'Bones' Recap: A Guilty Victim and an Innocent Criminal Seek Justice
'Bones' Recap: A Guilty Victim and an Innocent Criminal Seek Justice
Catherine Cabanela
Catherine Cabanela
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
The first of two back-to-back Bones episodes addresses the murderous consequences of bullying at a prep school for girls. Bones tackles the nature of bullying and the extent to which one victim was willing to go to rid herself of the devastating antagonism she was subject to on a daily basis by her peers. The B storyline of "The Lost in the Found" addresses a situation that's had the Bones cyber universe abuzz ever since Emily Deschanel (Dr. Temperance Brennan) announced her second pregnancy

"The Verdict in the Victims," the second half of the two hour Bones bonanza, revisits a seven-month-old open and shut case of killer Alex Rockwell whom Booth and Aubrey apprehended and the Jeffersonian team successfully provided enough evidence to convict for his heinous crimes. Rockwell's final 48 hours of life before execution are imminent, causing Brennan to reexamine all of her notes to confirm that Rockwell is, indeed, deserving of capital punishment. Brennan's skepticism turns into a frenzied search for proof that the incarcerated Rockwell is innocent. 

Part I: "The Lost in the Found"

Once the actor's pregnancy became widely known, both Deschanel and Executive Director Stephen Nathan confirmed that just as Deschanel's first pregnancy had been folded into the storyline, so too will this pregnancy become a real event for the Booth family. In "The Eye in the Sky," Brennan and Booth took a pregnancy test and discovered that baby Booth was already in the making. Now, in the make-believe world of television, viewers are asked to suspend reality for the sake of storylines. But in the case of Deschanel, whose pregnancy was blatantly visible for several episodes before an announcement was made, viewers found it difficult to accept that 1) Brennan didn't notice her developing body, and 2) That her brilliant colleagues wouldn't notice either. 

Just How Pregnant Is Mrs. Booth?

"The Lost in the Found" addresses this issue to get us all onto the same page and allow us to accept with our minds what has been obvious to our eyes for some time now. Throughout this episode all of the squints, Aubrey, and even Booth comment about Brennan's maternal girth. Brennan insists that she's only three months pregnant -- and chalks her size up to this being her second pregnancy and the enormous amount of food she's had to eat. 

The characters attempt to lead Brennan into an acceptance that she may be incorrect about the date of their inception, but no one makes any headway until Brennan comes to some conclusions on her own as the case progresses. 

A Yoga Hottie Gets the Hots for Daisy

Adding levity to the episode is Daisy's continual consideration of whether or not she should be ready to date. She asks everyone and anyone, of course, making way for several heart-to-heart discussions between the squints as well as a one-on-one conversation with Brennan who sees Daisy's biological need for sexual gratification to be enough motivation for her to return to a life of sexual activity. This appalls the others.

Molly Delson Was Abused or Obese

Teenage Molly Delson's decaying remains are found in a ravine by a search committee. Hodgins bug larvae places the death at a mere four days previously. Her bones tell the tale of fracturing when Molly was a youth. The fractures turn out to be due to Molly's childhood obesity, giving Bones the opportunity to remind those of us with daughters that obesity affects more than just the fatty tissue, it also fractures and weakens the human frame. Yikes. 

Evidence shows that Molly was kidnapped, gagged with duct tape, thrown in a trunk, and dumped in the ravine where she was then stabbed 12 times until she bled out. A necklace is found with the remains which later leads to Kathryn, a classmate. 

Brennan Sees Herself In the Young Victim

Brennan finds that Molly's intellect was superior to those of her peers. Molly had read all of Brennan's textbooks, and was ostracized for being different. Brennan has the perspective to see that this young girl's life mirrored her own as a young student. 

Two Preppy Persecutors Claim Innocence

Students Arianna and Cayla are found ransacking Molly's room looking for her journal. Not only do they claim innocence, but their school portfolios show that they are idyllic students. Aubrey finds a hate box that tells a completely different tale about these two girls and another, Kathryn Walling. Molly had been on the verge of tattling on Kathryn who hosted drinking parties every Thursday night despite campus rules. 

Among the notes are many horrific slanders against Molly written by a trio whose personalities I can only equate to those of Macbeth's three hags. Arianna, Cayla, and finally Kathryn, is implicated through her necklace which was found with Molly's remains. Booth and Aubry question Kathryn about the necklace. It comes out that Kathryn caught Molly snooping in her bedroom and the three hags were partying with Molly the night she went missing. 

