Articles for Bones Season 10

Whoa. Did that really just happen? Bones has shown us in the past that it can Blow. Our. Minds. And that‘s exactly what it did in "The Conspiracy in the Corpse," the season 10 premiere episode. I still can‘t get my head around it and neither can all the fans who have broken the Internet tonight with the explosion of fevered tweets, Facebook entires and Tumblr gifs. Let‘s take a moment of silence to pull ourselves together. Pardon me while I blow my nose and go splash cold water on my face. I had my entire narrative for this recap written out in my head as I furiously jotted notes during the commercials. I had my focal image all picked out and downloaded, and I was ready to write my very first Bones recap. And then -- BOOM! -- "The Conspiracy in the Corpse" threw us this curve fast ball that turned my notes into a hot mess of garbage. I‘m exaggerating, I know that. But give me a break, give us all a break: Dr. Lance Sweets‘ murder was the best kept secret in Bones history. And that, my friends, is no exaggeration.  Read more »
Now that the biggest and best kept secret in Bones history has been revealed, it‘s time to discuss "The Lance to the Heart," Bones‘ follow-up to the season 10 premiere which I keep mistakenly referring to (in my head) as ‘The Finale‘ because of how devastating it was. So, here are some teasers to tantalize and torture you from now until 8pm on Thursday when the episode debuts on your very own small screen. Just in case you‘ve expunged the memory from your addled brain: recall that in the last 140 seconds of last week‘s Bones premiere, "The Conspiracy in the Corpse," the world split in two when Dr. Sweets shockingly yet valiantly bled-out from injuries he sustained while fighting off a trained assassin working for the FBI conspiracy turds. Right there, staring into Booth‘s eyes, Sweets uttered his final words, "The world‘s a lot better than you think it is ..." and we all sat in stunned silence while the truth worked its way into our brains. Then we collapsed into a fit of super ugly crying for which we probably could have used a sedative ... or was that just me? Anyway, let‘s talk about "The Lance to the Heart." Read more »
Since Bones saw the demise of Dr. Lance Sweets in its season 10 premiere, we felt the need to hold our own little love fest in remembrance of all the good stuff that only his character could have (and did) provide for the Bones universe. Without Sweets, where would Brennan and Booth be today? I don‘t even want to think about it. The character of wunderkind FBI psychologist and profiler Dr. Lance Sweets inspired a great deal of humor, informed compassion, and emotional/psychological clarity in the Brennan-Booth relationship before his life ended, but his presence on Bones was a subject for great debate among those who follow the show religiously. Why? Because Sweets took precious screen time from the dynamic duo, especially in the later seasons as he began to train under Booth as a field agent. Bones is at its best when Brennan and Booth share the screen. The equation is simple: Booth + Brennan = Solid Gold -- so don‘t mess with it, right? Wrong. And was the sacrifice worth it? Indubitably. I present to you: seven reasons why Sweets was good for FOX‘s Bones and why we‘re going to miss the heck out of that guy. Read more »
It feels like instead of writing a recap in this space we should fill it with a smiling portrait of our favorite forensic psychologist and frame it against a black backdrop of wretched sooty grief. It‘s been a rough week for Bones fans after last week‘s shock to the heart in the form of Dr. Lance Sweets‘ horrific and completely unexpected death. Viewers still reeling from the blow braced themselves against tonight‘s episode "The Lance to the Heart." The beauty of being a writer with press credentials is having the honor of previewing the occasional episode in advance of the rest of the world so we can write about it. The ugly of that is that we have to mourn alone when something tragic occurs since we are the only ones who saw the cat crawl out of the bag (box?). In essence, we live inside the uncertainty of Schrodinger‘s box along with his dead/live cat for a whole week. That‘s a bittersweet honor, to be sure, but we pride ourselves on our ability to be keepers of the networks‘ secrets, however much it may torment us. Needless to say, it is a relief to finally open up a dialog about the death that shook the Bones universe heralding a new era and a caliber of drama and entertainment that has already surpassed last season‘s -- though who, but the Bones Fairies, knew that was even possible?  Read more »
Okay, now, see? That was a most excellent Bones episode. Paying respectful homage to Sweets‘ memory without reliving the profound grief of the previous two episodes, "The Purging of the Pundit" brought equal parts understated humor and emotional confrontation for Booth while allowing the rest of the team to move forward, but not away from their own grief over his loss. The best parts of this episode were unquestionably the combination of simple humor and the perfectly delivered discomforting grappling poor Booth  as he tries to get back into the swing of working a case without the baby duck by his side. What I love about this episode is that no one steps over the loss as if it were a pile of unspeakable poo left on the middle of the kitchen floor with Booth not being allowed to suffer in silence. Booth has too many people in his life who care about him to let that sleeping dog lie.  Read more »
