Nicole Bessette, our Bones Fan Columnist, recaps "The Foot and the Foreclosure." If you're interested in becoming a Fan Columnist click here.
Alright, so I'm just gonna come out and say it: this week's murder was really weird. I mean, don't get me wrong, the promo with Booth and Bones finding a pile of ash and a human foot as the only remains of their murder victim sounded pretty cool, but the story behind it was a rather strange one if I do say so myself.
So basically, a real estate agent finds human remains on the bed in the master bedroom of a house she is trying to sell to some prospective buyers. When the FBI is contacted and Booth and Bones show up, Bones is completely shocked at what she finds. There is nothing but a large pile of ash and a woman's foot on the bed, leading Booth to believe that the cause of death was spontaneous combustion. Oh, you gotta love him.
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Back at the lab, Hodgins figures out that the reason for all the ash is a phenomenon known as "The Wick Effect." Essentially, the victim was lit on fire by something or someone, but instead of catching everything else on fire, the fire only burned through the fat in the victim's stomach and then spread to the rest of her body. Gruesome, I know. But in happier thoughts, she was already dead before being lit on fire.
Thanks to Angela and her analysis of the victim's vest, Booth and Bones identify her as Meg Tracy, and they also figure out that someone else was killed in the fire with her. After questioning Meg's roommate and the bartender at a club Meg often went to, they identify this man as Hugo Tucker.
The Jeffersonian team also discovers the murder weapon; apparently, it is wood and left a nose-shaped indentation in Meg's hand. Any guesses? Alright, I'll tell you. Turns out the owner of the house where Meg and Hugo's bodies were found built the house with his deceased wife, and it therefore had a lot of meaning to him. When he found Meg and Hugo in his bed, he became outraged and used the finials on top of the bed posts to kill them. Why the nose-shaped indentation you might ask? Well, the homeowner worked for twenty years as a master carpenter, and he carved the finials to resemble his wife and himself. As Angela says, this is "sweet, but mostly horrible."
Ok so now on to my favorite part of the episode: Pops. I thought Pops was perfect in this episode, and might I just say I loved the handshake he and Booth made up. Those two are just too cute.
Oh, and it was hilarious to see Pops and Bones all chummy. When Pops called her and not him to discuss dinner plans, Booth was obviously taken aback. But as his future daughter-in-law, I guess it's only right. And yes, I know that's a stretch but a girl can hope.
However, I did feel really bad for Pops in this episode. It's hard for older people to come to terms with the fact that they are indeed getting older and that things don't come as easy as they used to. Specifically, Pops has become forgetful. While at lunch with Booth and Bones, he can't remember what pills he has taken and if he has even taken them, and he gets lost while trying to find his way to Booth's apartment. Additionally, he forgets to take a dishtowel off of the stove when he is trying to make Booth dinner, and he ends up starting a fire in Booth's apartment.
But enough of the bad. There were also some really great Pops moments. Like how he teases Sweets about how young he looks and doesn't believe he's a doctor, or how he totally tears it up on the dance floor of Club Jiggle. But my personal favorite is what he says to Booth and Bones before he returns to his retirement home.
Pulling them each aside, he essentially tells them the same thing. He tells Booth to follow his heart and pursue Bones, and he tells Bones to not be afraid to love Booth. Smart man. He also tells Bones that when the time is right, she can tell Booth the information he told her about his father. Essentially, Pops thinks it's his fault for Booth's dad walking out because, when he saw him beating Booth, he told him that he didn't deserve to be a father and to get out of his house. I have a feeling that this information will resurface sometime soon, and I for one am very interested to see how it plays out.