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Bones Review: Outbreak

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Bones season 8 has been all over the place in terms of story telling and cohesion. Week to week, we've never known which Bones we'll get, but we've stuck it out because this is a show we love with characters we love. Tonight our dedication paid off.

Stephen Nathan promised an "exciting, emotional" episode and he certainly delivered. From start to finish, "The Pathos in the Pathogens" had me on the edge of my couch. It was the gripping hour of television I've been looking for all season. 

Preventing an Outbreak

There's something about donning hazmat suits that instantly kicks the drama up a notch, right? Straight out of the gate the tension was high, which set the tone for the entire episode. 

The idea of outbreaks is scary and interesting to me, so this case drew me in. My intrigue was helped by the fact that not only was the team trying to solve a murder, one of their own became part of the case when Arastoo was poked with a needle that was lodged in a piece of bone. 

Enter the pathos of the episode.

In the parade of squinterns, Arastoo ranks somewhere in the middle for me. He's not my favorite, but he's also not Fisher. I like him enough to care.

The second he pulled his hand away from the bones, my own hand reflexively covered my mouth and I gasped, even though it was clear from the beginning that one of them would get infected with the virus. He knew that the best way to contain a potential outbreak would be to remain at the Jeffersonian to be observed and watching Cam disagree with him was one of the first moments their relationship felt real.

Watching everyone scramble to do their jobs to solve a murder while isolated and also trying to keep Arastoo alive brought a different sense of urgency to the episode. All of the team's emotions were high because none of them wanted to see a good man die. Because the killer would want a safeguard against being infected with the virus, they knew that an antidote existed somewhere, but in order to find it, they had to solve the case. 

Hodgins is great when he's funny. He's also great when he goes a little mad scientist and starts boiling liquids in beakers trying to rely on herbal and animal medicine to cure his dying friend. Brennan pitching in to help him added a bit of a layer to her character. While she relies on science first and foremost, she knows enough to know that sometimes the answers lie elsewhere. 

The Cam-Arastoo relationship is one that has been sort of bizarre from the onset. It came out of nowhere and didn't really seem to make much sense until tonight. Watching Cam try to keep it together while Arastoo languished on a bed in the bone lab helped to solidify the pairing. His kiss on the back of her gloved hand and her plea with the lab owner for the antidote definitely pulled at the old heartstrings. 

All any of them wanted was for him to live, and having already fought the CDC doctor to give him the treatment Hodgins and Brennan cooked up, which bought him some time, everyone in the room knew something had to be done. 

So Brennan stepped up to the plate and became the MVP of the night.

In all of these years as Booth's partner, Brennan has learned a few tricks. One is that when a suspect asks for a lawyer, Booth can no longer ask questions. She, however, can. So tonight she did. She needed an answer from the lab owner and she got it. By stabbing him in the neck with a fake virus to trick him into thinking he'd been infected so that he would give up the antidote.

Another thing she's learned is that Booth likes to shoot his gun.

Dr. Jacobs: We shouldn't do this. We're technically still on lockdown!
Brennan: Well, if we don't he's just going to shoot out the lock! | permalink

The infusion of small, humorous moments like this one brought balance to this heavily dramatic hour. Well done, writers! 

So much about tonight was so well done it nearly makes up for all of the other episodes this season that weren't so well done at all. Tonight brought our characters face to face with the possibility that one of their own could die which caused all of them to take moments to reflect on their own mortality which are sure to be in effect when Pelant returns next week on the finale.

What did you think of "The Pathos in the Pathogens?" How do you feel about Cam and Arastoo after tonight? 

Review

Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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    Miranda, I've been getting that "comment being moderated" thing too. But I go back and re-send and it goes. I don't know if there's a glitch somewhere, because I don't see that I say anything that needs moderating.

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    sonde, can't believe you said this: "I'm not a Cam fan because she looks like she's ready for project runway instead of the lab." hahaha. What a reason to not like somebody. I guess Cam looking so sexy, and seeming to be a size 2, could be a reason for your dislike? LOL. I know. I'm envious of her size and awesome dress code too, but I adore her!

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    wasn't there a mention of Lance Armstrong in the show and how he got away with chemicals?

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    BY FAR, the best episode of the Season. Nuff said!

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    @Alex Indigo--I checked our comments folders on the back end just to see if it was there and it wasn't. I'm actually not seeing it anywhere. So, it wasn't moderated, but it didn't post. Was it close to or over the character limit?

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    Where did my comment go? Since when are they moderated?

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    A pretty good episode, if somewhat predictable. I knew from the outset that Arastoo was going to get infected, since being one of the squinterns they can afford to stick in a reason he'd be gone for a while and he is expendable enough to kill off. I also knew that Arastoo would survive, unlike Vincent or Fisher he's not hated enough by the audience to get killed off (personally though, I'd rather have had just about any squintern killed off except Vincent or Fisher). What I was pleasantly surprised to see didn't happen and was dreading the whole episode was the B.S. bit of dialog, something akin to "I must be objective, I can't have someone around that affects my judgement, bye" that ends all relationships between the boss and the subordinate in fiction. I'm glad to see that when the inevitable breakup happens, they aren't going to shoehorn in such a ridiculous breakup excuse as that.

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    Is it Aristoo or Arastoo? Brennan & Booth have had good chemistry from the beginning.I love Angie & Hodges but Booth & Brennan r a power couple. It was fun 2 c Can confess. her love for Aristo I also agree strange relationship.LOVE MY BONES. BRING ZACK BACK.He's still alive.the stab in the neck was brilliant. Great job writers. Sweets is a good guy although his role is sometimes a little gray but I like him.season finale will b awesome will have my tissue ready. Bring on season 9 I can't wait.

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    Is it Aristoo or Arastoo? Brennan & Booth have had good chemistry from the beginning.I love Angie & Hodges but Booth & Brennan r a power couple. It was fun 2 c Can confess her love for Aristophanes I also agree strange relationship.LOVE MY BONES. BRING ZACK BACK.He's still alive.

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    Stopped watching last season because the characters had long ago dropped from three dimensional to one dimensional and were threatening to become a singularity. Caught a couple of episodes this season, one with the baby biting (singularity seemed imminent) and this one. This one really wasn't bad. Kind of reminded me why I'd started watching in the first place. At least Bones wasn't acting like a pre-teen's idea of an intelligent person.