Bones Review: This Truth Hurts

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Brennan [to Cam]: I find your lotion a bit repugnant.

Booth: Sometimes when I don’t have any clean underwear I go commando.

Hodgins [to Wendell]: When you were dating Angela, I planned your murder in great detail.

These were just some of the "aggressive" truths that found their way into this week's episode of Bones, entitled "The Pinocchio in the Planter."

Advanced Gardening

While overall a decent episode, the content of the case failed to exceed what have now become rather low expectations for me. Even Booth's secret, which, given his hesitance to reveal it earlier in the episode, lacked the luster and perhaps even awe that I was genuinely expecting.

Yet, given the rather stationary overall trajectory of this season, I, unfortunately, believe that perhaps I should not have been surprised.

Mind you, this episode has some real potential in terms of character development, especially with regard to Angela and Hodgins becoming completely honest with one another over the fears they have about the baby's potential to be born blind.

I would have especially liked to see more of a conversation between Sweets and Angela, as it occurred to me that we have rarely seen them interact on an interpersonal level.

But other than that, the other minor plot points, such as Wendell's aggressive approach to procuring more hours, and his insistence on insulting Cam's lotion scent, was slightly unnecessary.

Even more interesting is that throughout this entire episode Brennan managed to elude having to tell a truth herself. While I recognize that she professes to tell "aggressive" truths all the time, that fact is most certainly has to be untrue.

I just don't think there's a human on the planet who hasn't lied. Besides, when she told Booth that his omission was the same as lying, I found her statement to be rather hypocritical. There are certainly things she herself has withheld from Booth, which would make her no better.

I also think if she'd been compelled to tell a truth in order to gain the cooperation of the group it would have been more entertaining, and Sweets even more so. Why was Booth the only one having to come clean in the situation?

Booth Interrogates

On another note, I had totally forgotten about Booth's distaste for clowns. I remember the last time that was an issue was when he shot the clown-head on the ice cream truck a while back. It wasn't as funny as I was hoping it would be, but it was a nice refresher of a character quirk.

As a whole, one undeniably redeeming quality of this episode was that it didn't include any cameos from "The Finder."

Other than that, this season continues to straggle on into the final four episodes. Each week my faith in the redemption of this season slowly drifts into complacency.

This truth hurts; it's not a nice feeling to have watching this show that I've come to watch season after season.

But am I the only one that feels that way? Sound off below.


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Ha! Good explanation of the flolow focus..marking down the focus points.Most importantly What is that piece you used to build your set? Was it DIY? What is the name of it? I can see how useful it would be to change just the wall piece to simulate different rooms/time periods etc!! Please tell me what that is


I liked this episode, with two exceptions: the shameless plug for the self-parking Toyota, and Booth's confession at the end of the show. After building it up so much (and in my head I was thinking of all the times he's lied to her), his "It meant a lot to me that you were there after Hannah" comment was a let-down. He should have told her that he'd been lying when he acted like he was ok with her dating Hacker (or Sully, or anyone else but him). Looking forward with great interest to the rest of the season and beyond! While watching the promo for next week, a horrible thought came to me - what if Caroline is the one who gets shot by the sniper? We haven't seen her in a while -- not since the ep where the Gravedigger got her head shot off. I like Caroline a lot and would hate to lose her. She brings a wonderful humor and sass and old-fashioned common sense to the team. Please don't kill Caroline!


I would like to point out that I have been lamenting over the poor quality of the episodes for several weeks now. And while I as a true fan will continue to watch the show for its characters, I am disillusioned at the content of the cases being in steady decline. Content in particular is what has me so down, not the characters. I'm looking for much deeper plots and a return to setting up multi-episode arcs LIKE the Gravedigger episodes.


P.S. The Doctor in the Photo was a well-done, emotional episode, but my favorite of the season so far has got to be The Bullet in the Head. Flashback to other Gravedigger episodes, and we finally get a glimpse of Booth being Booth again.


Yes, this season has been probably the worst one so far. But some episodes really have been great, and I think everyone is forgetting that. You have succumbed to pessimism way too easily, and you are missing the small things that I still see in every episode that remind me of why I love Bones so much. I still have faith that the show will right itself, or rather the writers will right it, and come back to being the best show currently on TV.


I totally agree that this whole season has been something of a letdown - the scripts have been very weak and the characters seem to be written differently than in past seasons, especially Brennan. The episodes have taken on a more humorous(almost goofy) tone, where in earlier seasons the crimes they were investigating were taken more seriously by the characters. This season the cases seem like just a side story, rather than the focus of the show. I think the one exception this season was "The Doctor in the Photo". I thought it was very well written, and that Emily Deschanel did some amazing work in that episode. I had hope that maybe the show was turning around at that point, but from what I have seen since, that has not been the case. Hoping things get better next season, but I'm skeptical at this point.


In reply to Skeptical, I agree with most of your point bar one. The broken ribs was from the seatbelt, no matter where your car got hit your seatbelt will cause damage on your body as it saves you... Just a thought. But overall, this season isn't great. Besides the great Booth and Brennan moments we have had this season which have been spread too far apart (and don't mention the Hannah problem) the show used to be about solving crimes in an almost believable way for a lab with such super geeks and amazing technology but now the 'bad guy' just gets explained at the end and often not very well as almost a side note. Now if the interpersonal relations were at all great this season it wouldn't matter but to make both seem as the number 2 role in the season and not have a number one overall arc then it just lacks a certain something! I have belief thought that they can turn it round!:S Come on Bones!


I enjoyed the episode and found it lol funny many times. I do admit that I had hoped for a better admission of a lie from Booth---but alas, his telling Brennen that it meant the world to him that she was there for him after Hannah was a step in the right direction. Call me a die-hard shipper but I have hope that the writers know what they are doing and I plan to ride the ride until the bitter end (which is at least a few years away hopefully).


I have enjoyed watching this show, rarely missing an episode, but I'm glad to see it go after this episode. 1) For a show supposedly about science and forensics, this episode was too stupid to believe and even surpasses CSI in the bad-science department. A couple of examples: a) Hodgins estimates the time of death by measuring the distance of a hook worm from the body? Ummm, why would anyone assume that a *hook* worm moves a straight line? It doesn't take Mr. Science to smell the stupid dripping from this drivel. b) They place the victim in the driver's seat of a car crash by seat belt micro fractures on his front rib cage, but later show a picture of the supposed car crash in which the car was *rear ended*. There doesn't seem to be a writer on staff of this show who took high school physics (if even that?). 2) The annoying in-your-face placement ad for a car with the automatic parallel parking software was over the top. A show with >20 minutes of commercials needs this crap too? Maybe only someone who can't learn to parallel park is dumb enough to not be offended by this and the other idiocy in this episode. Sayonara, Bones.


I am too. I completely agree. That's where I got the title from. I truly am hurt at the trajectory of the show. The archs have all but disappeared and everything plays from ep to ep and it's like nothing's really connected anymore...very disheartening...

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Bones Season 6 Episode 20 Quotes

Sometimes when I don't have any clean underwear I go commando.


I find your lotion a bit repugnant.

Brennan [to Cam]