Brennan Will Remain True Even After Death

Continuing with her quest for guidance about dating so soon after Sweets' death, Daisy asks Brennan if she would sleep with someone six months after Booth is killed. This brings up two interesting pieces of information for us to chew on. 1) It reinforces Brennan's fear of the consequences of her and Booth's jobs on their children. 2) It confirms for us all that, despite the logic of the human need to have sex, Brennan feels that there is only one man for her, and so the human need is irrelevant. Sweet. Comforting.

Molly Posed Nude for an 'Academic Coach' in Exchange for Sedatives

The dude who stumbled upon Molly's remains is brought back in for questioning after he's found to have been the person who took and distributed her naked photo all over the world. He says Molly did it to score some drugs from him. Mysteriously, no trace of these drugs are found in Molly's system. 

Evidence Points Back to the Three Hags 

A pair of scissors found with the remains points back to hag Cayla, but Cayla isn't big enough to kill Molly on her own, so she must have had help. Cayla's scissors at the crime scene lead Booth to finding hairs and fibers from Molly in the back of one of the other girls' cars. Now all three are implicated. Meeting with the three hags and their headmistress, Brennan is incensed at the abuse these girls heaped upon this brilliant young woman. 

Brennan also makes several duel-meaning comments about having to question a person's own instincts and beliefs. She's speaking to the headmistress in regard to the rules and students at the school, but it is clear that after hearing from most of her colleagues that Brennan is denying the progress of her own pregnancy. She sees this and begins working her way toward reality. 

Arianna's car and Cayla's scissors implicate the three in Molly's murder. Only after a great deal of pressure and the threat of being arrested does Kathryn finally admit that she, the two hags, and Molly were drinking together Thursday night. The hags awoke the next morning with no recollection of what happened ... and Molly was gone. So, now we know where the nudie sedatives went: Molly sedated the hags. You go, girl! So, Macbeth's hags are arrested for murder.

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A Boothy Fireside Chat

Mr. and Mrs. Booth sit in their living room in front of a cozy crackling fire. Booth doesn't think the girls killed Molly. Brennan is troubled by the facts of the case, explaining that evidence can always be explained by more than one story. Brennan takes off for the lab in search of that alternative story.

Brennan Admits Her Unwillingness to Admit Her Progressed Pregnancy

Brennan talks it out with Angela and determines that being out of control makes Brennan very uncomfortable. She's worried about what could happen to herself, her husband and what impact that could have on their children. Angela explains that that is the price we pay for the things we love. Hodgins identifies that Molly had been injected with Lidocaine, meaning that she was awake during her stabbing death, but could not feel the pain of the blows. With this new information, Brennan puts the final pieces together and runs home to Booth.

Many Issues Cloud the Truth

Brennan admits to Booth that she's six months pregnant. She then launches into all the proof that led her to the conclusion that Molly killed herself, attempting to frame her persecutors for her death in an ultimate act of revenge. Brennan explains that her unwillingness to admit how advanced her pregnancy was had to do with the realization that the more they have, the more they risk. Booth, of course, counters with how much they have to gain and all the love that is between them. An all around wonderful Bones episode.

Part II: "The Verdicts in the Victims"

"The Verdict in the Victims" opens with Booth frantic when he's unable to locate Brennan. Brennan obsesses over every death row case, needing to be certain without a doubt that they have the right guy for the crime. This is of course the case with convicted felon Alex Rockwell who was tried and found guilty of serial murder based upon to work of the Jeffersonian and the FBI. Aubrey offers to stay with Mini-Booth while Booth goes out to find his wife. Where is she? Of course, she's at The Jeffersonian.

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Reviewing the files, Brennan finds new evidence. All the evidence they had at the time of the trial pointed straight to Rockwell. He had ties to all of the victims, he had a criminal background, he had the murder weapon in his car. He didn't contest the charges. He looked pretty guilty ... so he was conflicted and sentenced to death, a death which he welcomed.

While in prison, Rockwell had X-rays taken after a fight. Brennan now has those x-rays and can see that Rockwell had two damaged rotator cuffs (shoulder ligaments, I think). Therefore, he would not have been able to slash the victims in the way that all three of them had been slashed when they were killed. So what now? Just like in the case of Howard Epps, Brennan will fight for the end for the truth to come out.

