Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Episode Stills: The X in the File

Episode stills for the next Bones episode, which airs January 14th: The X in the File

Check out the album here

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Vote for Emily Deschanel - Sweet 16 Round (3)

Emily Deschanel has advanced to a new round in the girl on girl contest on Kristen's blog. Vote to keep her going!

Currently it is: Game 4.2

  • 50.2% Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski), Chuck
  • 49.8% Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), Bones
She needs to be back on top and stay there!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Vote for Emily Deschanel - Round 2

Vote for Emily Deschanel in Round 2 of Kristen's girl challenge. Current spread is:

Game 4.4

  • 34.4% Sun Kwon (Yunjin Kim), Lost
  • 65.6% Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), Bones

Bones Cast Christmas Picture

The Bones cast before Christmas -

Sources: @harthanson, Twitpic

Crew Christmas Lunch

Crew Christmas lunch at Fox.

Sources: @harthanson, Twitpic

Sources: @harthanson, Twitpic

The Sexy Women of Bones

BuddyTV lists TV's sexy women and they show Bones plenty of love.

#48 Tamara Taylor, Bones

On screen Tamara Taylor portrays the no-nonsense frill-less Dr. Cam Saroyan. In person, Tamara possesses the kind of soft flawless beauty that makes you clutch your chest and wonder if she travels with her own perfect lighting crew.

#44 Emily Deschanel, Bones

Emily Deschanel may not be a conventional beauty, but she is a rare one. Porcelain skin, captivating ice blue eyes, and a warm mischievous smile elevate her above the boring-blonde, tanorexic beauty standards of modern Hollywood.

#29 Michaela Conlin, Bones

Conlin has the sweetest face and the kindest expressions, but don't let her niceness fool you. She's fiercely hot and has gotten more action at the Jeffersonian than anyone else.

Hart Hanson has a nice couch

Hart Hanson posted a picture of studio execs in his office.

Sources: @harthanson, Twitpic

Eastereggs for DB senior

David and Emily, serious as they work

Hart Hanson posted a picture of David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel doing a green screen shot just outside his office recently.

Sources: @harthanson, Twitpic

I don't know about you, but knowing what's a green screen in Bones kind of takes me out of it. It's neat on something like, oh, Lord of the Rings, but on Bones don't you want to think (reasonably) that it's all 'real'?

Emily and Zooey hosted a party

Ever the giving sisters, Emily and Zooey Deschanel hosted a party a few weeks ago in conjunction with Vanity Fair to benefit The Humane Society. It was an evening of 'fashion and compassion'. Isn't Emily's dress striking?

Getty Images

Rediscovering TV

Jon Caramanica at the LATimes rediscovers TV, including Bones, while on a business trip:

But what about "Bones," which had always seemed stiff from a distance? There were surprisingly bright banter and clever visual flourishes. And Emily Deschanel as Bones was drier and more alluring than ads for the show ever revealed.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Today's Chatter Post, Christmas Edition

I just wanted to say

Merry Christmas, Bones fans!

Thanks for obsessing about such a wonderful show and I hope you are all enjoying the day (or at least the break from school/work/etc if you don't celebrate it). Remember that you can share the Bones love with the marathon this afternoon. I'll resume normal posting (including a lot of catching up) in a couple of days.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

TV Guide Fans Best Shows of 2009

TVGuide starts off their "Best" list from fans with THE Best... Bones! :)


"Best show of the year. Most improved ratings, most underrated actors, great writers, multifaceted characters, and plenty of ick!" — dnowakowski

The Royal Diner, Wide Shot

Here's a wide shot looking at the Royal Diner on the city street set of the Fox lot.

Sources: @harthanson, Twitpic

Nailing Down The Boreanaz

Hart Hanson recently tweeted about having a director's meeting with David Boreanaz, who will be taking the helm for the upcoming 100th episode of Bones.

Bones/Chippendales JibJab

Who knew JibJab now let you insert faces into quick shorts? Hart Hanson linked this fun Bones-y dance video recently on his Twitter.

Try JibJab Sendables® eCards today!

Some of them appear in a co-ed, fully (and festively) clothed Elf version as well.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

I can always post about babies!

Marissa Coughlan, aka Agent We-Never-Want-To-See-You-Again-MmKay? (no hard feelings?), has an adorable little boy!

Thanks, Alanna, for the link.

Emily and Zooey talk to Sky1

Sky1 has a great Q&A with the Deschanel sisters. There are no spoilers, since the episode already aired here. More of the great sisterly banter, however, and a little more insight into their relationship.

