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It's almost as if Brennan didn't nearly die last week on Bones, you guys. 

It's one thing not to mention Hodgins's lost fortune. I can buy that they wouldn't talk about their personal finances at work. But the central character back at work so soon? And no one so much as utters a "take it easy?"

With no mention of her near-death experience this week, or even residual weakness from having undergone two surgeries, and a reference to Michelle coming home for Christmas when summer is our next break, I have to wonder what's happening in the writers' room that there are so many continuity errors on Bones Season 8.

And yet, despite those errors, "The Friend in Need" managed to be a moving, Sweets-centric episode.

The Unhappy Truth

I know Sweets has his haters, and some of that disdain for the character is rightfully earned. He meddles. He takes the focus away from Booth and Bones. He's the annoying kid brother you just can't get rid of.

But the part of him that desperately wants to help others is sometimes rather endearing. 

During the questioning of the deceased victim's mother and neighbors, it was obvious that something was up with the teenage girl. She knew something and needed someone's help. Sweets knew it. I expected that she would have information about the boy's disappearance. I did not expect that she would tell Sweets that she had been date raped and that her mother - her own mother - had blamed her for it.

While I know that sort of thing happens every day, as a mother myself I, like Bones, cannot imagine doing nothing to bring my daughter's attacker to justice.

Sweets couldn't understand that either and saw a kindred spirit in the young girl. His opening up to her about his childhood in foster care was a sad and touching moment. His tale about being abused by his foster father "for sport" made me want to hug him. Even though he long ago exorcised his own demons, Sweets needed to find her attacker for himself as much as for her. 

The shared history of troubled childhoods is the common ground that brings Sweets, Bones and Booth together in the friendship they've developed, and there are times, like tonight, when this threesome is well-balanced. 

Booth and Bones are the power-duo, and yes, I prefer episodes where they are the central case-solvers. But occasionally, an episode like this occurs where I almost don't mind that they've taken the back seat to Sweets, allowing him his moment even though Booth had already figured out that the moving man's son was both the rapist and the murderer. Booth knew that Sweets needed to feel that he had avenged the young girl, so he gave Sweets the win, so to speak. 

It was a very "Booth" thing to do. It was also a very Bones thing to wonder if Booth had ever done the same to her and then immediately dismiss that as a possibility because of her superior intellect. Their banter was a light way to end an otherwise serious and somber hour.

Similarly, that was the intended purpose of the Cam/Michelle/Finn story tonight. It was a distraction that lightened the episode as a whole and really nothing more.

It's hard to criticize an episode that deals with the subject of rape and sheds light on the fact that not only do rapes occur all the time, many of them are unreported. So while I could spend time picking tonight apart, I won't. To do so would be an injustice to the topic, and there will always be more Bones to examine next week.

What did you think of "The Friend In Need?" Don't forget to check out the Bones quotes page and be sure to let me know what you thought of tonight's episode in the comments below.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (130 Votes)

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

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Michelle has always come across as difficult and ungrateful to me. Cam tries her best to be there for her and she dismisses her every time! I feel like the chemistry between Booth and Brennan is dying a slow death. Maybe the writers should sit down and watch a few episodes of Burn Notice and Castle to see how it's done.

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I wish there weren't so many Sweets-haters on TV Fanatic, because I honestly enjoy the character and his interactions with all the people at the Jeffersonian, including Booth and Bones. He's an intelligent, sensitive guy and a good person at heart, and I really loved the way he helped the young gal who had been raped. Having been a rape survivor myself, I can honestly say that I would have LOVED it if someone like Sweets had agreed to help me and find the person who hurt me and bring him to justice. As it was, I had no one who cared, and my mother, who is generally a good mom, wanted to sweep it all under the rug, and basically acted competitive and angry with me for going out with guys at all. So I know how that girl felt, in terms of having a mom who didn't want her daughter to reveal her pain. I have no problem seeing less of Booth and Bones, because they are BORING and have zero chemistry.

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At least Sweets had a purpose in this ep, tho him running to B & B when the girl disclosed her rape ruined him for me as a competent psychologist. His disclosure of the childhood abuse was anticlimatic, it was so obvious. B & B still bantering about her wealth and smartness is totally boring. Last week Booth was calling her back from death, this week she is demeaning him again. Also the blatant sexual harassment of Finn's sex life by her in the lab was just ridiculous. Cam and Michelle's giggling over their intern lovers was just ick. This season has been such a disappointment, imo, after 8 years of wanting to see B & B together, we only get glimpses of them. I am still waiting for consistent character development from both of them.

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i miss pelant, but this episode a little better for me than previous one, with al emotions and that stuffs.
I still wonder whats is the pelant looking for of murdering from that woman previously to the journalist until the ex seal?
I think they are all connected

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I thought it was a great show I won't go over all the thing I liked I think the other people covered it all but I Like it!!!

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Someone please tell me how Cam is dating one of the interns--a subordinate--and it doesn't appear to be prohibited? That doesn't fly with real-life workplace rules about dating...

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(cont'd) Just when I was glad that the writers had let up on the "Brennan beats how wealthy she is over Booth's head" trope, they're replaced it with Brennan beating her "I am the smartest of any smart person ever" over Booth's head. And the crossword puzzle scene - can we get Cal Lightman in here, because that wasn't love on Booth's face, that was contempt pure and simple. Why are supposed to ship these two again? This isn't the Booth and Brennan that enthralled me in the earlier seasons. Honestly? Sweets saved this episode for me. He was the only redeeming character in the whole episode, and that makes me sad.

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This was just another meh episode for me. I didn't care about the Cam/Michelle/Finn storyline. And speaking of continuity, not only was Michelle coming home for "Christmas," but Cam is still referring to Michelle as a teenager, even though Michelle was I think 16 years old when Cam adopted her IN SEASON 4. So she's at least 20. And if you want to be nitpicky about it, if you consider that 7 months elapse in the hiatus between Season 5 and 6 and six months between seasons 6 and 7 - that makes Michelle probably around 22. Either way, Michelle is not a teenager. And ditto- it's not Christmas. Come on writers, quit mailing it in. The case was a lot darker than their usual fare, but it was kind of offputting for me that the serious case was bookended by the two really awkward silly scenes of Booth and Brennan at home where they were both acting like jackasses in their own way. Just when I was glad that the writers had let up on the "Brennan beats how wealthy she is over Booth's head" trope, they're replaced it with Brennan beating her "I am the smartest of any smart person ever" over Booth's head. And the crossword puzzle scene - can we get Cal Lightman in here, because that wasn't love on Booth's face, that was contempt pure and simple. Why are supposed to ship these two again? This isn't the Booth and Brennan that enthralled me in the earlier seasons. Honestly? Sweets saved this episode for me. I know, right?? He was the only redeeming character in the whole damn episode. That's sad.

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Loved the show. The suit case of yuck was a little much. Finn is my favorite squint. Cam was pretty cute too about her daughter. Bones does need to stop saying she is the smartist person.

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The case was rather obvious to me. The boy had a crush on the girl, she was raped and the boy set out to avenge the vile deed. I suspected the killer because the football player may just have beaten him to death. Not a bad episode and not great, it was somewhat entertaining.