The Girl in the Gator
Review by Lyndsey
This is it. The introduction of Sully! For many Bones fan's, Sully is a topic of discussion they prefer to avoid, which is why I believe that this review lay unclaimed for as long as it did. On the other hand, there are fans like me who love Sully.
The opening of this episode is one unlike any other. It starts with Brennan and Booth exiting the diner. This is a really cute moment (pre-shooting) that really shows how close Brennan and Booth are. Booth is on the phone getting details on their newest case, which he has just learned will take place in Florida. His question: "Florida? Miami, Florida... or like swampy Florida?", that in itself is a Booth-ism if you will. Booth proceeds to become agitated by the "ice-cream truck song" which is being played form a nearby ice cream truck. When the driver of said truck continues to drive alongside Booth and Brennan, ignoring Booths rant about not being able to hear his phone conversation, Booth takes out his gun and shoots the plastic clown on top of the truck three times. Booth has never looked hotter, in my opinion. When he shoots the plastic clown, it's seems that it is more out of annoyance than hatred. I think that because we don't see that hatred in his eyes, like we did when he encountered Howard Epps or when he threatened the Mexican gang leader to protect Bones, that we (or at least I) didn't sense the urgency in this situation which was actually a kind of cry for help. However, this is a cause of concern for the FBI. Thus, we are introduced to Dr. Gordan Gordan, Booths department psychiatrist. I consider the introduction of Gordan Gordan nothing short of brilliant. Through Gordan Gordan's sessions with Booth I think we get to understand more about Booth whereas before he was basically seen as a heroic figure who is doing penance for past crimes. I realize that through his talks with Brennan at the end of each case we learned a bit more about him but through his therapy sessions we delve into the mind of Seeley Booth and see how tortured he really is by some of the things in his past.
Originally we are led to believe that Dr. Gordan Wyatt (or Gordan Gordan) is going to sign Booths paper and send him on his way. Quite to the contrary, upon hearing that Booth shot at an ice cream truck just because the music was bothering him, Gordan Gordan asks Booth to reflect on why he really shot the clown. (it is up to the viewer to realize that of course Gordan was briefed by the FBI on what had occurred and him "just signing the paper" was never going to happen). Gordan proposes that the trauma of serial killer Epps dying after Booth failed to pull him off the balcony may be a reason for the outburst which led to Booth shooting the clown. Gordan Gordan also brings up Booths "need to control his environment" and his subtle rebellions through his attire that exert his control on FBI protocol. Later we realize that it is this very need to control everything that drove Booth up the wall because he couldn't control the death of Epps. Did he slip or did Booth release him?
Booth is stuck back in D.C. until he gets his back to work order signed, which leaves Brennan with a new FBI agent in Florida: Agent Sullivan. We immediately notice how Sully contrasts Booth when he brings up a boat for sale he is thinking of buying instead of helping Brennan with the case. Slowly, Brennan warms up to him as she realizes he does value the job they do of catching murderers, he just acknowledges it is not the only worthwhile thing. At the close of the case Sully asks Brennan out on a date and she accepts. Something I want to point out is that when Sully offers to buy Brennan pie she accepts. Later we learn that Brennan does not like pie (she finds it too sweet). I have not decided if this was just an oversight by the writers or rather a revelation about Brennan that she would be willing to eat pie that Sully got for her, maybe that makes all the difference. I prefer to hope for the latter although I realize the former is more likely.
For Booths and Brennan's relationship, the introduction of Sully is huge. He is really the first "romantic rival" to be introduced. In the episodes that follow this one we really learn a lot about how Booth feels for Bones. Also, Sully is good for Brennan. I think that he suits her in ways that Booth does not simply for the reason that (if I can steal words from Angela) he "lives wide". Through how Brennan treats the victims in her work we can see that she values every life. Shouldn't that lead us to believe that she values her own life in the same way? Sully has many "hobbies" because he doesn't want an FBI agent "to be the only thing he ever was". I think that helped Brennan realize that an Anthropologist is not the only thing she ever wants to be. That is probably the very reason that she started to work with Booth in the first place, to do more, to help more. In the end, sure maybe Booth and Brennan are meant to be together, but in my opinion Sully is the perfect guy for her along the way.
A Spring-breaker is found dead inside an alligator and it is more than a little gross when the team back at the Jeffersonian begins to pull body parts and miscellaneous items out from inside of him. The victim is revealed to be Judy Dowd, based on a missing persons file that matched evidence found in the bones. We find out that Judy was an HSB, which courtesy of Hodgins we know is Hotty Student Body, a website a-la Girls Gone Wild where drunk girls take their clothes off. When their prime-suspect, Hugh Heffner-esque Monty Gold is found dead they turn their attention to a religious radical. However, it comes to light that the victims father had tracked down Monty after unprofessionally asking Angela about the case and the victims father admits to killing Monty Gold. Back to the original case, Judy Dowd's killer is determined to be the same religious radical, Isaac, they suspected of killing Monty. Isaac had a past of harassing young woman in his church.
Brennan: [to Booth, after he shot the clown head on the truck] That... was not good.
Angela: [to Zack] Just because you have a doctorate now doesn't mean I won't use you as a swizzle stick.
Brennan: Judy's stab wound was probably from a bolt of some kind right through
[she approaches Sullivan]
[She touches an area on his back]
Sully: So, just inside her scapula?
Brennan: Yes... most laymen refer to it as a shoulder blade.
Sully: Well, I told you I went to college. I minored in kinesiology. Although, this is the first time I've used it to impress a lady.