Again, sorry for being behind right now. But 6 Christmas events in 8 days, plus, you know, life, does keep one busy :)

Vote for Bones/Emily Deschanel

Sorry I am behind during this busy family Christmas time! :)

If you remember, Kristen at E! did an Alpha Male Madness tournament last March. She's now setting up a new tournament match-up, this time with the girls.

Voting involves massive group lists and you can find Temperance Brennan deep in Group 4. She's currently eeking out a win with 12.9% of the vote for that group. Every little nudge helps!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ausiello spoils on the Bones return

Ausiello's latest spoiler (after a pointless one last week) will get tongues wagging.

However, considering he is nearly as good as Hart Hanson at saying the right things to make you think all the wrong things... what do you think of it?

Thanks, Lily.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

What is the Best Episode of Bones Season 5 (so far)?

I've added two new polls on the right that go hand in hand:

Best Episode of Bones Season 5 (so far)


Favorite Episodes of Bones Season 5 (so far)

The reason for two separate polls is to try to pick one winner but also see what episodes are well-liked so far. You can pick multiple choices in the 2nd poll.

~*~ ~*~ ~*~

Previous Poll:

What do you think of Angela and Wendell?

Love it!
270 (16%)
Hate it!
179 (10%)
She needed someone, anyone
126 (7%)
She should be with Hodgins
822 (49%)
Sweet start
179 (10%)
Did she just take money for sex?
128 (7%)
Fling, no ring!
212 (12%)
Hope it's over quickly
246 (14%)
I feel bad for Hodgins
408 (24%)
Makes no sense
193 (11%)
She should be with Booth
15 (0%)
She should be with Sweets
22 (1%)
Wendell should be with Cam
60 (3%)
Don't care what happens with them
84 (5%)
32 (1%)

Votes so far: 1657
Poll closed

It seems that the most important player in that couple is... Hodgins.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

David Boreanaz' Father Retires

Thank you for the comments sharing these two videos of David Boreanaz' father signing off in Philadelphia. The first video is his final moments on air, with his family and colleagues behind him. The second is about his family.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Day Bones Marathon

Thank you Kathleen for this heads-up. TNT will be running a mini-marathon of Bones on Christmas day, from 12 noon until 8pm. It's a mix of seasons, withthe last 2 episodes being the 1st and 3rd season Christmas Bones episodes: The Man in the Fallout Shelter and Santa in the Slush.


12pm: The Blonde in the Game
1pm: The Truth in the Lye
2pm: The Girl in Suite 2103
3pm: The Girl with the Curl
4pm: The Woman in the Sand
5pm: Aliens in a Spaceship
6pm: The Man in the Fallout Shelter
7pm: Santa in the Slush

David Boreanaz at a Baseball game

Courtesy of SpoilerTV, here are 3 videos of David Boreanaz watching baseball. Includes a cute bit of Jaden too.

Hart's a hot writer

The Flick Chicks have deemed Hart Hanson their first hot writer of the week.

Hart Hanson

Best known as Creator and Showrunner of Bones. He’s a proud papa, family man, the creator/writer of a show that keeps the juices flowing for all who watch, a funny twitterer, and must be cool because he’s from Oakville (Toronto) Canada. (ed. note: I know a more than a few people from Oakville–they are all crazy cool.) Plus, people….his name is Hart (awwwww)!

Check out the rest of the reasons at their website.

Fox has such a spiffy commissary

Wonder if the food is as nice? I am not so sure when it looks like Barry Josephson is peppering his coffee!

Source: @harthanson, Twitpic

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bones Ratings: The Goop on the Girl

Bones ratings jumped about a million last night with "The Goop on the Girl." I'm sure having Zooey Deschanel on didn't hurt and let's hope that bump sticks!

Source: TVBytheNumbers

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)

8:00 CBS Survivor:Samoa 4.3 12 13.803

FOX Bones 3.1 9 10.830

NBC Community 2.3 7 5.982

ABC FlashForward (repeat) 1.0 3 3.952

CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.8 2 1.854

Buddy TV Highlights Bones

Two recent BuddyTV lists include mentions of Bones.

