Bones Review: Case Closed

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The saga of The Ghost Killer is over. 

With some very inconsistent writing on Bones Season 9 Episode 22, the final link between Brennan and Pelant came to an end, but there was very little of note about how satisfying that particular part of the case was for Brennan.

I know this is going to be an unpopular review, but it felt as if this episode was slapped together to move on from that portion of the Bones history and close the chapter. In doing so, there was very little actual satisfaction to it all.

The best scene was the opener, when the rotting corpse of The Ghost Killer herself, Stephanie McNamara, fell down upon an unsuspecting family camping while they were actively telling ghost stories. Hodgins had something right -- they'll be using hotels from now on!

Booth is still up for a promotion, and we still don't know exactly what it is. Brennan was filling out some paperwork to aid in the agency's determination about his fitness for the job and she had a phone book full of answers she's written up. Handwritten notes, not computerized. For all the high-tech gear she uses at the lab, she uses a good old pen to write dozens of pages about her husband and his competency.

That was odd.

Considering Hodgins grew up with the McNamara family, it's strange he wasn't featured more prominently as the case came to a close. That family was, indeed, the key as suggested in Bones Season 9 Episode 12 where I nailed Stephanie as the serial killer. Just because we never saw her again doesn't mean I wasn't right.

She started her spree at age 15 and a school teacher took the fall. Years later upon his release, he killed her and planned on taking out everyone else involved with putting him away because of the layers of officials and government the McNamara family paid off to protect Stephanie and let her continue killing for years to come.

I thought it was horrible that the guy was in such a terrible place that the only justice he could get was of the vigilante kind, but he had been let down over and over again. What else would he think? Brennan thought it unfair Caroline was working on a deal for the guy to get more information, but Booth had it right.

Brennan: He's a killer.
Booth: Yeah, but who he killed. In the old west they would have made him a sheriff.

During the investigation it was discovered that there was a McNamara daughter, illegitimate, who stood to inherit billions. She was initially a suspect but even after the case was closed was not mentioned again. Considering the bombshell of that discovery, a follow-up scene where she learned about her family and her future seemed appropriate.

At the end of the hour, Booth learned he was recommended for the promotion, but had to be confirmed by the house sub committee. I suppose that means he's not being considered for a sniper position? Was there something in the hour that earlier confirmed he was up for the head of the German outpost or did I miss it? 

They kept talking about the promotion as if we knew what it was. He's on the short list for the N... ? And he was cut off. I've now watched the installment twice and gone back to the important bits several more times for details to try to find out what good news changed Booth from skeptic to hopeful about the promotion and I got bupkus.

Let me know what you thought about the installment in the comments (as if I could stop you!) and meet back here next week. In the meantime, you can watch Bones online here at TV Fanatic.

Was The Ghost Killer conclusion satisfying?


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So who was the sucker in the FBI allied with McNamaras?


To the reviewer - nope, you are right. It's confusing as heck right now. We don't know what his promotion might be. And seriously, this episode wasn't one of the worst I've seen but it was it really was all over the place. I got confused a few times. The way they built up the ghost killer thing, I expected more from the conclusion. This was like...oh yeah, we should clarify all that and put it to bed. Ummmm what? Frustrating for me to say the least, because it's the only thing from the Pelant storyline I actually liked. The Pelant thing made me mad for one reason because I liked Hodgins as the "rich guy" that worked anyway and was pissed when they used Pelant to turn him into a lower middle class citizen. (He not only works but is an expert in his field! This is no silver spoon entitled jerk. He's smart and competent!) Plus the whole Pelant thing just took forever to end.

@ TVfan

It was also disappointing that after ALL THAT Brennan didn't even get to have a drink and sigh that the Pelant stuff was finally over and she bested him. They talked about a promotion we don't understand over their beer, instead. I just wasn't feeling it. All that history -- squandered.


Haven't watched it yet but was being head of the German office mentioned in last weeks episode?

@ blondebubbles

They only said "promotion." Last week Booth was guessing as to what it might be, but he was really worried about it possibly being sniper related. This week it was as if the final scene last week never happened -- like something landed on the cutting room floor. Let me know what you see when you watch!


i would have to watch again but i missed it also. hopefully there will be more comments later and someone else can fill in the blanks!


i have to agree to me it was rushed as if to get this all over with. yes hodgins should have been more involved. the tension between cam and bones was interesting but our bones doesn't care what anyone says she got right in there. i thought this ghost killer arc would've kept up to the finale but i guess they have something else planned. yes this episode could have been alot better!!!!!!

@ barbara

Did you notice anything about the promotion that I might have missed? Like why Booth was excited about it and no longer afraid about it being a sniper position? That was just weird.

Sue ann
@ Carissa Pavlica

I have not yet watched this episode. However, one thought which occurs to me about this missing information which they seemed to imply had been provided is that it is possible that the running time of the filmed scenes went over, and this information was deleted on the cutting room floor to make the episode fit in the time allotted. Many shows have this problem, and include deleted scenes in the yearly DVD's. However, since it is Bones, it is more likely that it is just sloppiness on the part of the writers and show runner.

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Bones Season 9 Episode 22 Quotes

Brennan: These aren't artificial. These nails are real.
Booth: Real? Who glues on real nails to themselves?

Brennan: He's a killer.
Booth: Yeah, but who he killed. In the old west they would have made him a sheriff.