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Bones Season Finale Review: Hunted

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It can be a terrible thing when the past comes back to haunt you.

For Brennan, Booth and the rest of the Jeffersonian team, "The Past in the Present" amounted to a whole lot of evidence pointing to Bones as the culprit in the murder of her friend, Ethan Sawyer.

We all knew that Bones would deliver nothing short of an epic, albeit heartbreaking, season finale.

Booth, Brennan and Baby

It all started with tech baddie Christopher Pelant's parole hearing. Booth was right. He was a menace to society and he needed to remain under house arrest.

The unfortunate part about it is that even under house arrest Pelant was a menace to society. If anything, he should have been locked up in solitary confinement without possibility of seeing the light of day.

It scares me what all Pelant can do with a computer, and not even just computers - technology in general! How on earth was he able to hack their cell phones?!?

I think it was particularly creepy when Booth's phone rang and it was the sound of wolves after they had just found Ethan Sawyer dead, apparently gnawed on by wolves. I felt terrible for Brennan, especially when it came out that she had consulted Ethan on the Pelant case the last time.

Then there was all that evidence that just miraculously began to pile up against Brennan, from time-stamped security footage to the samples found in the back of Brennan's car.

Angela, Booth

Things got harder and harder as the episode went on.

Angela just loves Brennan so much that she wouldn't hear anything about the evidence against her and did everything in her power to make sure that Brennan wouldn't got to jail. But I couldn't help wondering if some of the things she was doing, like attempting to give Brennan an alibi for the night the tape was timestamped for, weren't potentially going to make it worse for Brennan.

Then again, Cam really was doing the hardest thing she has likely ever had to do. I don't think we've seen her cry that often, if ever. The fact she bawled over the evidence that really put the final nail in Brennan's coffin almost had me in tears as well. Mr. Julian was right, though: Cam was the hero in all of this. Who knew how bad things could have been if she had withheld that information from the investigation?

Getting Heated

Pelant knew exactly how to push everyone's buttons. And he hit all the right ones. Calling Booth and making it sound like it was Brennan was genius, and it got Booth riled up such that he assaulted Pelant and got himself and Brennan taken off the case.

My favorite moment during that part of the episode was when Flinn came to Brennan's house and tried to execute the search warrant that has the wrong house address on it. Of course, Ms. Julian transposed the numbers! She was buying them more time!

In the midst of all the Pelant drama, there was still a matter of Christine's christening. That was such a great moment for them, as sad as it eventually ended up being, with Brennan leaving Booth to escape her inevitable arrest. I can only begin to imagine the impact this will have on the investigation and her future.

They have made it through worse. The Gravedigger case proved similarly trying for the Jeffersonian team, especially when it came down to being impeached on the stand during the trial and accused of being too close to the case. There's no way they won't find a way to prove her innocent eventually, just as they eventually found a way to convince the jury that Taffet was guilty.

In fact, in the episode's final minutes, that solution, embedded in those strange characters on Sawyer's wall, may give them just that!

Though a truncated season, Bones sure made the most of the episodes they had. It will be a long and painful wait until they return in the fall. Did you love this season finale as much as I did? What do you expect upon the show's return?

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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Bring.....back.....ZACK! Please. This assorted parade of interns just isn't cutting it (pun unintended).

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Last season to short let's get the season started early and more episodes ! Yeah!!!

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Is it possible for the female FBI agent's son is Pelant's child? She is after all a single parent. That could tie her in on why she's helping him.
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I like the ending. They (writers) have to use the baby thing here. They don't have a choice. I agree that the vilain is to much incredible! Like the fact that Brennan father has a role too. See you in 4 months !

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What a waste of time. I like the show but the writers should be fired for this episode. Totally ridiculous.

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Wow. Well Bones fans are definitely passionate!
-I agree with some commenters that people are being too hard on Brennan. When she left, I was under the impression that yes Booth was crushed that she left but I also saw he was just as hurt that he couldn't do anything to help. "I'll bring my family back. Tell bones that." I didnt think he was mad at her just the situation. And you could tell this was no easy decision for her. Max was right booth couldn't know about it. -I think that Pelant isn't the typical big bad that's been seen in past. He's unnerving. Creepy. He reminds me a bit of the actor that plays Moriarty in Sherlock. His abilities seem slightly far fetched but it is a tv show that usually sticks pretty close to reality so I'm willing to accept it. Also it has been hinted at that he has an accomplice would explain a lot. However I don't think that it is someone from the Jeffersonian. I would be disappointed if it was because it would be a recycling of the Zack plot in season 3. It'll be interesting to see what happens next season. This would be a great opportunity to bring Zack back! I'm still loving it.

