First things first, I must congratulate Kathy Reichs for a job well done with last night's episode of Bones, "The Witch in the Wardrobe." I don't know about you, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I hope we get more episodes from her in the future.
Now, before I continue, I must urge you to go and watch this episode
, if you haven't already, before you read this. There were definitely some spoiler moments in it that I don't want to give away, so, while those of you who haven't seen the episode watch it, I'll go ahead and recap the case for the rest of us. Everyone ready? Alright, break!
At the scene of a fire, human remains are found in a steel wardrobe, and Booth and Brennan are called in to investigate, along with Angela and Hodgins. The remains certainly are strange; specifically, the entire skeleton is wearing a white wedding dress, and Brennan notices that the bones themselves have been put together quite poorly with wire.
Angela and Hodgins notice a circular path all the way around the house that is coated with powder, but it's the crows that have got Brennan's attention. She believes there is a fresh kill nearby, and, of course, she's right. Another set of remains is discovered under a pile of debris, and this one is wearing red shoes. Weird, right?
At the Lab, Brennan examines the two sets of remains. One is older than the other, and since the younger set is covered in ceiling insulation which melted in the fire, Brennan turns her attention first to the older set of remains, the one that was wearing the wedding dress.
Based on the damage done to the skeleton that is congruent to a form of torture used during the Salem Witch Trials, Brennan deduces that this particular set of remains dates back to the seventeenth century.
This immediately gets the attention of Sweets whose first published work was about the Salem Witch Trials. Considering himself an expert on the subject, he begs Booth to be on the case, insisting he can find a link between the two sets of remains.
Meanwhile, Booth interviews the younger victim's brother, Jesse Byrd. The house in which the two sets of remains were found belonged to his sister, Cheri, and dental records confirmed that the younger set of remains were hers. Jesse tells Booth he and his sister stopped talking after she got into witchcraft and started calling herself "Zephyra." Looks like the Squints now have two witches on their hands.
Sweets suggests Booth and Brennan go talk to the local coven, the Circle of Moonwick, to get some answers. When questioning the heads of the coven, Ember and Rowan, Booth learns Zephyra was a bad witch that used her magic to make a profit; in other words, people searched her out to do their dirty deeds.
Back at the Lab, Brennan notices the injuries inflicted upon Zephyra are in the shape of a pentagram, an ancient Wiccan symbol, and she remembers that the local coven in the woods formed a shape similar to this one during their meeting.
Sweets then identifies the older set of remains as Emily Quimby, the only Salem Witch to die by pressing in November of 1692. But, more importantly, he tells Booth and Brennan that Ember, one of the leaders of the local coven, is a direct descendant of Emily.
Finding it unlikely that Ember killed Zephyra by herself, Brennan suddenly remembers the powder that Angela and Hodgins found around the edge of Zephyra's house. It was rye flour that was infested with a fungus used to make LSD. Thus, Brennan concludes that the whole coven killed Zephyra, and, yet again, she's right.
Not completely in their right frame of mind because of the powder, the whole coven killed Zephyra when, originally, they were just trying to stop the spread of her evil and restore balance. Kind of sad, isn't it?
Ok, case closed. Is everyone back with me? Good. Let's get to the juicy stuff!
On their way back to the lab after investigating the scene of the murder, Angela and Hodgins get pulled over because of Hodgins' reckless driving. Then, because of Hodgins' smart mouth, they get themselves thrown in jail.
Because of outstanding warrants they both have, they must remain in jail until the judge arrives so he can rule on their warrants. Thus, they can only help limitedly on the case. But, forget the case, it's the chemistry between these two that kept me glued to the television last night.
After a cute game of tossing pennies into a cup and a sensual back massage, Hodgins and Angela finally discuss what went wrong between them. Angela admits that she regrets walking out on Hodgins the day they broke up, and Hodgins says his biggest regret is that he didn't stop her.
They both reveal that they think about it every day, and they even quote exactly what they said to each other on that day at the Diner. Then, they both lean in for a kiss. Such a squee-worthy moment!
The judge then arrives, and this brings us to my favorite moment of the episode and one we've all been waiting to see for a long time now: Angela and Hodgins get married! Yes, the two finally tie the knot in jail of all places, exchanging adorable vows and kissing before the ceremony is even over. Finally!
So, that about sums up this episode. Booth and Brennan, the return of intern Clark Edison, and really the whole case itself took a backseat for me in this episode, but it was totally ok given the phenomenal, long-awaited wedding of Angela and Hodgins.
What did you think of this episode? Do you think Kathy Reichs did a good job writing it? What do you think Angela's real name could be? Leave a comment below!
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