Bones Review: A Swing and A Miss

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The World Series is over and, finally, our regularly scheduled programming is returning. Hooray! (Sorry, baseball fans, but unless my team's playing, I'm less than engaged. Blame it on my girl-ness if you need to.) 

So Bones is back. And that's about as exciting an intro as I can muster. To be quite honest, I'm feeling sort of ranty about tonight's episode.

"The Method to the Madness" was no grand slam. Or even a home run. I'm not even sure it was a ground double. Dare I say it, I think we're seeing a lot of strikes in Bones Season 8.

Bones, Sweets Shirtless

Bones is the kind of show I stick with because I want to see Booth and Brennan. Hodgins and Angela are next in order of importance to me. Then Cam. Finally, Sweets brings up the rear. The revolving door of interns are also important to me, but since Mr. Nigel Murray is no more, the top spot goes to Wendell.

I'm downright annoyed by Fisher. And while I do love Sweets (more than some of the TV Fanatics who read this column each week), I'm growing angry with the focus on him so far.

The emphasis this season has been the reverse of my preferred order of characters and it's starting to irritate me. And yes, I realize it's not all about me, but I suspect I'm not alone in the way I'm feeling about this season.

To center this little rant of mine on this episode, I don't for one second buy mopey Sweets. (Nor do I buy Booth telling him to get a new girlfriend after only breaking up with Daisy two weeks prior, for whatever it's worth.) Living in his office? Pining away like his heart was broken? Not even bothering to try to find a place to live? All of that was rather idiotic and I'm irritated that it took up so much of the episode. That this story line with Sweets has taken up so much of this season.

The case this week bordered on ridiculous. The artisan marketplace felt like a way to promote an agenda much like the previous episode. I don't want my television shows, grounded in fiction, to become political statements. Not even Scandal tackles political and social issues head on like this and it's a show about politics.

Figuring out the whodunit of the applesauce-entrepreneur-turned-prostitute who, as it turns out, died by accident was both tired and tiring and gave too much screen time to Fisher and his macabre ways. Oh, look! He's channeling Jack the Ripper to read the bones! And he's made giddy by discussion of human sacrifices! Really?

This show used to keep me on the edge of my seat. Now it barely keeps my interest for an hour.

These characters, Booth and Bones, who, if they were real people, definitely deserve to be happy, are the heart of the show and they've been relegated to supporting cast members in a show about them. So if this is a series about them, where are the stories about Booth and Bones?

Booth and Bones' interactions center on discussions of parenting and the cost of applesauce or the end-of-episode sexual innuendo. They have nothing else to do. I've said it before, but it's as if the writers decided that if Booth and Bones are happy they can't also be interesting.

Give me Gormogon or the Gravedigger! Is an over-arching story line for this season about Sweets' love life or lack thereof really the best the writers can do?

Where is the drama? Where is the intrigue?

I can tell you one thing's for sure. It's not in what we've seen of season 8. Hopefully, Pelant's return will help save this season and return this show to its former glory.

What do you think? Am I being too harsh? Or is Bones a shadow of itself these days?


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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.


No, this wasn't one of the better ones. There are times when I wonder who's writing this stuff. (The previous episode was out of character for Hodgins, whose most endearing trait is his love for Angela.) But then, I never liked Sweets; I even considered him for Gormagon. (Don't you miss Zack?) I'm hoping that the real season will begin after the election, which has annoyed me in more ways than you can imagine. I want to see harder puzzles, and I also look forward to more baby stuff -- I'm even happy to give the grandfathers a look.


Miranda - Nope. You're not being too harsh. Bones seems to have lost its way - kind of like NCIS has also. They both would be well advised to go back and watch their first 3 seasons to re-discover what it was that made them both such hits. Not so much right now.
PS - I wonder if Booth & Brennan have new contracts that call for them to work fewer hours (especially with a new baby) which forces the writers to have to lean heavily on the supporting cast...?


I liked last night's episode a lot! Booth and Bones are married now and I expect a little contention between them as all married couples have. Not so much as to get annoying but last night's apple sauce issue was good and it real real. And Booth and Bones are so weird it only surprised me for a moment when Booth invited Sweets to stay with them. I think Sweet's addition to their home is a terrific idea and could make for loads of hilarious moments, i.e. folding Booth's underwear. Dancing at the end was a wonderful idea, too.


I haven't seen the episode yet, but I'm tired of Sweets..He seems to be getting more airtime then Booth and Brennan.


I keep forgetting to add somewhere that I liked the dance at the end (Brennan is famous for being a super bad dancer [see the reunion episode, I think]) and Sweets reminded me of Snoopy's dance. It made me laugh. Booth wanted Sweets out because he was afraid he'd made a mistake and Sweets would never leave, especially as Brennan didn't seem to want him to go -- which was Angela's guess. I really think it was a clever set up and plenty funny (but I suppose not if you really hate him). I also think what would be even funnier is if he was still there next episode.


Last nights show was good, not great. I am glad Daisy is gone and wish Sweets would get a girl and let the story line go back to what Bones is really all about.


They made a big deal about Sweets making the opening credits at the beginning of the year -- just like another CBS show made a big deal about Palmer making the opening credits at the beginning of the season for NCIS -- and, please note, Palmer was especially featured both in the bridge two-part episode and the next couple (and what does his first fight have to do with anything, except I liked their including it, just as I was so happy they had a second ep where Abby meets her brother -- or remember when Angela on vacation asked Bones to head out west to look at the head of whom she was correctly afraid was her boyfriend, and Brennan called Booth to come out there too and go all FBI all over the local sheriff -- loved that episode! -- or the how many has it been, including the jail cell wedding episode of Angela and Hodgins)?


@Miranda & Keith: The opening titles changed at the beginning of this season. However, Sweets has been a series regular since Season 4 (they brought him in right as Zach was on his way out). So the idea that they are bringing his back story up to speed doesn't hold water. I like Sweets (HATE Daisy - glad to see her gone!), but the sight of him in a towel was a bit much. I had trouble understanding why Booth was so cranky about having Sweets around, when it was HIS idea to invite him in the first place.

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@Keith--I did notice that the opening credits were different yesterday and didn't queue up a previous episode on the DVR to see if that's a new change for last night or if that changed earlier this season. I think the reason that Zack's focus never bothered me is that he was a regular from the beginning of the show and he was intricately involved in the Gormogon case. And I do like Sweets. I do. But a focus on his love life is not using him in a way that suits the character, IMO.


I think that Brodsky missed on target. Should have targeted Sweets

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Bones Season 8 Episode 5 Quotes

Booth: You're a psychologist. Who would do something like this?
Sweets: You want me to figure that out right now?

Hodgins: What kind of freak feels nostalgic over human sacrifices?
Fisher: I'm gonna go ahead and plead the fifth on that.