Bones goes for laughs

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There was plenty of fun to be had as the Bones team headed to the National Forensic Science Convention. From cool new toys, to the celebrity status of the Jeffersonian team, it was a fun and light-hearted episode with plenty of jokes to go around. The convention provided insight into a whole new world, one where nerds rule, and Dr. Brennan and her team are the most popular celebrities on the scene. It was a great backdrop to the case of the week, which, when all was said and done, came down to jealousy over sex and money. Is it every anything else?

Brennan was the keynote speaker at the convention, and I have to admit, it was nice to watch her squirm for once. She usually comes across so self-confident and sure of herself. We were thrown a curveball, and she was actually nervous, not only about giving the speech, but of how she would be perceived by the convention attendees if she didn’t solve the case fast enough. Given that she is Dr. Brennan, she never came out and actually said any of that, but it was great to see Booth pick up on the signs and calm her nerves time and again. It was a true testament of how strong they are as a couple. These two just get each other, and moments like these make them genuine and relatable.

However, Booth and Brennan did disagree on one point, the joke she should use to open the speech. Unfortunately, it didn’t matter as it was interrupted by the murder of a woman last seen arguing with Hodgins. It was obvious from the start there was some bad blood between Hodgins and Dr. Leona Saunders, but there was no way anyone believed he was behind the murder. What I did find odd was how he continued to help with the investigation. I was further confused when Booth cut short Aubrey’s questioning of Hodgins. He was their best suspect at the time, and it all smelled like a conflict of interest to me.

The other aspect of Hodgins’ story that felt off was the lack of Angela’s involvement. She clearly had no knowledge of the bad history between he and Saunders. Then later on he’s explaining it to Booth, but why not his wife? It felt like there was a missing scene somewhere in the episode between the pair.

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This week also marked the return of Wendell, recovering nicely from his treatments and in remission. He’s always been one of my favourite squinterns, and I’m in agreement with the team, it was nice to have him back. I was suspicious when he went a bit over the top in trying to assure everyone that he was doing great. Which is why it didn’t come as much of a surprise when that turned out to be less than 100% true later on.

I did feel for him as he recounted the story of the guy in his clinical trial that had just died, and it’s understandable that he’s feeling scared by it. But Booth was right, he can’t live scared, and he can’t go around feeling sorry for himself. So when Booth told him, “You got dealt a bad hand. Deal with it,” I think we may have all done a little fistpump action. Booth is right, that’s all any of us can do when bad things happen–just keep fighting. It’s those types of moments where my love for Seeley Booth rages on stronger than ever.

In the end, Brennan and her team solved the case and impressed the crowd. I, like Booth, was holding my breath as she resumed her keynote address and lead off with the Schrodinger’s cat joke. But it turned out that Booth and I don’t know squat about the humour of forensic scientists. While I found “no yucks” in that joke, it killed and proved once again why Dr. Brennan is far smarter than the rest of us mere mortals.

It felt good to lighten things up, and the convention was great for another fun episode of Bones. These are the types of episodes that make the series stand out for me from other case-of-the week type shows. Even after all this time, it still feels fun and makes me laugh. But what do I know? I’m an easy mark. I laughed at Booth’s joke after all.

Upon further review of the evidence:

  • I can’t be the only one thrilled to see Sean Gunn (aka Kirk from Gilmore Girls) guest starring as Dr. Howard Fitch. This made me want to get started on my series rewatch on Netflix even more and made my night.
  • If the Jeffersonian is at the forefront of forensic science, why don’t they have access to more of these cool tools from the convention already?
  • I’m a little disappointed we didn’t see more of Nora Dunn’s Tess Brown interact with Brennan.
  • “I feel like security at a Beyonce concert.” In between the jokes and his back and forth with Booth in the interrogation scene this week, I’m liking Audrey more and more with each passing week.
  • “I hate wine geeks.” Me too Angela. What else is there to know except I like wine. Wine is good.

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Where do you land, did you laugh at the Schrodinger’s cat joke? Were you also left wanting a Hodgins and Angela scene? Sound off in the comments section and take a look as Bones gets serious next week:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkG3JY7ZuTE

Bones airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox and Global.

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