Bones: Searching for that Piece of Goodness

Jordin Althaus/FOX
Jordin Althaus/FOX

Good people are sometimes forced to do bad things. That’s certainly a fact of life, but as Bones taught us in “The Baker in the Bits,” there are also just some people who are missing “that piece of goodness.” It’s true, evil exists and there are bad people in this world. But Brennan is right. Seeley Booth has that goodness in spades and despite being disappointed that others may not, he won this round for the good guys.

Booth was quite moody this week and I have to wonder if this is the start of more serious and troubling things to come from him. It’s the first time in a long time that the show has touched on Booth’s time in prison and it’s only natural that he’s still affected by it. In fact, some could argue that he readjusted to life on the outside a little too quickly and it’s understandable that he’d still have some residual issues about the time he spent on the inside that he needs to work through.

Booth’s time in prison helped him gain a new perspective on the people in jail. He realized that just like Max, Brennan’s father, there are some good men in there. Men who found themselves in a bad situation and want to do it better next time. That’s why it was so disheartening to him when he learned that “one of the success stories” at the bakery was the killer. It’s a hard lesson to learn at any age, some people don’t have that “piece of goodness,” and it makes them do bad things.

Thankfully, as always, Brennan was there to quickly reassure Booth that he is a good man. Knowing Brennan is there for Booth is one of the things I try to hold on to when my doubts about him heading back down a dark path start to seep in. Unfortunately that nagging feeling grew much stronger this week and I just hope she’s enough to pull him back when things get too dark. I have a feeling these two will be put to the test sooner rather than later and it’s going to get a bit bumpy here Bones fans.

Hopefully Booth and Brennan will be able to pull through as well as Cam and Arastoo did when their relationship faced a test. While it was certainly understandable, and very admirable at that, that Arastoo wanted to be with his dying brother, the way he treated Cam throughout it all was very frustrating. These two clearly love one another, having even talked about marriage before, and yet he seemed to continually disregard her wants, needs and concerns about the situation. Cam was right, she deserved to have a say in the situation and it was nice to see Arastoo finally realize that in the end.

Jordin Althaus/FOX
Jordin Althaus/FOX

But I think my favourite scene about this storyline wasn’t between Cam and Arastoo, but rather between Cam and Booth. I don’t know about everyone else, but I often forget that these two are really close friends and even dated oh so very long ago. That’s why it was so refreshing to see Cam turn to Booth with her concerns about Arastoo and when Booth joked with her that “If Arastoo can work with Bones, the Iranians are going to be a piece of cake,” I couldn’t help but believe that break in the tension was exactly what Cam needed to clearly think through her situation.

Thankfully in the end Arastoo and Cam were both honest and upfront with each other about their concerns and desires, but raise your hand if you thought Bones would’ve been the one giving the best piece of advice. That’s what I thought. Neither did I. Every now and then Temperance can surprise us and she did just that with her talk with Arastoo. I think Cam and Arastoo’s relationship will be fine if he returns to the States, but that’s not an easy if. Let’s just hope Iran is as nice to Arastoo as he hopes and he returns home safely soon.

But alls well that ends well and the good guys did indeed score another in the win column. I just can’t shake the feeling that this episode started the transition down a bit of a darker path of Bones episodes to come and I am left feeling a little nervous for our gang at the Jeffersonian, especially Booth. Fingers crossed his piece of goodness shines bright and helps pull him out of any dark path he may start to head down. Time will tell.

Leftover Bones:

  • Of course Brennan would attribute her ability to find the picture to her superior archeological training. Because duh, what else would it be?
  • After body stew and this week’s exploding body parts I didn’t think it was possible, but the Bones crew is finding all new ways to completely gross me out as of late.
  • “You name it there’s a database for that” – That comment from Angela made me wonder what other weird databases exist out there to go along with the prison tattoo one.
  • Ok admit it, who else wanted to hear more about what Angela did with those zip ties? While we’re at it, who else wants some more Hodgins/Angela time?
  • “Congratulations, you’re a true anomaly!” No one gives compliments quite like Brennan.
  • I can’t help but love Aubrey and his snarkiness and I just had to laugh at the following exchange in this week’s episode:

Booth: “Keep your eyes open. You never know what we’re walking into.” Aubrey: “I always assume bullets.”

Are you as worried about Booth as I am? Do you think Arastoo will be OK and he and Cam will move forward with their marriage plans eventually? Add your thoughts in the comments below. You can also check out the Bones weekly roundtable discussion I participate in over at TV Fanatic.

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