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We are back to an episode question today.
What do you think will happen with Hodgins and Angela, now that they are married?
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Who is the first person, besides Brennan, to say, "I don't know what that means," and what is the setting?
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Teaser: Brennan and Booth investigate a series of murders that mimic the deaths in Brennan’s new book, yet have no connection. Meanwhile, Sully and Brennan’s relationship heats up before hitting a great big boulder.
Review and Commentary: Oh, it’s a Sully episode! I had forgotten. That’s nice. I kind of miss that guy. Anyway, the scene opens with Brennan and Sully enjoying a morning romp that is rudely interrupted by Brennan’s publicist, Ellen Laskow, on the phone. I would have to side with Sully and say that’s not really the time to take calls, but Brennan is a consummate multi-tasker and insists on answering. She and Ellen agree to meet at the lab to discuss the press junket for Brennan’s new book, while Brennan and Sully finish their romp.
Arriving at the lab late, Brennan rescues her publicist’s assistant, Hank, from Hodgins, only to have Ellen inform her that she doesn’t have to work in the lab anymore, what with being a best-selling author and all. Ellen is forceful while Hank meekly tries to keep up. Booth interrupts by announcing there’s a body at the marina. Ellen insinuates that Brennan’s fictional male lead is based on Booth, which they both quickly deny with Booth volunteering that Brennan has a man, though he’s “a bit short.” They bicker for a moment over Scully’s height (which is a very funny bit), before hitting the docks.
At the dock is a body all wrapped in red tape, just like in Brennan’s new book. On the way to the body, it’s revealed for the first (though certainly not the last) time in the series that Booth reads Brennan’s books. “You have time to write it, I have time to read it.” With the premise firmly established, the scene ends and opening credits roll.
Back in the lab, the team works on identifying the victim. He’s in bad shape due to crab season, but they’re able to glean some basic data including cause of death. Zach and Hodgins are eager to discuss the similarities between the fictional victims and the current victim, but Brennan dismisses that with the classic “In this lab, we are concerned with science, not fiction.” Angela whips up a face—in between flirting with Hodgins—and IDs the victim as Jim Lapata. Also, how funny is it when Booth mocks them by whispering in Angela’s ear too. I love that Bones is amused by his subtle jab at them. Booth tries to check on how Brennan’s “holding up,” with the copycat murders and all, only to be interrupted by Sully doing the same. The jockeying for Brennan’s attention between the two allows Angela to get her revenge by quipping “Testosterone spill on aisle 4.” Booth agrees to let Sully sort through the fan mail for any psychos, but Brennan is unimpressed by her eager “protectors.”
Booth interviews Lapata’s widow, who is accompanied by her brother, Greg, and who also gets interviewed by Booth. This seems a little unusual, but whatever. Turns outs he wasn’t a big fan of his brother-in-law, what with the drinking. It’s perfectly understandable, really. Booth also asks Greg if he likes mystery books, which is extra weird. Evidentially, Greg thinks so too because his sister winds up answering the question for him. He does and thus is the Prime Suspect.
A cut back to the lab gives a useless case status update, but that’s all right because it’s really there to reveal that Cam is the only one in the lab who hasn’t read Brennan’s new book. She never intends to either, preferring to unwind with “feminist trash” (which is the best name for pseudo-feminist romance novels ever) rather than some more work. Can’t say I blame her. In the bones room, Zach expresses concern that the killer will carry out all three murders in the book. Booth interrupts to dispute that and reveal a motive for Lapata’s murder: he was abusing his wife. Booth theorizes that Greg killed Lapata and used the descriptions from the book to throw off the police. Hodgins and Zach confirm the red tape is used in Greg’s work and it looks like everything is tied up with a neat bow. Except, of course, there are still thirty-three minutes left in the episode. Under interrogation, Greg denies killing Lapata and Brennan notes his uniquely fused third and fourth fingers. On a side note, why on earth would that not have been fixed by now? The guy is like forty and having ten fingers is pretty useful. Also, the makeup effect is awful, especially when freeze-framed.