Far be it for Bones to shy away from making bold, divisive statements. Those Bones fairies like to cause a stir, and they most certainly did with Thursday‘s episode, "The Purging of the Pundit."Rather than focusing on gun control, cultural/religious diversity, gay marriage or pro-life issues, the viewer would be well served to see further into the true message in the delivery and focus of "The Purging of the Pundit." As a matter of fact, if you really look at the title of the episode, it will tell you exactly what Bones was aiming at this past Thursday: one man‘s attempt to exorcise from himself the ugliness of the narrow-minded persona he showed the world. This man was haunted by the extremity of his career choices. There is nothing wrong with being conservative, neutral or liberal as long as you know why you take that stand -- but that stand is not at all what "The Purging of the Pundit" was about. Read more »
One of the cutest and most articulate little actresses on the primetime small screen today was contracted last year to take over the role of "baby" Christine Booth on Bones last spring. Little Susanne and Ali Hartman, who played Christine up until she was a toddler, was the perfect physical mixture of Brennan and Booth, or so we thought. But, as the blessed parents of adopted children will attest, people see the parental resemblance they want to see in the features of children -- even when there is no genetic connection. So it is that from this moment forward in the Bones universe fans across the globe will marvel over how physically similar little Sunnie Pelant is to Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, and how remarkably she resembles the perfect combination of Bones-Booth personality and temperament. And what a relief it is because there was much gnashing of teeth over the loss of little Susanne Hartman. A belated, but very well deserved great warm Bones-y welcome to the new Christine Angela Booth. Read more »
Cloth or disposable. Bottle or breast. Public or private. Parents are faced with so many choices these days that it‘s hard to know what to do. The more important question to ask yourself after viewing "The Geek in the Guck" than the one presented in my headline is why we make the choices we make for our children and what kind of parents are we really committed to being? This is the question that has taken possession of Brennan this week -- how she and Booth can provide a childhood for Christine that is better than the childhoods either of them experienced. Yes, you read that right. It‘s not so much about the concrete choice between cloth and disposable, bottle and breast, or public and private. No, it‘s about combating all of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and societal elements that inform her decision-making processes that result in her ultimate choices ... just like it is for all of us. Like everything else in their lives, Brennan and Booth approach what is most important to them differently, but don‘t let that fool you; their commitment is equally met. Read more »
So, what do we think about Bones‘ most recent FBI addition, Special Agent James Aubrey? Should we keep him around for a while? Well, according to the votes that really count, Booth‘s unflappable yet ballsy protege fits right in and actually kicks some fairly impressive -- albeit subdued -- ass. After reading our list of reasons we believe you‘ll agree Agent Aubrey, portrayed by John Boyd, earned the right to purchase his own little Mighty Hut at the corner of Adorably-Mentally-Dextrous Street and No-Bull-Shit Boulevard in the Bones Universe. Too much? No way. This Quantico grad is an exceptional ‘Guy Friday‘ for Booth and a formidable addition to the discriminating brain trust of the Jeffersonian Medico-Legal Lab. Let‘s first admit that it‘s human nature to resist change; to compare the new to the old and find the former woefully lacking. Well, the comparisons stop now. Sweets is gone and Aubrey is here; not as a replacement, simply as an addition. As Brennan would say, "Inertia demands that we move forward." To which Booth would then add, "... And murder waits for no man." Read more »
Where better to stage a murder and solve an impossible Bones crime than at a National Forensics Sciences Convention filled with hundreds of forensic anthropologists, right? Well, it would be if the majority of the attendees hadn‘t reduced themselves to fangirling over each and every member of the Jeffersonian team including Angela (You go, girl!). It sure makes for some great humor, and we can expect that Bones is going to deliver oodles of belly laughs for us this week in "The Corpse at the Convention." Not even five minutes in and already we‘ve established that a) Brennan is nervous about her keynote speech, b) Some diminutive crazed redhead is attempting to stick to Hodgins like fly paper, much to his disgruntled disgust, and c) Brennan‘s obnoxious and pretentious rival, literary hack Tess Brown, is also there under the guise of researching for her next book. Oh, and Tess announces she intends to become friends with Brennan. Brennan, of course, will have nothing to do with the pretender and tells her that flat out with some mighty impressive verbal spears. Read more »
The nominations have been announced for the 2015 People‘s Choice Awards.Grey‘s Anatomy and Once Upon a Time lead with six nominations each, while Supernatural, Bones and The Vampire Diaries have five each. The big TV award is Favorite TV Show, and The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, NCIS, Once Upon a Time and The Walking Dead are all in contention. Read more »
Geez, Bones, leave it to you to render us speechless and clinging to our children as they groggily wonder why we‘ve gotten them up after just having put them to bed. Tonight‘s "The Lost Love in a Foreign Land" is frightening in a way Bones usually isn‘t. Never mind the mangled remains of the 20-ish year-old victim; the nightmare of this Bones installment is the topic of human trafficking, and the question of the righteousness of murdering one to save the many."The Lost Love in the Foreign Land" has people abusing, threatening, and killing other human beings, all in the name of making a buck from slave labor. It‘s tragic and truly something we regular folk just don‘t think about happening here in the United States of Free America. Well, apparently it does. And it does no good to look the other way and pretend that it doesn‘t exist. Read more »
