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Bones: Season Five
The Death of the Queen Bee
Heyyyyyyyyyyy! What is happening?!? I have missed our talks! As you can probably tell based on the way this post looks, I have created a new BONES blog, called Bones Theory. I have decided to continue reviewing each episode after the 100th on this site, instead of the 100DaysofBones blog. I just really feel like the 100 reviews over there need to be contained as one singular project. It was a fun ‘moment in time’ type project and to keep it special, I want to just sort of seal it up and let it be what it was and what it was meant to be. Does that make sense? Additionally… to keep adding to that (for as long as the series endures) feels like I’m overstaying my welcome on that site. Which, on the surface seems stupid, as it’s MY site, haha, but that is just what feels right to me. As you can see, I haven’t lost an ounce of my dorkiness when it comes to BONES. But whatevs, that’s how I roll. (and if you want to take a look at the first 100 reviews, the tab at the top will take you right to them!)
I hope you’ll continue to chime in on episode reviews here on this site (and any other posts we discuss here). My plan is to take the next six Thursdays (starting today) and post one recap per week, leading up to September 23rd. I’ll be adding other posts to the site as well as we get ready for season six!
So, yeah, it’s time for episode 101! I’ll let you in on a secret; this episode really gives me the creeps, but maybe not for the reason you think. We’ll get to that later. But first, let’s discuss…
A woman, Evelyn, is murdered in her hometown, which also happens to be Brennan’s hometown of Burtonsville. She was killed in the same manner a girl from Brennan’s high school class (Sarah Tidwyler) was murdered, and the serial killer is ‘The Butcher of Burtonsville High’. Brennan and Booth arrive to investigate, and to Booth’s surprise and pleasure, the local police officer is Brennan’s former high school lab partner. He then has to go undercover as Brennan’s husband Bobby. And once he learns that Brennan’s high school reunion will be taking place while they are there, he insists that they go so Brennan can rub her success into the faces of her former classmates (including Brennan’s one-time crush, Andy Pfeuger. Both Brennan and Booth find themselves in high school politics at an adult level, and suspects include Julie, Brad and Carrie as well as the high school custodian, Mr. Ray Buxley. B&B realize that by solving the present murder, they also just might be able to solve the murder of Brennan’s classmate. They do, in a whirlwind of high school residual drama.
Wendell, Angela & Hodgins: Ah…if the high school case is not enough, these three find themselves in a bit of a pickle. Or, if Hodgins were describing it in its scientific term, Cucumis anguria. Yes, you are welcome. What is said pickle? Well, Wendell casually mentions high school teen pregnancies, leading Hodgins to ask him if he had had a pregnancy scare before. “Before?,” Wendell asks, and Hodgins realizes his mistake. Oops! Hodgins and Wendell both rush to Angela. End result? Angela dumps Wendell, he and Hodgins are okay with it and grow closer together, and somehow (and this is one way that this episode creeps me out), Angela comes out looking like a saint. WTF?
Cam and Sweets don’t really do a ton, which is actually okay. I prefer it when they don’t try to cram each character into every storyline.
BOOTH & BRENNAN:
Let’s begin with what I do like about this episode.
- Booth in that black FBI t-shirt. Yeah, boy!
- Brennan’s relationship with Mr. Buxley. I loved it. LOVED it! You all know I’m a Brennan fan; I just think she is very special. I go back and forth on whether or not she has the right to still have issues with her parents leaving when she was 15. But now, seeing that she actually stayed in the same town and high school after her parents left gives me a little twinge on the old heartstrings. I do like that this episode gives a look at Brennan’s innocence and purity when it comes to science and discovery. Mr. Buxley saw that too, and during a time when she pretty much had no one on her side, he was a friend to her. I like that Brennan acknowledges that. Her love for him is very pure. And I loved that, for someone who can’t always read people that well, she was able to totally see past what the rest of the world might see as creepy and genuinely love Mr. Buxley. Loved, loved, loved it.
- I also totally cracked up at all the women in the town hitting on Booth. It was clever of the writers to include that kind of thing under the irony that he was posing as Brennan’s husband, cloaked in the reality that he actually probably felt like he COULD be open to someone’s proposition. I love when Booth gets all riled up. Whoo, slow down!
- Booth’s ‘keeping some room for the Holy Spirit’ line. Raise your hand (and by that, I mean let us know in the comments) if you have ever used and/or heard that line before!
- Fun, completely selfish fact: Brennan and I have the same phone: the Palm Pre. Rock & Roll.
- Something I noticed this time around: Brennan’s purse for the reunion matches Booth’s tie. Sweet!
