'Bones' Fan Columnist: Can We Please Call Him Hell Boy
'Bones' Fan Columnist: Can We Please Call Him Hell Boy
Last night's episode, "The Devil in the Details," was the winter finale of Bones, and we now have about an eight week hiatus until the show returns on April 1 with "The Bones on the Blue Line." A painfully long amount of time, yes, believe me, I know, but we can do it!   

I have to say that compared to last week's episode, "The Dentist in the Ditch," this episode was awesome!  I really loved the flames that were used to transition from scene to scene, I loved the music, and most importantly, I loved the case.  I mean, yes, there were some freaky people in this episode and, in general, insane asylums just tend to freak me out, but overall, I thought this episode was really well done. 

So, the episode begins with a burnt corpse that is found in a church.  The freaky thing?  It has horns...oh, and a tail.  Yeah, as you can imagine, this is unsettling for Booth and even the rest of the Squints, but Dr. Brennan, of course, dismisses all of the religious concerns surrounding the case and calls the body of the victim "fascinating." Well, at least that's normal.   

Because there are not many people walking around town with horns on their head, the victim is pretty easy to identify as Neal Lowry, a patient being treated at Havenhurst Sanitarium for schizophrenia.  Upon speaking to Neal's mother and brother, Booth learns that Neal believed himself to be marked by God and told people that he was the son of Satan.  Although his tail was vestigial, Neal had his horns implanted, virtually guaranteeing himself a spot at Havenhurst.  Yes, I would definitely agree that that would for sure land someone in the loony bin.       

Booth and Bones, accompanied by Sweets, then go to visit Havenhurst to see if Neal had any known enemies or anyone who would want him dead.  Although it's hard to separate the truth from the delusion with most of the patients, Booth and Bones do discover that Lloyd, a nurse practitioner and medicine distributor, was selling heroine to Neal.  They also discover nunchucks in the back of his car, believing these to be the murder weapon; however, an experiment by Hodgins and Arastoo proves otherwise.   

In fact, it is discovered that Neal was killed by electrocution.  When they first arrived at Havenhurst, Dr. Copeland, Neal's doctor, told Booth and Bones that Neal was especially adept at finding places to hide, and it turns out that he found an old room with a transformer capable of producing 600 volts.   

In the end, Booth and Bones discover that Neal's brother, Gabe, came to see him the night he died, and when he saw Neal shooting up heroine, he hit him with a pipe, causing him to fall back into the transformer, get electrocuted, and die.   

Now, as for how Neal's body ended up burning in a church on an altar, Gabe was also responsible for this, moving him there after he had already died.  According to Sweets, he was most likely angry at God for doing what he did to his family.  

So, my favorite moment in this episode had to be Hodgins' and Arastoo's experiment with nunchucks.  Seeing Hodgins literally knock himself out?  Priceless.  Oh, and I always love how people take cracks at Sweets and his age.  I love Sweets, but it's just something that never gets old for me.   

But, the saddest moment in this episode was when Arastoo talked about his past serving in Iraq as a translator.  He could tell that his comment that he sees the Devil's face daily clearly upset Cam, so he felt like he owed it to her to explain.  The devil he was referring to was not America but rather himself.  When his unit was attacked in Iraq and his humvee was bombed, he was forced to kill a man who was about to shoot him.  Although he acted in self-defense, Arastoo never forgot the feeling that he experienced when he saw a picture of the man he killed with his son and his wife.  Poor Arastoo!  I definitely respect him a lot more now.   

And, of course, we saw a lot of Dr. Brennan hating on psychology in this episode...as always.  But I was very proud of her in that she actually apologized to Dr. Copeland for not taking his work seriously enough.  Knowing Dr. Brennan, that was probably very hard for her to do, and it's definitely nice to see her growing and becoming more emotional, something she no doubt learned from Booth.  And speaking of Booth, his conversation with Bones at the end of the episode was cute.  I, of course, was primarily only interested in their long gazes at one another, but it was sweet to hear about the different ways in which they restore their faith.  

-Nicole Bessette, BuddyTV Fan Columnist
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