Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Obsessing About Bones Music?

If you've been frantically searching all day for the song from the end of 'Verdict in the Story' (and I know you have!) then here's a great scoop from TVguide...It's called "Fountain, Fountain" and it's by Sarah Lov and you won't find it anywhere...yet. It will be released exclusively in August on the Bones Soundtrack!!! In the meantime you can visit her Website and her Myspace for more of her other music.

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Bones Episode Review - 3.13: 'The Verdict in the Story'

Master list of all episodes and links to my reviews can be found here.

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'The Verdict in the Story'

Whew. I'm sincerely impressed with how good Bones has been post-hiatus. With the exception of the out-of-order 'Player Under Pressure', every episode aired since the return has been wonderful. This leaves me eagerly anticipating our remaining two before the summer break - and beyond. Every season of Bones gets better and better. It's a credit to the writers, as well as the cast, that Bones never grows stale instead gaining richness and depth with each new interlude into the world of special Agent Seeley Booth and Dr. Temperance Brennan.

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Wow. Before this episode aired, I was of the mind, bluntly, that it would simply be filler. Max was destined to jail. It wasn't hotly promoted. You'd reasonably think that it would be an important story but they really didn't convey that in the previews/promos, to me at least. There has been so much more buzz about the next two episodes that it was easy to view this one as an important, but possibly uninteresting, stepping stone. Often there are lesser quality episodes between big 'thriller' episodes but Bones is delivering great story after great story. I'm sorry I doubted you Hart!

I, like Angela, believed that the Brennan/Keenan team was destined to lose; it was only a matter of how the story was told. It feels silly and faithless in hind site. Since when is Bones so...blah? Never!

Happily, wonderfully, I was dead wrong. It makes me feel like a thoughtless groupie to say (but hopefully my un-godly long reviews belie the truth of my thoughtfulness, at the least) but the last three Season 3 episodes are all fighting for the top of my short list for favorite episodes.

Enough gush. Time to dig in.

P.S. I can't take the judge seriously. Spaceballs...all I can see are Spaceballs scenes!

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I'm not exactly sure where to start. This episode was hard on most every character but a great ride for the viewer.

The squints had a hard choice here. The Jeffersonian investigated the death of Deputy Director Kirby and therefore they were bound to do what they always do: testify in court. They don't get to chose. The only one who can rightly be excused is the one who legally must - Dr. Brennan. But all the others are bound by their jobs to ignore the defendant, and prove the Federal Government's case.

They do this with varying degrees of emotional issues. Cam, Booth, Sweets and Caroline simply do it. It's their job and they're all emotional mature enough to realize that, though it's uncomfortable, they must. Angela refuses in the grounds that she can't be a part of the team that will certainly put her best friend’s father in jail for the rest of his life, or worse, on death row. Hodgins will do it as long as Dr. Brennan gives him express permission and Zack is very happy to do it. It's even a competition to Zack: the Jeffersonian team vs Dr. Brennan and those "African American people" she's with. He's the one person on the Jeffersonian team able to do what Dr. Brennan is doing on the other side: completely rationalize that this is simply what must be done and it should be done to the best of everyone's abilities. Zack does take it a little further. Compared to the rest of the crew he definitely enjoys the case: to him the defendant is irrelevant.

Quotes:
Caroline: “Here's what is different. (to Booth) Loose the 'cocky' belt buckle. (to Hodgins) No badges saying 'Resist Authority' or 'The Truth is out there.' (to Zack) Do not cut your own hair the day before a trial. (to Angela) Ugly up a little. The plain women on the jury hate you. (to Sweets) Use your fully grown up words.(to Cam) Eat. Last time, your stomach was growling louder than your testimony.”
Sweets: “I assure you I will be totally, awesomely mature on the stand.”

Caroline: “And you're 100% positive this is the murder weapon?”
Zack: “I'm not comfortable with 100%.”

