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

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

“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 Corpse at the Convention

Bones[SPOILERS BELOW FOR THE MOST RECENT EPISODE OF BONES]

“The Corpse at the Convention” was a fun episode of Bones, mainly because of the setting – a forensic sciences convention at which Brennan was a keynote speaker. The whole Jeffersonian team was treated like rock stars, which was fun to see, and seemingly every person at the convention tried to either get a job with them or sell them something. (Including Sean Gunn, a.k.a. Kirk from Gilmore Girls!) This continues once they start investigating the murder that inevitably occurs at the convention. They do find some of the offered equipment useful – including gloves made by the murderer himself – and Cam even has to call security on “experts” who get into the lab trying to impress the team.

Brennan’s speech also provided a great showcase for Booth’s whole-hearted but non-perfect (in a good way) support of her. Before the convention, she’s nervous about her speech and practicing it for him, even though he’s really not the intended audience: he doesn’t get her Schrodinger joke at all, even though it kills in the actual speech later. (I liked it, Brennan!) But what’s more important is that he did reassure her and tell her, completely sincerely, “You are the smartest person in that room.” Aww. I love how they’ve evolved to this point of faith in each other and respect for each others’ awesomeness even when they can’t entirely relate to or understand the specifics. And I loved that she used the joke he suggested in her speech – along with the one she wanted to do, not as a replacement – even though the audience wasn’t into it, because she knew it would make him happy. And I really loved how proud he was of her as he sat there in the audience.

The victim of the week was Hodgins’s former college research partner Leona Saunders, who he now hates because he says she stole millions of dollars of work from him. Hodgins was worth billions at the time so it wasn’t as big a deal, at least financially, but now he needs money, so of course he has to be seen as a suspect. (Again. “It makes me wanna kill someone so you don’t waste your time!” Oh, Hodgins.) I like how this was handled: everyone did their jobs and didn’t give Hodgins a free pass, but it was also made clear that no one on the team really thought he was guilty, and while everyone was a little worried, there was no big “Will Hodgins go to jail?” drama.

Speaking of rivals, we also had the return of Nora Dunn as Tess Brown, the fellow forensic novelist who Brennan said terrible things about in a previous episode. She has started doing at least some research for her books, but she continues to be a pretty terrible person, and tries to use the murder to promote her new book – which happens to be about a murder at a forensics convention. “Do you think I’d commit a murder to get a book deal?” “Yeah, I think you would.” Heh. I love Booth.

And Wendell’s back and in remission! I like that he’s back and also that the team isn’t acting like nothing happened. They’re so happy to have him there and bending over backwards to accommodate him while still treating him as a professional. Hodgins: “You are in remission. You can do whatever you want.” Aww. When he’s late getting back from treatment, they all worry, but it turns out that he’s okay – but one of the men in his clinical trial group has suddenly died. It’s great that Booth is the one he felt able to call for support in this situation – another way that this group is now a family – and that Booth talked him into not giving up hope and coming back to work. They can’t kill someone else off so soon after Sweets, right? Right??

Other favorite lines & points of interest:

  • I like how many episodes recently are starting with Booth and Brennan at home. It nicely grounds things in their relationship without having to specifically bring Relationship Issues into every episode.
  • “Does everyone in this place hate each other?”
  • “Am I hurting someone?” “Yes, you are, someone with a sense of decency.”
  • Loved the little touch of Brennan ordering food for Booth at the diner.
  • “I really do think you’re a good guy. So please don’t be the killer!”
  • “You’re of no use to me if your cancer returns and you die, Mr. Bray.” Oh, Brennan.
  • “So you’ve cheated on your wife, now you’ve turned it into a poem. That’s great.”
  • “Which you titled Hotter Than My Heart. That’s kind of a crime in itself.”
  • On the murderer’s research from jail: “I look forward to seeing it.” “Really, Bones?” “Really.” Heh.