Of course, scientific research supporting the use of profanity as a healthy alternative to physical violence. Only on Bones, right? But what kind of jackass had the idea to study that? Well, the kind that I‘d like to have a drink with, fellow Boneheads!"The Money Maker on the Merry-Go-Round" opens with a bloody skull flying out from underneath a merry-go-round of the old, metal variety. Apparently real men allow their kids to play on the old lethal kinds of playground equipment. Or, at least the divorced ones do. But the first fun thread of this week‘s Bones installment is introduced immediately following the flying cranium: 4-year-old Christine Booth calls her stuffed bunny a jackass. #Awesome #Naughty Read more »
Bones‘ case about "The Puzzler in the Pit" delivered a poignant commentary on the mourning process in the wake of tragic loss, and the wondrous healing possibilities available with the advent of new life.With numerous flossy threads circling around each other like the curls on a toddler‘s innocent crown, this episode once again has me thinking about how life brings with it all the components necessary for those of us left behind to continue living despite the void left by those we treasure, but have lost. Read more »
Glee may have started off as a huge hit for FOX, but it‘s going out quietly and quickly. The network has announced that the show‘s 13-episode final season will run for 11 weeks on Fridays, starting in January. In addition, the network has announced premiere dates for several new mid-season shows, new seasons of Gordon Ramsay‘s cooking competitions and the third season of The Following.  Read more »
It‘s been 10 seasons since Bones premiered and we met the team at the Jeffersonian. Who can forget the first time we saw Dr. Temperance Brennan and FBI Agent Seeley Booth? The show has a strong and loyal fan base, and I would personally love for the show to continue for many seasons to come.So why are Bones fans the best TV fans? I considered all the reasonable conclusions and have put together a list of my findings.  Read more »
It‘s a quadruple-y excellent evening for Bones fans tonight. Not only do we get an original episode with the airing of "The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator," but we‘re exactly seven days away from the most highly anticipated Bones episode since "The Woman in White" and "The Conspiracy in the Corpse." Add to that that FOX just released an amazing Bones Infographic that illustrates every single important detail from the first 200 Booth-y hours of Bones-y goodness (which, I‘m sorry, but is the coolest Bones-centric thing I‘ve seen in, like, forever) and... and, there are rumors that the possibility of an eleventh season is looking more and more likely every minute. You may now take a moment to quietly explode with glee, Boneheads. And enjoy it, because we are about to endure a winter of bitter discontent until Bones picks up again in Spring. Read more »
How many times has Special Agent Booth saved Dr. Temperance Brennan‘s life? How many times did the two have drinks together before they finally had their first real kiss? How many kisses have they shared since Christine was born? These are just some of the intriguing quantitative nuggets the Bones fairies (my affectionate name for all the geniuses behind the scenes and on our screens who make Bones the magical magnificence we‘ve all come to know and love) wanted definitively calculated as they headed into their tenth season and toward the comedy-drama-crime-science-romance‘s 200th episode airing December 11. The next important question they faced was how in the world they were going to amass all that minutia in the brief and sporadic moments they had between writing, directing, editing, staging, crafting, creating and promoting the nine episodes scheduled to air between the fall premiere and the 200th in December? Read more »
Will art will imitate life again on Bones? The announcement of Emily Deschanel‘s second pregnancy has once again become a subject of discussion among Bones fans, who have been pondering how it will affect the FOX forensic drama series. Now showrunner Stephen Nathan has confirmed that Deschanel‘s pregnancy will be incorporated into the plot, just as the show did when she was pregnant with her first child with husband David Hornsby in 2011.  Read more »
Bones is celebrating a milestone that not many TV shows have reached with this week‘s episode -- its 200th episode -- and it pays homage to Hitchcock films in a way that will delight fans. But don‘t worry, it‘s still very much "Bones."In "The 200th in the 10th," the Jeffersonian and FBI teams are reimagined in 1950s Hollywood, with Brennan an LAPD detective and Booth a notorious jewel thief who is far more than he seems to be. When Booth is framed for a murder, he teams up with Brennan to clear his name and find the killer.  Read more »
Folks, seven minutes into watching the Bones 200th episode, "The 200th in the 10th" and already I wanted the 45 minutes of the show to stretch out to a couple of hours. The cinematography is rich and delicious. The dialog is smooth and dry. The characterization manages to magically reflect the mood and aesthetic of the 50s without tampering with the quintessential characterizations of the people we have fallen in love with over and over these last ten years of Bones viewing. I suppose you‘re going to want to know more than the simple fact that this just may very well be one of the absolute best stinkin‘ Bones episodes ever of the fun variety. Seriously, I didn‘t want it to end. But let‘s get down to business. How can I tease you without robbing you of the pleasure of this feast for the eyes, ears and heart? I will try, my dear Boneheads, because you deserve this love letter as much as I do. So, where shall we start? Read more »