Despite Angela’s earlier refusal to testify, Caroline puts her on the stand anyway and again, she refuses to testify. Bones even calls out to tell her to do it after she and Booth exchange one of their many looks.
Judge: “The witness will answer or I will find her in contempt.”
Angela: “Is there any way I could talk you out of that?”
...Caroline: “I figured once she got up here and saw your scary face she'd reconsider her options.”
Angela tries to take the 5th but that's the wrong amendment. She decides instead to try to take the 1st due to the 'freedom of association'.
…Booth gets Bones to speak up again 'he's the ferryman’! That gets her called down by the judge which upsets her at Booth, "Thanks a lot!"
…Bones: “Angela, please.”
Booth: “Hey, will you sit down?” (Booth grabs her arm and pulls her back down.)
Angela: “Sweetie, this is one of those times where I know what's right and everybody else is confused.”
Angela just simply cannot do it. She’s completely convinced that Max is going to lose and she can’t be a part of the group that does it. While the scene is funny, it’s also very poignant, especially when taken with the later jail scene between the two of them. They are so very different but so close. It’s an alternate version of Booth and Bones. Bones shouldn’t relate to people like Booth and Angela but something in each side pulls together and her best friend an her unofficial ‘other half’ are both very emotionally governed people, in stark contrast to her extreme rational nature.

Sweets has impressive credentials but he’s definitely still a kid in many ways. Job-wise he’s intelligent and well educated but still hasn’t shed his tendency to speak like a teenage kid. ‘Totally’ appears to be his favorite word. “That's wicked stressful.”, “I assure you I will be totally, awesomely mature on the stand.”, “Like, totally.”, “mega dangerous”, and “Totally. ... I mean, indubitably.”

Outside of that he’s still not a fully mature adult. He loves being around Booth and Brennan and desperately wants to be right in the middle of them. He’ll do this in any way he can: a ‘double date’, cajoling, following them around, or a study for profiling trade-off. He can’t master his emotions well. He believes that he’s prioritizing the job but he’s really still primarily emotionally governed and he’s totally unaware of it.

You have to feel a bit sad for Zack. He was the only team member okay, even happy, with the team split over this case. So what’s that mean in Bones-land? He needs a bit of roughing up.

They didn’t try to make him become emotionally involved – that’s beyond the scope of his character at this stage of development (and probably why he never gets a ‘date’ story) but they did make hum vulnerable. Zack is utterly confident in his abilities and his work and that confidence was taken away from him. But in classic Vulcan-Zack form he doesn’t get sad or emotional about it. He simply sets about to fix it, learn from the mistake and ensure it will never happen again.

Zack: “I didn't ask you anything. You asked me. I answered.”
Clark: “You're not screwing with me, are you? You're just like this.”
Zack: “Yes, this is exactly how I am.”

Clark: “You made a mistake”
Zack: “Yes, I was mistaken.”

Zack: “Where did Clark Edison learn that trick with the food dye? I don't know that trick.”
Booth: “Zack...focus!”

In the end all consciences, and contempt charges, are cleared and the team can once again come together. It would have been a heavy story-arc indeed if the outcome had been different. How would the team have moved on with that hanging over them? I won’t be reading other reviews until after I finish this but I imagine there might be people out there who think it’s a joke that he got off, that’s it’s not realistic. I don’t fall into that category. I’ve seen this done before in other shows so it’s not new. I think they didn’t have much choice here if they wanted to keep from having to rebuild the team into the beautiful cohesive unit it is at this point.

Brennan’s team:
Brennan’s team is a bit more barebones. They have basically Dr. Brennan and Clark Edison. I’ll talk about her in a minute, so Clark first. Clark is a great scientist and a foil for Zack. They both want the truth. For Zack, the truth is the goal, but for Clark how you get that truth is what matters. Zack is in it for the sake of the science. Clark is in it for the sake of the game. Zack wants the answer; Clark wants to get there in the most ingenious way.