Top 9 of '09

#6 FOX Procedurals (House, Bones, Lie to Me)

We generally don't care for procedural dramas, but FOX has us thinking different. House was brilliant this year as the good doctor went a little crazy, seeing dead people and ultimately committing himself to hopefully get cured. Bones continued to build steam as the Bones-Booth romance continues to be the best sexual chemistry on TV. Lie to Me found its legs in its sophomore season, blending psychology, crime and character-driven plots into a series worthy of its intriguing premise (who doesn't wish they knew how to pick out liars?) and its talented man at the helm, Tim Roth.
25 Best Ships of 2009

#1 Booth and Brennan


The name of the game for ships is anticipation and there's no kiss we're anticipating more than a real one between Booth and Bones. These opposites bring out the best in each other and after five seasons they seem to be cluing into what we've seen from day one: chemistry, potential, and true love.

Kathy Reichs News: Her Episode is Coming

Kathy Reichs has mentioned for at least 2 seasons now that she wanted to write an episode of Bones. She pitched it, and from Hart Hanson's words it looks like it will be happening. Very vague spoiler warning:

Hart Hanson makes fun of JFD

Hart Hanson makes fun of John Francis Daley and his car:

Sources: @harthanson, Twitpic

Behind the Scenes: The Goop in the Girl

Hart Hanson has posted another behind the scenes picture on the Bones set. This time it's Ryan O'Neal, Emily Deschanel, and Zooey Deschanel with him. It looks to be during the filming of the dinner scene with the trio.

Sources: @harthanson, Twitpic

Have a Snowball fight with Booth and Bones

Fox is really trying to do more tie-ins with it's shows. You can fight Bones or Booth in the latest game - snowball fighting. Only beef? They have nearly every single cast member from Glee, but only 2 from Bones!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Favorite Quotes: The Goop in the Girl

Post your favorite quotes from tonight's Bones episode: The Goop in the Girl.

What Song was that in... The Goop in the Girl?

If you have a question about any of the music from tonight's Bones episode "The Goop in the Girl," post them here so they don't get lost in the episode discussion.

Episode Discussion: The Goop on the Girl

Tonight's episode is:

Bones, Season 5, Episode 10
The Goop in the Girl

Please, please, PLEASE -


Please, do not say "wow, that must be what leads to..." or "well, that won't last because Hart Hanson said that 2 episodes from now she will..." or whatever. I will have to delete any comments that include spoilers for future episodes or download links.

Other than that, please discuss away, every aspect of this episode. Disagreements, as long as you are respectful, are more than welcome!!

Happy Bonesday!

Happy last Bones-day of 2009! I hope "The Goop on the Girl" lives up to the promo hype and ends the first half of the season on a great note! There's a lot of information about this episode out there and lots to watch/look/read under the tag here on the blog, including multiple behind the scenes videos, clips, and interviews.

I will post the episode discussion tonight by 8pm eastern. You can start posting in it right away as a pure "Episode Discussion" thread when it goes up if you saw it last night. If you just can't wait, remember there is always the spoiler post!

The promos

Jamie Frevele says "Bones is Back"

Jamie Frevele, who often promotes Bones and Eric Millegan on Huffington Post, has admitted her love for this season in her latest piece. Her pieces are always great, and the Bones love, even when it does suck, shines through.

Clip: the "Evidence" scene from Goop

Watch the clip from tonight's Bones episode that everyone is looking forward to at the Chicago Tribune website.

Please, please, PLEASE, don't spoil about anything in the episode other than this scene. I am sure many, many people have already watched it and the spoiler post for "The Goop on the Girl" is a great place to talk about it until the episode discussion goes up this evening.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Top Unconsummated Romances on TV

LATimes Mary McNamara lists the Top Unconsummated TV Romances. You know Bones is high on that list!

Bones and Seeley

She's cool and cerebral, he's hot and emotional. The pairing of Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) on "Bones" (Fox) cries out for a Very Special Episode, and a Cole Porter song, if you've got one handy.

Compilation Video for "The Goop on the Girl"

Fox has put together another video for "The Goop in the Girl." Most of the clips of interviews, behind the scenes, and short clips are from these videos but it's still a nice Bones-y piece! (spoiler warning)

@EW says this week's Bones is a "Must"

EW headlines this week's "Musts" with Bones. They also invite you to add your own. Maybe we should make sure they know they picked the right one already? :) Comment on the post and it could end up in the mag, according to the EW Twitter.

Thanks, JL.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Another good behind the scenes picture

Thank you Mickey for pointing this one out as well. Hart Hanson also recently shared a picture of he and Emily Deschanel on set.

Sources: Twitpic, @harthanson

Actor contributions can really make a scene

Hart Hanson explains a bit of the story behind a much anticipated promo scene from this week's Bones, "The Goop on the Girl."

