Saturday, August 1, 2009

Guest Episode Review - #110 "The Woman at the Airport"

Time for the next Bones Season 1 Episode review: The Woman at the Airport! If you want to start at the beginning here are my Season 1 Bones Reviews from last summer:

# 079 - "Pilot" - My Review
# 101 - "A Boy in the Tree" - My Review
# 102 - "The Man in the SUV" - My Review
# 103 - 'The Man on Death Row" My Review
Guest Reviews so far:
# 103 - 'The Man on Death Row" - Meryl
# 104 - "The Man in the Bear" - ForensicMama
# 105 - "A Boy in a Bush" - Bekka
# 106 - "The Man in the Wall" - Jeni
# 107 - "The Girl in the Fridge" - Jenny
# 108 - "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" - Emma
# 109 - "The Woman in the Car" - Milky
This review was written by Robyn.

If you have committed to a review, please check the list and, if your time is coming up soon, please email me your review or an eta on when you might have it, thanks!

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The Woman at the Airport

We start the episode with Goodman talking to Brennan and Zach about authenticating the remains from the iron age. This scene really was to set up the other storyline going on the the murder. Though there was a funny little interchange between Brennan and Zach being ‘metaphoric’ which I found funny, if only for the little exchange between the two.

Off to Brennan’s office with Booth chilling in her office chair enticing her (love his smile) with a case where body parts have been found scattered around the crime scene. What I had noticed since the beginning of the series that has been running right through – if you excuse the pun – is the walk and talk Booth and Brennan scenes that appear in every episode, pretty much the same as their car scenes – all of which are highly enjoyable and really make use of the set really nicely. So Brennan says no as she has an iron-age warrior to authenticate and Booth follows her to protest.

We now are in Goodman’s office where our favourite duo are arguing how Booth cannot waltz into her office and say ‘pack your bags, we’re going to LA’. Though I don’t see why Brennan is protesting, I would be there in a heartbeat. Back to the storyline. Yep, we know she is in demand, she’s brilliant and all but then Booth just mentions sexy case in Hollywood = brilliant press for the Jeffersonian.

Dr. Goodman: Do we have to go through this every time?
Booth: Exactly.
Brennan: Booth can’t just walk in and say (smacks hands together) pack your bags we’re going to LA.
Booth: Oh, yeah, yeah, the whole Ice Age warrior thing.
Dr. Goodman and Brennan: Iron Age.
Brennan: And that’s not the only thing.
Dr. Goodman: Homeland Security has just asked Dr. Brennan to identify three bodies found dead in…
Brennan: I’m not allowed to say.
Dr. Goodman: The point is Agent Booth, Dr. Brennan is in great demand on several pressing cases and she’s needed here at the museum. Why should I send her to California?
Booth: Sexy case in Hollywood. How much more good press could the Jeffersonian get?
(Dr. Goodman folds his hands on his desk and leans forward. His interest has peaked.)
Brennan: But, Dr. Goodman, you said the Iron Age warrior was of the highest priority.
Dr. Goodman: I can step in on that case. You pack your bags.

Hello Ooh la la - Goldfrapp is blaring over the radio as they drive in the mustang along Rodeo Drive. As usual, Brennan and Booth bickering about the choice of car, driving, who they are meeting and why Brennan cannot drive? Brennan then blackmails Booth into allowing her drive, which I so loved how Brennan can so easily turn Booth.

Brennan: This car doesn’t feel very FBI-y.
Booth: Bones this is a nineteen sixty-six Mustang. It’s a classic and what goes better then that with the FBI?
Brennan: How come on the rental agreement under model you made the guy write sedan?
Booth: C’mon. We’re in California. (Puts his arm around her shoulders.) Look palm trees.
Brennan: You know I’d like to drive sometimes.
Booth: Look, our contact out here is Special Agent Trisha Finn.
Brennan: I’m an excellent driver.
Booth: Okay, Rain Man.
Brennan: I don’t know what that means.
Booth: I’m always gonna drive. You know that, right? Me behind the wheel; you over there on the grandma side.
Brennan: I’m not above telling Deputy Director Cullen what kind of car you rented.

