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Bones Round Table: "The Hot Dog in the Competition"

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Aside from a few minor complaints, our staff members remained pleased with Bones' new direction after last week's episode, "The Hot Dog in the Competition." What about you?

Below, Jeffersonian squintern wannabes and TV Fanatic scribes Steve Marsi, Chandel Charles, Christine Orlando and Carissa Pavlica have gathered for an in-depth Bones Q&A.

Here's what we thought. Weigh in with your own answers after reading!

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What was your favorite moment/quote from the episode?

Chandel: When Brennan imitated John Wayne when talking with Finn. I felt like she was making an effort to bond with him in some way, which felt like something we really haven't seen from Brennan before.

Carissa: "Once, I saw her make a foot long wiener disappear." "Is that some kind of euphemism, for prostitutes?"

Christine: Favorite scene was definitely B and B watching the baby's ultrasound at the end. It was very sweet and made up for a lot.

Steve: All of my colleagues made great choices above. To round things out, I'll go with the python emerging from the body cavity. Hilariously disgusting.

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Do you like new squintern Finn?

Chandel: I'm still undecided. He seems like a nice enough guy, but each of the interns has been distinctly different, with decidedly obvious quirks. The only thing I'm getting from this guy is a heavy accent and dramatic past. He's less of a lighthearted character than previous interns seemed to be.

Carissa: Finn is a double edged sword. I really like the character, but his accent is enough to make me climb the walls. I suppose I will be called names now for admitting that, but it's true. I will try to look beyond it and enjoy him for his personality. He is very sweet, smart and had a heck of a rough start in life. 

Christine: I like Finn. He's different and interesting and I enjoy his sordid past. I wonder if his evil stepdad will come back into the picture at some point. I'm even good with the accent but can they ease up on the southern colloquialisms. A little goes a long way.

Steve: Personally I think he's great, and I enjoyed the portrayal of a miscreant youth taken under the Jeffersonian's wing. They were laying it on a little thick with the accent and nonsense expressions, though. We get it, he's southern and backwoodsy. It sort of cheapened his appeal, but I still hope to see him again.

Harder to believe: Hodgins giving Finn a hard time, or anyone - even Brennan - not thinking that the father would want to know the baby's gender?

Chandel: Hard to say. Hodgins giving Finn a hard time was kind of off-putting. I know he's tried to put everyone through a blender since things with Zach went sideways seasons back, but it felt kind of forced as well, which wasn't good. 

Carissa: I sense a sarcastic question when I hear one!! That said, Hodgins was exceptionally harsh. Most likely for the same reason I find Finn a double edged sword.

Christine: Hodgins seemed downright mean at times which was surprising but come on? Brennan has her issues but is she really that dense that she wouldn't think Booth would be over the moon to find out the gender of their child or that it should be a private moment between the two of them. That one really bothered me.

Steve: I expect a little hazing from the King of the Lab, but he seemed like he was getting a bit personal with it. Obviously Finn brought his A-game when it came to the science of things. Why hammer away at his past? As for Brennan, I can't believe that even she would consider that moment insignificant, but it made for some fun exchanges, so ... tie?

What was the best part of Brennan being Booth for a day?

Chandel: Two things: First, Brennan tackling that guy when she thought he was shoving food down her throat. Second, her less-than-subtle references to thinking about sex. She was definitely harping on her own perceived stereotypes about men, which could have probably cited a study on if given the chance.

Carissa: All the sex talk. "And now I want to have intercourse. See? You do, too!" Awesomesauce.

Christine: It always amazes me how patient Booth can be. He had every right to be upset yet he came up with this creative way to try and get his point across, even when she frustrated the hell out of him.

Steve: Immediately and frequently assuming Booth thinks about sex, then expressing it in typical Brennan fashion. Way to stereotype my entire gender, Temperance. Not entirely inaccurately, but still!

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How are you liking the B-squared dynamic so far?

Chandel: I really like it because I feel like the honesty is there and that there are still more aspects of their relationship to explore. They aren't always on the same page with one another, but it's interesting to watch Brennan open up in a sense that she is making some sort of effort to connect with people in a way I don't believe we've seen her do much before.

Carissa: I'm happy. It hasn't changed. They are still in the strangest love affair on television. Any affair with Brennan would have to be strange, given her lack of appropriate interpersonal skills. I have no fear they will become boring.

Christine: I enjoyed the season premiere more than this. It felt like Brennan took a step backwards but having them watch the video at the end made up for it. I'm looking forward to seeing the two of them with the actual baby.

Steve: Some people complain that "Robo-Brennan" has gotten stale and predictable and I do see that trend at times. By and large, though, I love them together and think their new circumstances are not only being handled believably, but entertainingly. The show hasn't jumped the shark with the pregnancy. Instead, it opened new doors.

Have you ever done any sort of competitive eating (or drinking)?

Chandel: No, I have not. Unless you include the Twizzler eating contests I have with myself unintentionally. I got into this habit of buying a bag a week, and they always ended up magically gone. Needless to say I stopped buying them after a while, not because I was sick of the taste, but more weary of my waistline!