Hart Hanson Shares some Set Fun

Don't often get to see behind-the-scenes pictures that show no spoilers. Hart Hanson shared this one recently on his Twitter.

Source: TwitPic, @harthanson

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Baby Bardot Goes for a Family Outing

Setje, who runs David Boreanaz's site, has posted a couple of photos of DB holding little Bardot at the David B Daily LiveJournal page. 3 additional photos available at (by registration).

So far it looks like each parent has a little copy-cat kid! :) Beautiful baby!

Hulu (via Yahoo) says - Brennan is a Hot TV Doc

Brennan rounds out this list of hot TV Doctors:

Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) "Bones"
Sure, she can be cold and scientific — even "squinty" — but forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan has come a long way with the help of her partner, Seely Booth. Under his tutelage, she's learning the ropes of social interaction, and she's the person we'd call if we ever stumbled upon, say, a skeleton in an oil barrel. Besides, smart women are hot.
Thanks, liz!

Bones/Fringe Promo for Thursday

Here's a combo Bones/Fringe promo for this Thursday. Same scenes, different cuts.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Bones Ratings: The Gamer in the Grease

Ratings for last night's Bones episode, "The Gamer in the Grease," were up a little, with just below 10m.


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (Millions)

8:00 CBS Survivor: Samoa 3.9 11 12.753

FOX Bones 2.9 8 9.931

ABC FlashForward 2.2 6 7.289

NBC Community 2.2 6 5.378

CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.8 2 1.988

8:30 NBC Parks and Recreation 2.1 6 4.834

@harthanson Re: Avatar has its Perks

Hart Hanson on one big plus of the Avatar tie-in:

Think it will be worth it?

Bones Cast - Holiday Memories

The Bones cast shares their holiday memories.

Goop in the Girl Videos

Here are a variety of Fox videos centering around next week's Bones "The Goop in the Girl." Spoilers.

No spoilers in the 1st half of this video, but from 2min to 3 min they discuss some of the episode plot.

B-roll of the episode being shot.

Clips from the episode

Michaela Conlin talks about the episode - who's in it, what's going on, some of the scenes, etc

Carla Gallo talks about the episode, answering similar questions as Michaela

John Francis Daley also answers those questions

Tamara Taylor and TJ Thyne, same questions but more fun with the two of them answering at once

David Boreanaz, same questions with extra information about Booth

Promo: The Goop in the Girl

Promo for next week's Bones Christmas episode "The Goop in the Girl."

Punky Pong Out-take

Punky Pong outtake from last night's Bones:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Favorite Quotes: The Gamer in the Grease

Post your favorite quotes from tonight's Bones episode: The Gamer in the Grease.

What Song was that in... The Gamer in the Grease?

If you have a question about any of the music from tonight's Bones episode "The Gamer in the Grease," post them here so they don't get lost in the episode discussion.

Episode Discussion - The Gamer in the Grease

Tonight's episode is:

Bones, Season 5, Episode 9
The Gamer in the Grease

Please, please, PLEASE -


Please, do not say "wow, that must be what leads to..." or "well, that won't last because Hart Hanson said that 2 episodes from now she will..." or whatever. I will have to delete any comments that include spoilers for future episodes or download links.

Other than that, please discuss away, every aspect of this episode. Disagreements, as long as you are respectful, are more than welcome!!

Zap2It Highlights Christmas, Bones-style

Zap2It has an article about next week's Bones episode. If you didn't already know, I hope it doesn't burst your bubble too much to say it's a Christmas one! Article is heavy on spoilers.

Bones = 2nd most Googled Show

According to Google's own metrics, Bones is the 2nd most searched show in the US (via Google).

TV Shows
  1. glee
  2. bones
  3. fringe
  4. ncis
  5. castle
  6. house
  7. wipeout
  8. medium
  9. leverage
  10. kings

Thanks Mike, via @harthanson, via Twitter.

Happy Bonesday!

Tonight's Bones episode is "The Gamer in the Grease" and you can find pictures, descriptions, clips, and even spoilers under the tag here on the blog.

I will post the episode discussion tonight by 8pm eastern. You can start posting in it right away as a pure "Episode Discussion" thread when it goes up if you saw it last night. If you just can't wait, remember there is always the spoiler post!

The promos

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bones Episode Review: 5.07 "The Dwarf in the Dirt"

The promo for this episode did not do it justice, in most ways. For those who's greatest spoilers are the promos, there was no hint of the depth in this episode.