Bones lovers, as I alluded to in my teaser article earlier, "The 200th in the 10th" is a veritable orgasm of giddy colorful entertainment that will go down in the annals of Bones history as one of the most enjoyable of all time in several Bones-y sub-categories. As far as romanticism, humor and action/adventure are concerned, there‘s not much this episode doesn‘t deliver.Visually stunning and masterfully scripted, Bones makes rolling the clock back seven decades look as easy as flipping a light switch. From the cool blue-green and butter-yellow scenery, the breezy winding seaside cliff-driving, the impeccably manicuring of hem and crown, and the lively dialog dripping in suave jocularity reminiscent of Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint on the set of one of Hitchcock‘s finest, this was one of Bones‘ most sumptuous treats. And the score. Oh, my God, the score! Executive Producer Stephen ‘Suspense-And-Intrigue-Are-My-Middle-Names‘ Nathan, and David ‘Gentlemen‘s-Gentleman/Actors‘-Director‘ Boreanaz may not have had Bernard Herrmann on their payroll, but there must have been a seance to revive his spirit for this one event. What an extravagant homage to the craft of filming and to the love of one humble show‘s viewers this 200th episode turned out to be. Read more »
Bones fans the world round only want two things this spring. First, to receive the news that contract negotiations for season 11 have resulted in another 24 episodes of their favorite crimedy. Second, they want the next 30 days to hurry up so they can get on with the second half of season 10. Social media channels which are usually humming with FOX Bones teasers, images, gifs, videos, and Tumblr tributes have been nearly silent. It‘s a desert out there, Boneheads, and we intend to do something about it. Hence, the cryptic riddles for your pondering pleasure.The wait is over. Here are seven teasers to the spring premiere, "The Psychic in the Soup" which debuts on Thursday, March 26. Read more »
Most jobs involve working 9 to 5 where days are predictable and long. But for the Jeffersonian crew, Brennan and Booth of FOX‘s Bones, every day is an exciting adventure with murder cases to be solved and colorful characters to analyze. Here‘s 7 exciting reasons why we want to work at the Jeffersonian.  Read more »
Have we heard enough about the Bones baby planned for the Brennan and Booth family? Apparently not for me or the other members of the press who chatted with Emily Deschanel and Executive Producer Stephen Nathan. The longtime Bones colleagues were eager to share some never before heard details about the pregnancy, the challenges in Brennan and Booth‘s relationship as s result of Booth‘s gambling addiction, emerging villains, plans for season 11, and so much more. Let‘s get straight to it! Read more »
Bones fans, the wait is finally over. New episodes return with the spring premiere, "The Psychic in the Soup," as does a familiar face (Cyndi Lauper‘s Avalon Harmonia). In this episode, the Jeffersonian team is drawn into the twisted world of fortune tellers when the body of a local psychic is discovered decomposing in a tree trunk. Those closest to the victim become suspects the more they learn about her personal life. Also, Booth and Brennan debate the pros and cons of Christine‘s new imaginary friend, and the team remembers Sweets on his birthday.  Read more »
"Psychic in the Soup" broached the divisive issue of whether or not the law should apply to all people equally. Dr. Fuentes and Dr. Brennan colluded to bribe foreign officials and smuggle drugs into Cuba in the spring premiere episode. What gives them the right to commit felonies without consequences and should they be punished? How did they get law-loving FBI Agent Booth to help out? Moreover, isn‘t it way out of character for law-abiding Brennan and Booth to commit such a crime? Worthy questions all. Let‘s discuss.Okay, to be exact, Brennan and Fuentes didn‘t collude; they didn‘t actually plan to commit a crime together, which is what "colluding" means. Cam caught Rodolfo "Dangerously Dashing" Fuentes at the Jeffersonian with a wad of cash and a box full of prescription drugs. His intention was to bribe Cuban officials to look the other way while he or his countrymen smuggle the drugs through Mexico and/or across the Gulf of Mexico. From there his compadres would sell the contraband on the black market and they would all get disgustingly rich on the addictions of children and the disadvantaged. SCRE-E-E-E-E-E-CH! Wait. No. That is not at all what was going to happen once the drugs got to Cuba, was it? That would even be out of character for Dangerously Dashing. Read more »
After 104 agonizing days of winter hiatus (a.k.a. The Longest Stinkin‘ Hiatus in History) Bones quietly returns to our screens with "The Psychic in the Soup." With an introspective nod to the dearly departed, Dr. Lance "The Baby Duck" Sweets, and the delightful return of parapsychologist Ms. Avalon Harmonia, portrayed by pop-icon Cyndi Lauper, Bones  denies viewers the plot points Executive Producer Stephen Nathan and Emily Deschanel judiciously tantalized us with leading up to the premiere. Promised were several juicy upsets including a surprise pregnancy, a hefty dose of addiction and deceit, an enigmatic resurgence of Pelant and a life and/or relationship-threatening storyline for Cam and Arastoo. What the spank, Bones Fairies? If fans thought any of those major dramas were slated for "The Psychic in the Soup" they are woefully mistaken. After all, how do you follow-up the shock and devastation of "The Conspiracy in the Corpse," the tragedy of human trafficking in "The Lost Love in the Foreign Land" or the divinity of "The 200th in the 10th" from the first half of the season? Instead Bones serves up an aperitif prior to the real meal deal which begins in the next coupe of episodes as promised. Read more »
