Sunday, September 20, 2009
The Man in the Mansion
written by Christopher Ambrose
directed by Dwight Little
Gordon: Interesting the first word you used to describe him was "rich".
Booth: Ah, second. The first description was "dead".
Overall, this episode is packed with goodies. It ends in a trial, theres really juicy B/B/Sully love triangle stuff, Monsieur Wiseowl Gordon Gordon is there, there is maybe the first real acknowledgment of just how important Hodgins is to the team (I personally can never get over how insanely instrumental he always is to every part of every case), running themes, deeper messages, AND it's one of those beautiful episodes that demonstrates to us just how much of an ensemble show this is, how much Team Squint totally dominates.
One big complaint right up front: Clarissa and Hodgins, though they were once engaged, do not go through anything upon reuniting that is of much interest to us on a juicy and personal level, which may have robbed the episode of some really awesome potential. We have not only some Hodgins back story but an EX-FIANCEE, in the episode! Certainly he and Angela might even have a conversation about it? Maybe we can find out a little about Past Hodgins? No. Admittedly the episode celebrates not just Hodgins' genius but his goodness and trustworthiness. It helps, then, for the episode for him to appear relatively together about the whole thing because we as viewers may feel he really crossed a line being secretly involved in the case. It might have been cool if he had chemistry with Clarissa too but alas, Clarissa seems on another plant of sadness, she murmurs a lot and has darty-eyes like she is about to get attacked or forget where and who she is. Jack is waaaay over her and tells her so. Its a little annoying/disappointing to have to try and imagine them engaged... I personally think. Discuss?
Brennan: Why do you call your psychiatrist Gordon Gordon?
Booth: Because that how he introduces himself, you know, "Hi, I'm Gordon. Gordon Wyatt."
Brennan: Like "James. James Bond"
Booth: "Bond. James Bond." Not James, James... James- whatever.
Booth is peeved, proof that following Gordon Gordon's advice and doing away with his "quiet rebellions" (colorful ties, socks, belt buckle) has meant he has trouble suppressing his "other impulses". Brennan agrees that suppressing impulses must be good thing. Ah, the conundrum of these two in a nutshell. "Apparently all the other issues have to just rise to the top" moans Booth. Woo!
Sitting in a chair in the Mansion is the (dead) Man, Mr.Terence Bancroft, decomposing away. Bones sees too much flesh on the body to know why they are called in but Cam informs them that the Bancroft family has a wing at the Jeffersonian. "Typical" grunts Booth, who is crabby towards the body and complains that one of the Man's statues is "probably worth more than my house". "You should ask your therapist about your issues with rich people", says Brennan. Instead he goes off to talk with Terry's wife Clarissa in the kitchen-- and please forgive me but at this point all I could think was "why the hell is Angel talking to Andie McPhee???" and I spent the scene dealing with this intense confusion.
Back in the lab Hodgins is in shock- "He was tied up?" "He knew his attacker?". Even Angela's ability to make the phrase "blood spatter patterns" sound alluring can't get to him. Here I must draw attention to the awesome piece of evidence that Hodgins tampers with: he removes from a picture frame on his desk a photo of the victim, himself, and two other guys naked in front of a lake in the woods holding electric guitars in front of themselves circa 1995.
Opening Sequence rolls into Brennan not understanding why she will have fun watching, not playing, at Sully's basketball game. Though he points out that she majorly sucks at 'being a girl', Sully cheerfully adapts to her needs, explaining himself in Anthropology Speak. He bounces around trying to convince her to go and is silly and charming. The camerawork is excellent otherwise he would be launching himself into the lens every two seconds. And I do really get how good he was for Brennan. A contender!
Brennan: You want to impress me?
Sully: Well, I'm kind of traditional that way.
Brennan: Why don't you just bonk me on the head with a giant club?
Sully: Well I'd much prefer you came to the game and oogled my butt crack.
