Bones Review: Happy Valentine's Day Massacre!

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Enjoyable, but nothing extraordinary. Solid, but nothing special.

I love Bones, but you have to admit, certain episodes are special TV events and others feel a bit like filler. After the previous week's "The Daredevil in the Mold," Thursday night's installment never quite hooked me as things went back to normal at the Jeffersonian.

Maybe that's because I'm not a huge Valentine's Day fan to begin with and this episode took place February 17. Maybe it's because I didn't totally buy Cam's countdown to getting the case solved as all that important. But the episode just felt average.

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Booth and Brennan did share some quality scenes this week, of course.

That being said, a slightly-above episode of Bones still brings its share of excitement and humor, and emotional outpourings like last week can't be too frequent and seem organic.

Brennan summed it up best when she called V-day a "ridiculous holiday," because "the banks don't even close." However, she found a nice way of spending it with Booth in the end.

How did we get there? With another incredibly good/bad body find, for starters.

Executive producer Stephen Nathan earns kudos for the melted corpse in the tanning bed, with the eye MELTING OUT OF THE SKULL after you thought the worst was over.

Steve, if you haven't seen Peter Jackson's Dead Alive, go rent it. You'll appreciate it. Although I have to imagine it might be the inspiration for Bones' incomparable opening acts.

The victim was a wedding planner and the suspects were as grating as they come - her high-strung executive assistant, a Bridezilla and the father of the Bridezilla. Painful.

This was the point, naturally, in the most anti-Valentine's Day Valentine's Day episode ever. Even if I could have done without the holiday theme, I did enjoy the show's take on it.

While the planner's assistant seemed like the most obvious target, it was actually an estranged husband that did her in because of the assistant, who stood to inherit her assets.

And who she was also sleeping with. Didn't see that coming.

While Booth and Brennan didn't exactly leap into each other's arms after Hannah's departure, they showed some great chemistry this week, especially in the interrogation scene.

Their personal "Valentine's Day Massacre" to end the night was fun, too. Whether dropping knowledge on suspects or wielding firearms, Emily Deschanel killed last night ...

Bones and Booth Pic

While it seemed odd at times that Booth's meltdown was barely mentioned, I can see the need to move on and not dwell on it as well - for Booth and for his colleagues.

It was well handled for the most part, and I'm curious to see if over time, B and B do come together for good. Somehow I find myself far from convinced it'll happen.

The relationship with Hannah may be over, but it left an indelible mark on Seeley. I can't help but feel he's through with romance for a long, long while. Anyone agree?

As for the rest of the team ...

  • Sweets a non-factor and Daisy was MIA. Strange in a Valentine's Day episode, no?
  • Hodgins' efforts to find Angela the perfect gift were sweet, no matter how misguided.
  • Clark opening up constantly and revealing that he's into role-playing? No comment.
  • Okay, I admit, I was happy that Cam was so determined to see Paul. A little.

What did you think of last night's Bones? Discuss!


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I would personally enjoy seeing bones and booth getting a closer relationship. Something that wouldnt necessarily cause them to marry one another but wat would cause them to be unable to act as tho nothing is there. They are both stubborn so seeing that would be great.


I like your comments Mrs. Preston, Fantastic Idea!! hahaha


The Hannah story completely killed all of the B&B chemistry.


I love Mrs. Preston's elevator episode idea except for one small change:
instead of having sex, after Brennen tells him (in a head-lock) that 'he is the pesrson she loves most in the world', the elevator doors should open and she should throw Booth down and walk out. But then Booth should crawl out of the elevator and say:
Hey Bones, (she turns back), "i love you too".
run the credits.
Next show, have them meeting up at the diner and holding hands under the table.


i think the booth-and-brennen-stuck-in-the-elevator episode should go like this:
Brennen should kick Booth really hard and say: that's for coming back from Afghanistan with a girlfriend.
Then she should karate chop him and say: that's for proposing to the girlfriend you brought back from Afghanistan.
Then she should put him in some nasty head-lock and tell him: and this is for making me realize that you are the person I love the most in this world.
Then they should have some serious sex and when that is over booth should tell Brennen he loves her too.
Put that in your pens and write it, writers!
Don't change the characters, they are great as they are. They will be even greater when they are together because they are a winning combination. Can you just imagine how Brennen will tell Booth she is pregnant?!?! What a hoot that statement could be.


This episode was about "love"--written by a bunch of writers who obviously can't write ANYTHING good about love or relationships. THis is the only reason booth and brennen are not together. Because the writers can't write it.
Booth and Brennen together would be a riot. They could learn so much from eachother. The situations could be funny, but sweet. How can Booth tell Hannah all the time that he loves her, but he has never once told Brennen 'I love you'? Booth is supposed to be a 'give it all i've got' type of guy. So why can't he just tell Brennen he loves her? He says, "i'm that guy" or "lets give this a chance" or "I knew from the first". Growl. Come on, is it so hard to tell Brennen "you are the person I love best in this world".


Forget Blondie and let things proceed forward,will ya? B&B have to start back somewhere, and the scene at the firing range was a good start!!


I disagree that the situation was well handled. I don't think anything has been well handled on this show in ages. The writing has gone completely downhill. Bones and Brennan are Stepford people. And Hannah's exit? Laughably weak.


I know Bones has always done the gross corpse thing but have they gotten more over the top lately? I find myself turning away from the screen more and more. The episode wasn't bad, just a little boring. The scene at the end between Booth and Brennan was cute but I'm afraid to get my hopes up. I've done that the last two seasons and have gotten let down. I'm not convinced they'll let these two be happy this season but dragging it out to season 7 is a little ridiculous.


All the wining It was a good episode But I dont find Cams lovelife interesting
Cant wait, 3 weeeeeks:(

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