In Booth’s office, Brennan finally expresses concern that two more people may die if the killer really is re-enacting the book. Hank appears in the doorway to remind the viewer of his downtrodden and hen-pecked demeanor and deliver the fan mail for Sully to sort through. Booth gets a phone call and Brennan’s fear is confirmed. The second murder has been carried out. A woman has been killed and fed to rats. Booth mentions “Isn’t this how you killed the second victim in your book?” (in case the viewer suffers from short-term memory loss ala Memento)and Brennan grimly replies “Yeah.”
Back in Booth’s office, Brennan announces the ID of the second victim and Booth tries to connect a dead salesman with a young socialite. Sully pops in to say that Greg is in the clear with an ironclad alibi. The only connection remains the book. Brennan loses her cool, blowing up at the men to express her frustration at the situation in her own emotionally messed up way, that she’s really bothered by the loss of life that has been laid at her door. Booth and Sully trade looks to let each other know they understand what she can’t quite admit, though Booth can’t let the opportunity to needle Sully slide. “She wasn’t this emotional before you came into the picture.”
Meanwhile, back at the ol’ lab, Cam and Zach are poring over the second victim while Hodgins works nearby. Brennan’s book is characterized as “lots of gore with a splash of social commentary.” I wish writers in later seasons had remembered this. Before I develop into a broken record, Cam mentions x-raying rodents for bullets and Hodgins quivers with excitement.
Booth is questioning (he does that a lot this episode, doesn’t he?) the second victim’s husband. Turns out she wasn’t just a young socialite, but a young philandering socialite. Most of the questioning is done with Booth and the husband both facing the camera, which is great cinematically but probably not the most effective way to question suspects.
What follows is one of the finest scenes ever on Bones: the rat x-raying. Between Angela’s desire for rodent amnesty (“they’re material witnesses”), Hodgin’s general merriment and snappy come-back (“It’s not like they know sign language, Angela.”), and Zach’s hilariously inappropriate story about more effective killing methods (it involves warm water and “the clever use of a ball peen hammer”), there is literally nothing wrong in this scene. Did I mention Cam fed all the rats laxatives when they arrived? It kind of renders the x-raying moot, but I refuse to let that lessen my enjoyment.
Sully drops off lunch for Brennan, who returns the favor by biting right into Sully. Ouch. He’s a big boy though and calls Bones out. She’s mad at herself and feeling responsible for the crimes. Brennan retorts that the murders would have happened anyway, just following a different method. She also puts Sully down by telling him their relationship is “just a fling.” Double ouch. Sully takes the heat and reminds her that theirs isn’t a one-time thing before leaving Brennan to deal on her own. She keeps pushing, but he refuses to go. Side note: how hot is the white blouse/black tie? I’d love to see Brennan in a tie again. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Brennan is wearing strong, masculine clothing in this scene either.
Back in the bone room, Zach confirms the two victims were killed with the same gun. Booth jumps in to add that Prime Suspect 2 has an airtight alibi as well. He suggests a serial killer choosing random victims. Brennan disagrees. Although the gun and tape are the same, nothing else about the murders fits together. It’s as if they were killed by two different people. Hmm….
With Prime Suspect 2 off the table, Booth suggests everyone’s favorite stalker Oliver Laurier may have upped his act. He suggests paying a visit. I suggest bringing Oliver back in season six. At Oliver’s apartment, Booth tries to talk with Oliver, but he’s a bit, er, shy. This forces Booth to break down the door (on the count of three, technically). He’s greeted by creepy dolls bound in red tape hanging from the ceiling. The look on his face is a priceless “you have got to be kidding me! Unbelievable.” Needless to say, Oliver gets a one-way trip to the interrogation room.
Oliver claims the dolls are just role-playing. Listen up kids, I’m only going to say this once: nothing good ever comes from role-playing. So take off the anime dress and put on some nice flannel. Booth asks if “Ollie’s” games extend to real people, but Oliver just wants to see Brennan again. Booth blows it off, but Oliver reminds Booth there remains another victim. Now can he please see Bones?
