Bones Review: You Slept Under a Bridge?

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Bones and Booth investigated the death of a divorce lawyer this week. What a coincidence.

In the hands of lesser writers or actors, the obvious parallels between the murder investigation central to "The Partners in the Divorce" and the couple's personal turmoil would've quickly grown tiresome.

Thanks to the perennially terrific Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, though, it was anything but.

Down the Hole

Bones certainly hasn't shied away from challenging its two stars since the end of Season 6, has it? Ever since Brennan got pregnant, it's been a turbulent ride for its two leads, and for the fans who adore them.

Their relationship has been in overdrive since, and while the changing circumstances and obstacles altered things more than some would like, B&B haven't lost the spark that make them arguably TV's most dynamic duo.

With Brennan back home safe and sound after last Monday's season premiere, tonight's episode was self-contained in terms of the case's procedural elements, but anything but from a relationship standpoint.

The aftereffects of her months on the lam were palpable from the opening moments and throughout the night, as Booth struggled to reconnect with his partner in crime solving and life. Booth-Brennan interplay ran the gamut:

  • Awkwardness. Their initial attempts to kiss one another in the kitchen were nothing if not cringe-worthy, as were numerous other exchanges where lingering resentment manifested itself in ways they didn't understand (or at least didn't communicate). It takes a strong pair of actors to sell such nuance with dialogue or without.
  • Sadness. Hearing that she's glad they're not married and that perhaps she was more suited to life on her own - even on the run from the law - was a real stomach punch. Does she wish she were still out there? The disconnect runs far deeper than bickering over who makes breakfast or whether they go to the carousel.
  • Hilariousness. Booth's disbelief at Brennan's recounting of her various fugitive exploits was priceless, but his tirade punctuated by yelling "ANGRY FBI!" to the foreman at the construction site took the cake. A close second? Her likening an estranged couple's reconciliation to time travel, which is also "theoretically" possible.
  • Happiness. With the help of Sweets (as always), Brennan realized she's rebelling against the fact that her happiness is intertwined with Booth's, and he knows he's angrier about being ditched than he lets on. Once they stopped trying to be polite, they made progress. Plus, the look he shot her at the lab spoke volumes:
Booth's Look

Getting back on the same page emotionally isn't like flipping a switch, especially for people as inherently different as B-squared. As Angela said, three months changes a person ... even if a person isn't using an alias and a blonde wig, sleeping under a bridge and working as a fry cook in middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania.

Don't worry, Booth, I can't picture that either.

This was, in a sense, the real Season 8 premiere, with Pelant gone (for now) and order restored at the Jeffersonian. Well, mostly. The tension between Booth and Brennan dominated the episode, however, so we're still a ways from any sort of equilibrium. How long will this go on? Will things start to settle down next week?

Brennan is, at her core, a fiercely-independent person whose trust issues are shaped by fear of abandonment and betrayal. Spending months on the run will only exacerbate these things, and as such, her behavior this week, while often over the top, was very much in character. The question is: How long will it continue?

More importantly, will Sweets pack heat for a third consecutive episode, will we see Hodgins' and Angela's baby again and what squintern will be front and center? Burning questions to tide us over until next Monday.

Some particularly memorable Bones quotes from this evening:

  • "Congratulations Mr. Abernathy, you have successfully recreated the death of Wile E. Coyote." - Brennan
  • "That's the secret seal of the Priory of Sion!" "Or a mark left by a fountain pen." - Hodgins/Angela
  • "We can take Christine to the carousel, even though I know the outcome." - Brennan to Booth
  • "We don't normally kiss in front of people, but we had a disagreement." - Brennan to Finn
  • "To be fair, 2000 was a questionable year for Merlot." - Sweets

What did you think of tonight's Bones? Comment below!


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So Booth has the right to act awfully towards her by being mad at her without even saying why and not admitting to himself he is angry, let tell Brennan, but Brennan is automatically a jerk whatever she says, even when she tries to understand what's going on with Booth and he turns her down.
I wonder if all those Brennan haters have watched the same show as I did. And if they ever understood her, and will ever understand her.
And for those thinking I'm a Booth hater, you're wrong. I like both of them.


Good episode. Agree with others on the misattributed quotes. Brennan does not realize that she has reverted back to her independent, awkward, anti-social self while on the lam. Booth is a bit hyper-sensitive, but with good reason. I just wanted him to shake her and tell her how he feels...impolitely! I hope they can get back to their groove soon though.


The quote was said by Breennan not Cam.


couple. The mystery of the week was also relevant and well written. Great episode. Boo to those Brennan naysayers!


I think those making the hateful Brennan comments are completely wrong. Anyone with some understanding of psychology can see that hers is a struggle between her love for Booth being so intertwined with her life and each other's happiness and trying to hold onto her fierce independence-this is what's causing conflict! Of course Brennan loves Booth; she's not treating him like dirt-were we watching the same episode? I don't think her matter of fact saying what she and Christine did when she "was on the lam" was meant to hurt Booth. She's trying to fill him in on what he missed in her awkward way. At the end of the episode Brennan is finally able to admit she has difficulty seeing subtleties in their relationship;she thinks everything is okay after they "kiss and makeup" but Booth knows there's still "work to be done". Brennan knows it now too and they are both willing and want to get their relationship on track. Very realistic in depicting conflicts and resolutions between a committed couple-thoroughly enjoyed the episode!


OMG how anyone could like Brennan after this ep is beyond me. And no the end scene didn't make up for how down right cruel and mean she was to Booth for the 55mins prior. Vote her of the Island. Pronto.


After this ep with the return of awful, cruel Brennan, I am ok now if B&B breakup and Free Agent Booth, as the biatch said, finds a new love someone that actually gives a crap about it. I don't want Booth or Christine anywhere that heartless jerk.


Soo she went to Sweets because she thought something was wrong with her??
Oh shes just figuring that out NOW! She's always had major malfunctions (rolls eyes)
No character growth for Brennen..
Yeah punching Sweets is kinda a common feeling methinks.


Sweets playing FBI is a joke. An effing joke. He isn't an Agent no matter how Hart Hanson tries to convince us just to give JFD more screen time at the expense of other characters i.e. BOOTH


Brennan is a JERK. She went from showing Christine pics of Booth when on the run, cos Booth is important as a dad, to in this ep not giving a crap how Booth felt a) not seeing Christine for 3mts b) not spending time with Christine now when they were home. She just does not give a damn for Booth or how he felt being parted from his family. Not one crap. I actually hate her after this ep.

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