- I adored Brennan’s absolute comfort and pleasure in Booth’s arms.
- And isn’t this the funniest thing? Haha. I don’t know why, but it totally cracks me up.
You know, I’ll be honest. I was all set out to really love this episode. Mainly because I can’t stand it when people complain about an episode that just so happens to follow a major episode. I mean…Paul McCartney’s ‘Wings’, the vanilla Frosty, Michael Jordan’s baseball career…all of those things aren’t intrinsically bad (well, except maybe the Frosty. And MJ’s baseball career…but anyways), but each gets a bad rap because each is a successor to greatness, right? I really, really, really didn’t want to judge this episode based on the 100th. And frankly, I got kind of annoyed at people who did. So on April 15th, I was already prepared to love it, almost on principle. But I have to tell you that I just really don’t like this episode. It bums me out too, that it’s OUR first episode back together. It’s kind of a downer, and it’s actually the reason I’ve been putting it off for so long. I can promise you, though, that I liked the rest of season five very much, so we’ll be all sunshine and hot fudge sundaes from here on out, okay? Well, mostly, haha…
The main problem I have is that for me, it brought up more questions than it answered. Not that all BONES eps have to be completely gift-wrapped with a nice bow, but I still don’t understand the following. Maybe you all can help me.
- How exactly did Sweets know about Booth and Brennan’s conversation after their session in the 100th? Didn’t you think that was implied during Sweets’ conversation with Booth? It really annoys me. Not that the writers have to show us everything that ever happens, but hello! That was a major moment! The way it was just glossed over, as if Sweets was, I don’t know what…watching from his Hoover Building office window and later got the scoop from Booth over pie is annoying.
- I don’t understand why Booth is going undercover, exactly. Yes, yes, I understand that the gravity of his FBI presence would tend to decrease their success in finding out information. I guess what I don’t buy more is that really no one in Brennan’s town or school knows who she is. She’s a New York Times Bestselling author. In a world of Google and Facebook, etc, people HAVE to know who she is, and that she works with the FBI, right? Why doesn’t Burtonsville have a note on their town entrance sign, “Home of Temperance Brennan”. Right? Anyone could look her up and see all those newspaper clippings of her success with Booth, right? I just…I don’t know. I don’t want to be a stick in the mud negative Nancy, but I just don’t get it.
- How exactly does Brennan know The Electric Slide and who Seal and Cyndi Lauper are and not Michael Jackson? If this was Mythbusters, we’d be busted, right? So not plausible.
- Booth is kind of snarky toward Brennan. I’m not saying that Brennan is perfect, and I’m not saying (at ALL!!!!) that Booth is to blame for any fall out after his confession outside the Hoover building. I’m just saying that his snide comments, well, they hurt, I think. It’s not necessarily fair for him to be lashing out, if that is in fact what he is doing. They were both honest with one another.
- The whole Andy deal. Wasn’t he captain of the lacrosse team or something like that? And why is Brennan NOW saying that he’s the one who had a crush on her? Do the writers think we haven’t seen the season three episodes? I guess it’s reassuring to know that he hasn’t evolved at all. But this Andy didn’t exactly mesh with what I had always pictured since Boy in the Time Capsule. Plus, his presence entirely is interesting to me. Brennan told Booth in ‘Capsule’ that they only person who knew about Brainy Smurf was her mother, ergo, Brennan continued to go to the same high school after her parents left. I don’t know that that is wrong, necessarily, but it just surprised me. Thoughts from you?
- Booth saying that they opened up a door that neither one wants to walk through. Um, sorry if I’m wrong, but he pretty much FBI kicked that door open and he sure as hell wanted to walk through it. I don’t know if that line was self-preservation or what, but it just felt wrong!
- Another thing that feels weird to me is Brennan’s character in general. I know that high school can bring back high school related issues and feelings, but even so, her actions and reactions were incongruent, not only with her character most of the time, but also within this episode. Her awareness of being undercover with Booth and making up that he was a newspaper reporter and all of that contradicts her blunt and insulting comments. I don’t like seeing Brennan’s character used like that.
- But, what really weirded me out the most about this episode was Brennan at the end, surrounded by the rest of the team. Her smile, her pearls of wisdom about friendships. What? And as Booth is sort of off to the side? What? And her laughter at the end? What was happening???? I just do not understand it. It creeps me out.
Help me, help me understand it. I’m begging you. To put you in the mood, here’s your Booth of the Day.
The “My power, my pleasure, my pain.” Booth
From Stargazer in a Puddle: Season Two
Peace, Love & BONES, baby!