Clark always has something to prove. It gives him a great edge here to push beyond the science and look for what others may have missed. He believes he’s better than others and he actually proves that here. When it turns out that his evidence prompts the prosecution to find the real weapon and therefore a stronger case it hits him harder than it would hit a pure scientist like Zack.

Max: “Oh, he's a full grown scientist?”
Clark: “I shave, sir. I have a driver's license. I've won a couple of fist fights. I've saved a life. I have lain with woman. I've been hustled at pool, I've defied my father's wishes. I have broken hearts and I have been heart broken. So by all the markers of this society I am a grown man.”

Max's own kids believe that he’s guilty. We, in the audience, know that he is. That’s not really what this is about. They’ve set this up in the past. In ‘The Killer in the Concrete’ we see that Booth has come to grudgingly admire Max. He says that in the Old West he’d have been considered a hero. Here, we see that same idea come up again in the course of the trial- Max: "I never killed anyone. I just poked them to keep them away."

And with Sweet’s testimony:
Caroline: “Is he capable of murder?”
Sweets: “Like, totally. Most definitely. Um, in his own way Max Keenan is a very impressive man.”
Caroline: “What do you mean, "In his own way?"”
Sweets: “Well, Max Keenan doesn't adhere to an external ethical system.”
Caroline: “He does what he wants.”
Sweets: “No, he does what he thinks is right, whether or not the rest of the world agrees. In another time, he could have been a great leader.”
…Caroline: “Is Max Keenan dangerous?”
Sweets: “When he feels his loved ones are threatened...mega dangerous.” (Booth and Bones still look at each other.)
Caroline: “In your opinion, if Max Keenan felt that he was threatened or his family was threatened, could he do this?”
Sweets: “Totally. I mean, indubitably.”
Caroline: “Without hesitation?”
Sweets: “Without hesitation, without remorse, without guilt.”
(Booth looks over to check on her again but she doesn't look back.)

What remains is convincing his daughter that his motives matter as much as his guilt:
Max: “I’m ashamed of a lot of things in my life, but in this case, my conscience is clear.”
Bones: “That’s not the same as being innocent.”

Russ doesn’t play as big a part here. We already know that he’s loyal to his Father over any legal rationale. But he’s still a good guy and honest. His Father knows that and, like Caroline insinuates, I believe Max knows his son’s honesty and he did purposefully get Russ out of the way so he wouldn’t witness anything and also so he wouldn’t help.

Bones:
While I think this episode was much more about everyone around Dr. Brennan, she did have some things of her own to face – namely deciding what she actually felt about her father and the trial. She knows he’s guilty, in her heart. And she’s been running with that while ignoring the fact that Booth points out – she doesn’t “know” it scientifically like she prefers. But he’s still her Father and she will still work to keep him free.

This is her first time working on a defense so it’s a new experience for her in how the sides differ. She believes in the scientific evidence but that is not what a good defense relies on. Evidence belongs to the prosecution; heart belongs to the defense. This episode is about Brennan’s heart and how she chooses to use her heart vs her rationale.

She believes that rational = normal but the people around her keep pointing out that’s exactly the opposite of normal. She believes in her ability to compartmentalize.
Sweets: "If you were fine, you'd be balled up in the corner, weeping, or semi-catatonic."
Sweets: "I think it's important that you know that we know that the colder and more objective you appear on the outside, the more pain you're feeling on the inside."
Sweets: "Dr. Brennan does seem to have an enviable, if somewhat disturbing, ability to compartmentalize."

In the great scene in her apartment with Booth he tells her to just shut off her brain and do what her heart (her love for her Father) tells her to do: support her Father. She’s bothered that he’s not ‘innocent’:
Max: “I'm ashamed of a lot of things in my life, but in this case, my conscience is clear.”
Bones: “That's not the same as being innocent.”
But more and more she comes to realize his side of the argument, mostly thanks to Booth.

Bones: “My team...they're really good.”
Russ: “Maybe you could brag over them another time, Tempe.”

