Bones Review: We Remember

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Is it just me... or did this not feel like the same Bones we've been watching for the past several episodes? Because this didn't feel like the same show. In fact, this felt like a return to the old Bones, pre-Christine maybe.

While "The Patriot in Purgatory" didn't do anything in the way of advancing the plot for this season, it was moving and engaging in a way the past few weeks haven't been, leaving me hopeful for what's to come.

Booth in Uniform

I have to admit that I went into tonight's episode a bit skeptical. Cam's preparation of the squinterns and the five of them practically tripping over one another to figure out the mystery of the remains on the table set a tone of silliness that was perpetuated by Bones channeling her inner basketball coach.

As we covered last week, Fisher isn't my favorite, and I anticipated another episode centering not on our main duo, but on the peripheral characters who flesh out the cast. Bones as "coach" felt out of character and borderline ridiculous, particularly when she handed out butt-slaps after assigning the squinterns the task of identifying the as-yet unidentified remains.

I understand the need for comic relief in the midst of tragedy, and I know that was the purpose of the basketball coach imitation, but after viewing the episode and looking at it as a whole, the comedic moments tonight felt unnecessary because of how purpose-driven this episode was with regards to uncovering both the identity of the man and how he died.

To me, this hour didn't feel like a tragedy. It felt like a tribute both to an infamous day in our nation's history and to the characters we know and love.

This was a perfect balance of the motivations of both the main and supporting cast. We were able to understand what inspired each of them to seek the identity of the homeless man and solve his death.

Booth saw a fellow soldier who deserved dignity, a man who died a hero. Brennan and the squinterns felt compelled to use their science to help those bones find rest. Cam was in New York on 9/11 and witnessed that horror firsthand. Angela is a sweet spirit and gentle soul who sees the dead as the people they were instead of bones on a table. Hodgins, who would ordinarily have a conspiracy theory at the ready, had none.

Booth's desire to carry out the mission of Tim Murphy was compelling, as was Bones' desire to give Booth what she knew he neede: -closure for a man whom he saw as a fellow soldier. This gave us that connection between Booth and Bones that seems to have been missing in the past few weeks.

As the squinterns had their heated moments and shared their stories of where they'd been, I found myself rapt and invested in hearing their tales. None of the characters tonight felt like caricatures. They all felt like friends.

Despite the fact that I'm a television reviewer, I'm also a spoiler-phobe. I usually go into episodes knowing only what's been released to the public.

I knew that tonight would be about September 11th, but I didn't know how much the episode would affect me. How it would gently force me to remember where I was and what I was doing that morning in 2001 when planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

Many shows have tried to pay homage to 9/11 and few, I think, have done it in a way as nice as Bones did tonight. Bravo, Bones.

Did you think "The Patriot in Purgatory" was as well done as I did?


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


Words fail me. D.B was great! Everyone was. The final scene. Wow! Now I can see why they are together, now it feels real. I guess I found words. :)

Beverly brooks

What a great tribute to all who died. Very well written.


It was a great show anything I was going to say people already said it so there is not much i can add.


This episode was so moving I found myself crying just remembering that horrible day. It was wonderful that Booth was determined that this brother in arms would not be forgotten, but his story would be told and his son would know his Dad was not just some homeless person whose death meant nothing. It was cute watching the interns try to "one up" each other-until they each told their 9/11 stories and decided to work together to solve the puzzle of how the soldier died. One of the best episodes ever.


I was touched by this episode of Bones. This episode is one of the most powerful episodes of the entire series. The dialogue was incredible and powerful that I was left speechless by the end of the hour. I sat there and remembered that terrible day in September and I called my brother who was in the Navy and thanked him for serving our country. Bravo to Hart Hanson and company for bringing us an hour Bones that I will never forget.


I don't think I could come up with the right words to appropriately describe last night's episode. Just as it tok all of the Booth, Brennan, Cam and the Squints to work together to accomplish what they did; likewise it took every one involved with breathing life into the show


I hardly even know where to begin with this episode. It was so moving, and poignant, and touching, and inspiring to me. I particularly loved Arastoo's monologue (or "rant" as some have called it), as I have some Muslim friends who were near me in Philadelphia when the planes hit, and I know that they were just as shocked and appalled and saddened by the actions of these extremists as I was. I also loved that he was bothered by the fact that he couldn't put this "homeless man" to rest, as he deserved. Then to have that man turn out to be not only a war hero, but a hero in the 9/11 tragedy as well? I don't remember an hourly series ever making me cry so much, or reminding me of that horrible day in such a non-sensationalistic and propagandasized way, and I truly appreciated it. And no - I'm not sure those are real words (ha). As for the butt-slapping... that was just Bones trying to understand a societal behavior in her usual endearing, awkward way. BRAVO!!!


This Bones was a wonderful tribute to Veteran's Day, I thought. I loved that Bones is practicing "teamwork" and Booth is supportive and also that Booth was so empathetic to the Armed Forces. I call it a 5-star show.


Very well done, Bones. I had tears by the end of the episode.


I have all the DVD's from Bones. I cannot wait till the next set comes out
with this particular episode. If you watch them one ater the other, you
can see how Bones has grown emotionally. I don't see the butt slapping
as any type of sexual action. Bones would not even think of sex while
she is working. Why do people always think of sex? Can we just appreciate
the story for what it is. When you blame sex for butt slappimg, are you saying that all the sports figures are gay and this is a sexual experience.
I think not..Only if you only have sex on the brain.

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Bones Season 8 Episode 6 Quotes

Booth: I beat up bad guys, and I leap over things.
Sweets: You're describing Superman.
Booth: Exactly.

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