'Bones' Fan Columnist: Saved by the Dust Mite: Justice for the Gravedigger
'Bones' Fan Columnist: Saved by the Dust Mite: Justice for the Gravedigger
Nicole Bessette
Nicole Bessette
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Wow!  What an intense episode of Bones last night, huh?  The lovely Bones writers sure know how to keep us on our toes, don't they? 

Last night's episode, "The Boy with the Answer," not only gave us the long-awaited conviction of the Gravedigger, but it also served as a very important set-up for the finale airing in 6 days.  Get ready everyone.  It's gonna be epic.


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Now, so all of us can relive the satisfaction of seeing the Gravedigger pay for what she did, let us revisit the step by step process of her conviction.  I don't know about you but man did it feel great to see the look on that woman's face when the verdict was read.  One word: Karma.  

At the start of the episode, Brennan has a very disturbing nightmare about the Gravedigger.  In it, Hodgins is bleeding, Booth is drowning, and she is again being buried alive.  

Although it seems unlikely that Brennan would have nightmares given her constant burying of her emotions, this time she has a reason to feel afraid and anxious.  The trial of Heather Taffet, better known as the Gravedigger, is the next day.

That morning, Booth, Brennan, and Hodgins arrive in court armed with Caroline at their side to have the judge hear their cases.  Not very surprisingly, the Gravedigger decides to represent herself in the hearing.  Can you say arrogant?

The judge asks Caroline if she wants to proceed with the case.  Given that all the evidence they found in Taffet's storage locker back in Season 4 was obtained illegally, it has now been rendered unusable.  Convicting the Gravedigger will be more difficult than they thought.  But Caroline takes one look at Booth and the Squints and, of course, says yes.  You go, Caroline!

Before Brennan leaves the courtroom, Taffet approaches her, saying she is shocked she hasn't found something as simple as the number yet.  Brennan is confused, and Sweets and Booth inform her that the Gravedigger is obviously playing her, testing her to be exact.  Refusing to let her win, Brennan gets to work searching for whatever evidence she missed.

Yet, it is Booth who discovers the anomaly.  Taffet made a strange call to Salt Lake City after her arrest.  The area code is 801.  When Angela runs this through the computer, she gets a match on one of the Gravedigger's first victims, Terrance Gilroy, and coordinates to the location of his remains.

Unfortunately, this leads Booth and the Squints into another trap as finding the boy's body was all part of Taffet's plan.  There is no way Hodgins, Booth, or Brennan can act as expert witnesses in a case in which they are the victims.  Their hands are tied.

Looks like it's time to make a logical decision.  Given the negative progress of their case against the Gravedigger so far and the fact that they are not allowed to use the items they found in Taffet's storage locker anymore as evidence, Brennan, Booth, and Hodgins decide to drop their charges in order to act as expert witnesses in the case of Terrance Gilroy's murder.  

So, everyone gets to work looking for anything that will convict Taffet.  Angela is able to unscramble the ransom phone calls Taffet made so that her voice can clearly be heard, but Taffet shoots this down playing a voice recording of her own which she had someone distort for her; it is Angela's voice.  This won't work.

Next, Brennan is able to confirm the height and weight of Terrance's attacker, and it is an exact match for Taffet.  Yet, while Brennan makes a convincing and emotional appeal, it is still not enough.  There has to be something more conclusive.  

Again, Booth plays a vital role, reminding Brennan that 10 year-old boys, like Terrance, like to bite.  This gives Brennan the idea to search his teeth, and it proves to be a success when Hodgins finds a dust mite.  

Hodgins explains on the stand that dust mites feed on human skin cells, and the stomach of the one they found in Terrance's mouth was full of them.  These skin cells match Taffet's.  They now have DNA evidence.  

All that is left to do is for the jury to decide.  Let me just tip my hat to these folks; they find Heather Taffet guilty of all counts.  Case closed.  The Gravedigger's put away.  Everything's good.  Or is it?

Clearly, the case was hard on everyone, but it seemed to have taken the biggest toll on Brennan.  From the looks of it, she's actually considering leaving the Jeffersonian and taking a little break.  Will she do it?  Looks like we'll have to tune in on Thursday to see.

Now, I'd like to take this time to give a few shout outs.  First of all, Caroline Julian is amazing, and I would like to congratulate her for a job well done.  That's another one in the bag for sure.  Way to catch that cocky murderer, Caroline.

Also, it was lovely seeing Brennan's old man, Max, again, wasn't it?  He sure doesn't waste any time getting back in touch with his criminal past though, does he?  Even though he attempts to shoot the Gravedigger and ends up in jail for it because of Booth, there's still something that makes him very likable.  I hope we see him again soon.  

And, of course, let's not forget about Hodgins and Angela confessing to everyone that they got married.  So cute.  Hodgins finally stops letting the Gravedigger influence his life, and he essentially just lets go, telling himself that she no longer has any hold on him.

So that's about it for this episode.  Good triumphed over evil.  The Gravedigger got what she deserved.  Everyone is great except for Brennan who's got some decision making to do.  We'll have to see how this all plays out next week.  

Be sure to check back Tuesday for my more in-depth look at the effect this case had on everyone and a few other tidbits about the finale and the next season.  For now, I want to hear your thoughts.  Leave a comment below!

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