Bones Review: The Secret Is In The Sauce

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Some of you are going to love this review. Some of you are going to hate it. Just like some of us probably loved Bones tonight and some of us probably hated it.

I'll give you two guesses which camp I'm in.

The best thing about "The Maiden in the Mushrooms" was Hodgins and the hot sauce.

A Dangerous Crime Scene

Brennan is a ridiculously intelligent woman. She's also a mother. Apparently when her mothering kicks in all of her intelligence flies out the window.

Christine bit another child at daycare. Every single person Brennan came into contact with told her that this was a normal, "average" behavior for a child Christine's age. Every single one of them. 

Brennan could not accept that her daughter, a toddler, exhibited such "average" behavior. That she would stoop so low as to bite another child. That the daycare would accuse her of biting when there was no proof that she was, in fact, the biter!

She was so disbelieving and out to prove her daughter's innocence that she had Angela hack into the daycare's file on the bitten child so that she could gain access to pictures of the bite mark to compare them to the mold she made of Christine's teeth. A mold made specifically for this purpose.

This toddler biting story grew more and more incredulous as the hour went on and mothers everywhere, myself included, groaned at the absurdity of this waste of a story. 

Now, had Booth been the one to disbelieve that his sweet daughter could bite another child while Brennan, who has logic and rational thinking and anthropological studies about toddler behavior on her side, reminded him that it was normal and Christine was asserting her dominance over the other children and lauded the behavior, the story would've worked. 

Moving on to what was actually entertaining about the night...

Mention was finally made regarding Angela and Hodgins' financial status. They're living off of their salaries like normal folk do. But Hodgins is in the market for a new business venture so that he can try and recoup the Cantilever Group's fortunes.

That business? Hot sauce.

Specifically, Finn's late granny's special blend. 

After using the last of Finn's sauce, despite the post-it note clearly marking it as belonging to Finn, Hodgins decided that he was going to recreate this special blend of spices, first so that he could give Finn his sauce back and secondly so that he they could market it and make some money.

I like Hodgins' entrepreneurial spirit! I loved Finn's reaction when he realized that Hodgins had resurrected his grandmother in a way and his impassioned plea to the restaurateur to try the sauce.

This B-plot saved tonight's episode, in my opinion. Opie and Thurston's Special Sauce, indeed!

Not even the case of the week was incredibly interesting as it's become quite predictable that if there's a murder victim and the murder victim had a love interest, the love interest probably did it. I'll admit to getting a little choked up when the boyfriend talked about finding his dog, but I found tonight's mystery largely uninteresting.

What did you think of "The Maiden in the Mushrooms?" Did you find Brennan overly ridiculous tonight? Or was she right to champion her daughter? 


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I have been watching BONES for years up to the last few months , and It's been a while since I have seen it anayone know why Brennan was working in a fast food restaurant? ?? I'm so lost!!!


So I think there is a hit and miss element of Bones since season 7 but I don’t think this episode was all that bad.
One of things I love about Bones is the people relationship and sometimes for me I don’t even care about the murder if the character interaction is good enough
I do think that Brennan’s reluctance to believe that Christine bit another kid is totally in character with her and the way she perceives her daughter, way above average or normal (remember the patty-cake episode?). She’s already shown that she believes that Christine should be ahead of the game in everything so I didn’t think twice about her thinking Christine couldn’t bite anyone and then using every means she could to prove it wasn’t her. Booth already having a son realizes these things and just lets Brennan make the same discovery (for the most part) on her own I don’t have a kid but know plenty that do and having a third party objective I’ve have had to listen to stories about how great and perfect their child is (especially the first one) and how they do no wrong so to me it wasn’t “beyond believe� that Brennan would behave this way
That being said I think it’s funny that with most TV shows the characters usually go from being stiff to loosening up and being more relaxed the writers and actors are trying to discover how to play the character and over time they get a grove going but for some reason the longer Bones is on the air the more stiff and straight the character of Brennan becomes. The first season she loose and light and laughed but as the seasons progressed she lost that and has become almost robotic in nature


I love this episode as a matter of fact I'm watching it right now. I have all of season 8 on VHS Until it comes out on DVD.LOVE BONES!!!!


I love this episode as I have them all in the past. I.have all of season 8 on VHS.


I totally agree with the reviewer...the biting storyline was just plain STUPID. It made Brennan look like an elitist shrew and Booth look like a cuckolded fool. And I am a mom, so I know that children go through a biting phase, and that it doesn't matter how extraordinary the child is, he or she will probably go through many of the behavioral stages that children exhibit. We had a specialist tell us that toddlers bite because they can't yet express their frustrations and delights in words, so they bite it out. Usually this phase doesn't last long, and the child learns to use their words to express their emotions. Still, I did enjoy the sauce storyline with Opie and Thurston, aka Finn and Hodgins. Awesome!


As much as I love the show, the biting issue went on too long for me. I think I would have enjoyed it more as someone mentioned if it were Booth in denial ; after all the fuss over the type of theories her nannies knew, the biting info is included.
As for the hot sauce on the side, I enjoyed Finn confronting Hodgins


I don't agree with the reviewer about the supposed reactions to the biting incident. Booth being the more emotionnally stable and grounded parent (and partner!) I find it more believable that he wouldn't make such a big deal about his kid's biting. Brennan, thought very smart can be really snobbish and act superior at times, so I find it believable she wouldn't accept her child as just normal.


I Loved this episode. I love every episode of season 8. Have them all on VHS Until the DVD come out
I love Brennan Booth Hodgins Can Angela Sweets all the interns and especially Ms. Jillian & Max


Being the mom of three boys, I LOVED this episode. Knew exactly how Brennan felt when confronted with the accusation that her child bit another child in day care!!!


Unfornately the writers forget that we, the die hard fans are watching and insult our intelligence.

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Bones Season 8 Episode 21 Quotes

Hodgins: Hey, I accept not being rich-rich, but I wouldn't mind being a little richer than we are right now.
Angela: We're living off our salaries. It's what people do.
Finn: Well, happiness isn't tied to how much money you make.
Hodgins: Thank you, Opie, but I'd rather not have Michael Vincent grow up eating squirrel gizzards and hillbilly broth.

[to Booth] Well, when it comes to settling conflicts, it's always better to be rational.