Bones Review: It's Cold In Here

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That wasn't the worst premiere Bones could have had. But it wasn't fantastic either. The case du jour was acceptable, emotions all felt wildly misplaced, and Daisy was the squintern.

Yep. Daisy.

With a lot of tell-not-show and with the series using new characters as intermediaries between our central pair, "The Secrets in the Proposal" felt phoned in.

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Bones season 9 picks up three months after Booth tells Brennan he can't marry her without being able to give her a real reason why he can't. Three months was too large a gap. 

Booth and Bones are apparently still living together, but they're both incredibly unhappy. She's icing him out. He's not answering  the phone when she calls. And everyone seems to have an opinion on just what Booth should be doing and how he should be doing it.

Sweets and Caroline ambush him. Cam tells him to warm his feet up. Angela barks at him throughout the entire episode. Hodgins is the only one who believes he probably has a good reason for doing what he's done.

Angela's anger, in particular, was frustrating because at one point she actually tells Hodgins that she's learned to trust him. Having known Booth just as long, she can't muster up the energy to trust him, too? It all just felt so incredibly fresh to be a three-month old wound, making everything about it feel off somehow. 

We're supposed to see Brennan as an evolved woman since the show's beginning. She's gone from being completely scientific to a mix of science and emotion that she doesn't always understand. The changes in her character over the past nine seasons are clear. 

Something about her chilly demeanor felt at odds with everything the character is. Maybe it's just another step in Brennan's evolution. Or maybe it's uneven writing. 

When Booth repeatedly attempted to remind her that he loves her, would die for her and she refused to acknowledge at all that there might be more to their situation than she knows, I found myself wanting to scream at her a little. 

And then she ended up Booth's priest-tender's bar where he said "Hey, so, he has a reason for this. Trust him." And magically she did. Just like that. After three months of him very likely telling her the same thing or at the very least being so devout in his desire to catch Pelant that the fact that he's behind the entire thing should've been quite clear to a woman of Brennan's intellect. 

Come on, Brennan. 

Her speech to him at the end that she trusts him and believes in him and will be there for him until he can tell her his reasoning was so very...neat. It would have been far more interesting to pick up immediately where Bones season 8 left off and let us see the messy stuff. Show us this couple fighting to stay together despite the fact that their hearts are both broken. That would make for an interesting multi-episode arc.

The character who wins for best emotional turmoil is Booth, hands down, which makes a great deal of sense because absolutely everyone was against him, including his technological devices. (Which makes little to no sense, really. A CD player/radio allows Pelant to spy on the conversations they have inside their own home? Really??)

It's always great to see Booth interact with non-Jeffersoninan team members, so his priest-tender can stay. Of all the characters on the show, the members of Booth's past life have appeared more frequently which has a way of making them more interesting to me somehow.

And Aldo's walk-in cooler is certainly a convenient place to discuss Pelant's evil-doing. 

In other tidbits from the episode:

  • Daisy. Ugh. 
  • It's nice to see Freddie Prinze, Jr. on any screen, big or small. 
  • Cam and Arastoo are still an item.
What did you think of the Bones season 9 premiere, "The Secrets in the Proposal?" Was this a great way for the show to return? What would have made it better?


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I thought it was a so-so episode but I haven't been a big fan for a couple seasons now; I think it started downhill when they had to rush the relationship to factor in ED's real pregnancy. My thought was that if the priest guy had a safe room in his bar to talk then why couldn't Booth bring Bones there to talk. It seems a little contrived to continue the I can't tell you arc. I agree with Keith Vlasak; it can take 3 months and longer to work out such a devastating occurrence in a relationship. Honestly I was somewhat surprised that they were still living together. Sounds like some commenters have not had truly serious problems come up in their relationships; if so bravo for you, but you should know some things can't always be solved in weeks, sometimes months. I did like Booth's line "I'd die for you". And Bones reaction wasn't that farfetched; she is hurt and confused , probably more than most because she has finally truly opened up to someone and now this happens. And Booth is being nasty because he is hurting too. Those emotions were realistic to me. That being said, I still think the writing is on the wall for the series. Even if it doesn't cancel I think viewership (including me) will drop if it continues this way.


