Bones Review: Brennan Meets Her Match

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Some of you miss the time when the cases dominated Bones more than the interpersonal relationships, so Bones Season 9 Episode 17 might not have been to your liking.

The introduction of a new intern the Jeffersonian team stole the show - and I hope you were as impressed as I was with his arrival.

There hasn't been a new intern who has been as much fun as Rudolfo Fuentes in a long time. He was handsome, humorous and full of self confidence -- and all of those thing together impressed the ladies and threw Brennan off her game. 

Brennan was so flustered she assigned him demeaning tasks that Hodgins would have given his eye teeth to do just to try to put Fuentes in his place. Instead, he climbed inside of a septic tank and within seconds announced he had the cause of death of their victim. It was good fun!

Fuentes was the head of forensic anthropology for all of Cuba and defected after the death of his father to get the life his father always dreamed he would have. While that left him somewhat starting over, it didn't diminish his confidence in his abilities or sexual prowess one bit.

Although it wasn't revealed, it seemed as if Fuentes read Brennan correctly and allowed himself to make a mistake to endear himself to her so that she would soften. Until he made an error, Brennan didn't treat Fuentes with any respect whatsoever. Once she felt as though she was in her position of control again, she was willing to listen to what he had to offer.

Brennan: Why are you smiling at me?
Fuentes: You and I. I sense tension. I think soon we'll make love.

His inappropriate comment lead Brennan to tell Booth how she really felt about him and it strengthened their relationship as a result. Whether Fuentes was saying it to get her goat or because he truly meant it in the moment? Who knows. It worked.

The more Brennan learned about him the more she intrigued she was and the more weight his words held. As she and Booth were once again discussing sending Christine to church, the cross around Fuentes' neck when he came from an atheist country threw her.

I believe in the right to believe. That's what this means. We all make our own choices, but we can't make good decisions unless we're exposed to everything, can we.


Those very words changed Brennan's stance on church for Christine. Although she still called it a myth, her willingness to give her daughter the information she needs to make an informed decision is a good one. It's what makes Bones, as a series, pleasant to watch from any aspect. 

Her caveat was that she wanted to take Chistine to the natural history museum after church each Sunday. If she thought Booth would balk at that compromise, she didn't know her husband as well as she claimed. He immediately launched into his impression of a T-Rex with excitement.

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It's sad to say this but I'm really getting sick of Brennan throwing up 'strawman' arguments regarding Christianity (and the theories of evolution) unchallenged. Her sometimes ridiculous statements could easily be refuted by someone who knows what they're talking about. It takes away from the show (for me) and is so unnecessary simply because it's so one-sided..

@ Charliebrown

Yes, it bugs me too, mostly because I've heard it a lot in real life. You'd think that people who are so much smarter than everyone else the way they think they are would know that there are other needs faith can meet the way it seems to for Booth and others like him. Plus there is an obscene amount of intellectualism involved in theology...but enough from me! Sometimes I want to shake Bones and the people I know like her.


Apart from the little slapstick routine they did in the Hotel Kitchen (didn’t care it) I really liked this episode. I thought it was fun and funny. Angela flirting with the new guy in front of her husband, Hodgins welcoming him into the family with Food, Sweets kind of being a jerk to the repo trailer trash lady and the new guy thinking he’ll sleep with Brennan.
I actually like the new intern he was funny, smart and can put Brennan in her place in a good way (not like Oliver). I would have to see more episodes with him but I can see him becoming a favorite of mine behind Wendell and Arastoo
Speaking of Interns as much as I like some of them I wonder how they are still interns after 6 years. Shouldn’t most of them have “graduated” and moved on? Clark and now Daisy are the only 2 who have taken steps to go beyond being an intern. I could live without Finn, Oliver, and Daisy and I like Wendell, Arastoo and Fisher but why are they all still interns?

@ slpsite

I'd have to guess they're still interns because they get so little time working! LOL Actually, they all seem to be adults, so maybe they have full time jobs and only go to school part time so they're on the 30 year road to their degree. It is odd, isn't it?


good episode glad bones decided that christine should go to church. end was good also when hodgens made a dinner for new intern to welcome him but dont no what the big hype was. i would rather have wendall or finn

@ barbara

For me, the hype was that the new intern was charming and not in the least bit intimidated by Brennan and her sharp tongue. Her rudeness didn't put him off in the slightest and that threw her off. I like that as a change of pace.


The new intern says, ok it was worth watching! The insufferable windbag that is bones says, last season.


Great episode. I like the new intern. I'm glad Bones will let her daughter decide. It's only fair.

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Bones Season 9 Episode 17 Quotes

Brennan: If you disappoint me, I will dismiss you.
Fuentes: How Cuban of you. She is fiery.
Cam: Yes. Be careful. We've all been burned.

Booth: OK. You're saying that Jesus and Superman are the same?
Brennan: Jesus walks on water. Superman flies. No different.