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Bones Review: Observe, Analyze, Deduce ... Amazing!

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Last week's Jersey Shore homage set the bar high, but Bones came through with another solid episode Thursday night, albeit one that wasn't anything like we were expecting.

Unlike the season's first three installments, "The Body in the Bounty" did not guest star Katheryn Winnick as Hannah. In fact, we only caught one passing reference to her.

Instead of fleshing out Brennan's feelings for Booth, Bones treated us to a case that went from dull to surprisingly complex and a great subplot provided by David Alan Grier.

Gun-Toting Bones

A PERFECT MURDER: This one certainly wasn't, but Brennan thinks she could pull it off. She's thought a lot about it, actually. We're a little scared, especially when she's armed.

To be honest, when we first saw Grier hamming it up as Dr. Bunsen Jude, The Science Dude (a clear Bill Nye parody), we weren't sure this was going to work out. Like, at all.

But, what could have been an annoying guest character became a downright lovable Squintern stand-in, as Dude's efforts to woo Brennan onto his show endeared him to us.

Temperance, who was downright standoffish all night, refused to allow the children's show host to do a Jeffersonian special - unless he proved legitimately useful in this case.

With sidekick Hodgins by his side, how could you not root for Dude in his efforts to impress Brennan? Or smile when he said "Amazing!" Or want to play that drinking game?

It was cool to see multiple layers from what could have been a gimmicky role. Yes, Dude had cheesy catchphrases, but he's a persistent scientist who does not accept failure.

This ultimately won over the toughest of audiences in Brennan. Grier killed it, so much so that if he were to resurface down the road for another special, we could tolerate it.

Dude and Bones

ODD COUPLE: Hey, it worked.

One of the things Bones does best is shift seamlessly from lighter to serious moments within the same episode, or even the same scene. Last night was another good example.

While Dude did his thing in the lab, Booth pursued the killer of a bounty hunter found in a dumpster (a carcass that ranked pretty high on Bones' exalted list of dead bodies).

The case started off slowly, and certainly took a back seat to Dude's entertainment value, but did feature a variety of oddball characters itself, most notably the bail bondsman.

Wolf's death at the hands of the rival, female bounty hunter seemed fairly clear from the moment she was introduced. The extent of her psychotic tendencies? Not so much.

Everybody contributed to the case and had some quality moments, from Sweets (we feel bad for the patient he abruptly ditched) to Caroline and even Trudy the cadaver dog.

Finally, even though it took place at the very beginning of the episode and had little to do with the plot, Booth and Brennan's "perfect murder" discussion bears mentioning.

Debating hypothetical situations like this isn't just normal, it can be fun. Except that Brennan seemed serious. We think. Emily Deschanel is so good, you never really know!

Perhaps Hannah's mere presence is bothering her, because our heroine was even icier than usual, even condescending to Booth (and Cam, and Dude) throughout the night.

She did come around at the end, and seeing our beloved Bones in the costume showing them was very cute. But we're very curious, as always, what's going on in her head.

Bones returns November 4, after the World Series. What do you think will happen between Brennan, Booth and Hannah then? Did you like last night's episode?

Review

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Professor Bunsen Jude the Science Dude should be a real person. In other words David Allen Grier...you should actually make that character into a kids show.

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Does anyone have any idea how long we have to put up with Hannah? Please tell me she is gone after the 9th episode.

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This episode was fantastic. Just a side note though. The cadaver dog is not named "trudy" "trutie" or "dottie" her name is "tootie"

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ohhh gr8 episode... :D:D
i think i'm the only one who likes hannah on the show ... seriously seing brenane jelous is so funnyyyy...
and plz more brenane action...ohhh brenan with gun is AMASING!!!!!!!

Sue-ann

Due to having trouble getting home that early, I have not seen an entire episode this season. I joined this one about 20 minutes in, and had to figure out who the science dude was. He was very grating without the setup. I have not yet seen Hannah, but I am quite sure I would not care for her. My hope is that they find another reason to have Zack back this year for his annual appearance.

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Loved the episode. Especially the end when bones is not in her comfort zone and Booth admires her for it. Wonder what the "everything will change" is about. Will Booth be so upset about Hanna being shot he asks her to marry him? Hopefully it scares her away? I could go on! Wish they would ditch the trench coats but love the boots.

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Loved the science dude! Hate to say it but I have a bad feeling about the next episode with Hannah in the hospital. The pictures say a thousand words.

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did not miss hannah at all...am ready for her to be gone! then i can like my show again, instead of cringing everytime i see her and booth make out...i'm also tired of not liking booth at all b/c of her. i'm just ready for her to be gone, gone, gone!! so this was a very nice hannah-less episode. nothing to have to fast forward through :)

Steve-marsi

Good catch. Sorry! I do wonder what the producers' plan for Hannah is. How long will she be around?

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The name of the cadaver dog is Trutie not Dottie. The episode was really and I acctually (along with about everyone else) didn't miss Hannah.

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