No, because she’s busy getting ready for her signing and talking with Angela who dispenses the standard “enjoy the ride” relationship advice. Angela also describes her and Hodgin’s relationship running on “sex and laughter” which is not the most solid of relational foundations and perhaps why they break up for no particular reason later in the series. A little more time in the lab offers a few more hints—inconsistent methods of killing, manufactured sand particulates—before Brennan swings by the interrogation room for some 1-on-1 with Oliver.
Oliver asks a lot of questions but provides valuable clues. See, he’s a Brennanite, a devotee of Brennan. He hangs out in chat rooms with other mystery lovers including fellow Brennanites (and Patersonians and Graftonatas). I imagine there was a lot of giggling in the writer’s room coming up with the names. Oliver tries to touch Brennan and things go downhill until Brennan breaks his nose. All the blood causes Oliver to faint. Oh, and get ruled out as a suspect as it’s difficult to be a murderer and pass out at the sight of blood. Although, I did know a med student who vomited when others vomited and went woozy at the sight of blood too and he made it though med school, so who knows? Brennan decides to proceed with her book signing, which Sully thinks is foolhardy. The two start to fight and Booth tries to excuse himself on the grounds that clearly more is involved, but Bones refuses to let him off the hook. Booth winds up taking Brennan to the signing as a compromise.
At the signing, Hank is anxiously waiting and shaking, but not from anxiety. He’s diabetic and Ellen has been running him ragged. Brennan stuffs a candy bar into the poor boy, who tells them Ellen is uncharacteristically late. Booth and Brennan park by the back door, where Booth pulls his gun on an overzealous fan. When Brennan questions if it’s necessary, Booth asks if she’s going to start into him like she did with Sully. Before they can really get into it, Brennan notices (CGI) fire ants and the two of them have just found the third victim, Ellen. Guess the signing’s off.
The fine boys at the FBI manage to find a link between the second and third victims on Ellen’s BlackBerry. Except didn’t Hank say he always had Ellen’s phone? Hmm…. Questioning Hank reveals Ellen was a lesbian, which eliminates Sully’s idea of an affair between her and the second victim’s husband. Going back over the case in the lab, Brennan becomes convinced that there are three separate killers. Booth meanwhile remembers the bit about Hank and the BlackBerry and the pieces start falling into place. Sand from Ashton Keller’s golfing, Hank’s insulin, bruises that match Greg’s syndactyly. The Brennanite chat room wraps it all up and boom! Case(s) solved with a nice musical montage to boot.
In Brennan’s office, there’s a bit of an awkward threesome between Brennan, Booth, and Sully. Booth linger a bit, but realizes he’s not wanted and excuses himself, with a flash of sadness on his face at the realization. Brennan apologizes and she and Sully make up. Through the window, Booth looks back at them, then turns around and slowly walks away.Overall, this is a very well-written episode of Bones, a lot less formulaic and obvious in its plot development than the episodes often are. The reason I think this one tends not to rate highly is that the twist—three murderers each covering for another—wasn’t very original. It’s pretty much ripped off from Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. Even if you only saw the similar Law and Order episode back around 2000, this was old hat. (Although the murderers got off in that case.) Still it’s a good episode and worth re-watching.
Season 6 spoilers are coming in full force now!
I love the way Stephen Nathan doles out spoilers. He often posts cryptic messages as little hints. Remember last year when he tweeted to the effect that "Booth never misses..."? It had people in a tizzy for a while thinking that something was going to go terribly wrong. Then, we saw The Bones on the Blue Line where Brennan says that Booth never misses, and the interviewer says, "Andy sometimes misses." (So according to Brennan's logic, we're supposed to deduce that Andy ISN'T based off of Booth! Yeah, right.)
Well, he's up to his old tricks giving us hints via Twitter. I would not consider this to be spoilery since it is so vague. However, since HH and SN have decided that SN will be the spoiler-giver from now on, I will expect more spoilery tweets to follow.
What do you think about a potential undercover episode? All in favor...
Michael Grant Terry, on his hopes for Wendell in Season 6 of Bones. No spoilers really because it's all just his conjecture and what he would like to see.
