[SPOILERS BELOW FOR LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE OF BONES]
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.”