Welcome storyline number two; Hodgin’s and Goodman’s little tiff that lasts the entire episode and once again Zach misses the point as he did the entire season 1.

We’re on the beach with the agent from LA, Agent Tricia Finn who really just sucked up to Brennan the entire episode to get tips for her screenplay that she was writing. All I can say about this scene is Booth’s hairstyle sucked and they should both be in casual clothing more often. Though come to think about it, Brennan’s style circa season 1 – 3 was great. Now we’re in a lab where Agent Finn continues to suck up to Brennan about her book being turned into a movie and flaunting her screenplay but thank god she has to go hurl when Brennan rips off the skin or tissue to get to the bone. Brennan shocks Booth by saying she won’t be able to identify the victim due to the face being changed to due surgery; welcome to the storyline kids, as the credits kick in. Shoo, carpal tunnel syndrome right now.

Brennan thinks Angela won’t be able to identify the victim, Angela looks perplexed while Zach explains that the victim is early 20’s and death is from stabbing with the body being out in the open for a week to 10 days. Coyote also dispersed the body remains around the beach. Her teeth have been veneered, jaw has been broken and reset and the right leg. Angela buts in again asking why she won’t be able to identify her? Also she warns Goodman’s theory’s will irritate Hodgins and to warn him. Brennan then finds a breast implant making life much easier to identify the victim.

Goodman’s theory’s continues and Hodgins looks pretty peeved and starts chirping Goodman’s over the top examination and even me at 9:33 into the episode is getting quite irritated. Hodgins has found spore and fungi stating the evidence that he lived and died in the era he was found.
Ferry Korsten playing in the background as we are shown images of ‘pretty’ people. Clearly we must be at Brennan’s hotel and this is where Agent Finn, Booth and Brennan are talking about the case. Nice set up of Angela in her office as she is looking over the skull as Zach walks in offering her the skull of the Hollywood murder victim. Angela finally sees what Brennan sees about the surgery. Once again, Zach misses Angela’s pint about how Goodman and Hodgins should just lay it out on the table and measure. Hehe. Chirp about Joan Rivers and Michael Jackson and the pain to obtain ‘beauty’ which is sad.

Brennan and Booth are in an Aesthetic surgery institute where Brennan is arguing her point about plastic surgery; saying it’s barbaric, painful and wrong that this victim may not be identified due to the surgery she went through. The Doctor starts complimenting Brennan about her bone structure as he stands up to see Brennan’s face. Booth warns the doctor that Brennan will break his arm if you touch her.

Kostov: How old are you?
Brennan: Why do you want to know?
Kostov: Well it’s never too early to watch problem areas (gets up and walks over to her) the jaw, little pouches beneath the eyes. Do you mind?
Booth: You touch her; she’ll break your arm. She thinks what you do is…
Brennan: Barbaric. (Glares at him.)
Booth: (laughs) No, don’t look at me. I like my face the way it is.

Go Brennan, I would to and he looks at Booth but Booth retorts with the fact he likes his face as it is; I do to Booth, I do to.

Brennan's lying in what looks like a giant candle holder, ballpoint pen tip, nipple, crown – you get the point – and chatting to Angela via video conference. It’s really irking Brennan that Angela can’t reconstruct her face completely due to all her surgery. Brennan is getting snippy and Angela is getting defensive about this facial reconstruction. Angela is calming Brennan down and cue the Brennan getting all emo about the victim’s situation and how they won’t be able to capture the murderer. Also, it was meant to be an apology from Brennan to Angela, which she accepts. Meh.