Booth talks with Robert at the Youth Center where Terry worked, who has guilt written in enormous graffiti letters all over him with his shifty eyes and nervous itches, but first-time viewers may just think its the same problem Wispy Winters has, stemming from _not wanting to be stabbed_. Or they don't want to be like her and assume the worst of these kids. He tells Booth that Terry caught a youth center attendee/drug mule named Julio Diaz with a couple pounds of heroin, and shows him the mule's locker with a sweatshirt stained in blood inside it. Rob is ready to go with the idea that Julio's suppliers may have nabbed/stabbed Julio as well as Terry. However, none of the kids will admit they saw the Heroin-Catching-Caper go down so there is no witness saying any heroin-catching caper even took place, so the chain of evidence is missing... many a link.
Back at the lab, Angela and Brennan are having a Girls Scene: Angela is trying to convince Brennan to "at least pretend that you're the girl", even though Bones is dying to make the first move with Sully so they can get it on already. "Why is everyone so anxious for me to be a girl?" she whines, not wanting to sit and watch basketball.
Brennan: it sounds so... passive.
Angela: Now you've got it.
BRILLIANT CUT TO:
Booth: You just don't get it.
And its one of my favorite scenes in the series! Being a B/B shipper of course. First off, Booth refuses to be Sully's Angela:
Booth: First of all, guys, they dont ask for advice. And secondly, I'm not going to help you get _my_ partner into bed.
Sully: Why not? Its not like you want her.
(A wondrous moment- Booth conceeds/admits to having feelings for Brennan with silent and uncomfortable twitches of his lips, as he physically tries desperately to keep the truth from 'rising to the top'. Unfortunately his silence is very loud.)
Sully: Unless- do you want her??
Booth: Ahhh, come on, eh? Bones is, you know, she's my partner.
Sully: Oho, that is why you need psychiatric treatment, because you have the hots for your partner!
Booth: It's not psychiatric treatment, its an evaluation. Big difference.
Sully: I can tell that Brennan is the go-slow type [Booth itches his ear, blinks furiously and pulls on his collar] but you gotta help me out on how slow because too slow is worse than not slow enough!
To have what I believe is the first and last time anyone was so blunt with his own big problem follow it up with an actual question about how long Brennan needs before she will hook up with a person is quite enough for Booth, or it's the socks, but he is saved from boiling over by being told that Julio Diaz's body is at the morgue. Robert I.D.s the body and agrees that the suppliers would have killed Julio if Terry had not resolved the heroin issue with the cops.
Back in the lab, Cam and Zack (or 'Bone Boy' as she calls him here) notice a fungus in some blood pooled on the bottom of Terry's interior cervical vertabre, meaning he was lying down for a long time after he was stabbed in the jugular and later put in the chair and stabbed more times to make it look like a home invasion. Then, thanks to maggots being in the pre-pupal phase of the third instar, Hodgins figures that Julio Diaz's sweatshirt must have been dipped in Terry's blood, frame-style, as he Scientific Fact: died before Terry. Go Bug Man and Bone Boy!!
Booth: "I'm not the kind of guy whose got anything to hide"
Gordon: "Do you know, i often find that when people declare what they are not it almost invariably turns out that that's precisely what they are."
Back to the basketball game, Brennan tries to be subtle about investigating the peanut penis, but about three seconds in she is bluntly stating that women don't care about penis size, and in response to Sully's asking what she thought about him shutting down the other teams offense, she tells him they weren't very good! Sully just appreciates her 'sauce' and 'zing' (he really was good for her. Its true.)
Booth drags a very reluctant Hodgins to 'pull a little con' on Blinky McNods (a rather stretchy plot device but ok) by looking for stuff in the house so Booth can find out about the affair Gordon Gordon suggested she might be having. Wavy McPhee is totally transparent about the affair - and about Jack, and Booth freaks out at Hodgins for hiding his relationship to the deceased's wife, shoving him and yelling in his face before driving off in a fury. Back at the lab, Hodgins explains that the muskrat hair found in the victim had a specific dye patented by a menswear company in Canada. Robert's coat appears in their online catalog, the killer is identified and Hodigns is almost King until Booth starts yelling about him trying to "get into the pants of an ex-girlfriend" on one of Booth's murder cases.
