Bones Review: Just Toying With Us

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The first two weeks of Bones' seventh season helped establish the new normal. Last night's installment, while more than adequate, was firmly ingrained within that norm, while continuing similar themes.

That's a good thing. We skipped some critical months with Booth and Brennan, and their relationship made strides. It just felt like we were playing catchup as we figured out where they stood as a couple.

This week, they seemed more comfortable and easy going ... relatively speaking, of course.

Sweets Packing Heat

The investigation itself was not particularly captivating for the third straight week - it's been awhile since the killer wasn't plainly obvious and almost an afterthought - but it was all about the symbolism.

Brennan grappled with what is becoming her weekly obstacle on the road to motherhood. We hope you're sitting down for this, but - wait for it - Temperance is not the "playing" type as a youngster.

Listening to her state matter-of-factly that this allowed her to focus on science was vintage Brennan, as if there were no other option. Also classic? Her first attempt at playing with the dismembered doll.

She did come around to understanding the importance of playing with a child, realizing that just maybe, the upbringing of Temperance Brennan could be deviated from slightly with some degree of success.

With Emily Deschanel looking increasingly pregnant, the first three episodes of the fall have all followed this pattern. Some think the B/B dynamic was forever altered by the pregnancy, and to a point it was.

However, I do enjoy Brennan's default, standoffish resistance to things in life that most of us take for granted, and the way that Booth, with the patience of a saint, helps her see the light eventually.

I also get a kick out of the lighter moments between the two, such as the closing scene when Brennan, now embracing the idea of toys for their future daughter, ambushed Booth with the toy gun.

A Nerf-gun war broke out (she bought two), and no matter how you feel about them as a couple, how could you not crack a smile? Even if it's hard to believe they're a couple, I'm getting used to it.

The fact that they're intimate, buying a place together, having a baby ... sometimes it all feels like too much. At the same time, it feels like not enough, with several crucial months being skipped.

All in all I think Bones is doing as well as it can depicting their relationship given the timetable they've decided to use. Hopefully over time, we'll see more of the moments we've craved for so long.

Booth and Brennan on the Case

Brennan wasn't the only one the case affected. For Angela, assembling baby gear brought out her OCD side. She and Brennan bonded over becoming mothers, though, making for a serious "aww" moment.

How cute is baby Michael, too? The occasional glimpse of Mini-Hodgins at the Jeffersonian is very sweet. With on-site day care, he can make an appearance here and there without taking over the show.

Presumably, the situation will be similar with Booth and Brennan's daughter (a.k.a. Michael's future girlfriend), although I imagine we'll likely see more of the little girl, being the central character's child.

What do you think they'll name her?

The B story of "The Prince in the Plastic" dealt with Sweets' quest to get his firearm commission. Where they thought this up, I have no idea, but Lance seemed dead-set on it and it is believable enough.

He does work for a federal agency and go into the field. It seemed very un-Sweets, but that was really the point, as watching him attempt to become licensed was scary, awkward and quite entertaining.

Fortunately, he didn't off himself, and can now act like those stitches were from a true battle scar. With that out of the way, he can pack heat on investigations with Booth with the requisite confidence.

This major Sweets plot line also meant the return of Daisy (Carla Gallo), which is either exciting if you're a fan of that couple, or irritating if Daisy gets under your skin ... or some combination of both.

I find her incredibly cute, honestly, but last night was almost too much. Some things are better in small doses, although since a lot of us thought she'd be killed off last year, it's good to have her back.

All in all, another good installment. Hopefully we'll get a more intriguing mystery one of these weeks, although the writers have certainly come up with some good body-find scenarios. So, so gross.

Before we turn it over to your comments, here's the promo for the show's December 1 return (next Thursday being Thanksgiving, we have to wait an extra week for the show's return):

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Wow! What a bunch of critical people! B&B are totally believable as a couple and are perfect together. They have finally brought back the humor and chemistry between two main characters and I'm beginning to get over how awful season 6 was! Just have to totally disagree with all the negativity on this site. The case may have been a little weak but frankly I tune in primarily for the relationship moments and the cases, although interesting usually, are secondary. If it weren't for the chemistry between B&B it would be just another crime show!


It really makes me sad that the writers decided to skip the courtship and first months of the pregnancy. All the fans who had been hoping for B & B to get together deserve better. I also agree with Kitty that Daisy is super annoying. I,ve been trying to think of a way to get rid of her without sending Sweets off the deep end. He definitely deserves better. In fact we all do.

Sue ann

I totally forgot that this show was on. I happened upon it channel switching at 8:21 (Mountain time), and jumped. "Oh, yeah, Bones is on tonight." It seems to me that once the shark has been jumped, it swims away, and cannot be unjumped. I have seen most of this season's episodes, as in, all or part of each of them, but I remain disgusted and unimpressed. The relationship between Brennan and Booth is ridiculous and not believeable. There are moments when each actor seems to come alive, and insert some of the spark which we saw in the earlier seasons, but most of the time, the actors seem as dead to each other as they seemed last year. The relationship felt different after Emily Deschanel married in her real life. What gives?


I thought from the moment sweets said he was getting a firearm i knew someone was gonna get shot! but i thought it would have been both.


for the name i think they will come up with a great name after some long fights but when she gives birth its a BOY! it seems like something they would do, just purprise us and to off put bones since she was all ready to have a girl.


@Kitty I completely agree with you. Whay has Brennan become this stupid again? It's like we're back in season 1. I badly want B-B together, but this is really awkward. They don't conect at all, I don get why they are together like this. Brennan had improve a lot, but she seem an autist now. I don't like the way this is going.


As an avid fan of the books I have had difficulty accepting the characters in this series. They have created Brennan to be almost on the autism spectrum but I have grown to accept the characters as they are. Having said this I have been greatly disappointed in this season. I expect more from this show not pat answers. I like them to be together but this is just two simplistic now.


This episode left me ever more underwhelmed than last week and I didn't think that was possible. The nauseating playing with the doll scene by Brennan and the God awful Daisy all in one episode. Now, that's a character I'd pay to see killed off. Daisy is so incredibly annoying. I cannot understand for the life of me why she is still on this show. I hate how robotic Brennan has become. No one could really be this clueless, especially after all these years of working with Booth.


Savannah Joy Brennan-Sealy or Sealy-Brennan. Booth is a decandent of John Wilkes Booth, so that how I came up with the name. But anyway the episode was good last night, we are learning more of what Brennan was like growing up. I hope they don't any thing like death happen to the baby, now it might get kidnaped in a future episode or becomes ill, but recovers. Brennan would like the baby be baptised, because it is important to Booth. I would like for Booth to give a little so that it doesn't look like Brennan is always giving in up on something just so Booth won't be upset about it. At least that is what it looks like to me sometimes. Maybe seeing something that isn't there.


This episode was rather weak. It seemed to be aimed more at the family aspects rather than the case, which may be becoming the norm. I hope it doesn't though. Booth doesn't act as much like the tough guy that he did. I do however love it when they show Michael. He is probably the cutesy kid I've seen on tv. He is so adorable and he even looks like a mini-Hodgins. I actually do hope they show maybe a home seen with the baby and his parents

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