Bones Review: One in Four

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A premise that so easily could have been cliched and annoying turned out to be anything but in what became a surprisingly emotional episode of Bones last night.

Trapped in an cage, and with a lovably annoying push from Sweets, Booth and Brennan were forced to confront their complicated feelings for each other head-on.

David Boreanaz directed "The Blackout and the Blizzard" and deserves praise for delivering such an entertaining, multi-layered episode - one of the season's best.

Helping Booth Move

The blizzard crippling D.C. would've been better suited to a January or February episode, as we're now on the cusp of spring, but any Northeasterner could surely relate.

Also relatable, if you're a guy? Booth's desire to grab that row of old stadium seats. How cool are those things (even if Veterans Stadium is in Philly and they're in D.C.)?

We'll give Philly-bred Boreanaz a pass on that last point, especially for all the episode brought us - raw emotion, old-school detective work and B-squared game-changer.

Not that there's ever a right time to get stuck in an elevator, but during an outbreak of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever looming? Even Bones screamed in frustration.

There was more than just the case on her mind, of course. A lot more.

While there was no fairy tale ending to this chapter, it did end with real hope for Booth and Bones to become a couple - and an explanation for why he won't go there now.

After Hannah broke his heart, he's reeling, angry and unsure when he can expose himself emotionally like that again. It was realistic and powerful to watch him admit this.

At the same time, Brennan is no longer impervious. Leave it to Temperance to sum up her inner feelings with a vocabulary word most of us don't use in everyday speech.

She's become less impervious, but she needs to become stronger too.

They left things a bit open-ended, but in a way that felt oddly satisfying. Rather than one pursuing the other and being shot down over and over again, we can accept this.

Writing their "dates" down and setting them ablaze, we can only hope their wishes come true for our own sakes. Is it too much to ask that they both wrote May 19, 2011?

Save the Date!

At the Jeffersonian, Hodgins, Cam, Angela and Wendell (who was great this week) weren't just capable of handling the case in a blackout, they were almost giddy about it.

This has been done many times before - an episode of NCIS last fall was similarly good - but it was neat seeing their detective work on display without digital ... anything.

As with the Booth-Brennan storyline, the characters carried this so well throughout, and the case, while almost lost in the shuffle at times, was actually pretty interesting.

Wendell's biggest contribution was not his adaptability to the blackout, but the pep talk he gave Hodgins, who spent the night worrying about Leber Congenital Amarosis.

LCA is a recessive, inherited disease, but since both he and Angela are carriers, there's a one in four chance Katherine Temperance/Michael Joseph could be blind at birth.

Jack, who had tried so hard to stay confident, was crushed.

I couldn't help but recall a similar situation awaiting blood test results (for cystic fibrosis, not LCA) while my wife was pregnant with our son. She carries that gene, I do not.

While the phone call was good news for me, many of Hodgins' questions ran through my mind. Can I handle the news and adapt? Can I be strong enough for all of us?

It's amazing that the show took this sad direction, but I'm confident Angela and Hodgins can get through it, even if they have to lean on each other like never before.

Here's hoping for that 75 percent, guys.

Some closing thoughts ...

  • Sweets borrowing that awesome hat? Great stuff. Sweets being dressed by Booth’s elderly neighbor in her dead spouse’s clothes? More than a little creepy.
  • Seeing the potatoes generate power was straight out of the middle school science fair. Bones' detective work is often over our heads ... not last night!
  • Not that he really needed to explain himself (I'd take the old stadium seats just because), but Booth's story about his dad made me a little choked up.
  • When Booth demanded Sweets never speak of she-who-must-not-be-named again, it almost felt like a "here's to our fans" moment from Boreanaz.

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


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My son has leber congenital amaurosis and this disease is so rare that I am surprised the writers even knew of it and decided to include it in the show! I am very glad that LCA is getting much needed attention!


Those seats might have been from the Vet but they weren't the seats from the Vet in 1980. The Vet back then was rainbow colored. The blue seats didn't happen until the 90's.


I really dont want to wait 3 weeks for the next Bones epi!


I loved this episode becuase as much as i wanted them together they both admitted that maybe that weren't quite ready for a romantic relationship and amitting that and writing down a date was satisfying enough for me because at least i knnow that they both still want that kind of relationship between them. So David Boreanaz just make sure you're the one directing the episode in which you and Bones finallly get together. Or just direct it with Emily Deschanel and that would be ten times better!


Awesome work Mr. Boreanaz. Nice balance with the funny/emotion/nostalgia.


"Bones" is one of the best shows on television. I love the story lines and the plot twist. They never disappoint. But what's with "Cam's" hair? I did not like the "do" at all! It looked like somebody just stuck it on top of her head and left it there!




GREATNESS! Loved this episode. The elevator scenes were great, and the old-school science in the lab was awesome. I was so sad for Hodgins & Angela and the news about the baby, and I think Wendell is a great friend for both of them. Angela & Hodgins have been through a lot together & they'll make through this too. I was very satisfied with the results of Booth/Brennan's talk. Lookig forward to how things proceed from here. My only gripe: Why do we have to wait ANOTHER 3 weeks for more new episodes?!


Great episode! My daughter has Lebers Congenital Amaurosis and it is very rare. Only about 3000 people in the USA have it. Did this diagnosis come out of the blue, or was it a source of topic in previous episodes and I missed it. Just wondering where this story line came from since it is so rare. Anyway - it is a childhood eye disorder and it leaves all children blind either from birth, or usually by their late teens. It is devestating as parents - I knew exactly how they felt. BUT - it is really unusual for them to test for being a carrier unless there would be some family background. Most of us find out after our child is born, and in my daughters case - because she was not blind from birth - we didn't find out until she was 3. So -it just strikes me as odd. None the less- I am so glad to see LCA get some attention!!!


good episode......liked it alot. it was kind of open-ended as far as b+b goes, but i'll take it. I was loving the hijinks at the jeffersonian and i want angela to have the baby already...but it looks like the timing is for looking forward to more sniper episodes.....gotta love arnold v.

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