Bones Thoughts & Open Thread: The Geek in the Guck

Bones[SPOILERS BELOW FOR LAST WEEK’S EPISODE OF BONES]

“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 Drama in the Queen

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

The case in “The Drama in the Queen” was a little frustrating, because it kept bringing up interesting things that didn’t actually have anything to do with the solution. I was fascinated by the terrible press-seeking mother at the beginning, and sad that there wasn’t more about that family, though it was kind of a hilarious throwaway bit. And then the victim had a troubled marriage and a secret life as a drag queen and a role in an interesting college sports hazing investigation, but . . . no, his murder actually had nothing to do with any of those things. Which . . . fine, I guess, just a bit of a letdown. I was a little unclear on exactly how Sweets could be officially leading an investigation, since he’s not actually an agent, right? Did I miss something? That said, I loved how it changed the dynamic and how he was obsessed with following regulations, etc.

And I loved the introduction of Laura Spencer’s character, though I’ve been watching Lizzie Bennet Diaries recently so it was a bit of an adjustment not seeing her as Jane Bennet. She has an interesting set of characteristics – very into instincts and vibes, but also very assertive and eager to experiment. I loved her dynamic with Hodgins as well as Sweets. I hope she sticks around, and I’m curious to see whether this relationship with Sweets will go. I also must say that it’s completely ridiculous for any of the main characters to be making any sort of objection to dating in the workplace, given that literally all of them found their partners that way.

Other favorite lines and points of interest:

  • “Molly, you’re old enough to know life isn’t fair.” “I’m six.”
  • “What does it mean to Brennan someone? Is that a compliment?”
  • “I’ve had sex with coworkers and friends.”
  • “I’ll think about it. But she seems a little unpredictable.” “That’s what fun is.”
  • “You’re in for a treat.” “Are you talking about the case or you?”

Bones Featurettes & Clips: Drag in the Queen

BonesAfter a brief hiatus, Bones returns on Monday with the penultimate episode of the season, “Drag in the Queen.” Here’s a little behind-the-scenes commentary in “This Murder Investigation Is a Real Drag:”

And some information about Sweets’s new responsibilities:

To the clips:

Substitute Partner:

Drag Revelations:

Did Sweets Just “Brennan” Cam?

Bones Thoughts & Open Thread: The Nail in the Coffin

BonesHey, Bones fans, if you hadn’t heard, the last few episodes of the season have been rescheduled: tonight’s episode will air on May 12th, and the season finale on May 19th.

So in the meantime, let’s talk about last week’s episode: The ghost killer is back! Cam doesn’t want Brennan involved in the case because of her history of taking it so personally, and boy, does that cause a lot of tension. (Booth manages to tread the very difficult line of doing his job while also clearly and publicly supporting his wife.) And, of course, Brennan shows up anyway.

And the ghost killer turns out to be . . . Stephanie McNamara! (We last saw her played by Kelly Rutherford. When her brother died.) I was happy that Cam remembered that Hodgins knew the McNamaras, and the show dropped in some nice signs of this old familiarity, including Hodgins referring to “Steph.” It turns out that McNamara was abused by her father, and as a teenager killed a classmate her father raped – and the father then covered it up. This then, presumably, triggered her serial killings – and the man framed for her first murder eventually killed her.

The whole thing about Booth’s potential promotion continues, and I’m curious where it’s going, because obviously they’re not going to have them leave DC or have Booth and Brennan stop working together. (Unless we’re in for another time jump, I guess.) Anyway, this week Brennan was writing an assessment of Booth, and it led to some sweet and very them moments, but . . . why? Why did the FBI ask her to do this? Surely they know she’s his wife. Ah well. And wow, apparently Booth would need to be confirmed by Congress for this new job, so it’s really a big deal.

Other favorite lines and points of interest:

  • I loved the kid at the beginning trying to cover her fear with very teenaged disdain. “Stop, Dad, this is stupid.”
  • I also love Clark’s ongoing “Am I the only professional here?” stuff.
  • “Tons of money, and all that’s left is murder, sadness, and secrets.”
  • “I’m more of a crescendo guy.”
  • “As a prosecutor, that makes me want to slap someone silly.”
  • “Tell us why you’re happy?” “I understand! I am also happy!”

Bones Promo & Clips: The Nail in the Coffin

BonesBones only has three episodes left this season, so you know things are about to get super-dramatic. And Monday’s new episode, “The Nail in the Coffin,” brings back the ghost killer! And these clips suggest some interesting conflict, with Booth doing a good job of supporting Brennan. According to this promo, the cast will also be livetweeting, so make sure you watch live if you want to follow along with that.

Promo:

“Gut Instinct” Clip:

“No Bones About It” Clip: