being a complete doormat to her whims most of the time. But I got the impression that the 'more of you to love' discussion had some purpose on his part. He did look genuinely crestfallen when she stopped the discussion but when he turned away and smiled he didn't look at all innocent, or sad.
-A-"You two better get your act together or I'm suing for custody."

Booth
This is a good Booth episode. He gets to do pretty much everything we love about him. He is protective of the weak, heroically self sacrificing, shows his blue collar philosophy, love of sports and love of Bones, teaches Bones a few things, and is just adorable. (I'll give writers most of the credit in that list but the nuances DB adds to Seeley give the character so much richness and deserve due credit, especially in the 'adorable' category.)

Cute Booth line: "That's right people: I am a constant surprise."

The breast milk scene was great! DB added some great gestures and visible discomfort to it but I love these scenes for this characters. Hart Hanson seems determined to deconstruct our classic 'hero'. These scenes where Booth squirm are so well-written and well-played. They give Booth a depth, and humor of course, unseen in most every hero, without making Booth any less heroic.

While Temperance's world view evolved in this episode, his was on display but unchanged. He's very blue collar and you can't get more 'hard working American' than a town that did everything you were supposed to and yet still fell on hard times. He strongly believes that everyone is equal and everyone deserves a chance. He doesn't push that on Bones, but by the end of the episode she is fulfilling his view without him having asked her to. While she is rich, and he dislikes the 'entitled' rich, he wants her to use their wealth for herself (and him - see later section) but is nonetheless pleasantly surprised and undoubtedly proud when she uses it to help people she didn't have to; people he feels are very deserving yet overlooked.

When Booth started dipping his hands into those bags of mulch I was both laughing and cringing for the character. He is a bit of a priss and I couldn't wait for the moment he'd realize he was sticking his bare hand into bags and eventually he was going to find the one they were looking for; the one containing human remains. The only way I think that could have been better was if he'd wiped his hand on her jacket as she walked away.

Bones
Fish-out-of-water Temperance is a staple of the show and this situation doesn't disappoint. It's great to see her learn to care for, and even become attached to, a baby. And I'm glad they didn't take it too far. Zack provides the true out-of-touch scientist take on a baby. She has learned a lot from Booth. It's great to see her have something else to learn. And not only from Booth. This episode has her learning about herself and even evolving her own world view.

Her attempts to apply an adult, rational template to a child provide a lot of the great humor in this episode:
"Obviously something is upsetting you." (to Andy)
"Elephants are not purple. This is wrong."
"...bears, which in reality would devour a small child."
"I don't understand. I fed him, he's been changed, I patted him, and now he's just complaining."
"We will find out what happened to your mother. I promise. Booth is an excellent investigator, and I don't like to boast, but I am the best in my field. (crying Andy) What do you want? Um...how about some visual and auditory stimulation? Okay. Lets see. Umm...Phalanges! Phalanges, phalanges, phalanges! Dancing Phalanges! Dancing Phalanges! (laughing Andy) Yeah! Booth thinks that bones are drying and boring but...Show me your phalanges!" How cute is this scene? They could have written it in a way that she failed miserably they didn't. Temperance is unconventional and a bit weird but she makes things work in her own (very humorous) way.
"You know, his development would be heightened if you didn't talk to him like a fool."

In the last scene, Booth asks her if she's now more open to having kids. She doesn't really answer him, positive or negative. That in itself is telling. In the past she was adamant about her view on this. A quiet Temperance is a thoughtful Temperance and usually bodes change. She became very attached to Andy, though she's loathe to admit it.

There's more to Temperance in this episode than just the baby, however. She grows a bit more, even outside Booth's influence. At the start, she believes that the town should be allowed to die and all the residents should abandon it. But as she spends more time in the town, and of course with Andy, her view changes. She thinks her money has bought her influence enough to get a Congressman interested in the town but when that fails she realizes that she can do something more direct, and contrary to her earlier opinion, that she should do something more direct for the town.

Only Negative that comes to mind: "I can introduce myself." Eyeroll. Do we still have to see her do crap like this? She's evolved, don't make her de-evolve. Booth has introduced her time and again. It's obnoxious to see her do something like that.

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Booth/Bones
I have saved the best for last. This right here is why I watch this show and why CSI and such leave me feeling dis-satisfied. There are so many great B/B moments I'll just go one by one.

Changing Diapers 101 - Beautiful play of Booth showing Bones the ropes. She's completely out of her element and thoroughly annoyed and it works great. We get to watch Booth go out of his way for the baby and push Brennan into a situation that she's not comfortable with but he's very confident she needs exposure to.

