Bones – “The Don’t in the Do” Review

After last week’s disappointing episode of Bones, I felt a little uneasy going into this week’s episode, “The Don’t in the Do.” Although this episode still showed no sign of Parker, it was definitely not disappointing.

The episode begins with blue-headed birds falling from the sky at a trash dump after eating the remains from a blue corpse. The Jeffersonian team quickly identifies the victim as a male hair stylist who also had sex with some of his clients and had a drug problem. The first suspects are obviously his clients that he slept with and his drug dealer. However, it turns out that the murderer was actually his shampoo boy who hoped to get his own chair at the salon they worked at by killing the victim.

Much of the episode focuses on how everyone is dealing with Brennan having a little bit of post pregnancy blues. She feels uncomfortable in all of her old clothes since her body has changed a bit. Booth is worried about her and Angela wants to help too since she can understand after having gone through the same thing. Angela takes her out to a spa for facials and a massage, which clearly helps her out. Sweets takes Booth to a lingerie shop so he can buy something for Brennan so she knows he still thinks she’s attractive. The episode ends on a very positive note with Booth and Brennan enjoying dinner together with plans to head upstairs and try on the lingerie.

There were a few moments in this episode that got a little weird. In the beginning half of the episode, Arastoo the intern is being overexcited about his job and making everyone confused until he finally says he is excited because he’s going to be published in a forensic anthropology journal. Only later does Brennan totally shut him down and tell him he is not going to be published after all, leaving Arastoo quite embarrassed and everyone feeling quite awkward. I felt even more awkward when Angela and Brennan went to the spa. As they were getting their massages, they both began to say things like, “Oh yeah, that’s it” and moan, and they dragged it on to the point that I was just waiting for one of them to have a full on orgasm. Luckily that awkwardness ended quickly with Brennan getting a phone call she couldn’t not answer (thank goodness). However there was a little more awkward when we learn that the killer kept the victims scalp and hair which he put on display (GROSS!).  Despite all of the awkwardness, this was a good episode. The interesting aspects of the crime as well as good character interaction allowed me to look past the awkwardness and enjoy the show!

8.5 out of 10

Bones – “The Bump in the Road” Review

Tonight, April 9th, when I tuned in to get my Bones fix for the week, I panicked as I saw that there was something wrong with the FOX channel, and continued to panic until the episode finally started (eight minutes in).

Because there’s a Baby Bones in the picture, it was obvious that there would be some adjustments for Booth and Brennan to make. I expected to see a lot of development and change in this week’s episode of Bones, “The Bump in the Road,” but once the channel actually started working, it wasn’t quite what I imagined.

The crime portion of this episode was about a headless female victim found on the side of the road. The team quickly gathers that she was dragged by a semi-truck, IDs her as the wife of a chestnut farmer and learns that she was an extreme couponer. The obvious possible suspects are approached – the truck driver, the farming husband, and other extreme-couponers who she had conflicted with. I quickly came to the conclusion that she had been attacked by someone with a shopping cart, and this belief was enforced when the Jeffersonian team figured out that she was hit in the head with the corner of something aluminum. I continued to yell out “shopping cart” as the episode kept hinting at the murder weapon as a shopping cart, only to be disappointed when Brennan figured out that it was, in fact, a metal clipboard the manager of a grocery store carried around. I don’t know about you, but it would have been way cooler if it was a shopping cart.

Between bits and pieces about the case, we of course, get some character interaction and large-scale plot development. However, rather than the obvious choice of following baby Christine, much of tonight’s episode followed the development of a relationship between Finn Abernathy (the new hick intern with a dark past), and Michelle, Cam’s adopted daughter. Though Cam had been the one to stand up for Finn when the others questioned if it was safe to work with him, she now is concerned and does not want him seeing Michelle. Cam does come around though, and everyone ends up happy… except me. As of right now, I don’t particularly like Finn’s character, and with a new baby in the mix, he and Michelle were not what I wanted to see in this episode.

Also, is anyone else wondering, “Where is Parker?”  If you don’t know, Parker is Booth’s son from a previous relationship. He has been in several episodes of every season, up until this one. You’d think they would include him more often (with him having a new baby sister and a new house to live in and all) but us viewers are eight episodes in and he is nowhere to be found! It isn’t realistic and it’s becoming quite annoying for a show that is almost wholly grounded in reality. Parker hasn’t even been mentioned in conversation; it almost seems as if the writers want us to forget he ever existed, which I won’t do. I’ll continue to be frustrated until he finally interacts with his new half-sibling.

7.5 out of 10

Bones – “The Prisoner in the Pipe” Review [Warning: Spoilers]

Due to Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy, fans aren’t just getting a shortened season of Bones, but also one that keeps going on hiatus! There was a month break in-between episode 5, “The Twist in the Twister,” and episode 6, “The Crack in the Code,” followed by an even longer, nearly three month break before last night’s airing of episode 7, “The Prisoner in the Pipe.”

To quickly catch you all up, the episode before the long break, “The Crack in the Code,” introduced a tech-savvy villain who we, as viewers, expect to see more of as the season continues. Booth and Bones finally find a new house to start their family in, which was appropriate timing for the season’s midpoint. All throughout, they built up the couple’s search for a new house, now they have it, and we’ll see them settle in over the rest of the season.

Though I fully admit to being a very impatient person, Bones is always worth the wait, and I was almost too thrilled and too full of expectations to turn the TV on and watch the episode. I never should have thought twice.

“The Prisoner in the Pipe” turns out to be about exactly what the name implies: a prisoner is killed and his remains are shoved down a pipe, into the sewers. They turn up one day in someone’s toilet when their sewer system backs up. The team finds a lens implant in the victim’s eye which allows them to identify him, and from there they solve the mystery of who murdered him. Meanwhile, Booth and Bones argue over whether their daughter will be born in a hospital or at home.

Booth and Bones are my favorite current TV couple, which brings me to an important point. I have always loved the character and relationship development in the show. Throughout the series, each character and their relationships have, and still continue to, deeply developed. It is comforting to see, learn and grow with the relationships and personalities that the show is built on. This episode is full of what I have come to love. We get Bones as her usual self: getting excited over things most would find disgusting, and noticing things that others miss; Booth trying to get what he wants: manipulating Sweets with the idea of becoming friends; and Hodgens being Hodgens: figuring out things about particulates in ways no one else could.

The episode ends ironically after Bones makes jokes throughout about how Baby Jesus was born: she gets turned away from an inn while in labor and forced to give birth to her baby in a manger. Bones and Booth name their newborn little girl Christine Angela Booth, after her mother, and of course Angela, their close friend.

With everything the way we left it, I’m glad to have the show back after such a long break. It’s great to have a new addition to the entire show’s family, but in this episode, the murder mystery was a bit lacking. Understandably so, taking away from Bone’s pregnancy and subsequent labor would have been blasphemy. I can’t wait to see the new Booth family grow and develop together, and to learn more about the brand new villain.

8.5 out of 10