TV Fanatic Mid-Season Report Card: Bones

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With our favorite prime time shows on hiatus, TVF is taking a look back at some buzzed-about programs and grading their performance this fall, with a look toward 2011.

Yesterday, we examined Brothers & Sisters. This morning: Bones.

Best episode: For humor, the Jersey Shore-themed "The Maggots in the Meathead." For drama, "The Doctor in the Photo." This dark, compelling episode featuring an introspective Brennan contrasted starkly from last season's uplifting Christmas episode.

Just the same, it likely marked a pivotal moment for Temperance. Her declaration will resonate with Booth. Sad as it was, it could signal the brightest days yet up ahead.

The Couple in the Cave Pic

WE HEART B-SQUARED: Unrequited love lingers for one of our top TV couples.

Worst episode: If we have to pick, "The Twisted Bones in the Melted Truck." It was still enjoyable, but you knew going in that only the following week mattered.

Best character: Aside from the two leads, Sweets has been cracking us up this season. Whether he's cougar cruising, helping Miss Wick cheat on her FBI clearance exam or bromancing Booth, the always-entertaining Dr. Lance has come into his own this fall.

Worst character: Hannah. No offense, Hannah. You seem nice. But get lost.

Best relationship: Angela and Hodgins. Our only complaint is there hasn't been enough of these two together on screen, but we have a hunch that will change come spring. They're always a breath of fresh air, an antidote to the tensions lying elsewhere.

Best body find: "The Babe in the Bar." Hilarious and so, so gross.

Best Jeffersonian work: "The Bones That Weren't." They made a skeleton out of plastic! Honorable mention: Angela's sketches in "The Shallow in the Deep." The woman's good.

Hopes for 2011: An encore visit from David Allan Grier's "Science Dude" ... Daisy not getting killed off by the sniper ... Hodgins and Angela's baby being born without complications.

Oh yeah, and Booth and Brennan possibly getting together. Almost forgot that.

Overall grade: B.

Do you agree with TV Fanatic's take? Disagree? Care to expound on anything in particular? What do you hope to see more of next year? Share your comments below!

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Bones Quotes

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Brennan

Booth: I worked really, really hard on my vows, but you know, now that we're here, look, um, hey. Do you remember the last time that we were here? Standing right around in this spot? It was right in the beginning before we really knew each other. I was trying to get away from you because you were irritating me and, uh, you chased me down, and you caught up to me and I said to you 'listen, I just have to get all my ducks in a row' and you said to me--
Brennan: I can be a duck.
Booth: Yeah. You know we had been chasing each other for a long time. Chasing each other through wars and serial killers and ghosts and snakes. And now chasing you has been the smartest thing that I have ever done in my life. And being chased by you has been my greatest joy. But now, we, uh, we don't have to chase each other anymore because we caught each other.

Bones Music

  Song Artist
Fearless Fearless Cyndi Lauper iTunes
The world is The World Is... Matthew Ryan iTunes
Song Rain Or Shine Matthew Perryman Jones