Booth
Booth shows a lot of respect for Sweets in this episode, while also, as usually, mercilessly torturing him. He admits that Sweets is brilliant and he allows Sweets to continue pulling them into therapy when, for all intents and purposes, it appears he utterly hates going. He’s a softy, that big Boothbear!

Additionally, he takes something very important from Sweets and then uses it on Bones. At the start of the episode, Sweets says that now is the time for Bones to ‘feel’. Booth takes that and gives it to her again (with much better delivery, sorry JFD!) in her apartment.

What Booth has to do here is very hard on him. Next to Angela, harder than anyone else and he’s only second to her because he’s different emotionally. He spends most of the time assuring himself that his Bones is okay. He knows that she supports what he does and his obligation and that’s the main reason he can do it. He can help put her Father away with the bare facts. When asked if the defendant was at the seminary he answers quickly with yes but when asked what he was doing there Booth doesn't want to say more than that. It hurts him to admit Max was impersonating a priest due to the prejudicial nature. He looks around and at the judge but he doesn't say it until Bones nods at him. Additionally, Caroline has to force Booth to say that "The sharpened pipe kind of became a trademark for him."

But what he can’t stand to do…is to be in any way responsible for putting her away. The look on his face when he realizes that he’s about to say something that will incriminate her is palpably painful. “That’s a lot of heart, Bones.” You just want to give him a big hug and say it will be okay! (Amazing acting by David Boreanaz there.)

Dr. Geeks – love that nickname for Sweets

Booth/Bones:
This episode is a hard mix of pleasure and pain for the couple. There are so many adorable moments, mixed in with some hard things they have to deal with. You feel so sorry for them at the beginning when they are split up. They look like little kids who are told they can’t play together anymore.

Opening statements of the trial and they're already looking at each other and talking to each other across the aisle. Bones: “Booth. I could so be objective.” Booth: “I know, Bones. Okay, just, shh...” Caroline and Barron are doing their opening statements and the Judge has to say: “And you two, please, keep to your own sides of the aisle.” These two are connected no matter what those around them put in the way. You can’t keep them apart.

While the rest of the team stays away from her, Booth goes right for her. He’s not supposed to, but since when does that matter?
Booth: “Put the cup in front of your mouth when you talk.”
Bones: “I didn't see Angela today.”
Booth: “Angela refuses to testify.”
Bones: “Why?”
Booth: “Probably because she's your best friend.”
Bones: “Well, you're my friend and you don't mind.”
Booth: “I mind. We all mind. Except for Zack.”
Bones: “Well in that case Zack is the only one that's thinking clearly. I had to give Hodgins permission. I don't know what's wrong with everyone.”
Booth: “It's not what's wrong, Bones. It's what's right.”
He is there to both comfort her and assuage his own guilt. He is the first one up against her Father.

The scene with Sweets on the bench is wonderful.
Sweets: “You shouldn't work well together, but you do. I'd like to study it further.”
The two of them are on fire here – both the writing and the acting is great. They are all about each other, as Sweets points out.
Sweets: “Okay, see? That thing that you do when you talk to each other while excluding the third party, namely me, it's an adaptive mechanism, for, uh, disparate entities to bond together against their own individual impetuses to dissociate.”
Booth: “What's that mean for us?”
Bones: “Nothing useful.”
Booth: “I'll tell you what. Why don't we make a deal with him where we allow him to study us. In return, he gives us psychological profiling on demand.”
Sweets: “Okay.”
Bones: “No, you like that sort of thing, but I don't see the point.”
Booth: “I just think that he doesn't want to admit that he likes us.”
Bones: “Do you like us?”
Sweets: “What?”
Booth: “And he wants to spend time with us.”
Bones: “Is that true Sweets?”
Poor Sweets, but go Booth and Brennan!

