Bones Review: Will You Marry Me?

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Bones season 8 will not go down in the history of the series as one of my personal favorites. It's been all over the place in terms of plot, development and public service announcements.

Tonight's episode had some of the hallmarks of seasons past but ultimately fell a little short of the mark. As a finale, "The Secret in the Siege" brought closure to just about nothing.

Bones Season Finale Picture

There was so much to love and hate that it's really hard for me to get a read on exactly what I'm thinking about the concluding hour.

Pelant's much-promoted return felt a bit anti-climactic, probably because it was no surprise that he'd be back. Bones proposing to Booth was also anti-climactic because we pretty much saw it in the previews. There were twists to both aspects of the episode, yes, but were they twisty enough? That's the question I'm not sure I can answer.

I've been a fan of Pelant since he first appeared last year. He had the makings of an terrific villain. He was smart, cocky and always two steps ahead. But he wasn't entirely untouchable. Now that he's isolated himself inside his creepy TV room and never has to get his own hands dirty, he's become silly.

I waved my hand and poo-pooed when he hacked a drone and pointed it at a school. Meh. Surely there are some who can do that and he had all that clearance when he worked at the private military firm.

His antics tonight, however, just put him straight into the realm of completely unbelievable. He hacks a traffic light, okay. Sure, maybe. But hacking all of the traffic lights, shutting down entire cellular networks, creating weird videos of a dead man to send the dead man's daughter on a murder spree, being able to tap into any and every security camera anywhere, and having that ultra-fancy lip reading software?

Nope. Instead of being a villain I love to hate, he just became a villain I hate.

Part of my hate definitely stems from the fact that he ruined Booth's life by making him tell Brennan they can't get married. And what shocks me about that is that I haven't been in favor of her proposing at any point.

I do hate to say I told you so, but well, I'm going to. Booth's mother's return only served the purpose of softening Brennan to the idea of getting married. Their back and forth about her catching the bouquet and how she's a terrible catch and it was her subconscious desire to get married was just so "I told you so." That was the entire reason for that episode.

Yes, being afraid to lose Booth and Pelant's return was another factor in Brennan's proposal. That and that alone would have been enough for her to have believably changed her mind regarding marriage. And the ending of the episode, with Booth essentially breaking her heart, still could have happened and still would have worked.

Despite the fact that it could be seen coming from 10 miles away, it was no less sweet. Throwing the bag of jerky at him and telling him she wants to spend the rest of her life with him was just such a great moment. I was happy because they were so happy. Watching her with Cam and Angela in the lab just made me more giddy for her. (Her proposal can be found on the Bones quotes page!)

She opened her heart to the idea of marriage after having been against the institution. She was excited and started to dream and plan. Booth crushing those dreams because Pelant said to makes me really hate Pelant. Really.

Ugh. Moving on so I don't just Pelant-bash all night.

In things that made me happy, I was glad that Sweets wasn't shot. I don't hate him the way some do, but beyond that, I don't like seeing our principal cast die. Vincent Nigel-Murray was only a squint and watching him die was enough. Yes, Bones is a drama, but it doesn't feel like that kind of drama where character exits are by death. Maybe that's just me though. I'm okay with that.

I loved Angela and Hodgins interacting tonight, too. They're so good together. He feels terrible for letting Pelant get away and she knows that he's not the guy who kills people. Pelant has taken a lot away from them, but she knows that Hodgins killing him would've been worse for Hodgins than losing his money has been.

I hope the next season, if there is a next season, picks up right where this one leaves off and Pelant is gone in the first episode. His story feels tired. It's run its course. Let's move on to another super villain and return this show to its early glory.

What did you think of "The Secret in the Siege?" Are you tired of Pelant and irritated that he wasn't caught in the finale?


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This episode was uneven, predictable and cruel for no other reason that to be cruel. With the exception of one episode (last week's) this whole season has been a test of a fan's loyalty.They better step it up next season.


Okay seriously???!!?? This was the most what the ...-ish ending I've ever seen. How can a smart, savvy FBI agent be blackmailed like so? Pelant playing God was not creepy, it was actually very silly. The MOST predictable and LAME episode of the entire season. Bones has outlived it's shelf life. It would've been smarter to show BnB married, Pelant caught and be done with it. To endure another season of Brennan's "heartbreak" and Booth's "remorse" is too much to ask for. I honestly do not care anymore.


Vivian, Homeland has inconsistencies? What show were you watching. Everything about Homeland is great!


Caribangell, there is such a thing as full stops or periods. Please use them. It's hard to follow your sentences without them. Thanks


First of all, before I read other people's comments, let me say I started to get so angry within the last 5 minutes that I switched the channel, because I did not want to hear Booth tell Brennan that he can't marry her. Why I was angry? Because if it was me, and I was Booth, I would tell her what happened. But I would also tell her to pretend that she is angry and continue to act so until we got Pelant. I would not let him dictate to me to hurt the woman (or man) I loved. I felt the writers obviously just want the usual climatic drama, but I was angry. Why let Brennan propose to Booth and then let that happen? Ridiculous.


I like the episode, althought it wasnt the best of the season.
One of the things that piss me off about this episode is:
Why Cerberus is Tracking Pelant, the guy take care of one of its men, and hack almost everything of its computer system, and yet its doesnt appear being hunting Pelant.
One idea like me, That no matter how much love exist between two people, the enviroment always impose, in this case Pelant, at least for now.
I still want to know why kill that blonde on their first appearance, he kill the school advisor, just for a recommendation, but, and long time after that, he kills again.
Maybe Hodgins manage to kill Pelant, and then, the dark side could enter (once again) to the team


I am with all those who say kill the freak of the week, Pelant, and get it over with! I am also glad that Sweets didn't die, but I am really unhappy about Booth telling Brennan that he doesn't want to get married. She looked so crushed. Loved Hodgins and Angela in this ep. TJ Thyne is one fine actor.


By the way; Who house or office was Pleant N? I'm also glad Sweets wasn't killed.Please don't start killing off our main people that includes the squints; cause I liked VNM.And can Cam stop saying because I'm the Boss w/o Bones she can't solve a crime; I do like Cam.


Let me start off by saying I Love Bones.I'm upset that y'all gave Pleant that much power; the look on Booth face when he went 2 talk 2 Bones was beyond sad but the look on Bones face was really HeartBreaking. I agree with Vivian bring Zack back n the 1st EP of season 9 2 get rid of Pleant I don't care how he die as long as he DIES.But lets keep Zack. I want Brennan 2 B happy she's never had this kind of Love also I was looking 4ward 2 CN Russ again
I watching last note EP right now Brennan is so happy; give it back 2 her.will start my BONES Marathon tomorrow starting w/season1. Can't wait 4 season 9 2 start.


When Pelant is on, I tend to get busy doing dishes or something, just so I don’t have to look at him. Enough of Pelant. Kill Pelant already. Sorry they ever brought him back. He makes me not want to watch the show; and I love bones. Pelant is ugly and boring. A New plot is needed. And when he is killed; I want him to really suffer; then and only then will Pelant demise be fitting. Another thing. Not for one moment would I ever believe Booth would ever turn Bones down. Really! He’s always been the one who believes in marriage. STUPID!

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Bones Season 8 Episode 24 Quotes

Angela: Hey, we're gonna get him, Hodgins. You know that we will.
Hodgins: I should've killed him when I had the chance.

I hate dealing with hit men.