writers Kathy and Kerry Reichs spoke with me recently about "The Woman in the Whirlpool," their third co-writing endeavor on Bones
, following "The Witch in the Wardrobe" and "The Beaver in the Dam." Most interesting during our discussion was the marriage of science and "universe," or "arena," which Kathy explained is key to the design of every Bones
episode. "The Woman in the Whirlpool" weaves together the science of hydrodynamics on bone, and the universe of cookie jar collecting. In addition, the obsessive collecting angle provides a comparison to Booth's gambling addiction and has everyone pondering their own obsessive behaviors as well.
Two episodes away from the 10th season finale, "The Woman in the Whirlpool" has the Jeffersonian team investigating the death of a woman whose remains are suspected to have been caught in an unforgiving whirlpool of one of the only class five rapids east of the Mississippi, where people have been known to disappear for long periods of time.