Caroline refuses to hear how Jack knows Clarissa so she wont be obligated to share the information, and Jack is taken off the case and the witness stand. Come trial, the rest of the team explains step-by-step how each clue the team has found connects to the others (finishing each others sentences, cutting from one to the other, so you wonder what their individual testimonies were like...) The evidence and research adds together perfectly which shows off the team brilliantly. A kid from the youth center even shows up at the very moment when Booth is asked about the motive behind the murder, and goes about describing the entire event in which Terry took the heroin from Julio, in a very convincing manner I might add. The team, and especially Caroline, get so confident that Brennan actually makes the jury laugh, and the judge has to bang his gavel and remind them that "This is court, not a night at the improv." The prosecution apologizes (Booth drops the fact that Julio was fourteen as a little clincher,)and rests. Brennan, on the way to the diner with Angela, decides to make the first move with Sully.
Booth has his second therapy session, which is even tougher on him because Gordon Gordon tries to get him to see that "We all must overcome our upbringing, rich and poor alike." He also dispenses freelance wisdom:
Booth: Hey Doc, why is it that the belt buckle is provocative?
Gordon Gordon: Because it says "Cocky" and its right above your cock, Booth.
just kidding, Gordon says "Why its a modern-day codpiece. It forces the eye to the groin."
Gordon Gordon tells Booth to go back to his Grand Master of Flashy Accessories post, presumably so that he'll then apologize to Hodgins. This may be very good timing for that suggestion becayse the next day in court Hodgins's boring old relationship is outsted and Caroline is blown away by how much she had decided to not know- at this point Hodgins is just trying to keep his head down and is praying he wont lose his job. (Why didn't we get to see him on the stand?...)
Zack: "Incalculable... which is something I have never said before."
Because they are THAT GOOD. Better yet, Brennan Zack and Angela were each responsible for some part of this fungal discovery and thus the team is truly only Captain Plant when their elements combine. While they wait for the verdict, Caroline yells at the group to stop doing stupid things like shooting ice cream trucks and stealing evidence and to start "using your oversized heads! This is the real world!" Even better, she recommends that if they win the case Hodgins gets his job back, and if not, "Booth shoots him". Of course, Jeffersonian Wins! Hodgins keeps his job! Little Ladyfriend shares a tiny sad nod of thanks across the room from Hodgins, which we now know is her way of thanking him profusely for solving her husband's murder. Everyone on the team has screwed up sometime! Conclusions should not be jumped to! Everyone loves each other! Booth picks out colorful ties with Gordon Gordon and Hodgins and Angela are unbearably sweet as he finally has a chance to deal with the loss of his friend. Brennan just grabs Sully and makes that first move anyways because she's Bones, for crying out loud, and discovers that cops have ironic, or rather 'opposite' physiological nicknames. (Angela- all of us- wonder what Booth's nickname is.)
Should I just transcribe the last lines of the episode for the enjoyment of all?
Brennan: "I slept with Sully last night"
Booth: "Oh, i thought you already, uh"
Brennan: "no. last night."
Booth: "well, its really none of my business."
Brennan: "except we're partners"
Booth: "yeah... there's that..."
Brennan: "and you told me about your socks"
Booth: "sex, socks, pretty much the same word."
Brennan: "so, do we have a case or are you just visiting"
Booth: "yeah, I'll fill you in on it on the way. its messy. better get some _protection_".
Brennan: "let me get my gumboots" (leaves)
Booth: "...yeah. I'm gonna need a flashier tie."
All in all, I feel the episode seems to be in three different worlds with the Brennan/Sully storyline, the murder case, the therapy etc but like any really great episode of Bones its all flows together in beautiful harmony. We never have to see Clarissa again, (I have to balance out all this glowing praise in my review with _something_) and because we see that Booth is kind of a cock without his socks (there is too much rising to the surface!!! He must overcome his upbringing! aaahh!) we get to have them back. (:
I guess Jamie Frevele is not the only one to take notice of Bones at Huffington Post. As many of you know (because many of you were part of the fun) Twitter was all a-twitter about Bones last Wednesday. The site keeps track of 'trending topics' on every user's home page (the most talked about items, currently) and #BonesSeason5 hung out in the middle of that list for awhile. It may seem silly, but that is something people notice, as this article shows. Hopefully quite a few users noticed as well! Bones always needs new fans!