Bones Review: Doppelganger Hijinks

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Maybe the mayor of New York City had a little more in mind than the city's health when he banned super-sized sodas. If there's one thing I know for sure after tonight's episode of Bones, it's that I'll never look at a Big Gulp the same way again.

"The Gunk in the Garage" gave Booth and Brennan a break from the heaviness their relationship has experienced over the past two weeks and provided the show's remaining ensemble with a chance to shine.

Sweets in the Field

The episode opened with a funny scene between Booth and Brennan wherein Brennan tried to sweet talk Booth into an overly expensive baby stroller. She made the sad eyes at him as he lamented the stroller's cost and remarked that she never had this power over him before Christine.

After having declared that all baby-related expenses be split down the middle, despite Brennan's ability to pay for everything herself, Booth, at Caroline's behest, took on the task of creating a budget presentation for the FBI's audit team. This was clearly not his forte, as he threatened and then threatened some more.

If his presentation goes well, he'll have a greater chance at earning a promotion, but that promotion will take him out of the field and put him behind a desk. We all know that's not the place for Seely Booth, but that doesn't mean he can't try.

Because of Booth's preoccupation, Dr. Lance Sweets, the baby-faced shrink we've all come to know and love, took the lead on the case. His partner for the duration was Special Agent Olivia Starling. She's not a fan of his soft science and he's not a fan of her brash attitude.

The case was a fairly interesting one.

A man is blown up in a parking garage. When Sweets and Starling delivered the news to the man's wife, the man himself showed up. Surprise! He had a twin he never knew about and the wrong man was murdered.

This type of case put the focus on Sweets and, despite the title, shifted the emphasis away from the sexy science at the Jeffersonian. I mean, of course Hodgins blew something up. He's Hodgins. And Angela used her fancy computer to do some fancy computing. But Sweets was the star of this installment.

Using his psychological knowledge, he discovered that the dead man and his living twin had eerily similar lives and he used those similarities to determine not only the dead man's identity, but also the wife's motive for wanting her husband dead, all while winning Starling's approval.

Sweets is good at what he does. Starling? She'll get there.

Just moments before his presentation, Booth learned that the killer was planning to go after the living twin and dropped his audit report into Cam's lap to rush out and save the day. Desk work is not his cup of tea.

Booth, Sweets and Starling saved the day, but not before Starling had a chance to shoot Sweets. No worry. It's only a flesh wound!

Sweets told Starling that he's a taken man to which she replied she's known that much already. And then she kissed him. And it was strange.

I don't particularly like feeling like I'm being manipulated into rooting for a couple when no basis for a relationship has really been formed, but I think I was supposed to want Starling and Sweets to be together. Maybe? I'm not sure.

Overall, while it didn't do much in the way of advancing any seasonal story arcs, tonight was a fun episode. Booth and Brennan got to be happy. Angela and Hodgins got to be awesome. We got a healthy dose of Caroline and Sweets got to be the hero.

What did you think of "The Gunk in the Garage?"


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I like Daisy. She deserver better than a cheater like Sweets.


Fun to have an episode with little of the overbearing bully Booth. No wonder none of the women in his life have wanted to marry him, they are too smart. Some viewers are calling Daisy annoying when she at least listens to what people say and tries to become a nicer person, unlike bombastic Booth. I'm sort of sorry for her with Sweets straying again. Sweets is a great character, I've liked him from the first and hope he is on screen more, but he's been using Daisy for too long.
Hope the season goes back to the crime fighting (or figuring out) and less of the Brennan/Booth battleground they call a relationship. Back to the lab, boys and girls, there's work to be done.


I didn't mind that this episode was little bit Sweet centric. But on the other hand I don't want them to make this show too much about characters because it's about B&B's partnership and lately we haven't seen much of that and that's probably because of Emily's pregnancy, and that's okay, but now that she has given birth I think they need to show more B&B solving crimes TOGETHER. BTW I think the best part of episode was when Booth threatened to shoot someone. It was hilarious :D


I want to see more Booth and Bones.. I agree with the other posters..this show is about B&B ...NOT sweets.. keep him behind a desk..I can't see how passing a gun simulator test makes hime "almost an agent". THat is just stupid..if he wants to be an Agent..send him to Quanico.. maybe for good, and bring back Gordon Wyatt for the profiler


I agree with Jeremy, Daisy is the most irritating person in the program, I don't really care if he gets a new girlfriend, I just hope Daisy leaves, the sooner the better.


About 3/4 of Bones fandom hate Sweets. But Hart doesn't care. He will reduce Booth's role as FBI Agent and happily give it to Sweets, Fake Agent. Hart doesn't give a damn just as long as his precious Sweets gets screentime. To hell that Booth has been the FBI for yrs. Smh


Srly. What brain fart would think that this ep heavily featuring the annoying idiot Sweets with a nobody agent we don't even know, as suitable for the 3rd ep? It has broke the flow from the first two. Gah. Sily


In the next episode previews, I thought I saw Daisy as the lab assistant?? Not sure, because they did say she was leaving town in this episode. The thing is in interviews about the show it has come up that the actress who plays Daisy is very busy, lots of work, and is seldom available to "Bones" to play her character. That makes me wonder if they aren't maybe plotting her out of the story??


I like Sweets, so, of course, I enjoyed this episode -- but comments in past indicate a certain percentage of fans don't like him. I wouldn't want every show featuring the ensemble at the expense of Bones and Booth, but a lot of memorable episodes have featured Angela and Hodgins especially (like when they were in jail or when Angela's boyfriend in Texas or somewhere out west was killed in the desert).


@jenny Ha! Can the bullet hit Sweets, kill him and pass through and kill whatever her Agent name is too? Two kills one shot! Srly what a bore they both were.....Bring Back the Real Bones....Booth & Brennan partners solving crime, together.

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Bones Season 8 Episode 3 Quotes

Hodgins: I've loved combustion variables ever since I blew up the multipurpose room for my middle school science fair project. First time I made it onto a watch list.
Cam: Yeah, that's a lot less creepy.

Booth: Don't do that. Not that look. Please. Don't give me the sad eyes.
Brennan: Please?
Booth: Ah, come on! No, I'm not looking. I'm driving.
Brennan: Come on.
Booth: Oh, you were never able to do this look before the baby! What did the baby do to you?