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Bones Season Premiere Review: A Hormonal Hit!

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If you watch Bones for the gruesome body finds, the awesome science that makes work feel like fun, the witty banter and, of course, the romance, this evening's seventh season premiere did not disappoint.

After a sixth season finale that many fans felt was a major shark jumping, or were at least very confused by, creator Hart Hanson has redeemed himself and then some, as the show is back to normal.

It's just a newer, sexier, more familial normal.

Booth and Brennan in Bed

"The Memories in the Shallow Grave" is the first of six fall episodes in which Booth and pregnant Brennan prepare to raise their child, and picked up with Temperance five months into her pregnancy.

The question on all of our minds all summer was a simple one: Is this going to work?

Booth and Brennan have been thrust into full-fledged coupledom after all this time. How would such a massive shift in the show's dynamic presented? Would it be fun or forced? Would it feel organic?

I don't know about you, but I'd say very realistically, entertainingly, and yes.

It took all of two minutes for us to witness the new normal for B-squared. I knew instantly when I saw Booth making overtures toward pregnant Brennan in the kitchen I was going to like this season.

Bones may have jumped past some of the scenes TV shows would normally depict in bringing such a popular couple together, but it feels a lot less cheap after witnessing their interactions tonight.

Certain things have progressed: They kissed multiple times, and might have even done more than that had a case not fallen into their laps, while both spoke openly about their sexual relationship.

New Season, New Crime Scene

Brennan's also got a pic of Booth cooking naked, should she ever need embarrassing ammo. In moments big and small, their life together has evolved while remaining true to both characters' individuality.

That's also true regarding issues that aren't as fun, like figuring out where to live, or whether to get married. This caused a major rift between the expectant parents, and it felt very believable.

Brennan, not surprisingly, was the one putting up roadblocks to getting a place with Booth (and marriage, though that wasn't discussed in nearly as much detail), while he was completely for it.

This was the kind of thing so many of us struggle with in relationships, even with courtships more traditional than theirs, and the standpoints of Seeley and Temperance were both true to form.

With help from sidekick Angela (at her maternal best tonight) and Sweets (always there to prod Booth more than he'd like), they ended up on the same page, and not just because of the Iroquois.

Booth wants their child to have the stable upbringing he never had, while Brennan is struggling with putting a child, and a relationship, ahead of her career. But their priorities are definitely in line.

Rubbing the belly and reading real estate listings in bed is just the beginning. They're going to make it work. They should be able to afford a nice place thanks to her book advance, too. Who knew!

Angela and Baby Michael

The seventh season premiere also treated us to the newest Jeffersonian team member: Angela and Hodgins' son! That bundle of joy won over Cam - and likely millions of viewers - within seconds.

The topic of who's watching little Michael while there's work to be done was addressed - on-site day care - and the couple appears to have a pretty sweet video monitoring system set up as well.

Hodgins and Angela struggle with relationship issues too, but as usual, they're the show's rock. Nine months ahead of Booth and Brennan's parenting timeline, they're already leading by example.

With the team members' personal lives taking center stage, the murder case felt like an afterthought, although it had its memorable moments for sure, especially in the episode's opening minutes.

The body find, subsequent eyeball gouging and beetle infestation were beyond hilarious and gross, clearly deserving of many high-fives in the show's writers room when they were conceptualized.

When the team identifies the remains of a woman found in a paintball field, they discover two Missing Persons reports in her file. Like Brennan in a sense, she was searching for her identity.

Booth, Sweets, Cam and squint Wendell Bray piece together the puzzle - bullet wound, inconsistencies in her medical records, a fugue state, and surprising crime spree - before nailing the killer.

Not the most compelling case in history, but far from the worst. It just felt secondary and almost distracting from the rest of the action, which is a testament to the episode's overall quality.

Overall, the premiere erased many doubts cast by the game-changing season finale in May, setting the stage for what could be Bones' best season to date if every installment is this strong.

A few of the most memorable quotes from "The Memories in the Shallow Grave" ...

  • "I can always count on you to assist me practically, physically or sexually." - Brennan
  • "I love you." - Brennan. "I know." - a Han Solo-esque Booth
  • "God is not a sociopath!" - Booth

What did you think of the Bones Season 7 premiere? Comment on it below!

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This can never be an easy relationship. (That being said, Booth's macho crap about not accepting her money was really lame - even though I was totally with him on their needing to live together. If he were the wealthy one, she would be expected to be beside herself with joy that he can buy them a house. So get over it already.)

