The best parts of the Monday, Feb. 18 installment of “Bones” season 8, episode 16, “The Friend in Need,” weren’t those about the case, but those about the characters’ personal lives as they investigated the death of a teenager whose remains were part of yet another gross crime scene.
This episode’s “Bones” case was interesting enough to have us wanting to know what happened to the victim, Manny, a teenager who was last seen at a crazy party two weeks before his remains were found, but there have been much better cases. In the end, it wasn’t surprising that he hadn’t been the one who raped Kat, one of his few friends and the girl he had a crush on, nor was it a surprise that the guy who had raped her also was the one who murdered Manny.
Yes, it could’ve been a more intriguing case, and yes, Kat’s mother telling her daughter not to call the police was a definite negative of the episode (though seeing her turn things around and willing to get her daughter whatever helped she needed was good to see), but the rest of the episode did make up for its flaws.
“The Friend in Need” ended up featuring an emotional moment for Sweets (which may have been a bit unprofessional, but let’s put that aside) as he told Kat about the abuse he suffered as a child that he thought was his fault until someone helped him see it wasn’t.
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In the Monday, Feb. 11 episode of “Bones” season 8, episode 15, “The Shot in the Dark,” Brennan (Emily Deschanel) was able to help the team solve a case even while in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound. But that wasn’t what everyone will be talking about.
What “Bones” has done over the past seven and a half seasons is establish Brennan as a very rational character, but what she experienced in “The Shot In The Dark” was something even she couldn’t explain. We always knew it would have to be something big that forced Brennan to question everything she believed in, and there’s nothing bigger than seeing her dead mother (played by Brooke Langton) and a moment that couldn’t be explained away with science.
But even as the series tackled something very difficult to cover on a procedural drama, it didn’t lose what is, at the heart of it, that essential “Bones” quality that keeps us tuning in each week. All in all, “The Shot In The Dark” was everything it needed to be and more, from start to finish.
Even though there was something off about the security guard Hal (Richard Augustine) from the beginning-it seemed just a bit obvious as he checked in with Brennan as she worked on the bones that he was connected in some way-the way the case played out meant that it didn’t really matter. And while the introduction of ice bullets (“When you eliminate the possible, you are left with the truth, no matter how improbable,” Hodgins said) was expected once they couldn’t find any bullets in Brennan or the dead Hal and Brennan described the wound site as cold, they didn’t stop there. Instead, they added a twist-blood bullets, using the shooter’s blood-that allowed Brennan to be key in putting the evidence together.
The Scene of the Crime: Two rookie cops are investigating in a dark old slaughterhouse when they come across some very fresh and bloody remains. One cop slips and falls into the blood, gross, and sort of compromises the remains, much to Brennan’s dismay! Cam, Hodgins, Brennan and Booth check out the crime scene and the victim’s remains are taken to the Jeffersonian for further investigation. When B&B return to the slaughterhouse, they find out it also poses as a roller derby rink.
The Victim: Melinda Perkins, a 32-year-old “Derby Doll” known for living a fairly wild and reckless life after her divorce from her husband, Dr. Perkins.
The Case Progression: When B&B go to the roller derby rink, they meet several other “Derby Dolls”, like “Emily Kickinson” and their team manager, Nick Bennett. Nick built the rink himself and manages the team’s profits. When they find out that Miranda was murdered, they are surprised and point out that another teammate, “Ivanna Kick Ass” is not around.
Booth questions Ivanna at the FBI building. She insists she doesn’t know who would want to hurt Miranda but that she lived a wild, aggressive life, even going so far as to have sex with other men on her ex-husband’s lawn. Sweets thinks that is enough motive for Dr. Perkins to flip out, but he has an alibi.
This week’s ‘Bones‘ episode saw the team at the Jeffersonian go through a particularly tough case involving a young 14-year-old boy named Colin Gibson. The normally detached Brennan (Emily Deschanel) was unable to keep her cool demeanor and broke down like the rest of her murder-solving team.
Monday’s episode, entitled “The Ghost in the Machine” gave fans a different perspective by being told in the point of view of Colin’s remains. Fans saw as everyone, including Brennan, spoke to Colin’s skull in an attempt to figure out what happened to him. Early on in the episode, which was the season’s last episode before winter hiatus, Brennan is seen getting visibly upset about Colin and his death.
The team at the Jeffersonian, including Booth (David Boreanaz) and Sweets (John Francis Daley), become very invested in solving the boy’s murder, especially after psychic Avalon (guest star Cyndi Lauper) tells them that Colin’s spirit is still with his remains.