I’d have to classify the apartment scene as one of their best. Zack is moving around her place and Booth goes to her and it ends with a wow! Look between them. David Boreanaz is so cute one second then very much a man aware of the woman in front of him the next… and Emily looks so vulnerable. Bones: “Sometimes I think you're from another planet (both laughing)....And sometimes I think you're really very nice.” The look between them just makes me want to scream/laugh/cry something! Aaaaaand of course.....Zack then finds the weapon. Drat. 30 more seconds and they'd be kissing. Just 30 more seconds!!!

So Brennan figures out a way to save her Father but she has to run it by someone first: Booth. The supposedly guile-less Brennan doesn’t tell him everything though. I’m sure on some level that she knows that he would refuse to allow her to do that if she told him the entire story. She just has to clear her rational idea by her moral compass – Booth.

Booth: “Juries are the human factor in a trial, all right? You never know what they'll do.”
Bones: “You think it's all right for me to take advantage of that?”
Booth: “Brain and heart, Bones. Brain and heart.”

They set up that Booth was at all locations and had motive, and then that Dr. Brennan does too. He looks at her, he knows this is what she set up but he doesn't quite know how far she'll go yet.

Booth: “Bones was with me all day.”
Barron: “She didn't have time to commit this murder?”
Booth: “No she did not.”
Barron: “How did your son Parker get home from school that day?”
(He looks at her and she nods slightly.)
Booth: “45 minutes we were apart, but we talked on the phone.”
Barron: “Plenty of time, wasn't it, Agent Booth?”
(He stares at her to the point he's prodded to answer.)
Booth: (barely whispers) “That's a lot of heart, Bones.” (I just want to cry for him here! He tries to answer by saying all the reasons she couldn't have done it but that's not what the lawyer wants - simply a yes or no of whether or not she had time.)
Booth: “Yes. She had time.”

He can do what she wants - help put her father away but he can't help put her away and it upsets him immensely to even slightly incriminate her.

Bones goes out before the verdict is read. She can't do anything anyway. Booth comes out too, also before it's read. She's more important than anything. Great hug. In the wide shot you can see she's completely leaning on him, like she practically launched at him. While she's hugging her father she and Booth are still looking at each other.

The Verdict in the Story

Kudos to the powers that be for getting The Verdict in the Story online in 12 hours 2 weeks in a row. I'm off to re-watch it on Hulu and hope to have my review up around lunchtime or early afternoon!

Bones Episode Review - 3.11: 'The Man in the Mud'

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'.

Master list of all episodes and links to my reviews can be found here.

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This episode marked a great return of Bones after a forced 5 month hiatus. There was much expectation of 'kiss' aftermath but we didn't find it here. What we did find was a strong, fluid non-couple couple in an episode that shined with humor and wit. As always, the Booth/Bones bits are saved for last.

Most people seemed to dislike this case. I don't really have an opinion on it. It didn't seem tight, I guess. Focus seemed to jump rather sharply from person to person and, like the hard-to-ignore family lawyer (Mr. Friendly! or, um, M.C. Gainey to the rest of you), the case scenes seemed more about showboating than a criminal case. It was more about cool motorcycles than a dead guy that no one seemed to miss besides Lenny: and that seemed to have more to do with business than anything. Additionally, the bit at the end about DNA and twins is a bit weak. Maybe Smalls was trying to say that juries are about perception, and fraternal or identical it doesn't matter - twins and DNA screws cases. I don't know.

I have to say...mud and sex? Eww! Totally unsanitary and gross to boot. Just eww. Couldn't they find a water hot spring? Again, eww.

I don't mind that this case is arguably shaky. This episode was a relational episode, for the most part. The case fit around lab scenes, Booth and Bones scenes, and therapy scenes. It's pretty high on my Booth/Bones favorite show list. (I can't hide my hopelessly romantic nature. Why try?) I love that there are so many threads running through the date scene - Booth and Bones, Sweets and his patients, Sweets and April, April and Bones...That's rich writing and one of the many reasons I love this show.