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They have been partners, friends and a platonic couple for years, so it makes sense that when they finally decided to bite the bullet and give this thing a go (or, as it turns out, when the circumstances decided that for them), things would fall into place rather quickly. Besides, ever since the Hannah debacle in season six (well, it turns out it was really a debacle only for Hannah), they have been learning to accept the fact that they were meant to be together, that the bond they have is too strong and that nobody else would ever be good enough for either of them. They have too long a history and a rapport built on too solid a foundation to ever let it go. So even though Brennan was still struggling with accepting her feelings and Booth was still angry, they both seemed to have more or less accepted the fact that this was where they would end up eventually. In that context, all the bickering and arguing we saw in this episode was also to be expected. This can never be an easy relationship. (That being said, Booth's macho crap about not accepting her money was really lame - even though I was totally with him on them needing to live together. If he were the wealthy one, she would be expected to be beside herself with joy that he can buy them a house. So get over it already.)

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Ufff... I was waiting to see the season 7 premiere to comment on the developments in the last two episodes of season 6, but now that I have, I can safely say that my initial gut feeling was correct: I am so grateful that I am a recent Bones fan! If I had invested years of my life into watching these two grow closer and developing a friendship, a partnership and a relationship, only to see them end up together like this, I'd be majorly pissed! The implied sex over Mr. Nigel-Murray's death felt like a cheat enough. Buck and Wanda in season 6 finale almost kind of made up for that. But then the unexpected pregnancy - so lame (and major shark jumping indeed!) - and the gloss-over about how it all came to be in this season's premiere - well, it just feels like an unnecessary disappointment.
That being said... While I don't share the reviewer's appreciation of this episode, I do agree that the development in B&B's relationship seems realistic and in-character. They have been partners, friends and a platonic couple for years. Once they finally decided to bite the bullet and give this thing a go (which they didn't, apparently the circumstances decided that for them - did I mention what a let-down that was?), it seems logical that things would just fall into place. And despite all of their still apparent differences, which would normally seem like valid obstacles to a successful relationship, ever since the Hannah debacle in season six (well, as it turns out, it was really only a debacle for Hannah), it was quite obvious that they were both learning to accept the fact that they were meant for each other, that the bond they have is too strong, and that nobody else would ever be good enough for either of them. They have too long a history and a rapport built on too solid a foundation to give that up. So even though Brennan was still struggling with her feelings and Booth was still angry, they had more or less accepted that this was where they would end up. And all the arguing and bickering we saw in this episode was to be expected. This can never be an easy relationship. (That being said, Booth's refusal to accept her money feels old already. Get over it. If he were the wealthy one, she would be expected to be beside herself with joy that he can buy them a house.)

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Thank you Emily for gntiteg pregnant. We all love you for it.Bones and Booth forever.

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I loved that they "skipped" over a bunch of stuff. It was so realistic and they avoided so many tv show cliches, even Angela giving birth, thank goodness.
Thank you Bones writers for knowing we are savvy enough to get it. Jump in and move on with life and their relationship. It feels real to me so much so. They already knew each other inside and out, why would we need to see more. I love how it just has fast forwarded to where it is now.

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I have watched the first three episodes of season 7 quite a few times...i love the intereaction between bones and booth...bones so smart yet so dense at times (i love her) and booth how he handles it ..so glad they finally together yay...when this show comes to it final end i will very upset is all i can say...love season seven it has i think accomplished alot that we wanted for the couple and their friends..

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Episode 22 of last season when Vincent Nigel Murray was killed ring any bells for anyone? Bones told Angela that she had crawled into bed with Booth then had that really stupid smile which could only mean one thing.
As for fast forwarding the relationship, why not? So many people have whined week after week that the B&B relationship never goes anywhere, then when it does, they whine that it's gone too fast! Some people are never happy.

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I loved the episode, the most important thing to me was the interaction between Booth and Brennan.Any nit-picking is unnecessary---I buy them as a couple, and I can just imagine a big party with all of Brennan's family coming together for Christmas.

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Although they did jump the gun last season with the ending, I feel that this opener was the best we could hope for. It laid to rest ideas that B/B would lose chemistry and the team dynamic would fail due to the coupledom of the two. I had resigned myself to a Moonlighting curse after the end of last season but I'm glad that doesn't seem to be the case. Yes I feel we shouldn't be this far ahead but then again, with the end we had this is probably the best start we could of had!

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I am surprised so many people didn't know how she felt or how he felt. They didn't really have to spell out every little detail did they? They will not be a typical couple or a typical TV couple. I liked how they jumped in. Time didn't stop over the summer - things change and we don't see every little detail. As for people being shocked - weren't they basically together except for sex until they had sex....I bet nobody was shocked they finally all just sighed and said "Finally! Only took you two seven years to figure out what we all have seen!" LOL. I don't think Bones even realized she was being a jerk about the living together thing. That is totally her - she's really smart and really clueless at the same time. I like how things changed - Booth got hurt and he told her so because they are together now and more is expected. I bet they fell into this relationship more naturally than some here would think. Maybe the writers KNEW they would NEVER be able to make everyone happy so they didn't show them having sex or the beginning because it would be picked apart etc. I am excited for this new season and how this all unfolds.

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