Through his bug and dirt work, Hodgins (TJ Thyne) was able to discover that Colin’s body had been moved from its original resting place, leading to answers on the condition of his skull. The team also discovered that Colin’s body sustained many bone fractures right before and leading up to his death.
It’s never a dull moment for the team at the Jeffersonian and this week’s episode proves just that. Monday’s episode, entitled “The But in the Joke,” finds Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) investigating the remains that end up stuck to an infamous street artist when he falls from a billboard.
The season’s eighth episode kicks off with Brennan and Booth trying to figure out how a street vandal ends up super glued to decomposed remains. The duo decides to send the remains and the vandal, who turns out to be famed graffiti artist Seth Zolinksi (Jay Paulson), back to the Jeffersonian to be unglued. After spotting an arrow coming out of the victim’s head, Brennan says that the preliminary cause of death is blunt force trauma.
Back at the Jeffersonian, x-ray results reveal that the arrow didn’t in fact pierce the victim’s head but was instead a comedian’s gag. The victim is identified as a male in his early 30s who has undergone a neck operation. By finding the doctor who performed the surgery, the team uncovers the victim’s identity-Morgan Delaney, who works at a company called Telecom during the day and as a stand-up comedian at night.
In order to unglue Delaney and Zalinsky, who goes by his alter ego street name of Zed, Hodgins (TJ Thyne) asks his wife Angela (Michaela Conlin) for her secret stash of peanut butter. Hodgin plans to use the peanut butter to break down the adhesive and save Zalinsky’s skin. However, in getting the peanut butter from Angela, Hodgins discovers that his wife isn’t as happy as he thought she was.
After the gravitas of “The Patriot in Purgatory” last week, this episode does a good job of moving back toward the show’s macabre comedy roots without overdoing it. In fact, the content was something you’d expect to see closer to February than chilly November, as love is in the purified, Jeffersonian air on Bones tonight. Love, poetry, and murder.
The victim is Charles Milner, a crime scene cleanup man. But what’s more interesting than his job is the way his own body was discovered: vacuum-sealed in a pod of hardened plastic sheeting. Cue Hodgins (TJ Thyne) with a myriad of alien conspiracy theories, which is always entertaining, as are his co-workers’ reactions. And so it’s almost appropriate that Hodgins is the one who stumbles across a conspiracy going on right under everyone’s nose at the Jeffersonian.
Actually, it’s less of a conspiracy and more of a clandestine romance that Hodgins uncovers between Cam (Tamara Taylor) and Brennan’s intern, Arastoo Vaziri (Pej Vahdat). The bug man overhears Arastoo reciting a poem that he wrote in Farsi for Cam and then later he and Angela (Michaela Conlin) spot the couple kissing. It probably would have been wiser for Cam and Arastoo to get a room as opposed to making out on work property if they wanted to keep their romance a secret, but so far the consequences are much less severe than the political exile he’s suffered from his own countrymen for writing poetry about love, freedom, democracy, and sex.
Meanwhile, the case itself takes an interesting turn. Typically, Bones episodes will identify the victim and begin introducing a variety of probable suspects, offering one, maybe two red herring suspects before the killer ? usually the first person they interviewed ? is revealed. This time, however, only three suspects are considered and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is certain that it’s not the victim’s stepson, Davey (Kevin G. Schmidt), but rather their fellow crime scene cleaner, Melvin Carville (Brad William Henke, pictured below with Emily Deschanel). And while it’s typically Booth’s gut that leads the way, this time Brennan’s instincts prove to be correct.
Tonight started out with the kind of snarky humor Bones fans love. Bones decides she is going to teach her staff of interns the meaning of teamwork.
Inspired by Booth’s love of basketball, she gives the team the task of identifying as many people as possible in the collection of unknown remains inside the Jeffersonian, cleverly nicknamed “Purgatory.”
Bones has decided to play a “game” with her interns and charges them with working together to bring closure to as many families as possible. It was a lot of fun seeing all of them in the same episode tonight.
Regular guest stars Eugene Byrd as Dr. Clark Edison, Pej Vahdat as Arastoo Vaziri, Michael Grant Terry as Wendell Bray, Luke Kleintank as Finn Abernathy, and my personal favorite, Joel David Moore as Colin Fisher, are usually each featured in their own episode.