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There were at least 2 great scenes with all, or nearly all, of the lab people together as a group:
...Just after Zack and Hodgins with the metal weapons...
Zack "Sharper than round but blunter than sharp."
Angela: "What?"
Cam: "That actually made sense to me."
Angela: "You two have been spending way too much time together."
(They have some case exposition and then Cam succinctly lines up all that they don't know which happens to be pretty much everything.)
Cam: "What exactly made you two come in here crowing "King of the Lab?" (Hodgins points at Zack.)
Hodgins: "I'm going to go back and look at very small things under my very large microscope."
Zack: "I can probably identify the type of tool off this cross-section."
Cam: "Do it and call Booth. See if it's of any use to him."
Angela: "Boys"
Cam: "Wow."
Such a fun scene. The lab guys are excited because they figured out the shape of the weapon. Cam and Angela both are quick to bring them back down to earth that they don't know jack. Lesson learned that guessing didn't get them much?

Angela's 'choke' schooling scene...
Sometimes the 'normal' person has to teach the scientists something. It's nice to see the flip. They can't figure out why there's no blood on the lower part of the shaft and she knows instantly that it's a baseball/softball type maneuver. It's fun to watch the information trickle from person to person. She explains it and Hodgins gets it first, quickly followed by Zack. The smartest person in the room is the last to get it and she only gets it after Zack rephrases 'choke up' in a way she can understand: "to forshorten the fulcrum."
Angela: "Now, when I batted, I always had to choke up. Then, of course, I kicked ass."
Hodgins: "Cool." Aww, he loves his sweetie.

Cam
-"braised like osso buco."
-Cam had a couple of scenes where she shut down her poor lab boys, fast. First Zack with his Neanderthal reference, "I'm thinking not so relevant in this case." and then both boys with, "What exactly made you two come in here crowing "King of the Lab?"
-She had a few funny lines, but didn't have much to shine with in this episode. Not that much to say about her.

Angela
-Angela: "Is that skull ready for me yet?"
Zack: "It should be ready. You can take it out of the boiler any time."
Angela: "Or, you could do that for me because I will never do that."
-Never pigeonhole Angela, she won't stand for it! Booth: "I forget sometimes I'm talking to girls." (She then goes to disprove his rude statement by showing how much she knows about Tripp Goddard's last race.) "Girls, huh?" You go, girl.
-Angela is often the voice of the viewer. Angela: "Alright, now I'm back in a Physics class I want to ditch." Admittedly, I thought that was a lot of force too when they first gave the number.

Zack
-Zack telling Angela to put her hands into a steamy boiler that was just used to remove the flesh off the skull she wants was classic.
-Zack: "Putting chrome on a prybar is not a good example of functionality."
-Common term usages means nothing to the pure scientist. Zack: "So the particles could have gone from the bicycles to the tools to the victim?"
Hodgins: "It's not a bi-cycle; it's a motorcycle."
Zack: "Bi-cycle. Two wheels. The term applies."

Hodgins
-"Death by yoga?"
-The metal weapon scene was good to me. I love the semi-normal scientist, Hodgins, forcing the Vulcan to guess, basically, without letting the Vulcan know he's guessing. Or he'll refuse.
-"I do bugs and slime. I don't do arithmetic."

Sweets
Poor, poor Sweets. In so many ways he is most definitely still a child. I'm not sure why a 22 year old has so much responsibility unless he was a child prodigy. I have a BS in Psychology and I'm pretty sure I couldn't have gotten a job like that without at least a Master's, if not a PhD. (Note: The Verdict in the Story addresses this. Turns out he has multiple Doctorates.)

While he's knowledgeable, he most certainly still has a lot of growing to do. He sees the closeness of Booth and Bones and he wants to be a part of that. He looks up to them, especially Booth, even when he's attempting to tear down some of his idol's emotional constructs.