Booth - "You look very Mom-like..." aww

Baby Daddy/Mommy - Bones- "...you're the baby daddy." In reply he says she can be the "daddy mommy." Now, there's two ways to look at this. If he actually was supposed to say 'daddy mama' that has a very different meaning that childcare. Wowza! But in reality I'm guessing it's a goof and he should have said "baby mommy" which is very cute and couple-like. The look from DB as she takes Andy from Angela at the end of this scene conveys a wealth of tenderness. Again, aww.

Priorities - Bones-"I'm not leaving you, Booth." Booth-"Yes, you will, because this about the baby, not me. Promise me." (Long pause with obligatory adorable baby shot.) Bones-"I promise." This is a very good scene. We've seen them rescue each other in the past and while her first instinct is always to back him up, and protect him as much as he does her, he won't let her do that here. He's showing her that there are somethings in the world that should be protected whether there's love there or not.

Necklace pendant - When Bones gave Andy that pendant I was half laughing and half hoping righteous-protector Booth would immediately come in and rescue Andy.

Breast Milk - Booth-"Probably because she didn't want it affecting her, you know, her supply." I love this interchange with a classic B/B bicker. They go back and forth with his uncomfortable shyness (and wonderful expressiveness) and her clinical statements. They stop long enough just to say a little about the case then she brings it right back to their 'discussion'.

Time to give Andy up - Booth spends the first half of the episode getting Bones comfortable with the baby and then he's supposed to take him away. While they are technically arguing it's still a very tender scene. He recognizes that she can't give up Andy yet. He doesn't relent out of any logical reason. He relents because she asks him to. Only wish for this scene is that he'd actually seen her blowing raspberries on Andy. How cute would his tender expression have been?

Time to give Andy up, for real - Booth-"Yeah, looks like our little guy is going to be just fine." Powerful look passes between the two of them and he amends with, "The little guy." True to form, he informed her first. When something manages to make Temperance emotional she sometimes needs time to accept it and deal with it before facing it. He knows this and in coming to her first he gave her that time. Despite that she's still upset, visibly (good work ED), when she has to hand him over to Carol Grant.

Final Scene
First off, where in the world are they? It looks like they went out of the middle of no where to have time together. How very intimate is that? (Please correct me if you see any sign of where they are.) This is a great alternate take on the diner scene endings. The setting is even more intimate than a diner table: they are truly alone, wherever they are.

Booth feeling her out about kids is very cute. We saw Angela do it with Hodgins already and the symbolism isn't lost here. I think it matters to Booth that she be open to having kids. I like that they never have her adamantly deny it here. She can't let herself say she's open but old-school Temperance would have immediately launched into an "Anthropologically speaking..." diatribe. She's evolved and it's sweet.

Booth is proud of what she's doing. He links the pride in actions to kids but he's making it clear in every other way that he is most definitely proud of her. And I think she knows it and values it. But as she says, that's not why she did it.

The running theme of the house is a wonderful plot point. He categorizes it as financial advice but all his advice about this house is how he fits into it. I love it when they do this in episodes. I think the writers want these two together but they also want the show to last for a long time so what can they do? They can plant ideas like this of a couple's house, without actually giving them to us. Booth plans this house out, with his own media room for sports, 'family' type activities, and Bones cooking dip for him (incidentally DB has pointed out before that his wife makes 12 layer dip when he's watching sports games on TV). In some ways this is better, at this point at least, than watching them jump each others bones (no pun intended, I swear!). A dream surpasses reality in so many ways.

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I'm so glad to be back into the Season 3 flow where these two are a fluid pair. They are together in ways that many couples only dream of and though I know it will be a depressingly long time before we see that commitment become official it is already clearly there. I hope the writers keep that true and don't introduce any more love interests to get in the way. They have brought the characters far too close for that.

Husband + New Bones = ?

So my husband, who still claims he's not addicted to Bones, decided to start watching the new episodes with me last night. It went a little something like this:

Wife sits down to watch new Bones.

Husband walks in just after it starts to watch it too.

Wife cringes, just a little bit, inside.

Wife mistakenly shushes husband when he laughs at something funny. Whoops, knee jerk reaction!

Husband asks what happened to Hodgins' hair. (Note: husband hasn't seen past Season 2 finale yet.)

Wife puts off answering until commercial break. No shushing or fussing. He did actually ask during a show lull.

Husband makes a comment during important dialogue from the illustrious Zack Addy.

Wife fusses during next commercial break. (Hey, I have priorities here. First show, then fuss!)

Husband upset. Wife feels bad but is adamant: Bones is sacrosanct!

Husband eventually stops giving wife the crazy-eye and balance is restored.

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I loved this episode! I'll post a more extensive review after I can re-watch it on Hulu. I must admit I guessed the baddy as soon as I saw 'Biff', but who cares? We got an adorable baby, funny Angela/Hodgins moments, and amazing romantic nods between Booth and Bones. I can't wait to re-watch it.

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