'Bones' Fan Columnist: Hot Blooded
'Bones' Fan Columnist: Hot Blooded
For those of you who pretty much hated last week's episode of Bones "The Predator in the Pool", I would think that last night's episode, "The Rocker in the Rinse Cycle" totally made up for that.  What with Rock-n-Roll, new love interests, and bouts of recurring jealousy, who couldn't like this episode?  

I mean, seriously.  There was so much good stuff packed into this episode that it's going to be hard to mention it all.  So, please forgive me if I don't, but I'll definitely be sure to hit the highlights.  Up first?  The case, of course!

In a hotel's industrial sized washing machine, a body is discovered, prompting Booth, Brennan, and Cam to go check it out.  Because of the power of the washing machine, the body tissues are all mangled, and while trying to make sure they have every piece accounted for, Cam discovers she is missing one thing: the victim's second testicle.  

Thanks to silicone Hodgins finds in the washing machine, Cam is able to deduce that the victim had a prosthetic testicle, given that these are made with silicone and saline.  This solves the mystery of the missing testicle, and it also gives the Squints a way to identify the victim based on the serial number.

The victim's name is Richard Cole, a millionaire business tycoon.  Every year for his birthday, he would visit different fantasy camps, and the last one he visited before he died was a rock-n-roll camp run by a man named Simon Graham.  So it's off to rock camp for Booth and Bones.  

Once there, Booth and Brennan discover Simon and Richard had an argument.  Richard threatened to tear down one of Simon's old rock clubs if he didn't let him play a solo with popular guitarist, Erik Dalton, and, not wanting to lose the club, Simon relented.  Finding him unlikely as their murderer, however, Booth and Brennan continue their search.

Back at the lab, the Squints and returning intern Arastoo are hard at work to discover the murder weapon.  Because of the conditions of the body courtesy of the washing machine, the process is going a bit more slowly than usual.  But, leave it to Angela to save the day.

Mainly due to her father, Angela has a very impressive knowledge of guitars, and she realizes that the murder weapon is a guitar, a 1957 Gibson Les Paul belonging to Richard Cole to be exact.  While examining it closer, Hodgins discovers a purple hair on one of the wires, and this can only mean one thing: Gino is the murderer.  

Gino is the man Booth and Brennan met when they first arrived at rock-n-roll fantasy camp who said he'd kill to play with Erik Dalton.  Well, looks like he actually did.  And, apparently, he doesn't feel any remorse about it either, saying to Booth while being put in handcuffs that it was totally worth it just to be able to play with Erik. 

Alright, I'm sorry if that wasn't exactly the most detailed recap ever, but, let's face it.  We've got bigger and better things to get to now.  

First, I'd like to say congratulations to Cam for finding herself a new man.  As Brennan and Michelle weren't shy to point out, it's been a long time since she's had someone.  The new man in Cam's life, a gynecologist named Paul Linder, seems like a good guy, and I'm eager to see where their relationship goes.  Not to mention, I also really like the hilarious new dynamic this adds for Cam and Michelle as mother and daughter.   

Also, we see more clues of Hodgins and Angela reuniting in this episode, just like we have for the past few weeks.  Their chemistry is back, and Hodgins even called Angela hot.  Yes, good stuff.  I don't know if any of you saw the promo for next week's episode, but I just have to say that if you are a Hodgins and Angela fan, you're not going to want to miss it, that's for sure. 

But, the primary thing I would like to take this time to discuss is Brennan's jealousy.  Oh yes, it's definitely getting good, my friends.  Every single time Booth and Brennan talk about Catherine, Brennan is the one who brings it up.  And please, the whole "I'm happy that Booth is dating someone else" attitude is such a façade, or, as Sweets would call it, a coping mechanism.    

She is very concerned with the "social contract" Booth has entered into now that Catherine has given him a new tie, and she obviously feels Booth's new relationship is so important that she mentions it to Sweets.  Moreover, she discusses it with Cam, and this is where we get our really juicy info.

Brennan very randomly brings up the subject of Booth and Catherine to Cam, and then proceeds to tell her that she prefers to be alone.  Cam then questions this given the fact that Brennan is dating Hacker, and this is when Brennan replies that yes, she does like Hacker, but not like she likes Booth.  

Of course, it's Brennan we're talking about here, so we immediately get a cover up.  However, Cam does help her realize that she will not always prefer to be alone, and this leads Brennan to say that she awaits her own surprise.  Could this surprise come in the season finale?  I sure hope so!  

Ultimately, like we've seen over and over again, Brennan's just not ready to take that next step yet, and, for now, I guess that leaves us fans to speculate and dissect her every move.  Also, it makes us have to enjoy every little Booth and Bones moment we can get, and this week's, Booth and Brennan singing their song, "Hot Blooded," was great.  

So, what did you think of this week's episode?  Did you like it better than last week's?  What do you think about all the character stuff that went down in this episode?  Leave a comment below!  

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-Nicole Bessette, BuddyTV Fan Columnist