Just to get it out of the way up front... The Simpsons references... Dan Castellanetta, Homer's Brain, the signings, the bumblebee man

The first, I loved. Dan Castellenetta cracks me up when he appears in non-animated guest spots. I loved his Stargate SG-1 episode, especially. He can spout corney jokes on Bones anytime!

The brain I totally missed.

Bumblebeeman struck me as goofy and odd and it didn't make any sense to me at all until I found out it was a Simpsons reference. It seemed so demeaning. I mean, people dress their babies up as bumblebees. We could have done that to Noah this year! (We are far too geeky for that though. He was a dragon.)

The signings drove me CRAZY! I actually thought "is that Nancy Cartwright?" on the first one but discounted it. The machine-gun signings during Cam's conversation with Mr. NM drove me up the wall and I still don't like it, even knowing it was a Simpsons reference. It should have stayed much more subtle and it kind of irks me that it ruined that scene for me.

Mr Nigel-Murray

He is completely flat in this episode, which is sad. He has always had a twinge of fun and interest about him but the other interns have just shot ahead in that department this season and he didn't go anywhere but more bland with Cam's assertion they are developing a shorthand to cut off his factual ramblings. This is not progress, to just reign him in! He needs something unique to make us actually care he's there and I just don't see it. Daisy, Vasiri and Wendell are waaaaaaaay ahead of him on the 'do I care?' meter.

Cam's statement "Keep looking, Mr NM" is a direct reference to his waning level of interest, to me.

Mr Nigel-Murray: A super-strong dwarf, such as might be found in The Lord of the Rings.
No, no no! Gimlii can never die, ok?

But apparently midget wrestlers can. I actually like this case and I never get tired of them having fun with their victims, in a manner of speaking. It is becoming a bit formulaic, possibly, for them to do this, but it always works. Thanking about that, and the time of year, does make me miss Zack though, and his protestations that Santa is impossible and children are foolish for believing in him...and Cam simply saying "Santa is magic." (Sorry for the tangent. And the run-on sentence.)

This episode (or maybe my current state of mind) is bringing so many references to mind. The idea that the Iron Leprechaun is a franchise makes me think of Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride. Now that was a sweet gig!

"Gidget is like the Vince McMahon of our world." I really liked her character. she was plucky and you really didn't think about her size at all. She completely transcended it through both personality and the honest, non-stereotypical portrayal (unlike one of my favorite scenes ever, from "The Girl in Suite 2103" where Brennan discusses the actual physical possibility of kicking the state department guy out the window).

Even though the midget wrestling can be a demeaning bit of humor, I like that the main point of this portrayal of little people is not about their size. This is a real plot that, with just a few tweaks, could have played out with average sized people. It wasn't gimmicky; it was smart. The dwarf might have actually gotten the girl someday too!

Side note...I hate to even write this, but I'm going to anyway because I try to include everything that occurs to me when I watch episodes.... I hate lover-lady's hair! It's awful. It's like a bland, female version of the mullet, without the party or the business done properly. It' brain is in overdrive with a plethora of negative adjectives and analogies. It looks a little better near the end when Booth takes her to the crime scene, but it's not enough. I'll just say that, if you are one of those people who hate's Emily's wardrobe this season, which is worse? Her wardrobe or that hair? It's no contest!

I love so much about this episode but there is one major aspect of the writing that bothers me a lot. I think that many of the jokes, for most every character, are far too similar. There's no character differentiation and it seems like the writer is doing an episode of the Simpsons instead of Bones, where it's just about packing the jokes. How horribly obvious is Booth's line about getting little blue pills to solve his 'gun' problem (ie, Viagra), the suspect's joke about the cell feelng roomier with Bryce as his bunkmate, Booth completely OOC quipping to the victim about 'short stick' being a pun.....and on and on and on. I like the story, I like the character issues, I love Gordon-Gordon.... but while watching this again to review these lines stand out and they just bother me as too much about laughs and too little about the actual Bones characters and their specific characterizations.


In most respects, Cam could have been taken completely out of this episode and no one would have missed her. I hate to see her so underutilized. She was little more than Mr. Nigel-Murray's teacher here, which isn't really her job.

Those were mostly beautiful boys wrestling around all oiled up and naked.
Not much to say except that is exactly right for her to say that.

I like the parallel of Angela and Gordon-Gordon back at the table in the dinner, with her again wanting to talk about BB and pushing the relationship angle on him. But this is a more mature Angela, at least in this moment. She's not all "I am woman. Listen up you stupid man!' and 'just accept what I'm telling you' to him. She speaks with a touching depth about how Booth has changed. Brennan may be able to list every minute overt detail that has changed about Booth, but she's still blind to so many issues of the heart. It takes people like Angela to spell them out.