There's a definite love/hate divide on Sweets. Personally, he's grown on me. You can't fault him for having to follow Stephen Fry as Gordon-Gordon Wyatt. That's a fruitless hope to think he could possibly fill those shoes. I'm glad they took the new therapist, and the therapy, in a completely different direction.

He definitely does things that wouldn't necessarily be sanctioned by his colleagues. But 1) it's a TV show and 2) he's 22/23 years old in this season. How much maturity is to be expected? He's a great plot device. He is young enough that, unlike Gordo, he's very happy to pull the two closer together rather than keep them apart for the FBI's sake.

Hard not to feel bad for him in the end when he's 'got that dumpee look'. On the one hand you want to hate him for swooping in to interrupt what could have been great bonding between Booth and Bones but on the other he just looked so sad. And young. How can you not want to do exactly what they did and take him under their collective, non-couple couple, wing?

Bones
Bones: "Get a tanker truck out here and suck it up."
Cop: "Is she serious about the mud?"
Bones: "Serious as a gas attack."
Booth: "Heart attack, Bones. Serious as a heart attack."

Bones: "Why was Tripp so much better than you?...I'm not taunting, Mr. Smalls. I'm restating an objective fact."

I like episodes where Bones grows. There wasn't a lot of that here, but there are a few notable scenes for her, individually.

The 'date' scene - I'll talk about the couple part of it below but the part between her and April shines a light on Bones. As we know, she's totally literal. At the start of the interaction Bones completely misses what April is saying and tries to correct her and then relate to her (while again correcting her). When April returns to the topic a moment later Bones finally finds a way to tie what April is saying into her own experience (and still manages to correct her). April: "We all share the same stuff that makes life so beautiful, and precious." Bones: "On a quantum level, that's true." It's not at all what April meant. Bones can't understand the 'stuff' to which April actually refers. She can't measure it and she immediately searches for something she can. "Although the word 'stuff' is not accurate." It's not what April meant, but it works. It, at the least, makes each of them believe the other understands.

The office counsel with April -
April: "I, uh, wanted to talk to you woman to woman, if that's possible."
Bones: "It's possible because we are both women."
Great, funny play here between very artistic, earthy woman and clinical scientist. They still manage to find a way to communicate, mostly. Bones: "Could you be more specific in the question?" The scene is mostly for humor value but it has meaning too. On the one hand it's another way Bones can learn to speak to more emotional (read normal) women and hopefully learn from them and on the other we have another person here who sees what Booth and Bones have and wants that. She came to Dr. Brennan for that, just as much as she came to her for her "objective eye."

Booth
He's so adorably shy about the human body. He can't talk about sex, breast milk, the anus or 'girl bits' without nearly jumping out of his skin. What other hero do you see that's like this? Most classic All-American heroes will say anything and everything and definitely not express shyness. I am forever impressed that they willingly chose to rough up their hero with unique tendencies. They write it and David Boreanaz delivers it wonderfully. Comedy suits him so much more than dark and brooding. (Don't hurt me, Angel lovers.) Our Agent Booth is no less heroic than any other out there, but he's far more reachable.

-"Does he want me to get you a corsage?"
-"I thought the whole point of therapy was to give us peace of mind, not drive us crazy."

Booth is all about the nicknames in this episode, nearly going overboard. I don't know if it's writing or DB ad-libbing it but there are an abnormal amount of nicknames bandied about. "Alright, don't sweat it there, princess.", "Lets cut to the chase there, Mr. Wizard.", "You can suck it up, Buttercup." and I thought there was another one but I can't find it now. Maybe I'm remembering Mr. Friendly, err Smalls, calling Booth 'cowboy.'

Booth: "Look, I got it about the girl the minute I saw her, okay. We all do things for the girl." My romantic heart hopes he was thinking of his Bones there!

Kid: "How'd you know that?"
Booth: (points at nameplate) "Special Agent Seeley Booth. Special."

I loved the horse. Booth again shows his unexpected artistic side, a la the Origami for Goodman in Season 1.

