Bones Midseason Premiere Clips!

BonesBones finally returns to Fox tomorrow (Thursday) at 8/7c, so let’s take a gander at some clips! And I’ll take this opportunity to ask: Are you guys still watching the show? Should I be covering it, or not bother? Let me know!

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Bones Thoughts & Open Thread: The Lost Love in the Foreign Land

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“The Lost Love in the Foreign Land” dealt head-on with the often invisible issue of human trafficking into the United States, and I always have mixed feelings about Issue episodes like this. I absolutely think this is an important problem that should get more attention, and presenting themes like this through fiction is a great way to make people care about them and, hopefully, look for more information. At the same time, it’s too easy for Issues to feel shoehorned into an episode. This was done better than most, though – as a mystery, this investigation into the death of a woman being held as a slave wasn’t particularly complex or unique, but it was solid enough.

And the plight of the woman murdered after her father sold her to traffickers, and the one of the trafficked woman who murdered her so her rebellion wouldn’t be taken out on the rest of the group, definitely led the team at the Jeffersonian to appreciate how lucky they are. At the end of the episode, Cam pushes Hodgins to leave the lab a little early: “I just want to go home and give Michael Vincent a hug.” “Then this can definitely wait until tomorrow.” Aww. Booth and Brennan have a great bit of domesticity with Christine, as well: “She wanted me to tell you that she loves you, and she wants pancakes shaped like Mickey Mouse for breakfast.” Hee. Booth says “Don’t ever let me take any of this for granted, Bones. How lucky we are,” and I love that these two central families are in such good places after years of difficulties.

But the main interpersonal subplot of the episode focused on Cam and Arastoo. Brennan rejects Arastoo’s dissertation proposal, because she thinks he’s just trying to please her by picking a topic she’s studied rather than doing his own trail-blazing. Her initial manner of rejection is extremely insensitive and tone-deaf, even for her, but Arastoo comes to understand her point and picks a better topic that interests him more. In the meantime, though, Cam confronts Brennan on his behalf, and that he’s mad about. (Brennan’s not thrilled either: “Do you feel he’s not capable of discussing this with me directly?”) He feels Cam is showing a lack of respect for him and his seriousness, and connects it to the way she always avoids questions about their future together. “It’s not Dr. Brennan I can’t deal with, Cam. I think it’s you.” They make up by the end of the episode, but I’m curious to see where this is going – they’re sort of talking about marriage, but having three married couples in the lab seems like a bit much, so I’m skeptical of whether the show will actually do that.

Other favorite lines & points of interest:

  • Loved seeing Cam’s house.
  • “Man, excrement is our friend on this one.”
  • “I just said ‘batcaves.'” I love Hodgins.
  • “No matter what the anthropological reasons, we fight to make the world a better place.”
  • I was writing “Booth says ‘Good boy’ to Aubrey exactly like a dog” even before Aubrey complained about being talked to like a dog. Heh.
  • I never would have particularly expected Brennan to quote Tennyson. “Full pardon, but I follow up the quest, / Despite of Day and Night and Death and Hell.”
  • “I usually know when I’ve solved the case.”
  • “I would thank a god if I believed in one.” “Then I’ll do it for you.”

Bones Thoughts & Open Thread: The Geek in the Guck

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“The Geek in the Guck,” about the murder of video game designer Hayes Robertson, was a strong episode of Bones, with an interesting standalone mystery and some good character stuff in several areas. The solution to the mystery involved an interesting catfishing case – the victim was catfishing his best friend/employee in order to control him. The case of the week also let us learn a little more about Aubrey – specifically that he’s into video games and tech stuff in general, as he also showed interest in Angela’s equipment. His reaction to visiting the video game creation stage: “This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.” “Aubrey.” “But it does not compare to my daily service to my country.” Hee.

The opening scene with Christine was adorable, and she’s absolutely her mother’s daughter: “Mommy says size is determined genetically.” I loved the theme of Brennan’s scientific arguments convincing Christine to do things – sure, it suggests that Christine is smart, but it also reinforces the point that kids will consider whatever they’re used to to be normal. Booth and Brennan are looking at kindergartens – yes, they’ve aged Christine up a bit; let’s go with it, because this is interesting – and, as you’d expect, Brennan is worried about academic rigor and success statistics while Booth wants Christine to draw pictures and skin her knees occasionally. At first it seems like this is just their usual science/logic/etc. vs. “normal” argument, but it eventually comes out that Brennan hated her own school experience and wants Christine’s to be better. Awww. They end up with a sort of compromise: Brennan produces a list of schools that meet her standards and asks Booth to choose among them.

