Bones Review: They're Back!

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I hope I don't jinx the next several episodes of Bones by saying this, but I think our show is back, TV Fanatics.

While last week's Veteran's Day episode was heartfelt and moving, it was originally intended as a standalone, which left me wondering what would happen between then and the return of Pellant in January. 

"The Bod in the Pod" did not disappoint. Tonight, Bones and Booth were exactly where they're supposed to be: at the center of the show about Bones and Booth.

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All of tonight was fun, start to finish.

We weren't overwhelmed with Sweets' lack of a love life. Finally. And while he is still living with Booth and Bones and doesn't seem to be able to respect their no-work-at-home boundaries, he fell back into his place as a secondary character.

There was also balance among the rest of the team at the Jeffersonian. Hodgins seemed slightly less mad scientist, a trend I hope continues. I like him best when he's not spouting off about blowing things up.

I also love that Hodgins and Angela always seem to be the first to know when there's another character entering into a new relationship, maybe because they are the original office romance at the Jeffersonian. It's like their instincts for sussing out new lovers are as strong as Bones' ability to find evidence that's seeped into concrete. None of them have to see the proof to know there's something more going on.

Watching the two of them discover that Cam and Arastoo are an item, however unlikely, was kind of sweet. And it earned us scenes of Hodgins and Angela together outside of the lab which is always nice.

Which brings me to Booth and Bones.

One of the things that has always worked about Bones and Booth is their marriage of science and soul. Booth's heart balances Brennan's logic.

What we've seen over the course of the series are all the ways in which Booth's outlook on life has changed Bones. While she's always cared deeply for those in her inner circle, she's become a better, kinder, warmer person for having him in her life.

Tonight we watched as she let her instincts take over in their murder investigation. Her "gut" told her who the killer was and she knew instinctively that she was right, independent of any evidence to support her claim. I love the version of Bones who relies on her brain, but I also love the more intuitive side of Bones that emerges the longer she's with Booth.

And speaking of love, that last scene between the two of them, where she listed reasons for loving him and he said he didn't need any, that was classic Booth and Bones. Classic. And perfect. So perfect, the entire conversation is on the Bones quotes page.

Tonight reminded me of what I love about this show. I think Booth and Bones are back where they belong, TV Fanatics. And I'm excited.

What did you think of "The Bod in the Pod?" Let's talk in the comments section below!


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I've been an unenthusiastic casual viewer for a season or two, but I used to be a die-hard Bones fan. Last week's heavy handed pathos from The Patriot in the Purgatory about killed what interest I had left and I had no desire to watch Bones anymore. But while I was flipping channels last night I caught an ending scene of Body in the Pod and was totally taken aback by how genuine the scene felt. The show felt old school and fresh at the same time enough that I stayed tuned in and then watched the whole thing again from the beginning. I'm just so impressed and pleased to have caught those few minutes. The show wasn't perfect, but it was a solid episode that made me smile. I might tune in next week just to see if the spark is there again.


Booth and Bones are are already like one person body and soul so I sure wish Booth would , as the old saying goes " make an honest woman" as it were, out of Bones. It sure would make me feel better!!!!JMO


Sick to death of Sweets interviewing suspects without Booth. Jeez he has taken over many of Booths FBI scenes and now he is all over his scenes at the MIGHTY HUT too I mean Booth cannot escape that idiot Sweets. And nor can us fans. UGH


For the love of god will someone write Booth a fricking plot. BONES has David Boreanaz, that man can do anything and he is been given damn all to do. AND get rid of Sweets. Most useless character on tv.


Booth really has been reduced to a supporting character now. He has nothing to do but just a few one liners. Have you ever seen a male lead of a show have no storyline? Whose basic premise is to support Brennan and Sweets life drama? Well that is poor David Boreanaz. If David doesn't want to renew his contract and move onto something else he has my full support. Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathan are treating him like crap as an actor. He deserves better than Bones


I wish Sweets would just DIE I HATE SWEETS. When is Hart Hanson going to get through his thick meathead that we want to watch BOOTH BE THE FBI AGENT and not Sweets/JFD stealing David's.airtime and scenes. SMH


I agree with one of the first comments made earlier. I have never liked
Cam and/or Sweets. Sweets acts as a child not as a grown up he is the
least needed in the show. Cam confuses me and it looks like she just wants
to be boss. I hate when she takes over for Bones. Bones is the star and should stay in control as she should. Yesterdays show was good but I think it could be better. More Bones and Booth with Christine, Booth's son and


Once again you cut off my comment. I think Cam and Sweets should hook up and just disappear.


The case last night was interesting and I did like the Brennan Booth interaction, especially Brennan's intuition regarding the killer. I also loved the scene with Brennan and Booth and the reasons they love each other. One note however is I feel that this should have been the end scene and not the garbage with Cam/Arastoo. Although Arastoo is okay as an intern I feel that the writers are really scraping the bottom of the barrel with the Cam/Arastoo relationship. I see no chemistry between the two. In fact I think it's kind of unprofessional to have a boss and employee romantic relationship. It's actually kind of creepy as Cam is a lot older than Arastoo. I really find the characters of Cam and Sweets unnecessary to the program (I don't like Cam and Sweets is a pain and is also unprofessional in the way he is always interfering in Brennan and Booth's relationship. He should have his licence revoked. I think a better pairing would be to hook Cam up with Sweets and then have them both disappear far into the background. The show is supposed to be about Brennan and Booth and I don't understand why the writers are constantly trying to elevate the status of Sweets. One turn in Hogan's Alley does not an agent make.


Enjoyed the show. Glad to see more Booth and Brennan. To much Hodgins and them both but the show is about Bones and Booth!! Re: Cam and Arastoo I reserve my him not crazy about her..but it will be interesting. Can't wait til next week!!!

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Bones Season 8 Episode 7 Quotes

[to Arastoo] You're in political exile. That is so cool. In a terrible, terrible way, of course.


Booth: We believe a line between home and work is important.
Sweets: I have a hard time believing Dr. Brennan can talk about anything else.