Boneheads can finally relax because Bones is back for good and we can finally get on with our lives. So, we‘ve got a lot to pack into the final episodes, so let‘s get straight down to business with some cryptic teases about "The Teacher in the Books." Read more »
Bones‘ episode, "The Teacher in the Books," delivers humor, heart and heroics in spades. The tale of a fiercely dedicated teacher, a tender-hearted attorney with an underprivileged past, and a forensic anthropologist determined to dominate current social media channels has made it‘s way into my top 20 favorite Bones episodes of all time. Though there are many fine performances in this 202nd episode, three truly stand out. First, Jessica Warren (Laura Spencer), Brennan‘s somewhat overbearing squintern with the unsinkable confidence and spunky attitude, is delightful without being gloaty as Brennan‘s Twitter mentor. Second, Aubrey (John Boyd), the cakeable junior FBI agent with a reputation for being just shy of obnoxiously accusatory in the interrogation room (and damn, he‘s good at it), shows extraordinary compassion toward a young man who is willing to risk everything to provide for his younger brother. And finally, this episode‘s MVP, AUSA Caroline Julian (Patricia Belcher), who puts her own neck on the line for a couple of kids she doesn‘t even know so that they won‘t have to fight as hard as she did in a world where the odds are stacked against them. Read more »
Arastoo may be planning a trip to Iran -- despite what it could mean for him -- and the team is on the case when an ex-con‘s body is found in this Bones episode, "The Baker in the Bits."The investigation in the murder of an ex-con whose body is found in pieces leads to a local bakery known for employing former felons. However, when they learn that the victim was involved in a robbery gone bad, they begin looking at suspects from his past. Plus, Arastoo has to decide if he‘s going to return to Iran to visit his dying brother, which leads to friction between him and Cam. Read more »
"The Baker in the Bits" is possibly the most psychologically gruesome Bones episode of season 10 to date. We‘re two episodes into the final stretch of a 12-episode back half of the Bones season and things are heating up considerably for several of our key players. Some of the long promised angst arrives during a case as creepy as "The Pain in the Heart" which brings Booth back to a part of his past for which forgetting is no longer an option. Despite the light-hearted locale of a successful bakery with an uplifting philosophy and an inspirational leader, "The Baker in the Bits" is a foreboding foreshadowing of what we may have coming for the rest of the Bones season. Without further ado, take a good look at some cryptic teases we have for you about "The Baker in the Bits." Read more »
We teased in our article ‘Bones‘ Teasers: 9 Reasons ‘The Baker in the Bits‘ Will Gross You Out about the opening chase scene in tonight‘s episode, so you should have been prepared for the slasher-yness of it. If you were oblivious to our earlier post, then you were most likely unexpectedly and delightfully grossed out all on your own. Hopefully, you weren‘t eating spaghetti at the time. Bones‘ 13th episode follows our Jason-like chase with Booth frantically digging through the garbage to find the well-worn photo of Brennan and Christine, which got him through his miserable stint in prison. Right off the bat we know Booth is going to be reflecting on that experience, perhaps even to understand the killer-du-jour. Next is our B plot line surrounding Arastoo and Cam. Arastoo‘s brother Hamid in Iran has an inoperable malignant brain stem tumor and doesn‘t have much time left. Arastoo, who fled Iran to avoid being imprisoned, hasn‘t been back since. His parents are in exile in the US, so it looks like Hamid is alone. This thrusts Cam and Arastoo into discussions about the future of their relationship. Cam, naturally, is beside herself with worry over his safety if he were to return to a politically volatile Iran. Cam demands she have input about the decision Arastoo has to make, but he sees things differently. The complications of their situation provide thoughtful interludes of purposeful drama.  Read more »
A murder can happen anywhere, as Bones has shown in the past and as it does again with "The Putter in the Rough," which takes the Jeffersonian team and Booth into the world of mini-golf.In this episode, the team discovers that the world of mini-golf can be surprising competitive when they investigate the murder of the sport‘s superstar. Also, Brennan is worried Max is reverting to his criminal tendencies, and Wendell enlists Hodgins‘ help to fix his girlfriend‘s family heirloom. Read more »
Bones is back with "The Putter in the Rough" which promises the return of one of my all-time favorite guest stars, the estimable Ryan O‘Neal, reprising his role as a reformed (?) criminal and Mrs. B‘s prodigal father, Max Keenan. It‘s been hinted that Max may be dipping his toes back into the river of naughtiness and/or is making efforts to reveal everything that happened back when he and his wife Christine had to abandon Brennan and Russ as teens. Does this mean he‘s going to clear his name? Remember, Booth told Brennan that Max was the most honorable criminal he ever met, so maybe there‘s a lot more to that story than any of us suspected. Perhaps tonight we will find out.The familial issue du jour in "The Putter in the Rough" is centered around Max reneging on a promise to spend time with Christine so he can go out of town for some secret reason. Brennan responds tersely and gives him no latitude whatsoever. Isn‘t she being a little hard on him? Well, not considering his caginess about the details of his mysterious trip or the fact that he and Brennan‘s mom inexplicably abandoned her and Russ for nearly 20 years before finally returning to eat his share of crow. So, yeah, she has a right to be miffed.  Read more »
