Bones Thoughts & Open Thread: The Repo Man in the Septic Tank


I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot recently, but “The Repo Man in the Septic Tank” was another episode of a procedural in which the case itself was fine but basically made no lasting impression on me. (In this instance, basically the only thing that stuck with me was the acknowledgement of the trouble that ex-cons have finding honest work.) As someone who watched procedurals mainly for the characters, this doesn’t bother me, but I’m curious whether others agree with this assessment of the case and how they feel about it.

Instead, one of the stand-out subplots of the episode was a new intern, Dr. Fuentes, an attractive Cuban defector. He’s plenty confident, which of course rubs Brennan the wrong way: “But here, you are only exceptional if I say you are.” He’s also very attractive, and everyone notices, to the point that I was just annoyed by how the women of the show were portrayed as completely unable to do their work when there was an attractive man around. It did lead to one good thing, though: When Brennan told Booth that Fuentes wanted to sleep with her, he was understandably upset, which prompted this lovely declaration: “You and I, we’re bound to one another. So much so that I don’t feel that I could survive without you. You nurture me. You protect me. You are my home.”

Elsewhere, Booth and Brennan had an ongoing discussion about whether Booth should take Christine to church. “Will she learn about the Crusades and the Inquisition?” “Seriously?” Indeed. I love that Booth goes to Sweets about this issue, and that Sweets immediately suggests that the way to convince Brennan is through studies that have shown non-spiritual benefits of church attendance. But it’s actually Fuentes who changes Brennan’s mind, when he tells her “I believe in the right to believe.” Booth and Brennan agree that Christine’s Sundays will include both church and the Natural History Museum, which gives Booth the chance to do his ADORABLE T-rex impression.

Other favorite lines and points of interest:

  • “You’re saying that Jesus and Superman are the same?”
  • “Whoever this is, thanks for saving me.”
  • “If you disappoint me, I will dismiss you.” “How Cuban of you.”
  • “Why have we stopped working?”
  • “I had a new intern forced upon me by the Secretary of State.” “You mean the real Secretary of State?”
  • “You have surprisingly great strength, Dr. Brennan.” “I know!” Love how she says that.
  • “I’m not going to kiss you while you’re driving.” Thank you. Safety first!

Bones: Meet the New Squintern

BonesOn tonight’s new episode of Bones, “The Repo Man in the Septic Tank,” we (and the team) get to meet a new intern . . . and apparently that will go interestingly:

“You do realize that you’re talking out loud.” Heh. And here’s a nice introduction to the character, played by Ignacio Serricchio:

TV Bits: Bones, The 100, Crossbones, Wayward Pines, Backstrom