Does she really think that Booth 'just' fell in love with Brennan though? She's been pushing this relationship for a long time and I don't think it has always been simply because they'd be 'hot' together, though I am sure that's why she started it.

Overall she seems very at peace in these scene with Gordon-Gordon. Like the sleek, well-centered, mature woman she can be. Is Wendell doing a girl good?

Rubble... that's a word I loathe.
Hooray for a field trip for him. He should always be let out of his ooky room from time to time.
Hodgins: I am back. King of the lab, right?
Brennan: No, not King of the Lab.
Someday, Hodgins, someday! You will reclaim all your various bits of self!


I love his mutterings and his overt outbursts. His new career move has certainly changed him.
Gordon-Gordon: Is this something to do with the jumbling your poor boggled noggin got last year?

Booth: Maybe you can just pretend like I'm a recipe that needs fixing.

Gordon-Gordon: You've suddenly become an indiscriminant homicidal maniac.

Suspect: "You look like a substitute teacher and a fry cook"
What about Gordon-Gordon's appearance looks anything like a fry cook? That joke is reaching far beyond it's limits and I wish they'd found a better, more plausible way to again bring up his 'cook' angst.
Sweets: The cops are in there
Gordon-Gordon: Yes, in case you annoy us and we want an arrest made. Any more cracks about fry cooks and I'll have them come in here to rough you up.

Gordon-Gordon: There's more than one way to feed people, you know?
He's so delightfully quotable. I've skipped so many of them as it is.
Gordon-Gordon: I look forward to consulting with you on the strange case of the man here and after referred to as Agent B.
How conspiratorial. Let's have much more of this discussion between the two of them about "Agent B" this season.
Gordon-Gordon: You know what I said about the eggs? It doesn't extend to the potatoes.
That was one of those moments where your brain does a double take, wondering if he really did literally spit out his potatoes onto his plate right in front of our eyes. On the one hand I want to say that should never have happened and I am totally grossed out. But I'm not. I'm not sure why. Stephen Fry's magical spell? The fact he's a Brit and we let Brits get away with all kind of things simply because they *sound* so intelligent? Or simply that he's Gordon-Gordon and he's allowed to be a bit eccentric?
Gordon-Gordon: That's what I get for using Quigly Down Under as a reference.

Gordon-Gordon: ... that you may be born aloft on the trembling wings of giglion angels.
I appreciate the intelligence of the writing of Gordon-Gordon. He has changed considerably since we first met him, as he casts of the mantle of psychology (as much as it is possible for him to do such a thing) and embraces a less proper and 'British' version of himself. I say that with the tinge of American idealized British. We tend to think they are all perfectly schooled, mannered, and attired, as that is mostly how we see them portrayed. Gordon-Gordon has become quite scruffy and even quite crass!


Sweets: Agent Booth has had me conduct more interrogations lately. (more confidence in Sweets or less in himself?)
Gordon-Gordon: That's quite the vote of confidence
Sweets: I know why you're here. Agent Booth left my office and immediately went to you, didn't he?
He then has to admit that his list of 'change's actually came from Brennan. Sweets is so often getting one-upped, even at his own game...

Even Gordon-Gordon has to explain to him exactly why Booth couldn't talk to him about his problems - it would cause a conflict of interest in Sweet's job. Sweets is like the most naive shrink in the world, with a few shining moments of clarity and brilliance. He's the child prodigy (literally) who seems to have no idea how much of the world works. I hope we see a few steps forward for his character in maturity and self-knowledge before it's all over. Just an episode, or two, where he has some serious growth and it's not just for comic relief or a momentary storyline like in "A Night at the Bones Museum." I loved that story, but it didn't change him at all, in ways we will see, at least.

Yes, the bar is set high for character development on this show. No stale people!
Sweets: What are we looking for?
: Lies and guilt, Sweets. What else is there?
"Excuse me. Obviously got the wrong guy"
Booth's inability to shoot robs him of his fundamental nature as protector without question. That has been his fall-back skill for many years. Who cares about plumbing, or lying people, or any of that stuff. If he can't shoot straight, what is it?
Booth: If I ask you a question, can you answer it in plain language

Booth: So, FBI first, me 2nd... You just called me "Agent Booth", Doctor Sweets. You know - I learned the importance of vocabulary from you.
I think most of Booth's issues figuring people out have very little to do with his brain and much more to do with his complete lack of confidence. he didn't end up in that hospital bed doing something heroic. He was cut down by something he couldn't see or fight or fix. That is far more damaging than the injury and recovery itself.
Brennan: Why are you not cracking lines?
Booth: Why? Because it's not 1945 Just let it flow naturally, ok, Bones?