Oooh, Brennan looks pretty in the skirt with the Ms Bardu interview which then reveal it was Dr Anton Kostov who went away with her. Angelator, how we need more of it but the squints are busy recreating the iron-age warrior and Goodman starts his theories again about the warrior and where the remains were found. Hodgins has now officially pissed off Goodman. Back to Booth and Brennan where Brennan has found out that Kostov doesn’t do such comprehensive plastic surgery so the victim has had quite a few surgeries all over the place. The victim was also on a boat before she died and they found a fingernail with a fake diamond on it. Booth then orders a prostitute from Brennan’s phone and the face Emily Deschanel pulls is brilliant, looks like she is going to take off David Boreanaz’s head. Scott Foley’s wife, Leslie is the ‘hooker’ Booth is questioning about our victim; Rachel who wanted to be an actress. We find out the ex destroyed Rachel’s car and so on. They are interrupted by security who asked Leslie to leave but being the honourable man that Booth is, he stands up to security asking for a bit of respect.

Really nice chat between Booth and Agent Finn
Finn: Agent Booth, can I have a moment please? (He stops walking and turns toward her.) Um, have I done something to offend you?
Booth: Look I’m really not into this whole west coast in touch with your feelings thing so…
Finn: Yeah, um I’m really good at my job and I’ve been nothing but cooperative and helpful to you but you just freeze me out.
Booth: Mmmmm. Hmmm.
Finn: And I know you have nothing against working with women because you’re partners with Dr. Brennan so your problem must be with me.
Booth: Look I don’t have anything against you Agent Finn. I just don’t like the way you view the FBI.
Finn: What do you mean?
Booth: This is a proud and noble job but you’re using it to get to something else. My advice, write your script, get an agent, hell have a little plastic surgery but quit using my Federal Bureau of Investigation as a stepping stool into something that you think is better because in my book there is nothing better.

This is a really funny scene between Brennan and Penny Marshall who are being interviewed about her book being turned into a movie. Brennan is completely awkward in this scene and embarrasses herself but it really is hilarious, which is why we love her character and all her pros and cons. The beach scene reminds me of the gag reel where Emily Deschanel kicked the ball into one of the extras playing volleyball - bwahahahaha.

They talk to Nick, Rachel’s ex-boyfriend who said her name was Sandra, or at least that was what he knew. Back to the iron-age remains where Goodman wasn’t able to authenticate the find and Goodman explains why but it really bores me this whole storyline. Goodman walks away from the argument. Meh.

Zach and Hodgins are trying to figure out the murder weapon which gives Brennan and Booth scenarios to work through while driving the car. Booth is under pressure to hand the case over and go home because the whole case is bust. Brennan doesn’t agree with him and gives us one of the more meaningful Brennan and Booth interactions in the season, the reason why the duo work so well together.

Booth: Is he wrong?
Brennan: We know we’re looking for someone who grew up in New England and moved here about eight years ago. Her leg was crushed in a car accident when she was thirteen. She was on a boat shortly before she was murdered. We know some of her names and some of her faces.
Booth: That’s all your stuff, okay. Usually by now we know more about my stuff.
Brennan: We have separate stuff?
Booth: Yeah by now I usually have a feel for the person. What they wanted. How they felt. What was going on in their lives? With this girl,nothing.
Brennan: She thought she was ugly. She did everything she could to make herself beautiful and all she did was make herself more invisible.
Booth: Everybody in this city thinks they’re ugly, huh, and nobody is. I’m starting to get why you hate anonymous death so much.
Brennan: We were born unique. Our experiences mould and change us. We become someone. All of us and to have that taken away by murder, to be erased from existence against our will, it’s just…
Booth: Evil?
Brennan: Unacceptable. These bones you bring me, I give them a face. I say their names out loud. I return them to their loved ones and you arrest the bad guy. I like that.
Booth: So do I.
Brennan: I feel like we should be arresting these doctors because whether they killed her or not they…they still erased her.

