Bones Review: "The Feet on the Beach"

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After an exceptionally long three weeks, Bones finally returned with an all-new episode entitled, "The Feet on the Beach." The premise largely focused around a Body Farm and jealous PHD candidates, and the episode left a little to be desired in terms of plot, but it cashed big returns in heart.

I never thought I would see the day when Temperance Brennan issued a semi-public apology, at least to anyone who wasn’t Booth. Then again, at the Founding Fathers she made sure to distinguish between the greek derivative of the word “apology” and replaced it with “contrite.”

Either way, Brennan’s concession to Dr. Filmore that he was gifted managed to heal his minor disability, which I reveled in.

Dead as a ...

I have to say, I found it interesting that they brought in both a jurisdictional issue and a quirky Canadian character into the mix this week, and that he made a huge contribution to the investigative process.

I suppose if Dr. Filmore hadn’t made such instrumental contributions then he wouldn’t have been worthy of Brennan’s genuine apology, which, at least for me, really made the episode.

The car scene when Booth plainly told Brennan that she had to apologize to Filmore because he knew what kind of “person she was” was a favorite moment of mine. Brennan definitely took it to heart, and it’s definitely nice to see them becoming tight again.

The Blackout in the Blizzard” was a good episode for them, so the small follow-up moment of honesty this week was nice. I’m starting to remember what they were like in the old days.

Perhaps my favorite moment of the night was Brennan at the Body Farm. You would have thought she was at opening night of the carnival. I have never seen anyone so pleased to see so many decomposing dead bodies. Then again, I also don’t find myself around them very often.

Something tells me that she would be perfectly happy …

At the Body Farm

It was also refreshing to see Michelle back in the mix. Her college story has been AWOL since last Fall, so to discover that she had no chance of applying to another college and that her relationship with her boyfriend was in shambles, I was wondering if Cam would have gotten away with her minor deception. For a minute the audience almost did too, yet Michelle was willing to shoulder the consequences with an optimistic plan to apply to Columbia on her own in a year. Surprising, but good to see that her and Cam’s relationship is in such good shape.

Another memorable moment was Hodgins “disapproving look.” Very entertaining moment, and it conveyed exactly what he wanted it too, and Cam could feel the censure.

Sweets also made more appearances than usual in the service of helping Dr. Filmore and Dr. Brennan reconcile their differences, as well as consult Cam on her admissions problem. Love when he can get a word in and facilitate reconciliation. Except for his success caused him to smack Dr. Filmore in the face with a plastic dish. Not exactly helpful, but did prove that his arm had “healed.”

Overall, pretty solid return after a very lonely three weeks.

What did everyone else think of this episode of Bones?


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Did anyone else notice that the scary gardener on the riding mower was named Larry WOLFRAM (just like the scary law firm on Angel, Wolfram and Hart)?


Ok total disappointment I am a die hard bones fan but I have to say this episode was no way to return from a break it was such a "filler" episode :(


I kind of liked this episode. I liked the episode but I think they(squints, sweets and booth) should cut Brennan some slack, I mean she was not THAT harsh. :)) Although I never saw how Brennan became a bitch in what she wrote (because she was clearly simply being objective, what a scientist must be),it is pleasing that she still apologized to Dr. Filmore, not for what she wrote, but for not acknowledging his brilliance as a scientist. I find it refreshing that she has clearly evolved, as opposed to others saying about in this episode because this episode showed her balance between the "scientist-robot" and the person that she is. She kept her ground in being firm in what she wrote but became enough of a person that she is, to apologize for her failure to recognize the exemplary work of Dr. Filmore.


In the real word, as Erica is hinting at, if one takes a purely professional opinion personally - from someone you don't even work with no less - that person being unprofessional and/or has some clear mental health issues. I wouldn't say I was "surprised" by Bones apologizing though. The writing on the episodes as well as the accuracy - scientifically speaking - has just been all over the place. Yet, the show gets pretty high ratings and is still entertaining if you turn your brain down a notch for an hour.


I'm sorry, but I disagree w/ everyone. I hated this episode because of the morals. This isn't a kids show that is trying to tell kids to be nice. Brennen shouldn't have had to apologize to the stupid dude. It was so dumb and cheesy. Brennen can have a professional opinion different from him, and should be allowed to slame it if she wants without having to apologize. She wasn't being a bitch at all.


I spent most of this episode thinking that Brennan is an absolute bitch with no heart. There was not even the slightest hint of the more complex character the show spent so long trying to construct. The final apology is well done, but I felt it was soured by the fact that she still doesn't understand why she was wrong to be so cruel in her review. So while she acknowledge the worth of this particular doctor, I think she won't even hesitate to be that cruel to someone else.


I really enjoyed this week's episode. While I agree that they are taking Brennan's social awkwardness a little too far in some cases, I thought her actions in this episode were perfectly in character. Her reaction to the bodies was hilarious and perfectly fitting for someone who has dedicated her life to studying such. As for the podiatrist, I found his character extremely annoying, and I have to agree with Brennan's point about things getting out of hand if you start recognizing "experts" in every individual area of bone. However, I really loved her apology at the end, and the fact that she was willing to take Booth's advice to heart and make a semi-public apology to someone, in my opinion, shows real growth. Can't wait for the next ep!


This episode was a disappointment! The lack of chemistry and charisma is dragging this show down big time! Writers have seriously messed up everything with dismal season 6! I miss the old days and wish the writers would get it together already, bring back the love and caring of B & B, turn it into a real relationship!


I'm sorry, but Dr. Brennan is turning into an Adrian Monk. I stopped watching Monk because he was rude and inconsiderate, and Brennan is as bad. I like the show, but she is as stupid as she is smart. It makes me angry, don't need that. I'll miss you Booth.


this show was not that good.

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Bones Season 6 Episode 17 Quotes

Booth: Wouldn't you like to be normal person like the rest of us who doesn't paralyze people?
Brennan : People who tell the truth have always endured scrutiny for their's my duty.

Booth [to Brennan]: What makes us human bones is that we can feel compassion and regret.
Brennan: I can tell this is really important to you, why?
Booth: Because I know what kind of person you are, and I think it's time you let other people in on your little secret.