And to go along with the educational theme, Jessica Warren (Laura Spencer) and her gut feelings are back! This episode, it’s revealed that she grew up in an educational cooperative – basically a commune – and, of course, Hodgins is fascinated and Brennan is skeptical. But when Jessica mentions how accomplished everyone from the cooperative is, Brennan is inspired to widen her views a bit about what kinds of educational methods could be successful. Jessica’s coop is disbanding because the professor who led it is moving to a retirement home, and she spends most of the episode pretending to be unbothered by this huge change in her life. But Hodgins and Angela finally get her to admit that she’s upset – and insist that she go home with them instead of being alone, because she’s part of the lab family. I really hope this means we’ll see more of Jessica in the future; I especially like her friendship with Hodgins (and how she calls him “Curly”!).

Other favorite lines and points of interest:

  • Huh, second episode in a row (right?) that started with kids finding a body. No . . . point there, just noting.
  • Aw, Booth was trying to talk to Aubrey about kindergarten like he would have Sweets.
  • “Hayes and I have been best friends since kindergarten.” “And where did you go to kindergarten?” Heh.
  • “You’d be just as excited if we were at a . . . what are you into, gardening?”
  • “Assist? That’s a first.”
  • “The idea of a communal wardrobe wouldn’t work for me.” “Oh, God, me neither.”
  • “That cute squint.” “Yeah, my bureau training taught me to be precise when using language. She’s a squint and she is cute.”
  • “He called me a troll. Which I’m not. I’m a minotaur.”
  • I loved seeing Brennan and Angela at the park with the kids. We need more scenes like that.
  • “I don’t know how to trust something with no formal structure.” Me neither, Brennan, me neither.
  • Angela on parenting: “They’re going to blame us for everything that goes wrong in their lives anyway, so you might as well just do what feels right for you.”
  • “He was just being really confusing and really really nice.”
  • “It’s a compliment, right?” “More of a statement of fact.”

Bones Clips & Behind-the-Scenes Video: The Geek in the Guck

BonesHere are a few clips from tonight’s new episode of Bones, “The Geek in the Guck.” Hey, Laura Spencer’s back!

In “Slingshot Splashdown!” T.J. Thyne, Michaela Conlin, and Tamara Taylor talks about Hodgins’s latest experiment:

Clip: “No Ifs, Ands or Guts About It”

Clip: “Kindergarten Is a Critical Choice” (a.k.a. THE CUTEST THING EVER)

Bones Thoughts & Open Thread: The High in the Low

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In “The High in the Low,” the victim of the week is a lupus patient turned medical marijuana advocate who is killed by someone who tries to use a fake card to buy marijuana at the dispensary where she works. This case ties nicely into what is really the main plot of the week: Wendell’s back! He’s clearly still ill, but functioning, and the others understand to differing degrees the way the he wants to just be allowed to work and be treated normally. Because of the case, Wendell ends up telling Hodgins that he’s been using medical marijuana as part of his treatment, and Hodgins encourages him to be open about it and assures him no one at the Jeffersonian will care – which is not quite true. Angela and Brennan react as expected, but Cam points out that since medical marijuana is illegal on a federal level, she can’t let him work at a federal institution, or they risk having all evidence he handles being considered compromised.

Elsewhere, Booth is preparing for an exam that will test his shooting, critical thinking, and more, and Brennan uses this to tease him (mostly kindly) about how set in his ways he is – something Booth tries to deny without much success. (But don’t worry – he gets his personal best, a 97% score, on the test.) And this discussion gets less theoretical once it turns to medical marijuana in general and Wendell in particular. At first, Booth’s stance is similar to Cam’s – he wants his friend to get the treatment he needs, but as a federal agent, Booth has to consider it a crime.

But maybe Booth can change, because he goes to Caroline for a solution, and in an adorable scene that calls back to the time when Wendell showed up at Booth and Brennan’s house to discuss whether he should get treatment, Booth and Brennan go to Wendell’s apartment to tell him that the Jeffersonian can hire him back as a consultant, as long as he doesn’t handle evidence. I love that Booth did this for him, and I’m glad Wendell’s back.