Booth and Brennan are going to be busy in "The Eye in the Sky." Not only does the Bones couple find out they‘re having another baby in this episode, but the case is going to lead Booth to a familiar place -- and it‘s not one either of them want him to revisit.The remains of a high-stakes gambler are found in an industrial shredder, and Booth risks relapsing into his gambling addiction when he and Brennan delve into the world of underground poker. Also, Hodgins invents a new product related to the lab. Read more »
The most controversial episode of Bones‘ 10th season is upon us and it is a game-changer, folks. Resplendent with masterful performances by David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, and John Boyd, "The Eye in the Sky" opens with talk of babies and sex and peanut butter cookies in the most glorious scene since the season 9 Brennan-Booth wedding. Shortly afterwards, however, a pall is cast across the Bones universe engulfing Brennan, Booth, and Aubrey as the former sniper is confronted with his worst enemy yet -- his powerlessness over his addiction to gambling. "The Eye in the Sky" has Brennan and Aubrey fearfully watching over Booth as he breaks his sobriety to solve the murder of a gambler who won more than his fellow card players thought he deserved. As the episode progresses Booth‘s personality goes through a metamorphosis, one that has been alluded to in the past but never shown on screen. What emerges is a shifty, falsely exuberant and confident Booth whose behavior causes genuine fear in the hearts of the two closest to him -- Brennan as his wife and partner, and Aubrey as his FBI sidekick who knows all too well the alluring and destructive powers of addiction. Read more »
It‘s a special Bones episode with "The Big Beef at the Royal Diner," as, to mark the series milestone of 206 episodes (making it the longest-running one-hour drama for 20th Century FOX Television), all 206 bones in the human body will be mentioned. As for the case, the remains of a popular TV celebrity chef are found at a local park, and the team searches local restaurants he had been reviewing for clues. When evidence points to the Royal Diner of all places, Brennan and Booth must risk their status as favored patrons by questioning the staff. Also, Hodgins sells his new invention for millions, and Brennan creates an anatomically correct song to help Christine learn about the bones in the human body. Read more »
Holy cats, the Bones Fairies are whipping up quite a frenzy in the digital world to get fans jazzed about the 206th Bones episode, "The Big Beef in the Royal Diner." As any good Boner (Thanks, Craig Ferguson) knows, there are 206 bones in the adult body. The usual individual bone mention count for a Bones episode falls between ten and 20. To give this momentous occasion the respect and adulation it deserves -- after all, this episode is now FOX‘s longest-running prime time hour dramedy in crime procedural history -- FOX has assured us that all 206 human bones will be mentioned on screen during during "The Big Beef in the Royal Diner."Wait, there‘s more! As Bones loves interacting with their fan base they‘ve devised a way for all y‘all to participate in the fun by playing Bones Bingo. Viewers can download their own Bones Bingo board to play while watching. Also, fans will need to follow the Twitter stream #BonesBingo to interact with some of the Bones Fairies and to see the names of each bone mentioned as it happens on screen. The first players to get four across, down or diagonal, or a full blackout will be the fortunate recipients of an as yet not revealed squinty surprise from Bones. Read more »
On the momentous occasion of Bones 206th episode, FOX is celebrating with a rundown of all 206 bones in the human body. Booth is still gambling and lying, Hodgins and Angela are on the verge of becoming millionaires 40 times over, Cam (justifiably) freaks out about Arastoo‘s safety in Iran, and Brennan obsesses over creating an accurate preschool anatomy song. Lots going on, Boneheads. At the same time, FOX and Bones have challenged us all to play Bones Bingo during the episode using bingo cards covered in an array of bones names. Bones has promised us that all 206 human bones will be mentioned in tonight‘s "The Big Beef in the Royal Diner," so the first to tweet #BonesBingo to @BONESonFOX will get the unnamed prizes. For more details about the FOX frenzy, check out our feature, ‘Celebrate a Bones Milestone by Playing Live Bingo with Fans‘. So - lots going on in the Bones universe. Let‘s see if they can weave all of these strands together without turning it all into a big nasty hairball. Oh, did I mention that Aubrey provides the comic relief this episode? His love affair with food, (I think that makes him a foodie, doesn‘t it?), makes an appearance in just about every scene involving my man Aubrey. Read more »
Bones fans are treated to a double dose of murder with "The Lost in the Found" and "The Verdict in the Victims." Did Booth arrest the wrong person for murder?The remains of a private high school student are found in a ditch, and Booth and Brennan surmise that bullying played a role in the murder. When Brennan finds similarities between her own teen years and the victim‘s, the team questions if this girl‘s death was, in fact, a murder. Read more »