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People who are complaining and bashing Brennan for her actions are wrong when they say she should have told Booth. If she told him, he'd be aiding and abetting a fugitive which would lead him to be fired from the FBI. So Brennan made a very difficult and painful choice to leave for the greater good. When she told Booth that she loved him, she had such a pained and intense expression on her face and she said it so seriously. At first I wondered why she didn't say it tenderly, but I realized at the end, how much it hurt her to know that she would be hurting Booth. She wanted him to know that she did what she did out of love, which shows the emotional growth that Brennan has made over the years. Also, there are people such as Pelant, who are so computer savvy that they are able to manipulate and destroy people's lives. Of course we couldn't imagine why or how anyone could do this; we aren't like these sociopaths! But people hack into computers wrecking havoc on people's lives everyday. Possibly some of Pelant's abilities may have been exaggerated for the sake of drama, but I don't think it was far fetched on principle! I really liked the season finale, I did not expect Brennan to flee, given how her parent's disappearance has caused her so much suffering. However, I don't think her life on the run will be long lived, and will be resolved relatively quickly. Also, I don't think Booth will no longer love her or trust her; I think he understands why Brennan did what she did and had no desire to hurt him. Wow! I'm so looking forward to season 8. I really hope there will be much more dramatic episodes such as this with the dark humor Bones is so known for thrown in. Hopefully, the show will move away from so many light and crazy episodes and please, no more characters finding the dead body and screaming as a show opener. I think this tactic has worn out its welcome!

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Sorry, the rest of my comments got cut off. The new profiler will also see that someone as smart and with all the experience as Brennan would not be so sloppy and leave so much evidence behind. Finally, I have a feeling that someone at the Jeffersonian is helping Pelant. I hate to say this but I think it's Wendell. I think Wendell was the Squintern originally assigned to the Pelant case in the "Crack in the Code" episode. He was the first to jump to the conclusion that Brennan may be guilty. He was the one in this episode who found the evidence in the skull that Brennan "missed." I don't think she missed the evidence. I think Wendell planted it. He may have tampered with all the evidence in the lab. Pelant may be threatening Wendell's family if he doesn't cooperate. Just a thought

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I thought this was a very good episode. And, for all you Brennan haters, she made the right decision in leaving with her dad and not telling Booth. I'm sure Booth will understand -- and even agree -- with what she did. If she was put in prison she would not last a night. She would be a sitting duck with no protection. If Pelant could disable the maxium security of Ethan's mental hospital while under house arrest, he would have no problem hacking into the prison system and killing Bones as a totally free man. And, he would make it look like a suicide. Max was right, and Booth knows it. Also, if she had told him, he would be an accomplish. She was protecting him. I think that the new psychologist that does the killer's profile will agree with Sweets that Bones doesn't fit the profile. The killer is a sadistic socio-path who has no empathy for human life. The killer has unresolved abandonment issues and no close relationships. Bones is the opposite of that. And people will also realize that someone as smart as Brennan would not be so sloppy and leave so much evidence behidn. Finally, I have a feeling that someone at the Jeffersonian is helping Pelant. I hate to say this but I think it's Wendell. I'm not sure but I think that Wendell was the Squintern originally assigned to the Pelant case in the "Crack in the Code" episode. He was the first one to jump to the conclusion that Brennan may be guilty. He was the one in this episode who found the evidence in the skull that Brennan "missed." Personally, I don't think she missed the evidence. I think Wendell planted it. He may have tampered with all the evidence in the lab. Pelant may be threatening Wendell's family if he doesn't cooperate.

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Pelant is a great villain because he can get at you from anywhere. He can manipulate phone lines, computers signals, and plant viruses onto computers from human bone. This guy is supper scary because you cannot hide from him. He is able to find you because everything you do, the information is uploaded onto a computer, at the very moment you do it… I see you!

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