Bones Review: Blood Diamond

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Caroline Julian might be one of the most under-used extra characters on Bones. She's boisterous, witty and always on point. There are at least three squints I would gladly trade to have more of her in my life. Fisher, Daisy, and probably Finn, in case you were wondering.

Even with her googly eyes and suggestive comments to the goofy filmmaker, which I found to be more than slightly silly, I still love her. Can we start a campaign to keep her around? 

Aside from just about every aspect of the "let's make a documentary" angle of tonight's episode, "The Blood From the Stones" wasn't terrible. Maybe this means I've finally resigned myself to the stand-alone format the series has adopted on Bones Season 8.

The Diamond Connection

Besides Caroline Julian, here's what worked about tonight's case:

It allowed Booth to be Booth.

Booth started the case willing to give the deceased the benefit of the doubt, but as the evidence began to pile up against him, Booth could no longer defend the man as good, despite the reassurances from the commanding officer that the deceased hadn't been a bad cop. Where the evidence leads, Booth goes. As it happened, the evidence led him to the victim's wife, the woman for whom he had planned to smuggle the diamonds. 

Booth is a moral guy. Cops are good guys. Bad guys are, well, bad guys. And because he's so moral when it comes to good and bad, bad cops are among the worst offenders in the land. In his mind one bad cop spoils the bunch. They all become untrustworthy and their reputations are all sullied when a good cop goes bad. Even if the good cop goes bad for love.

I like Booth and I liked seeing him work tonight's case more than I've liked watching him work many of the cases this season. He wasn't campy or cheesy. He didn't have to play a silly role or go into the lab like a squint. 

Booth got to be an agent and do his job well.

Similarly, what also worked was that Brennan had a moment of clarity regarding her personality, and it wasn't an easy revelation to have. 

The board of directors brought Clark in to temper Brennan's harsh and critical nature for their documentary, which forced her to introspection and the realization that she comes across as cold and unfeeling. Mean, even. This particular revelation reminded me of the episode where she was testifying in court and she was told they would lose the case because of her lack of emotional connection to her testimony.

There are times when Brennan looks inward and sees herself as others see her and from there she grows as a character. Tonight was one of them and it was a good moment for Brennan.

Another good moment, one that I thoroughly enjoyed despite its being used as the promo for this episode, was watching Booth and Brennan at the diamond dealer's store. Dancing around the question of what they are to one another was fun and a bit sly.

Booth is more than her boyfriend, but not her fiance'. Brennan doesn't believe in the institution of marriage but struggles to define their relationship. 

Bones: [to jeweler] We have a deal that he will never ask me to marry him. And when the time comes to marry, which I do not foresee, he believes that I will ask him. | permalink

There was something glimmering in Booth's face during that exchange. He knows that he's right about the two of them. That one day, she'll propose and he'll have been right all along.

Booth is already there and would've married her long ago. He's just waiting for Brennan's head to catch up to her heart.

What did you think of "The Blood in the Stones"? Which squint would you trade for Caroline, if any? Do you think Booth and Brennan will head to the altar before Bones ends?


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


I agree . . . I still miss Zack!


@Ren: I think most of us Brennan fans have come to that conclusion as well. It's no secret how deep her affection for him runs and she's said that she needs a reason to get married. I do believe her reason will be Booth and Christine. And I hope that when that happens, he'll have the common sense to tell her that he's happy enough with just her.


I think that if Bones does decide to propose, it won't be because she's suddenly decided that she believes in the institution of marriage - it'll be because she realises that getting married is more important to Booth than not getting married is to her.


@Miranda: To a certain extent that is true, but not in the heavy handed way that the writers have been portraying her in the past few years (The Feet on the Beach, anyone?!). The first few years of the show had a kickass Brennan who was sure of herself and her expertise. She has always deferred to Booth and Angela in the 'heart' department so it is always disheartening when one of both of them tell her that she needs to be different/better. At least Booth assured her in the end of this episode. This episode's introspection, to me, is just another in a long line of 're-writes' that the writers have been doing in retconning Brennan from the earlier seasons.


One of the best episodes in a long time....shows booths emotions....more like the man from Angel we all liked so much


What was song playing when Caroline and Andrew were in the diner at the end in the Blood in the Stones episode please?

Miranda wicker

@Alex Indigo--On the contrary, I think that Bones has been in a state of introspection since season 1. It's slow and doesn't often change how she is because she believes in herself and her science, but she has often had moments where she's asked Angela about how she's seen by others. She has wanted to "fit in." She won't stop being straightforward in the lab, but she might see how her delivery affects others' perception of her.

Beverly brooks

Just love the show, and like Caroline very much.


I enjoyed this episode more than most of this season. I loved, loved the B & B scenes, she is finally his field partner again and his life partner. Hopefully his wife at some time. The ongoing theme I don't get is even though Brennan knows she comes across as cold, distant, arrogant, she is not willing to change. Booth sees her for what she is and doesn't ask her to change, he love her the way she is. Bravo for him. I thought Andrew was likeable but Caroline was just too much. I expected a smart, snarky, clever Caroline, not a love struck schoolgirl. It destroyed her character a bit for me


Well… this was hands down my favorite episode this season! It reminded me of episodes from season 3 through 5 when I though Bones was at its peak. It was plain and simply a "crimedy" episode and I haven't laughed this much on one episode since probably season 6. It had just what I needed a murder, an investigation, lab work, plenty of humor and a great tender moment between Booth and Brennan at the end. I didn’t see any awkward forced moments or any moral hidden agenda. And I love seeing Caroline in any episode

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Bones Season 8 Episode 20 Quotes

Jursick: Now THAT was genius.
Bones: I am actually a genius.

Angela: You really are one of them, you know that?
Cam: Them?
Angela: The big brains who belong here. You just hide it. And you dress a lot better.