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Bones Review: No Room at the Inn

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Following a brief federal prison riot and a heated debate over religion, mythology, germs and birthing venues, Bones and Booth welcomed a beautiful baby daughter at the end of tonight's watershed installment.

The arrival of Christine Angela Booth was sure to make for a memorable episode, but there was no guarantee it would be outstanding. You can thank show-runners Stephen Nathan and Hart Hanson for that.

"The Prisoner in the Pipe" delivered in every respect, blending laugh-out-loud humor with a heavy dose of heart and the backdrop of a murder case that, while an afterthought, still wasn't phoned in.

Considering that we knew the ending - and many details - in advance, the expectations were exceedingly high for this evening, and Hanson and Nathan deserve even more credit for coming through.

Pregnant Brennan Photo

This may sound like a press release for the show, but it really was that good. Not even Fox's inadvertent sabotaging of the show with repeated schedule changes could take away from this.

Hopefully, with tonight's terrific chapter - its first on Monday night and only the seventh of Season 7 - kicking off the spring run and Bones renewed for Season 8, some normalcy will begin to sink in.

To put it in perspective, we learned Brennan was pregnant last May, yet she gave birth tonight, more than 10 months later! Rarely do things take longer to unfold in the TV universe than they would in real life.

At least it was worth the wait, as "The Prisoner in the Pipe" brought the laughs early and often, starting with B-squared's hospital tour and their repeated squabbling over where she should give birth.

To further her case for having a home birth, Brennan busted out the black light to prove that a hospital, while theoretically the safest venue, is essentially a petri dish of disease and blood stains.

It doesn't get much funnier than Brennan's blunt descriptions of female anatomy, or Booth lashing out against soccer and evil cappuccino makers when he feels like he's losing control of his life.

In a way, little has changed since the old days for the crime-solving tandem, except that she's lost 8-10 IQ points and is enormously pregnant, proving limitless material, both humorous and serious.

These circumstances also manifested themselves during the case, perhaps most memorably when the sea of prisoners parted during a full-on riot to ensure that pregnant Brennan wasn't in harm's way.

That would just be sacrilegious, after all.

Brennan and Booth in Prison

The way Booth and Brennan clash over specific details (where to live, where to have the baby) and broader concepts (science vs. faith) has defined the seven episodes since they became expectant parents.

As such, the show has remained true to itself despite altering the relationship of its two leads in a way that once seemed incomprehensible. A commendable achievement, if you stop and think about it.

It's obvious that Booth and Brennan are going to make this work, and not just for Christine. There will continue to be (hilarious) arguments, but they've both grown significantly as their romance blossoms.

This was clear even before their little angel was born in a manger. Booth's "I love you" outside the prison was as special as any moment in the show's history, and wasn't even a major plot point.

As for the actual birth scene - with no room at the inn near Jamestown, and Brennan forced to deliver in a nearby barn - would've been unacceptably cheesy on any other show, yet was vintage Bones.

The writers have consistently done a wonderful job of tackling increasingly weighty subjects, yet striking the right balance with the show's comedic strengths and not taking things too seriously.

Having said that, could Christine have been introduced any other way?

Welcome, Baby Booth!

The best thing about the sign saying WELCOME STAPES, for the smallest bone in the human body, is that knowing Brennan, you had to wonder for a split second if that were the actual name.

Fortunately, it's not, and after she introduced Christine Angela (named for Temperance's mom, and best friend) to the team, the closing montage was tear-inducing, ending an A-plus hour on a perfect note.

The case of the week, while clearly secondary to everything else playing out, still offered its share of mystery and noteworthy scenes, from paper shivs to acid baths and a poor man's Bernie Madoff.

Besides, as Brennan noted, at least she worked her last case before becoming a parent in an accredited health care facility. Remarkably, this did not do much to assuage Booth.

Next week, we'll begin the next chapter of this saga, with B&B and their new arrival as a family unit. How will that go? I have absolutely no idea, but can't wait to find out.

