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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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*Am looking forward to hearing more next week about Brennan's stripper days though in another one of those 'forget everything you already know about Brennan, this week we find out that...' reveals. Oh joy!

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If the writers weren't such huge Booth stans, we probably would have a storyline like that one that you postulated and the one that made more sense. Seeing as how Brennan is educated and a scientist, she would have known that research shows that biting at that age indicates that Christine is developing as expected. Once again, their intention was there but the execution failed (S6 anyone?). They took it to the extreme here, once again making a caricature of Brennan as they're wont to do these past few years. I didn't like the hot-sauce story. Don't like Finn. Didn't like the episode either. We got to see them have their customary after-case drinks in the Founding Fathers, so that's a plus (I think). And Hodgins' comments about 'squirrel gizzards and hillbilly broth' were the only thing I liked. Am looking forward to hearing more next week about Brennan's stripper days though in another one of those 'forget everything you already know about Brennan, this week we find out that...' reveals. Oh joy!

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Brennan was perfectly in character. Great, fun episode. I enjoyed it thoroughly -- including the drunk imitation Judge Judy. The reviewer doesn't like too many episodes anymore, but, even when she doesn't like an ep, she always covers the bases and leads into subjects for commenting/agreeing,disagreeing.

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I think that Bones' refusal to believe that her daughter bit other kids isn't about her belief that her child can do no wrong, in fact she's perfectly aware that Christine can, but refusing to believe that her child could do something so... average is what she objects to, which is perfectly in-character for her. If there's one thing that Brennan has always been throughout the run of the show it's that she's been extremely arrogant, perceiving herself as superior to the vast majority of people, especially when it comes to intelligence. ANYONE who refers to Bones as average in any area whatsoever offends her greatly, it's one of the few things that she will ignore all evidence of no matter how much of it is shoved in her face, and this would naturally include any children she has. She refuses to believe Christine could possibly do something like bite other kids because it's something a normal kid would do, and she can't accept that something that came from her is anything less than exceptional.

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.

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