Zach interrupts them with the news that the murder weapon is what was used on the murder victims’ jaw. Go Zach! Dr Henry Atlas, the doctor who did the jaw procedure on Rachel/Sandra – whatever you want to call her. Now her name is Susan Shephard, so we are understanding that Rachel/Sandra/Susan really aimed to change her entire facial structure and body striving for this idea of ‘beauty’ that Hollywood and the media portray to us all the time. Side note: thinking about this makes me really think that our favourite actress playing Brennan, Emily Deschanel is someone to look up to, especially after watching the interview on The View and her thoughts about striving to this idea of what is beauty and general tips to live life healthy. Big hand to you dude.

Back to Hodgins and Goodman, they’re in Goodman’s office and Goodman admits he bailed on the authentication but not for the reasons Hodgins thinks.
Dr. Goodman: You are a very difficult and stubborn man, Dr. Hodgins. Right now I would like nothing more then to fire you. In my position very few people tell me the truth anymore. I find I enjoy it in some perverse way.
Hodgins: Are you willing to admit you bailed on the authentication?
Dr. Goodman: Yes.
Hodgins: Seriously?
Dr. Goodman: But not for the reasons you think. True, we might be able to authenticate the skeleton by taking it apart, destroying it. If he’s a fake, that would be fine. Nothing lost but I think he’s the real thing.
Hodgins: You do know he has been dead for fifteen hundred years, right?
Dr. Goodman: I am an archeologist. This is what we do. We step outside the facts and tell ourselves the story of an individual or a culture and if the story I tell myself about this man who lived fifteen hundred years ago is true. If he was laid to rest by people who respected and loved him, don’t I owe it to them not to let the pure scientist desecrate his remains?
Hodgins: Or you could be totally rational and say you were waiting for imaging technology to improve to the point where it wasn’t necessary to disassemble him.
Dr. Goodman: Ah, yes. I suppose I could say that. It’s less…
Hodgins: Sentimental for the pure scientists.

Thank goodness that’s over.

Montage of Brennan trying to figure out the murder weapon with all the instruments, which we really need more of in the new season. Voila! Murder weapon and trace evidence from Dr Atlas’s boat. Dr Henry met Susan (Rachel/Sandra) through the call girl agency so he requested Susan and they did each other favours if you get what I mean. The girl before Susan had fingernails with diamonds and we cut to the bar with the ‘pretty people’ and Booth meeting Leslie who we figure out is our killer a.k.a the callgirl before Susan.

Brennan is watching Booth interact with Leslie, they are laughing and smiling and Booth whispers in Leslie’s ear clearly breaking the news that he knows she killed Susan and he then also reveals her broken fingernail. Goodbye Leslie, as the police come to remove her from the bar. Case closed. Leslie whispers something in Booth’s ear, he nods and she is taken away. Yes please, Depeche Mode – Precious playing in the background. Jealousy is the reason she killed Rachel/Susan/the victim. Leslie thought Rachel was stealing her man and he killed her.
Brennan asks what Leslie whispered to him to which he responds that she asked if he thought she was beautiful. Booth brings out a piece of paper that he had researched for girls in a car accidents 10 – 12 years ago identifying Susan/Rachel/Sandra as Alison Holmes and her father and brother are still alive so at least the remains can be returned to them. Brennan and Booth thank each other and look at Alison Holme’s picture both agreeing she was beautiful before all the surgery at which the music fades in with the two overlooking the LA night with the club raging on behind them.

Overall, a good episode with a good storyline that definitely brings up interesting opinions and thoughts to debate about. Pity about the slightly irritating Hodgins and Goodman storyline but hey, our duo were ‘away’ from the office so we needed the squints to be kept busy.


Dianna said...

Love these re-visits to season 1.

And episodes that left me ... dare I say it? ... thinking?

That was one of the things that hooked me on BONES in the beginning, the way they took on things and talked about them without turning into a documentary or getting on a soap box. It was as intriguing as it was refreshing. A show for fun ... for adults. wow

Thanks for the review!

Shep said...

Anyone notice that Dr Atlas is Mayor Richard Wilkins from Buffy

I agree, it was the way they combined humour and great characters with discussion of serious issues like this which really got me into Bones.

em-jay said...

Great episode! Thanks for the review.

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