Bones is gracing our screens with a double header this week and let me tell you, there‘s nothing better than two back-to-back original episodes of Brennan and Booth. There are similarities between "The Lost in the Found" and "The Verdict in the Victims" in that they both address significant social justice issues, they both share a similar aesthetic in that the scenes are somewhat dark and imbued with a palpable sense of urgency, and they both unveil some very personal issues for numerous main characters. The similarities end there though. Still, the pairing is a solid choice.What they don‘t have is any (or not many, at least) references to, or images of, the two most disquieting issues in the Bones universe at present. There is no gambling angst and no concern over Arastoo‘s safety. However, that third question, the single question hovering over every fanatic‘s head -- well, there may be a message in one of these episodes that spills the beans on an important verdict. Or, maybe it means absolutely nothing. Don‘t even try to pretend you don‘t know what I‘m talking about. Read more »
The first of two back-to-back Bones episodes addresses the murderous consequences of bullying at a prep school for girls. Bones tackles the nature of bullying and the extent to which one victim was willing to go to rid herself of the devastating antagonism she was subject to on a daily basis by her peers. The B storyline of "The Lost in the Found" addresses a situation that‘s had the Bones cyber universe abuzz ever since Emily Deschanel (Dr. Temperance Brennan) announced her second pregnancy. "The Verdict in the Victims," the second half of the two hour Bones bonanza, revisits a seven-month-old open and shut case of killer Alex Rockwell whom Booth and Aubrey apprehended and the Jeffersonian team successfully provided enough evidence to convict for his heinous crimes. Rockwell‘s final 48 hours of life before execution are imminent, causing Brennan to reexamine all of her notes to confirm that Rockwell is, indeed, deserving of capital punishment. Brennan‘s skepticism turns into a frenzied search for proof that the incarcerated Rockwell is innocent.  Read more »
As Booth loves to say, "We‘re back, baby!" Putting a frenzied fandom of an estimated 6 million viewers out of their collective misery, FOX announced today the renewal of Bones, their longest running primetime hour-long drama. FOX announced completed negotiations with David Boreanaz (Booth) and Emily Deschanel‘s (Brennan) expired contracts via Deadline. Changes going into season 11 include some new names at the ultimate helm. Showrunner Stephen Nathan, who took over for Creator Hart Hansen at the beginning of season 9, will be passing the baton to work on other FOX projects, planning to return toward the end of season 11. Read more »
The madness of Upfront week continues with FOX becoming the second network to reveal its schedule and lineup for the 2015-2016 TV season.While the schedule for Fall 2015 includes five new shows, including an all-new comedy Tuesday, as well as mid-season hits Empire and The Last Man on Earth moving to the fall, the bigger news is what‘s happening in January.  Read more »
No single person can predict what another viewer‘s favorite episode of their favorite primetime drama will be, but I can tell you this about Bones‘ "Murder in the Middle East:" If you enjoy Bones for the drama, the masterful embodiment of the spirit of family, the serious interpersonal issues courageously faced, and the gripping action sequences and suspense ... this episode is going to knock your socks off. I kid you not.Boneheads, my heart is still pounding from the final scenes of Bones‘ 19th episode of the season. You already know some of the details if you‘ve read anything or watched the promos for "Murder in the Middle East," so I won‘t go into that. If you missed all the social media, suffice it to say this movie-quality hour confronts the dueling plot lines of Arastoo‘s visit to Tehran to be with his dying brother, and with the controversial issue of Booth‘s gambling addiction. I‘ve promised you 7 reasons why "Murder in the Middle East" is one of the absolute best Bones of Season 10 and I will not disappoint. Let‘s get down to the "bones" of the matter. Read more »
Wow. In answer to the headline‘s nasty question: Yes, Booth and Brennan still love each other just as much as they always have and that is why the events of "Murder in the Middle East" are so devastating. From start to finish, Bones‘ 19th episode was cinematographically wonderfully done. The episode‘s script, written by Co-executive Producer Michael Peterson, is concise, weaving together two splendidly crafted storylines. While we have known that the gambling arc is a long-running one, this episode was a particularly thorny proposition which has been handled incredibly well by Peterson, Boreanaz, Deschanel, Taylor, and guest star Pej Vahdat. Peterson‘s success with "Murder in the Middle East" bodes well for the future of the Bones franchise as Peterson has recently been crowned co-showrunner with fellow Executive Producer Jonathan Collier.  Read more »
As expected, the Bones fandom is in an uproar over the trauma introduced by "Murder in the Middle East." Booth‘s gambling has reached a tangible level putting his family and his career, not to mention his life, at great risk. Most disturbing for some viewers is Brennan‘s expulsion of her spouse from home and hearth. Other viewers feel differently. Let‘s discuss.Boneheads desperately debate the questions: Is this the beginning of the end? Was this a realistic treatment of Booth‘s gambling problem, or are the Bones Fairies tormenting our beloved dynamic duo for ratings? And most the most divisive question of all, were Brennan‘s words and actions too harsh? That‘s what we are here to discuss, my friends.  Read more »
Bones 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. Read more »
