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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!

Review

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    Farsia2010

    ......When the warden fired him i knew that means cutting off the money supply for payments thus we are left with a motive.
    I definitely thought that the ep was more introductory than anything else but I still loved it. Though I am going to say that that little girl is going to need a shrink in order to go into a toilet alone again, it will take way more than promising a cat and ice-cream.
    To be honest though I don't get why Bones was so against hospital, I would think that a woman of science would trust science and medicine to support her. I mean Booth had brain surgery in the hospital and Angela gave birth in the hospital, she seemed fine with hospitals then and it was always with good outcome so i don't see any traumatic experience that would avert her to hospitals.

    Farsia2010

    Loved Bones, how she walked through the prisoners, she was actually the one who caused the riot. Love her calling religion superstition. So bones! I was thinking that the guards did up until they found the cook book and it became way too obvious that they were pointing at the foodie guard, so I realized it was the guy who defended the vic. I understand that no one puts his head on the line for sb they don't know if they have a chance to get out soon because they would be risking their life and an extension of the sentence, so I knew that he would have to have a hidden reason, and then we find out that the vic was skimming and he was sitting for financial fraud in the first place. So he definitely didn't have enough skills to defend himself in prison plus he knew that he had enemies there (the black guy). So it hit me that he would buy protection since he was financial con. That’s when it clicked. When the warden fired him i knew that means cutting off the money supply for payments thus we are left with a motive.
    I definitely thought that the ep was more introductory than anything else but I still loved it. Though I am going to say that that little girl is going to need a shrink in order to go into a toilet alone again, it will take way more than promising a cat and ice-cream.
    To be honest though I don't get why Bones was so against hospital, I would think that a woman of science would trust science and medicine to support her. I mean Booth had brain surgery in the hospital and Angela gave birth in the hospital, she seemed fine with hospitals then and it was always with good outcome so i don't see any traumatic experience that would avert her to hospitals.

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    @ blablaw
    Christine was the name of Brennan's mother.

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    Hey can someone please tell me who christine is i watched every episode i just cant remembet

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    I enjoyed the episode, but for a show that has some of the most gruesome and gory scenes with bodies and body parts and blood etc, I was amazed at how clean looking the baby was fresh out of the womb! It just seemed really out of character for this show... Not complaining...just an observation...

    Moxiegirl44

    (cont.) To put some of that chemistry and affection back between our two favorite characters, this novel-length fiction details how the two faced their issues both separately and together, then finally came together as a romantic couple. The When and the How: A Bone to Pick http://bit.ly/nxzpzJ Quoted by one reader as 'The secret every Bones lover deserves to hear. The unfolding story of the romance/case that will make you laugh and cry and everything in between, especially think and feel.' http://bit.ly/nxzpzJ

    Moxiegirl44

    I LOVED tonight's episode, despite the lack of affection between my favorite two characters on television today! The arguments were well done. I loved her agreeing to baptise the baby in exchange for a home birth - wonder how that will play out since it was a barn birth? The "I love you and If anything happened to her I would die" (paraphrase) scene was precious slow-action cinematography of the birthing scene gave it such an ethereal aesthetic. The way Booth helped her during the birth was wonderful. The final scene ... touching. Having said all of that ... and still loving this show as my #1 all time favorite, I would have loved it 10 times more if there was a little buss on the lips right after the birth and then at the very end as they watch their friends cooing over Baby Christine! To make up for the dearth of chemistry this season ... a bunch of us have been reading Bones fictions! This one gives an affectionate, respectful, humorous explanation for how the two faced their issues separately and together, then came together as a romantic couple. Reviews have said it was Quoted by one reader as 'The secret every Bones lover deserves to hear. The unfolding story of the romance/case that will make you laugh and cry and everything in between, especially think and feel.'. http://bit.ly/nxzpzJ

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    loved the episode! it was just beautiful.. so happy that booth and brennan have a baby together! and she has such a beautiful name.. i hope the show has many more season to come!!

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    Fantastically forced. That is how I'm going to describe this season, and I hope you see the irony in that. The Prisoner in the Pipe paired what I despise about this season of Bones with the stuff that makes me comes back every episode. The Booth/Brennen dialogue was spot-on tonight, something that hasn't clicked very well this season. Brennen's determination to solve the case, despite her looming pregnancy was beyond touching. The "no room at the inn" was, yikes, forced but b-squared played it brilliantly. The great bromance moment with Booth and Lance was Kodak as well. It's unfortunate that this is were the compliments end. The lab crew tonight was very disappointing. I've come to expect the very worst whenever Daisy shows up, but it was honestly sad to see Angela, Hodgins, Cam, and Lance to stoop to a level of cheesiness and forced humor that was completely uncomfortable to watch. The "we will think you are cool" comment, washing the bones with rosewater, and the completely forced and awkward makeout session in Brennen's office... Please, some give me season 4 back!

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    Song at the end of the episode: Rolling Down by Freedom Fry