The body was found in a small, graffiti-stained tunnel. Robbery was likely not the motive, as his possessions and cash were found with him.
The University of Alberta's Sandra Garvie-Lok can't tell exactly how the victim on her table died, but she has a good idea. Given the visible previous cranial trauma on the body, the events that took place around the time of the murder and the location where his remains were found, she is willing to bet that this John Doe was murdered. Yet, no suspect will ever be tried or convicted for the crime. And she's OK with that.
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Hart Hanson and subsequently Michael Ausiello have given away the “tentative, penciled-in, maybe, unlocked title for [episode] 1, season 6". But the bigger news is supposedly the title for episode 2.
(Scroll to the end of his post for the Bones spoilers.)
What do you make of it?
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Daisy may not be the most popular intern, but I think Carla Gallo pulls off the character beautifully!
Guesses on her age? 20, 22?
Higher! Carla is 35 today. She looks far younger and I do hope we see more of her next season.
Change.org is a website urging people to take action regarding certain issues, among them animal protection and welfare.
From According to Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the U.S. "is the only nation in the world that is known to still use captive chimpanzees for large-scale invasive research." The Great Ape Protection Act (pdf) would put an end to that. But here's what I love about this bill — not only does it stop cruelty, but it provides for the future of the chimps. One of the provisions of GAPA is that all of the federally owned chimpanzees would be released to sanctuaries, where they would be protected for the rest of their lives.
The bill has bi-partisan support from nearly 150 congressional co-sponsors. Of course, it needs more than sponsors — it needs to pass. And that's why celebrities are putting their star power behind the chimps, too.
Emily Deschanel, the vegan star of Bones, also wrote Rep. Waxman on behalf of chimpanzees: "This legislation would allow about 500 chimpanzees to live their remaining years in sanctuaries. They could form bonds with other chimpanzees, bask in the sunlight, and feel the grass and the earth. That's the least we can do for chimpanzees, our species' closest living relatives."
Some Bones fans have gotten together on Livejournal and started a new community for the summer (and maybe beyond):
A couple of fans have started a little competition that will recognize all types of Bones fanworks. It is made where fans can nominate fanfics, fanvids, and fanart, then vote on the nominations to determine the favorite. It is a livejournal community http://community.livejournal.There is an adult content warning on the community, just an FYI!
com/bones_fanawards/Nominations have started, and we are trying to get the word out.
Spoiler TV is putting an interesting pair up for a poll to find the best show ever:
And so today's round here sees two very current, and very popular shows going head to head in Dexter vs. Bones.
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Friday, July 23:
2:00–2:45 Bones: Creator and Executive Producer Hart Hanson and Star David Boreanaz— Hart Hanson and David Boreanaz will be on hand to discuss what went down in season 5 of Bones and the cliffhanger finale as well as what’s in store for Booth and Brennan in an exciting season 6! The Q&A will take place in Ballroom 20.
So no Emily this year, just the guys. Remember to let us know all about the event if you get to go! :-)
I firmly believe that TJ Thyne is a truly nice guy. We may not know much about his off-screen actions but what we know is really impressive.
TV’s Bug & Slime Guy Makes No Bones About Love For Eco-Dwellings
Dwell on Design is a yearly exhibition (coming up this weekend as a matter of fact) that is known for the latest and greatest in cutting edge household designs, furnishings and assorted product accoutrements.
As sustainable concepts continue to take a more prominent role in the show, it’s not surprising that a very unique 400 square foot home crafted out of a total of 80 – 90% recycled materials by Reclaimed Space was the darling of last year’s event.
Boasting historically relevant supplies gleaned from 1830s Texas farmsteads such as long-leaf pine shiplap, galvanized metal and salvaged fixtures, the result of their creative construction efforts was a quaint yet fully functional modular ‘surf shack’ that was available for ownership just by bidding via Ebay.
$10,000 of the purchase price was earmarked for Los Angeles’ Habitat For Humanity, and at the conclusion of a friendly, star-studded bidding war, the new owner of the humble abode became Fox’s resident Dr. Hodgins (aka The Bug and Slime Guy) on Bones.