I recently had the pleasure of talking with Kathy Reichs, the creator of Bones character, forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan. Joining us was her daughter, Kerry, who co-wrote this season‘s "The Woman in the Whirlpool" episode. Though Kathy reviews every single Bones episode for scientific accuracy, this is only the third episode the mother-daughter team has envisioned from concept to completed script, the first two being season 5‘s "The Witch in the Wardrobe," and season 9‘s "The Dude in the Dam." A novelist and forensic anthropologist herself, Kathy uses her own life experiences as the inspiration for the character of Temperance Brennan in her crime series from which the Bones television series concept sprang. Before we delved into details (and some juicy episode news) about how the mother-daughter team developed the concept for "The Woman in the Whirlpool," I wanted to know more about the real Kathy ‘Temperance Brennan‘ Reichs in comparison to the Bones‘ Brennan, (or the literary Brennan for that matter), and who better to ask than the creator herself? Then I wanted to know what is most difficult, and what is most amazing about being a forensic anthropologist. Kathy‘s answers revealed an unexpected and palpable tenderness toward those whose remains came into her care. Not surprising was how many of the tiny and fascinating details of Kathy‘s experience have woven their way into the fabric of Bones. Read more »
It‘s not the best time for Booth and Brennan‘s relationship right now on Bones and that‘s very clear in "The Woman in the Whirlpool," as both struggle with what his gambling addiction has done to their family.Following his gambling relapse and his bookie showing up at the house, Brennan kicked Booth out of the house, and in this episode, he struggles to come to terms with that decision. As always, there‘s also a case, this one involving the murder of a well-known cookie jar collector, and Aubrey has his eye on one of the squinterns.  Read more »
Folks, there‘s no way to get around it. "The Woman in the Whirlpool" is a sobering episode, if you‘ll pardon the pun. We‘re dealing the aftermath of Booth lying about his resumed gambling activity and Brennan asking him to leave The Mighty Hut, 2.0, right? There‘s no way we could have a comedic piece after an upset like that. So, what do we do? We hunker down and look for the good in what is before us because there is good in this episode, and it‘s more than the quality of the portrayals, Hodgins‘ latest toy, or a solid case built around some interesting remains. There are some nuggets to hang onto and look for as you sit down (without your dinner, unless you want to be wearing it) to watch Bones‘ 20th episode of season 10.In accordance with tradition, I have several teases for you that are cryptic enough to preserve the element of surprise, yet (hopefully) intriguing enough to get you excited about your first viewing of "The Woman in the Whirlpool." You‘ll have to let me know if I accomplish this goal by writing in the comment box below. Let‘s get this bone on the road. Read more »
"The Woman in the Whirlpool" is a heavy-hearted, though well written and expertly delivered portrayal of two people deeply in love, but struggling with the consequences of addiction. Booth is despondent and as long-faced as Baryard Dawg in the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons while Brennan is subdued, but holding steady. The theme of the carnage of addiction reigns throughout as the team investigates the death of a woman obsessed with cookie jars to the exclusion of her friends and family. The team cannot help but see the parallel between the ravages of the victim‘s obsession and the destruction of Booth‘s addiction. Booth sees this as well and, in the very end, opens his ears and heart to begin to understand and accept the consequences of his actions. It‘s going to be a long haul, people. However, to quote Sweets‘ love story about Brennan and Booth, "It is their friendship that is the foundation of their relationship, not the fickle nature of love." This quote, recited by Aubrey at the end of "The Woman in the Whirlpool," provides Bones fans hope. Read more »
After a combination of protracted factors provided Booth with some hard-won clarity in "The Woman in the Whirlpool," the former sniper was able to admit his addiction to his Gamblers Anonymous cohorts, and take his first true step toward getting his life back on track. Sometimes we don‘t realize how true our words are for us until the words are born and take flight. Booth‘s anxious declaration to his fellow addicts became real after they left his lips. These things take time, people. I applaud Bones for continuing, in "The Life in the Light" to allow these dearly beloved characters to face their most traumatic separation yet, and to do it with such graceful authenticity.  In Bones‘ penultimate episode, Booth has been sober 30 full days and is on his way to recovery. Booth and Brennan are able to work together again, and, to enjoy their time together, even if only for a little while. As the case of a rough and tumble yoga instructor unfolds, the Paris move further develops and Angela‘s name, (though a well-guarded secret for 202.5 episodes), is unveiled. As for the Booth family, Brennan decides that her faith in Booth is stronger than her need for a guarantee of his sobriety.  Read more »
Bones‘ penultimate episode, "The Light in the Life" is just hours away, so what can I share with you that hasn‘t already been spilled by FOX themselves or other media outlets? Well, there‘s something here to tickle the amygdala of both the fully-spoiled and the spoiler-free crowds who rely on my very cryptic clues to get through the final hours of Bones day.When we last saw Brennan, Booth and The Avengers, there was a lot going on, and a lot of ground yet to cover before the end of Bones tenth season. A residue of anxiety colored the interactions between just about everyone in "The Woman in the Whirlpool" as Brennan and Booth remained de-coupled, Booth was still floating down Denial River until the final scene, and Hodgins and Angela were getting pie-eyed over Parisian flats. Without further ado, let‘s hit it, Bones fans! Read more »