The newly discovered details about Rockwell's injuries compel Brennan, Booth and Caroline to approach Judge Michael (Linda Lavin, Alice) for a warrant to exhume Rockwell's supposed victims. The judge requires conclusive evidence before she will do such a thing. A potentially innocent man's life is on the line. If they exhume those remains perhaps they can find some other evidence that could lead them to the real killer.

First Alternate Killer: Thomas Saltz

Thomas worked at Sunrise Bakery, the second change place owned by Roger Flender (Jason Gray-Standford, Monk). Saltz seems to have an alibi by way of a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Nothing links back to Saltz.

Do You Belive In Capital Punishment?

Hodgins, Cam, and Fuentes volley about capital punishment. Hodgins is against it because sometimes innocent people are put to death. Fuentes suggests that putting people to death is inhumane. To that, Cam replies that it was inhumane what this killer did to those four victims. Then Hodgins volleys back with statistics: 42% of death row population is black, but only 13.2% of American's are African American. Cam says she'd want Michelle's killer to pay for his crime in kind if she were killed, while Hodgins wants to think he's above all of that. Fuentes is thankful to be in a country where issues like this can be freely debated without consequence. He feels the same was as Brennan: he doesn't want an innocent person's life on his head.

Here Bones goes again putting major social justice issues right in our faces so we cannot avoid thinking about them. (Since just about every character cast their votes on capital punishment, I feel compelled to throw caution to the wind and cast a vote myself. Philosophically, I am against the taking of any life for any reason, but, as Brennan would say, I cannot imagine every possible scenario, and as such, I cannot unequivocally say that I will always be against capital punishment.)

Pastor Torrance Evans Becomes a Suspect, Flender Offers to Be a Suspect

Evans was an altar boy with Rockwell, so he knew the priest that was murdered. Did Evans frame Rockwell so he could steal Rockwell's family? There no evidence against Evans. In walks Flender, the bakery owner, to offer himself as a suspect hoping to stay Rockwell's execution. I don't think that works, but it's kinda left hanging in the air.

Angela Yearns For Moulin Rouge and Paris

Hodgins walks into Angela's office to find his wife ruminating about the simplicity of living a life far away from death and murder; an artist's life in Paris. She puts him off for now, and they discuss the case. 

Booth Awakens With a Viable Theory: Follow the Pattern 

Serial murderers' compulsions are their undoing, remembers Booth in the middle of the night. Serial killers' time frames usually compress as they get better and better at what they do. Rockwell has been in prison for seven months. Prior to that, the murders were occurring every three months. If Rockwell is innocent, there must be someone out there who already committed another one or two murders, but has yet to be uncovered. 

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The Ritualistic Killings Require a Specific Setting

Angela, Hodgins and Aubrey identify a location where the next victim could be stashed. Low and behold, they find the remains of someone soaking in ammonia, which is a purifying agent. The interior of the abandoned building contains large tables with lots of blood, just like at the iron refinery. Also, finally, they find a large hunk of skin sporting a trout-sized tattoo hanging from the ceiling the same way the tattoos were last time. This time the victim is a woman. It turns out that the victim, Tracy, had been attending Narcotics Anonymous with Saltz. Saltz gets returned to the tank. 

Roger Flender is the Freak Behind the Sacramental Pastries

Through a really convoluted family tree explanation, Angela is able to tie all of the victims together and connect them to Flender. So, now we're off to ransack Flender's place. Flender believes in purifying his workers if they are not able to get themselves clean and stay clean. He believed only death could fully purify the soul of the sinner.

Fuentes notices marks on the bones that point to a masonic symbol for a deity. Nexrt, Booth and Aubrey are tearing apart Flender's place. Booth, because he's brilliant, knocks out some bricks from a wall and finds Flender's stash containing the knife and the compass he used on his victims. What a sick turd, Flender. 

Angela and Hodgins Scare the Hell Out of the Fandom

In the second to last scene, Hodgins and Angela are closing up for the night and the topic of moving to Paris reemerges. Hodgins says they need to look at even bigger houses than the ones she had researched. Then Dr. Jack Hodgins takes his wife in his arms and says the ten words that will be the most talked about words in the Bones viewing universe until May 11th. 

"After ten years we deserve to let life surprise us."

Next time we are together, fellow Boners, our greatest question will have been answered. I, for one, cannot wait until we know for sure. Until then ... Keep Lovin' Bones.

Bones airs Thursdays at 8pm on FOX. 

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