[SPOILERS BELOW FOR LAST WEEK’S EPISODE OF BONES]
“The Heiress in the Hill” was all about family and money, in a way that made the case of the week seem nicely congruent with what was going on in the characters’ personal lives without it all tying together too neatly. It was probably one of my favorite episodes in a while. In that case of the week, a wealthy young woman staged her own kidnapping in hopes of using the ransom money to escape from her family but still live off their wealth. She enlists the help of the family’s dog-walker, who is in love with her, but plans to actually run off with her Spanish tutor and frame the dog-walker. She gets tetanus when she cuts off her own toe (ew!) to “prove” her kidnapping, and the accomplice tries to help her with penicillin, but she’s allergic and the resulting seizure kills her.
Elsewhere, Booth comes across a $75,000 check that Brennan tells him is an advance for the paperback edition of her latest book (which doesn’t really make sense, but I’ll go with it) and he’s totally weird out by the amount and by the fact that she has a check for more than his annual salary (really??) lying around and doesn’t feel like it’s particularly urgent to get it into the bank. She signs it over to Booth to deposit, as they don’t have a joint account, and while I don’t think Booth is exactly objecting to his wife making more money than he does, I do like that they’re showing some of the fallout of the economic inequality in their marriage. By the end of the episode, partially because of what happens with Hodgins (see below), Booth and Brennan get a joint account and decide to give some of the money to the Wounded Warrior Project.
And Hodgins gets the big money/family shocker of the episode when it’s revealed that he has a mentally ill brother Jeffrey who has been living in a full-time care facility for Hodgins’s entire life. Now that the Cantilever Group is gone, no one is paying Jeffrey’s bills, and once it is proven to Hodgins that this is all true – because of course he’s disbelieving at first; who wouldn’t be? – he meets his brother. They start to bond over common interests like Jules Verne, but when Jeffrey has a paranoid episode while they’re talking, Hodgins fears it’s too little, too late. “You can still love him,” Angela urges, and I hope the show returns to Hodgins’s developing relationship with his brother in the future. And Fisher has a really nice talk with Hodgins about how institutions are actually good and helpful in certain cases – probably my favorite Fisher scene ever. Hodgins can’t pay for the expensive private facility, and Booth and Brennan apparently heard me yelling “You’re walking around with $75k you don’t know what to do with!” at my TV, because they offer to pay. Hodgins won’t let them, and gets a bank loan to cover Jeffrey’s bills, but I’m glad that they offered and that Hodgins and Angela took the offer in the spirit it was intended. I love this found family they have all formed. When Jeffrey hears he might be moved to a state facility, he runs away and Hodgins is the one to find him. They recite 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea together and I assume you too were crying.
Other favorite lines and points of interest:
- I loved the little domestic scene at the beginning with the rain and Brennan talking about the “myth of Noah.”
- “Hopefully this is murder and I will see you soon.” So romantic.
- “Nowadays a girl in her twenties can be just as much a mobster as a guy.”
- Hodgins: “All of our problems would be solved if they let scientists run things.”
- “Well, I feel inadequate.” “You work with me, Mr. Fisher. I’d have thought you’d be used to that by now.”