Other favorite lines and points of interest:

  • “I always drive.” “I know, but since you’re not set in your ways, it’ll be a nice change.”
  • Angela’s new emulation apparatus THEO is pretty nifty, and Angela’s comment about relationships beginning in the janitor’s closet now turned into THEO’s office was a nice bit of meta, considering the ridiculous number of interpersonal entanglements the Jeffersonian seems to have.
  • “You’re the Pied Piper of termites!”
  • “Making you look bad is one of the things that keeps me going.”
  • “We had sex before we were married in Virginia.”

Bones Thoughts & Open Thread: The Carrot in the Kudzu

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I keep thinking that Bones must be running out of gross ways and places for bodies to be found, but nope! This week’s victim, Joe Starkel, was found inside a kudzu plant that was destroying the bones and still growing in front of the team’s eyes at the lab, so that’s nightmarish. Anyway, Joe is part of a Wiggles-esque children’s entertainment show called the Veg-Ta-Bills (and Christine’s a fan). The Veg-Ta-Bills turn out to be big on Twitter, because of course they are (although the show portrays Twitter working in a way it does not work), and Joe was much beloved by – and sleeping with – a whole bunch of moms of the show’s young fans. His death wound up involving a fan with celebrity worship syndrome who gave Joe credit for her weight loss but was distraught that he slept with other fans but not her. This commentary on the dark side of fandom was an interesting one for a show with such an active fan base, but I think they pulled it off pretty well – acknowledging real issues without making it seem like all fans are crazy.

In other kid-centric news, Christine’s birthday is coming and Booth is trying to plan a party, but Brennan vetoes all his ideas, and then finally mentions that it just doesn’t seem like a big deal to her because she never had a birthday party as a kid. Booth: “Unbelievable. I forgot. Fugitives.” Heh. Booth is shocked to find out that Sweets never had a birthday party either. When he tells Sweets “My dad was a drunk and he threw me a birthday party every year,” Sweets points out that maybe this moment of connection with his father is why the idea of a party is so meaningful to Booth. Aww. Sometimes I forget how thoroughly messed up all these poor characters were as kids. It’s amazing they’re as functional as they are.

Brennan confronts her father about the party situation, and he tells her that he and her mother had never intended to live outside the law, but he still can’t tell her why they did, because “people” are still alive who might hurt them. I hadn’t necessarily realized or thought about the fact that the mystery of Brennan’s family still lingers, and I’m curious whether this was setting things up for more exploration of this any time soon. Her dad does remind her of the good moments she had as a child, including playing tag, and the episode ends adorably with Booth and Brennan playing tag with Christine at her party.

Elsewhere, Clark has written a mystery novel and gives it to Cam, Angela, and Hodgins to read, though he’s already submitted it to a publisher. (Insert obligatory objection about how this is not how publishing works here. He should have been querying agents, and the whole process was way too fast.) The book is terrible, of course, and Cam, Angela, and Hodgins don’t know what to do, though Angela pushes for being honest with Clark because they’re his friends. Hodgins: “Man, I hate it when you act like an adult.” But when Clark announces that he already has a publishing deal – with the same publisher as Brennan – they basically decide it’s too late and end up saying they love the book. It will be interesting to see whether Clark’s new sideline becomes an ongoing thing on the show.

Other favorite lines and points of interest:

  • “It’s educational and poignant, what’s awful about that?” “The words educational and poignant.”
  • “We’re here to inform you that your brother has been murdered. And that corn is not a vegetable.”
  • “I used to be a Ranger, okay? You’re never going to catch me.”
  • Hodgins, when Angela is tracking credit card records for the case: “I’ve married Big Brother.”

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:

Bones Thoughts & Open Thread: The Heiress in the Hill

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“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.”

Bones Promo & Clips: The Heiress in the Hill

BonesTonight on Bones, it looks like we’ll be dealing with Booth/Brennan money drama (which is something I’ve wanted the show to address) as well as some very intriguing Hodgins family drama. Whee!

Here’s a promo:

And some clips:

“Joint Accounts”

“Hodgins May Not Be an Only Child”