But in a very special Bones, which served as a remembrance of Veteran’s Day, each star came together to solve a very mysterious death.
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Bones‘ fifth episode in season 8 “The Method in the Madness” was a Sweets (John Francis Daley) heavy episode and explored the artisan business. It’s time for the weekly recap of Bones and its amusing episode.
With possibly its best opening in its eight seasons, Bones captivated viewers with two garbage men singing while a body falls out of the truck.
Cut to Sweets casually sleeping in his office when Booth (David Boreanaz) stops by with a case and becomes concerned for his mental health. Booth offers a place to stay for “a night or two.” We’ll see how long this lasts.
As seen in the clip posted by Hypable previously, Booth informs Brennan (Emily Deschanel) about the change, who seems fine with it saying, “it takes a village to raise a child.”
Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) notes the murder timeline, and warns that Sweets is never dating anyone again. Do you want him to get together with FBI Special Agent Olivia Sparling (Danielle Panabaker) or back together with Daisy (Carla Gallo)?
Cam (Tamara Taylor) deduces that the victim was alive when her skin was eviscerated. Meanwhile squintern Colin Fisher (Joel David Moore), Hodgins, and Brennan debate the brutality of the Incas. It looks like Angela (Michaela Conlin) will have to put the face back together piece by piece.
In the fourth episode of Bones Season 8, “The Tiger in the Tale” Brennan weighs the pros and cons of running for president, Sweets & Daisy aren’t on the same page in their relationship, and the Jeffersonian team solve another murder mystery.
The “Bones” case this week started off gross, with part of the victim’s face ending up on a guy’s shirt and in his mouth after his car got stuck in the mud—and the victim. They were able to figure out who their victim was after they went to the fairgrounds, where day laborers competed for minimum wage jobs. With so few jobs available, they considered that as a motive. The victim’s ex, Marcy, had filed a restraining order, and Mike, her new man, said he kept coming around. They lawyered up.
Because they weren’t all that overwhelming, I didn’t get annoyed by the messages, but started to appreciate them after a while. They gave us a few moments where we were forced to look at the way things are in our country these days, but without getting all preachy. I especially found the scene where the fairground owner pointed out how he only had jobs for two people when there were twenty needing work very poignant. I’m also not afraid to admit that I also got a bit choked up when Brennan found the tiger. Those were two very tough issues and they handled quite well in this episode.
The events that led she and Booth (David Boreanaz) to the tiger came about in typical Bones fashion, and while it seems as if every dead body this year has been especially gory, it’s hard to argue that the skin being peeled off the victim’s face by a tire and splattered onto a man’s shirt doesn’t rank among the grossest of the gross. The most disgusting evidence retrieval method award was also earned here when Brennan whips out a bottle of ipecac and proceeds to make a witness throw up the victim’s tooth. Who knew people carried ipecac outside of Anne of Green Gables?
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Trivia tidbit: “The Gunk in the Garage” was originally billed as Bones episode number 715 and was filmed just prior to the season 7 finale. This, along with the fact that leading man David Boreanaz directed the finale, explains the shift in tone and focus in this episode. Not exactly new territory for the writers, who have had to write around the actor’s prep period before, but it does mean the fans get a larger dose of the tertiary characters whether they want it or not.
As for the murder, the scene takes place in a parking garage where a guy is blown up from a bomb in a Big Gulp type drink. The sickie in me has to admit that when the intestine falls on Hodgins, I was a bit thrilled at the gore, yet gagging at the thought of it happening. Caroline calls Booth to the office and offers him the chance to do the expense report with the hopes that he would get a promotion to a desk job and a raise. Now that Booth is a dad, it is only natural to think of a more stable position and money to provide for the family, even though we know this type of job will never work…but let’s just go with it and make the writers happy.
Langella’s wife confirmed that some of his injuries (thumbs slammed in a drawer) could have come from a bookie (which Cam suggested due to her time in NY). Both men were at the hotel that day (and dressed similarly), and both were attending Self-Actualization Synergy (self-help techniques), which made sense with their domineering wives. Carlson lied about being at the hotel because he didn’t want his wife to find out. He was going to give the Synergy group everything and move to their community.
Angela smartly reveals the cause of death with “The cause of death was a humongous explosion.” This makes sense since the victim went through exploding, burns, lacerations, contusions, and severing of the skull. Sweets feels he has to buy Daisy a gift as she’s gone for five days. Booth questions the need for buying a gift for only a short trip. Uh oh, trouble on the horizon for the dynamic couple.