Booth: I just had a bad day on the range
Brennan: Is that a cowboy metaphor?

Brennan: Obviously you just need more practice
But she quickly gets to the real problem before anyone esle does. It's psychological. It just takes Gordon-Gordon to get it fully worked out. It is huge for her to admit it might be psychological, isn't it? Booth doesn't want to consider that option and certainly doesn't want the FBI to look a it (He doesn't mind discussing it with Brennan though).
Booth: Why's he green?
Brennan: Well, that's not really our highest priority
Booth: How can being green not be a priority, Bones?

Brennan: Rather than counting on superstition to make you shoot more accurately, you should just practice more.
It didn't take her long to return to an explanation she can easily wrap her mind around. She was smiling after him when he got mad at that though.... deliberately bating him?

Chef's food is not Booth food. Or rather, it confuses him. But he enough of a 'bloke' (I've been watching way too much Top Gear and James May solo work and it seems to be a great night for random tangents) that he will go along with Gordon-Gordon and he actually enjoys it.
Booth: I just need ya to help me fire my gun.
Gordon-Gordon: That sounds desperately phallic
The truth is all over this episode and I think they make too many jokes about it, 'blue pills' and all. It's too quippy, as if all the lines are coming from the writer and not the characters.
Gidget: Something goes wrong in the heart department, it always shows itself in another way.
TOO OBVIOUS! Booth looks really uncomfortable when she says it. Booth obviously needs to be hit over the head with the realization of why he's having a problem... but we don't!
Booth: Why are you asking Bones? (about what's different re: Booth)

Brennan: Fraud - look at his femurs!
That made me lol. It's the Brennan equivalent of... that can't be the same guy, his hair cut is different, or he's not tan enough.
Booth: He came at me like a rabid ferret.... What was I supposed to do?
Sweets lists the changes in Booth...
Gordon-Gordon: How wretchedly observant of you.
Sweets: Not me. Dr. Brennan.
Brennan: I prefer good boys.
Booth: Really?
Mmmhmmm, his look says...
Gordon-Gordon: I think perhaps a crisis of the heart and loins.
Again, directly tying in with Booth. It is a bit over the top, how many references there are to what Booth's real problem is.

Kind of funny to think of the 'head and heart' Bones them being replaced with 'head and loins' though... I know a bunch of shippers wouldn't mind that too much!
Angela: I think he misses that dream. It's like he's heartsick for that place, and those people. (or just one part of it...)
What, I'm not allowed to chime in? I'm a law enforcement professional. (Another SitS reminder... Booth was extremely respectful of that security guard and his association as another law enforcement professional.)

Sweets book concludes they love each other, but he told Booth that he's not in love with Dr. B? How very Gordon-Gordon in Season 2 of him: keep them apart for everyone's good. Including the FBI.

-Brennan armors herself with her intellect, Booth won't make a move on her b/c it's tantamount to assault (I said something very similar recently, didn't I?)
Booth: Remind me again how great I feel after talking to you?
Brennan: Who else would always tell you the truth?

Brennan: Maybe I should start packing heat again.

Booth: Did you just call forensic evidence crap? (joshing around)
I love joke-y Brennan. More bad jokes please!!
Brennan: Ratting out is an accurate phrase, but somehow it doesn't seem true.
Gordon-Gordon: You've come quite a long way since we last met if you can now see the difference between accuracy and the truth.
It is nice to see her uncomfortable with an issue but not completely stonewalling it. She understands the connotation of ratting him out but she knows that her motivations were nothing of that sort. Not that she wants to admit it, and she did quickly deflect. But I see progress - she definitely didn't argue!
Brennan: I can't think of anything I wouldn't do to help him
(Shipper awwwwww)

I do like Booth's clothes. And Brennan's - especially the coats. If he has to 'rediscover himself' he can make a few changes, right?
Booth: If you've been in love with another man for 10 years, your husband knows.

