'Bones' Fan Columnist: The Future Remains Uncertain
'Bones' Fan Columnist: The Future Remains Uncertain
Nicole Bessette
Nicole Bessette
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Fabulously directed by the oh-so-talented David Boreanaz, last night's episode of Bones, "The Blackout in the Blizzard" featured Booth and Brennan stuck together in an elevator as well as a nerve-wracking situation for Angela and Hodgins concerning the health of their baby.

As always, for those of you who didn't catch the episode, I encourage you to do so before reading this, but for everyone who did, let's get recapping.

The Case

The remains of a victim are brought by a medical examiner to the Jeffersonian for further investigation, as leaving them out in the snow where they were found would have compromised the evidence.

The victim is a female in her late 20s and died about 12 days earlier as a result of being strangled to death. And, of course, as if this weren't bad enough, it is also discovered that she had Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, or CCHF, which she most likely transmitted to her killer.

Thus, it is now imperative that the Squints solve her murder and find the killer before he spreads the disease.  

Yet, because the power is out and Brennan is stuck in an elevator with Booth in his apartment building, the Squints are forced to get creative when it comes to getting things as simple as an X-ray.

Of course, this is not too much of a problem for them considering they're all brilliant, and after consulting Brennan, they identify particles lodged in the victim's leg as shrapnel, Russian roubles to be exact, from an IED explosion in Chechnya four years earlier.

And so, using this information, they are able to identify their victim as Ann Marie Weston, a 28-year-old field worker for the Alliance for Human Dignity who spent most of the past year traveling to and from Albania, which would explain how she contracted the CCHF virus.

Now, according to the director of the Alliance for Human Dignity, several Albanian girls were promised dream jobs in the United States and then were never heard from again. So, Ann Marie had gone there to investigate this illegal human trafficking activity and followed it all the way back to D.C.

However, when she was able to track down the person responsible, it was too late, and she wasn't able to help those girls before she was killed.

Of course, leave it to Booth and Brennan to save the day as they get out of the elevator and discover the same building that Ann Marie did. There they find her murderer, Tariq Grazdani, and thanks to a nice whack on the head from Brennan, they are able to knock him out and capture him before he can spread the virus.

What's more, although he is not confessing, the girls they find in the building agree to testify against him, and the case is closed. All is once again right in the Bones world, and the city of Washington, D.C., is safe from a deadly disease outbreak.

"Wendell the Spudtacular"

Is it just me, or does it seem like it has been a very long time since we last saw Wendell Bray? Well, whatever the case, I for one was very impressed with his contributions to the case this week as well as his concern for both Angela and Hodgins.

His idea to use potatoes as a source of gradual energy for Angela to pull up Ann Marie's last call on her cell phone was awesome, and I love how he was "that kid" who did crazy stuff and won at science fairs.

Moreover, I loved all of his interactions with Hodgins, and I think that, like Caroline Julian and Vincent Nigel-Murray from last week's episode, these two make such a great comedic pair.

I am all for seeing these two do experiments and work together again soon. How about you?

We Can Handle It Together

I feel I need to begin this section by saying that I was and have been completely blown away by T.J. Thyne's performance on Bones lately. From comedy to heartbreak, this guy does it all, so I'd just like to take this time to give him a major shout out and a huge fan thank you.  

Now, in this episode, Hodgins and Angela struggled with some troubling news regarding the health of their baby. Specifically, Angela discovers that she's a carrier of a disease called Leber's Congenital Amaurosis, or LCA, and if Hodgins is also a carrier, this means that their baby has a 25% chance of being blind.

Throughout the episode, Hodgins awaits a call from his doctor with the results of his test, and when his doctor finally does call, it is certainly not with the news that he was hoping to hear as it is confirmed that Hodgins is also a carrier for the disease as well.

So, this means that there is a chance that our long-awaited Hodgela baby could be born blind, but rather than focus on that, our two amazing parents choose to concentrate on the positive. For instance, Hodgins says that he and the baby will play the piano, and he suggests to Angela that she take up sculpting.

I feel so bad for what these two are going through, but I greatly respect and admire them for the way they are handling it, and I do agree with Angela in that, together, they can handle anything at all. Don't you?

Confession Time

Alright, Bones fans, this was a huge episode for Booth and Brennan. I mean, sure, getting stuck in an elevator was pretty awesome for these two, but as we all know, it was so much more than just being together in a confined space for a long period of time.

Most importantly, it gave them an opportunity to talk about some really important things such as their relationship and where they stand. Of course, a big thanks to Sweets for getting the ball rolling on that one.

Obviously, Hannah is out of the picture, but that doesn't mean that Booth isn't still resentful and upset. In fact, he's still very angry, and he tells Brennan that he needs time -- time to find his inner peace again so to speak.

Brennan then feels compelled to tell Booth that she's improving and that she's quite strong. Moreover, she says that one day the time will come when she'll be strong enough to risk losing her imperviousness.

And so, although we do have to wait a bit longer, I believe the future is definitely bright for Booth and Brennan. I mean, hey, we got to see them both confess that they've thought about sleeping together in the past and how compatible they'd be. That's big.

Also, they each write down the date of when they think they'll be ready to commit to a relationship with each other at the end of the episode and then burn it together, so in my mind, this was almost like a way of them reaffirming to each other that they will be together and agreeing to wait for each other.

Of course, this is just my opinion. What did you think of the whole Booth and Brennan situation in this episode, and what do you think about the future of their relationship? Be sure to leave a comment below!

Also, before I leave you, Bones fans, didn't you think the story behind Booth's stadium seats was so bittersweet? My heart totally went out to him when he told Brennan about it, but at the same time, I love how he became the man he is despite all his dad put him through. Way to go, Booth!

The Next New Episode

Unfortunately Bones will be taking another three-week break, but when it returns with its body farm episode, "The Feet on the Beach," it will run with seven consecutive all-new episodes.

That's something to cheer about, isn't it? And until that time, go ahead and check out the promo below!



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