I Loved the episode & from the thousands of comments I've seen on other sites you people who didn't like it & are complaining are in the minority. I thought it was well done from beginning to end & the way Angela acted towards Booth is the way most women react when someone is causing their Best Friend pain! I don't like Pelant either but they have already stated he will be dealt with fast this season so I'm not worried that it will be ongoing. Booth & Brennan make a wonderful couple & the turn the show took when the two finally got together has been great! Most people love it & are ready for the wedding episode. As for the squinterns it is my understanding they have to use who is available so I guess Daisy was the one this week. It's a show people, a very goo show & is still strong in it's 9th season! It has consistent ratings every week against strong competition! I for one get tired of the few who complain that its boring or they stopped watching because it isnt good anymore well in that case why are you bothering to comment on it? Move on & let those of us who are true fans enjoy our show!


My interest is waning. I have been a loyal fan for the last seven years but I was hoping that they would end this thing with Pelant last season. I just wanted Booth to grab Bones and take her in the cooler, let her know what is going on. Then have their house searched for spy ware and get rid of them. If they do not end it with Pelant this season and get married, I will stop watching. They used to have great story lines but I think it is time to have a season finale and go out gracefully just like burn notice.


I have watched Bones since Season 1, and I must say that the last two seasons have been kinda boring. Pelant is an unrealistic and cartoon-y villian (facial scar, omniscient, electronic liar ... come on!). I think it's probably time to plan for a graceful exit at the end of the season, and leave while the going is relatively good.


I didn't care for this episode. It felt like a VERY long hour. I didn't like the 3 month jump. Like another poster said, they did this last season, too. We only know of the turmoil of the last months b/c HH has been everywhere discussing it, but we didn't get to see it. I thought Angela was fine. I'd be upset if someone hurt my BFF but surely that wasn't the first call she's made to Booth in 3 months? I don't understand why Booth is being so mean to everyone. Instead of saying mind your own business why not simply say. "I messed up. I'll fix it" or "You know I'd never purposely hurt Bones." The writers are forcing conflict in a situation that naturally has negative consequences. I think that's why it feels so off.


Also, I like Daisy -- better than any of the other squinterns that are STILL around. I don't like her with Lance, or their awful method of talking when they were together, especially when both are intelligent ... but I like her on the show in rotation.


This wasn't such a bad episode. I get the creator said they try to deal with the summer hiatus in real time -- and sometimes, especially with couples living together, things stew while they are both unhappy, but neither pushes it ... until 3 months COULD go by before it comes to a head. I can accept the hiatus premise. I can even also accept that the trust issue would, if things did stew 3 months, go by the wayside. Another phrase besides stew would be pressure cook, where after 3 months there us going to be a blow, and once that's out of your system, you can think again and remember about trust. I guess I thought it worked Ok. Other than that, Pelant is totally unbelievable and usually wise Angela was a witch (and I mean the cackling kind with poison apples, not the b kind).


I like Daisy, its like a weirder version of Brennan, and I like the presence of Pelant, he brings some sort of balance, because it could be like a fairy tale for Booth and Bones, living happily forever after.
If they gonna take out of Pelant, then another badder guys(s) should replace him


BORING. a real snoozefest. I liked the bartender/priest, but why does his business card say 'strip club' - it's a neighborhood drinking man's bar


I am glad to see I am not the only person who can't stand Daisy. Sweets is so dreamy can't you find a better woman for him? I chance the channel when ever Daisy is on screen! I laughed at the Sleepy Hollow remake too.

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Bones Season 9 Episode 1 Quotes

[to Bones] I'd die for you. I love you.


[to Caroline] Have you noticed that dead bodies always save Booth from confronting his demons?