Booth: When a man can't have the woman he loves, he gets a bit crazy.
Every bit of this episode just screams the truth, even from Booth's mouth, and by the time they spell it out it's like ' uh yeah, we've been hearing that for the whole hour! The dialog is just too... obvious. I don't see the subtlety we're used to.
Brennan: We're good at this.
Booth: This is what we do. We're the best.
That line feels like a return right back to Harbingers, where Booth tells Avalon that sometimes you need to just accept 2nd best. I don't think he had the same adamant attitude about it this time, though. it was more like "I will enjoy 2nd best" instead of "i refuse to think about more than this."

End scene with Gordon-Gordon and Booth...
Gordon-Gordon: When you were in an coma you got a glimpse of another world
Booth: Right. And how does that help me aim my gun?
Gordon-Gordon: Temperance Brennan (Booth sighs) Youre in love with her. You're building a world around her. A family
Booth: We're not compatible. She's sees the world one way. I see it the other.
Gordon-Gordon: No of course, it's absolutely ludicrous the idea of the two of you together. But the heart chooses what it chooses, doesn't it? We don't really have any say in the matter.
Booth: She doesn't love me. I would know if she loved me.
Gordon-Gordon: May I counsel patience on this front? Hope and patiences.
Booth: So, about my marksmanship certification... Any advice?
Gordon-Gordon: Grow a set. Be a man. Step up. She's your partner for heaven's sake. The job you do together is a highly dangerous one. She counts on you for protection. So you damn well better protect her... When it comes to a man and his gun, a woman is the natural cure. Take Dr. Brennan to this shooting event. You won't fail in front of her. Trust me.

Booth: It's a thing. Just go with it. (nice attempt at 'growing a set')

Brennan: I'm becoming quite amusing.
I have loved a lot of Bones music but I think I have played this one to death. What a beautiful choice.

As I end this review I have a feeling similar to how I felt when I reviewed Santa in the Slush. I did not enjoy picking at this episode because it lessened a bit of the 'magic' of the character points in this episode. I don't want to think abotu how the writing, or lover-lady's hair, annoyed me. I want to ohhh and ahhh over the character hints and bold-faced admissions and just enjoy the glow of a very sweet and meaningful bit of BB. And a thoroughly enjoyable Gordon-Gordon!

Emily and David being honored Dec 6th

The Caucus for Producers, Writers, and Directors will be holding it's annual dinner December 6th to honor creative talent in the industry. This year's acting talent honorees/nominees include David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel. I'm not sure why they are slashed though, as being honored as one 'unit'? It seems that in that respect they don't want to give more than one honor to a particular show? (the other slashed pairing is for the writing on Rescue Me)

Those being honored...

Executive of the Year Award: Angela Bromstad, President Primetime Entertainment
NBC and Universal Media Studios
Chair's Award: Chas. Floyd Johnson, Executive Producer
Caucus Lifetime Achievement Award: Frank von Zerneck, Executive Producer
New Visions Award: Sandy Climan, CEO, 3ality Digital, LLC and
Steve Schklair, CEO, 3ality Digital Systems
Journalism Award: Elizabeth Guider, Editor, The Hollywood Reporter
Caucus Distinguished Service Award: Albert Fisher, Producer, Writer, Director
Special Educator Award: Robert Mandel, Dean, American Film Institute

Winners of the Caucus Honors will be announced
at the Awards Dinner from the following nominees:

Dave Bell, Stephen J. Cannell, Simon Cowell, Ken Ehrlich,
Leonard Goldberg, John C. Moffitt, Robert Papazian, Dorothea Petrie
James Duff, Tina Fey, Bruno Heller, Chuck Lorre,
Matt Nix, David Shore, Peter Tolan/Denis Leary, Matthew Weiner
Phil Abraham, James Bobin, Paul Feig, Bruce Gowers,
Tom Hooper, Jeffrey Reiner, Alex Rudzinski, Michael Rymer
Drew Barrymore, Steve Carell, Emily Deschanel/David Boreanaz,
Holly Hunter, Denis Leary, Kyra Sedgwick, Gary Sinise, Barbra Streisand

We will also confer the Gold Circle Outstanding Student Film Award on two students.

A significant portion of the proceeds from the Dinner will benefit The Caucus Foundation
which has provided grants and awards of $700,000 to 84 worthy students
to complete their film, television or interactive projects.

All of these Awards are a representation of the 35 years that The Caucus has worked
to elevate the quality and diversity of television and
to protect the creative freedom of television's creative community.

3ality Digital will present a demonstration of their 3-D camera equipment and
a 3-D television monitor depicting programs produced in 3-D at the reception before dinner.

We hope to see you there!
Denis Doty, Chair of The Caucus
Chuck Fries, President of The Caucus Foundation

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