A few other observations and Bones quotes before turning it over to your comments:

  • Any parent attempting to toilet train their toddler after watching this week's opening "body find" may have a hard time doing so with a straight face. 
  • Good to see Daisy back this week, and still as aroused as ever by Sweets. Always fun to see the Sweets-Booth bromance in effect as well.
  • Best line: "She'll do it. She'll squat down right here on the lawn." - Booth, to innkeeper
  • Second place: "You're not getting anywhere near my cervix, Ms. Wick." - Brennan

What did you think of this week's Bones? Sound off below!

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Frank lee meidere

@@Sue Ann: It's possible you're on to something there. When we saw Eyes Wide Shut my wife commented on the rather strange lack of chemistry between Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. It was not long after this that they announced their separation. (Of course, none of this explains the atrocious writing in Bones.)

Sue ann

I don't know whether there is any significance to the timing, but the absence of chemistry between Booth and Brennan started at exactly the same time as Emily Deschanel got married in her personal life. Since Boreanaz was already married, I am not implying anything between them. I am saying, it appeared to me that her heart went out of this show at that time, and he has been trying too hard ever since to make up for it. They have been emphasizing all the things which are the most annoying about Booth, such as his comic-book view of his religion and his lower intelligence. And the blatant and covert ways he tries to manipulate her into doing his bidding are quite offensive. This show sadly has been renewed. I am sorry to read it. It needs to go away now, with some dignity remaining from the first four years, when it actually was good.

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LAME. Very bad and very corny writing. Prisoner has all the time in the world to make acid, melt down the body and dispose of the bones but doesn't get rid of the paper shiv? What did he use to cut up the flesh? Are there no knives in a prison kitchen. Baby in manger too stupid.

Childish gambino

2 words... C squared as in Cheesy Caricatures.
if i took the time to list all the things that ranged from "made little sense" to "made no sense" i'd be writing till the sun came up.
What happened to this show? Definitely just downgraded this show "watch regularly" to "maybe catch it if i can"

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Thumbs down. I am so disappointed in the way the Booth/Bones relationship has been handled and, now, the silly way the birth was presented. After years of build up with the unrequited love, frustration, yearning emotion-charged dynamic, the actual getting-together was totally anti-climatic. And now the silly uncharacteristic way she give birth is a big let down. May not watch this one anymore. Did they get new writers or have the old ones just run out of steam?

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Ok, so reading the reviews has inspired me to watch this episode tonight. I have watched half-heartedly and decided that I really don't like this program any longer. Maybe this episode will reel me in again!

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I found the manger scene offensive. It is illogical that Brennan would not go to a hospital. Bad choice for the writers, however extremely well done by the actors. Great job.

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I thought the show was well worth the wait. The relationship that Bones and Booth are having is perfect. Bones got pregnant by accident, and she is still dealing with trusting Booth, even though she loves him. Her scientifica mind and her past keep her grounded. As for the hugging and kissing, they have tender moments, truthful tender moments...that will last a lifetime...not a harlequin romance that will end when they get tired of each other....This was perfect Bones and I am so glad to have them back on the air...I missed them...The baby being born is a manager was awesome..I think in true Bones fashion...not Booth...but at that point he only cared that Bones had some place to give birth...as for a breach birth...she knew from her doctor that she was healthy and would have a natural birth....this is no different than mothers giving birth in a taxi, on the side of the road, whatever....it fit them. Great work....keep it up! If they break up you will lose the show for good! Develop their characters as parents as well as their working relationship....I want to see the new house....not just the bones.

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Great episode. I have missed this so much. Finally she is here and we can get on with the show. I too need a little more affection between B&B. Maybe now that she has had her baby in real life they will. I can imaging it's hard to get into the headspace of being intimate with someone who is out to there with someone else's child--so I think now we will see some more expressions of their love. I thought the birth scene was great I did not think it lacked emotion at all.

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I thought it was really good. I can't imagine anyone wanting to give birth at home but Brennan. I want all the drugs and doctor I can have.