Booth/Bones
This was a hotly anticipated show for the Booth/Bones romantics. It didn't quite turn out like one would hope, but it was still good in it's own way. The hopefuls thought that maybe the 'date' would lead to something, but like the kiss it was contrived by others. That's not to say it wasn't good but unfortunately the two people in the middle of it, Booth and Bones, still don't see what those around them do.

Therapy Scenes with Sweets -
Sweets poses that the two of them have an inability to share their personal lives. Now I'm not sure about this. We have seen them share a lot about their personal lives and they have a lot of discussions, even on stakeouts (where she lets Sweets assume they don't). Is it that they don't let Sweets know that they do it? They don't seem to care at all to let other people in to what they have. The only way it gets out is when something is really seriously wrong - like post Sully or after Zack leaves. Other than that I guess I can see how those around them would believe that they don't share anything but work.

Danny asking Bones out -
Danny: "Now here I like. You want to go out sometime?"
Booth: "No, she doesn't want to go out with you."
Bones: "Let me speak for myself."
Booth: "Murder suspect here, Bones."
Even if he won't voice it out loud or even to himself: Bones is his.

Booth wants to share a little info with her at the track about motorcycle racing but this time someone else screws up their bonding: the guy blows up. Temperance didn't even get a chance to offend him!

Date -
How could you not love this scene? Even aside from the Booth/Bones part this was a great, rich scene. No matter what the situation, no matter what is going on around them Booth and Bones are always in tune, even though they don't consciously realize it. The looks on Sweets and April's faces when Booth and Bones were having a clay fight were so sweet. It wasn't the romantic date we all want to see but it was definitely meaningful.

Car Scene -
Booth: "I'll tell you what; Sweets didn't get any last night."
Bones: "In agrarian societies, young couplings made sense. The partnership was for survival, but today...:
Booth: "You know you can play the field and not plow it..."
Bones: "That was distasteful."
He at once seems both self-satisfied and like he's looking for a fight. This is the Booth version of 'Anthropologically speaking...' and she doesn't rise to the bait.

Cuteness about the frontonasal suture - He really wants her to know that he listens and learns from her and all the squints! And then they both say it together. Aww

Car again -
Bones: "That whole business with changies and takebacks - it's not real right?"
Booth: "No."
Is it just me, or was there more to her question than whether case theories are allowed to change? I'm going with a big yes.

I love that they pull this out in the interrogation with Philipa. It's a very cute play between them.

Final Scene -
So, thanks to the intervention of darling Sweets, Booth and Bones have planned to go bowling together. But leave it to Sweets to come in and interrupt this development. It's very mature of their characters, however, how they absorb them under their collective wing. There was a lot of important communication between them and much of it nonverbal: is he lying? do we take him? is April pretty? This end scene ties up nicely what the entire episode showed: how close this non-couple couple has become.

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There is an abundance of silent communication between Booth and Bones in this episode and that's a big part of what endears it to me. They are one in so many ways. Sweets and April are actually a couple, at least until she dumps him, and they don't have what Booth and Bones have. And they want it. I eagerly await the time when the characters realize what we all already know - they are meant for each other and they already are each other's better half.

Strike News

The SAG and the AMPTP still have not reached an agreement and, according to the AMPTP press release on April 30th, are very far from doing so. The Producers are playing this out in the press far more than SAG, which is unsurprising. AFTRA, meanwhile, has again agreed to another extension and is set to pick up it's own negotiations beginning Wednesday.

Forum Watch: Bones TV Guide Promo


Originally on SpoilerTV, this was posted on the Anti-Boneyard forums. It's so nice to see Bones get a little of the attention it deserves. They even call it a 'must see'!

The Wannabe in the Weeds - Promo Photos

While I sit on my hands and wait for 'The Verdict in the Story' to appear online so I can rewatch and fully review...I'll go ahead and post a few of the promo photos for 'The Wannabe in the Weeds'. You can view the entire set here.

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