It turns out that this isn’t just a one-hit-wonder for actor T.J. Thyne – rumor has it that the 35 year old is intent on acquiring a number of eco-clone Reclaimed Space homes which he will then use to create a customized family-friend community somewhere in California.
Seems that hiatus is coming to an end soon.
TJ Thyne tweeted this a few days ago:
The FOX just ran up my pathway and whispered in my ear "July 20th". Stage six, I hope you are ready for us! Skeleton Crew, see you soon!
So, that means there should be some spoilers for season 6 out there pretty soon. Are you excited?
EW had the fans vote on the high and lows of the season 09/10 sign-off episodes.
Bones has made that list several times:
WORST OVERALL ENDING TO AN OTHERWISE SOLID SEASON
''I liked the season, but everyone was saying the finale would be as epic as the 100th episode, and it SO wasn't.'' —Becca
2. The Office
3. Private Practice
5. Tie: Survivor and Community
BEST ROMANTIC CLIFF-HANGER
Jeff and Annie/Britta/Slater, Community
The closest race of any category, the Community square beat the Good Wife triangle by just two votes.
2. Alicia and Will/Peter, The Good Wife
3. Booth and Brennan separate for a year, Bones
4. House and Cuddy, House
5. Will Holly return?, The Office
SINGLE WEAKEST TWIST
TIE: One-year sabbatical, Bones; Robert's death in the Walker caravan car accident, Brothers & Sisters
One had too little buildup; one had too much (we knew Rob Lowe was leaving the show for months). The latter is also what landed Fringe's ''best nonromantic cliff-hanger'' on both the best- and worst-twist lists: ''Awesome for upcoming story lines, but I saw it coming.'' —Kyle
3. Olivia trapped in the alternate universe, Fringe
4. Sideways world is purgatory, Lost
5. ''Any of them,'' Desperate Housewives
Do you agree with this assessment? What other categories should Bones have been included in?
There is an episode that ends with "In memory of..." What is the episode? Who is that person, and what is their connection to Bones?
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Scientists have revealed that they think bones found in a German cathedral are those of one of the earliest members of the English royal family.
The remains of Queen Eadgyth, who died in 946, were excavated in Magdeburg Cathedral in 2008.
The granddaughter of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, the Saxon princess married Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, in 929.
The findings were presented at the University of Bristol on Thursday.
A spokesman from the university said the bones were the oldest surviving remains of an English royal burial.... (more)
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We're still waiting on some Bones Season 2 guest reviews. Once we get a few more completed I will open up Season 3. If you are still listed below and you haven't contacted me to let me know how it's going or that you still plan to do your review - you need to! If I don't hear I will need to open up the reviews to other people so we can get more fun reviews in to fill this long summer hiatus!
# 221 - 'The Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House' - (Kathleen - commitment)
# 218 - 'The Killer in the Concrete" - (Curtis - commitment)
# 215 - 'The Bodies in the Book" - (Kate - commitment)
# 213 - 'The Girl in the Gator" - (Lyndsey- commitment)
# 211 - "Judas on a Pole" - (Kay - commitment)
# 207 - 'The Girl with the Curl" - (Kathleen - commitment)
# 205 - 'The Truth in the Lye" - (Frieda- commitment)
# 202 - 'The Mother and Child in the Bay" - (Frieda- commitment)
If you are still working on your review, remember the tips I posted. I have updated them, so please take a look - they make things easier on everyone!
Thank you to all of you who have done guest reviews and to those who are still working on them. It's a great way to reminisce about old favorites, fill this Bones-less (at least for new - remember TNT and Fox reruns!) summer, and maybe see a scene, a character, or a story in a new light.
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Describe as many instances as you can (episode/scene) where Angela’s abilities as a sketch artist are used, and she draws something different than a typical sketch.
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This is what progress looks like!
Hart Hanson confirms that there are NO spoilers.
Bring on season 6!! We must be obsessed when we find this exciting. How many of you would love to be a silent observer during that meeting?
Taking time out from the awesome reviews for some light chatter.
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