Carissa: Only if you count playing quarters. However, I don't think that's a technical challenge of the drinking, but more of the bouncing of the coin.

Christine: Only privately, with Oreos. They should really just put the total calorie count on the bag and forget that serving size nonsense because I can't seem to open the package without finishing it.

Steve: I once entered a pizza-eating contest for charity. I also once attempted to drink a gallon of milk in one sitting on a wager. Neither ended well, but at least my parents' tuition money was well spent.

To weigh in on the last week's Bones episode, or how the TV Fanatic staff is such a bunch of sissies when it comes to competitive eating, leave a comment below!

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ChapterThree, I have similar sentiment about this season of Bones. I have been a devoted fan from the beginning. Although the personal story arcs in Season Six (i.e. Booth and Hannah) were not what the audience inevitably wanted, it was believable and for the most part well-written. Obviously, we all wanted to see Booth and Brennan have a go, but not like this. Now, I think they've tried so hard to avoid the Moonlighting curse, a 25-year-old show, that they've skipped on some crucial storyline developments and the relationship almost doesn't seem believable. And, I'm not just referring to not seeing the physical relationship begin. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but something isn't there. I'm okay with the pregnancy, too. I think that was a logical move, but it hasn't been a smooth transition or a laughably, cute struggle...just somewhere, awkwardly, in the middle. As for Finn, I am very disappointed in the writing. I don't think Luke Kleintank can necessarily be judged when the character has been turned into a caricature. I have lived in Alabama and Finn's supposed home, North Carolina {how much more Southern can you get?) and I have never heard an accent like Finn's. I have heard some extreme accents, and some laughable colloquialisms, but this was ridiculous. Would it have killed them to not make a exaggerated, Southern stereotype and give the guy a workable dialect peppered with Southern charm (perhaps one or two colloquialisms) and eloquence?

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What TV series was this round table group watching ?? I am not meaning for that to sting, I just cannot understand (other than Finn comments) what you saw as good conflict/interaction with the lead characters in this show. Let me ask it this way; if you claim to know the characters in this series slightly more than watching the show more than a couple of seasons, then you could not possibly think that Bones is being written well. Perhaps the round table group should watch the SNathan comments he made at the Paley Center / 2011 about the incredible "progress" and "opening up and discovering feelings" that Brennan went through in season six, how she is a different person having understood though the Doctor in the Photo episode, (which he wrote) that she is in love with Booth and needs to act on feelings or suffer missing her chance. Bones is being written so harshly as to avoid the Moonlighting curse that the Bones Curse has been developed. The Bones curse adds up to: Play the same cards as the previous six seasons with the fans, they never saw "anything" between them to confirm a relationship, so lets let them live the dream in their minds. Booth and Bones are in a relationship, sleeping with each other, going to have a child together and ..................jeez, forget to mention over B'fast that a Doctor's appointment and a sonogram will occur in an hour or so........blow each other a kiss and off to work they go........then insult the father of the baby at a crime scene as you tell your co-worker the sex of the child. Hhhhhmmmmmmmmm Well don't forget to blow a kiss to the fans as they stop watching and leave the show's fandom.

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I don't see why everybody seems suprised by Hodgins' behavior. He was best friends with Zach, who became an apprentice for a serial killer. So Hodgins had to get used to a bunch of new interns. It was hard for him to accept any of them but he finally did and made some really good friends. Then Mr. Vincent Nigel Murray is murdered in the Jeffersonian!!! Why would we think Hodgins would welcome anybody new with open arms? I expected him to be resentful. It seems totally normal he would be resistant to having a new person around.

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1. I think my favourite scene was Finn OWNING Hodgins when he figured out how to get the bone without killing the snake. 2. I'm with Carissa. Finn is a great character, but the colloquialisms are over the top. He doesn't need to sound like he stepped out of Deliverance to sound southern. 3. Hmmm. I'm with the tie. Hodgins seemed downright judgemental and personal, which is unlike him. So that's out of character, thus not believable. But Brennan was just insane for not realizing that. Too silly, thus not believable. 4. I'm trying to believe that Brennan was joking and being over the top on purpose. Because there's no way, after knowing someone as closely as she's known Booth for years, that she could behave so wrongly about what Booth would do in some situations. That being said, her tackling the guy was funny. 5. I think it works. I was worried for a bit, but it works. 6. I actually have - a "bun-eating" contest in high school, part of the school games. We had one large bun, and the competition was to see who could eat it the fastest with their hands behind their back. I won :D :D :D

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-I have to admit that the competitive eating thing grossed me out. -Hodgins doesn't usually bond with new people readily since Zach but he's never been this mean about it. I didn't seem like him. I know that Bones is suppose to be emotionally challenged but I hate it when they make her seem completely clueless. Having her tell everyone else about the gender of the baby before Booth makes it hard to like her. -Finn was okay. I'll keep an open mind. -I've felt that the season got off track after season 4. At least the baby forces the characters to move forward which is good to see. I'm not complete sold but at least I'm not bored.

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I'm from the "backwoodsy" south and I can say that there are people with some thick accents but none resembling Finn's it almost had like a British sound or something.

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