The Mastodon in the Room
Bones Season 6 Episode 1 (09/23/10)
Now working at the Federal Coroner's Lab in Washington D.C., Cam is frustrated her team can't identify the skeleton of a small child. She later prepares to give an interview at CNB Studios about brain damage in veterans. Caroline Julian tries to tell her they really want to ask about Logan Bartlett, who the press speculates is the unidentified child.
Since Cam can't confirm the identity, she will end up looking bad.
Meanwhile, Brennan and Daisy are in Maluku. Booth is in Afghanistan. Sweets is on sabbatical, as is everyone else. Then Caroline starts pulling strings to reassemble the team ASAP.
As promised, Booth and Brennan meet at the Reflecting Pool. They share stories about their travels but Booth gets to the good stuff. Did Brennan meet anyone while she was away?
Brennan didn't have any time. However, Booth fell in love with journalist Hannah Burley. They are very serious.
Hodgins and Angela reunite with Sweets, Cam, Booth and Brennan. Caroline explains that Cam no longer works at the Jeffersonian and her superiors do not want her to talk about brain damage in veterans. So they are plotting to fire her over a case she cannot solve.
Logan Bartlett is a two-year-old boy that disappeared three months ago from his mother's house. The media believes that Cam has the boy's body. Quickly we learn she does not. These guys are good.
At the Diner, Booth has breakfast with Parker. His friends want to know if Booth killed anyone. Booth says they will talk about that when Parker is older. Will Booth go away again? Booth promises no.
Brennan goes in search of Wendell Bray and lures him back to work.
Booth meets with Carrie and Trevor Bartlett. They split up last year and are devastated over the loss of their son. Carrie has custody of Logan. Trevor has an alibi and even Carrie vouches for his character.
Angela notes that the mystery remains of the child are Asian and Bones says they're three years old. Brennan determines that the child was malnourished. He was most likely an Asian immigrant.
Hodgins can confirm that the child died at least sixteen weeks ago. This is not Logan Bartlett.
Brennan further puts the pieces together: the child swallowed a toothpick and began to choke. He stopped breathing and someone tried to revive him, damaging the sternum.
Brennan recalls that some Asian cultures bind the hands and feet as a burial ritual. This is not a murder.
Booth drives while Brennan reviews a list of sewing companies. Ipchun Industries is their next stop. The owner employs a grandfather and granddaughter from North Korea. Kang Mi Cha had a small child but she sent him back to this father in South Korea.
It seems like she regretted the decision. Well, it's a lie. Brennan finds that its crib is made with sharp, wooden screws. She calls Booth over. They know what happened. He choked on a wooden screw and died. The couple thought they would be deported so they covered it up.
Booth thinks Caroline will help the family. She may not even charge them. One case closed but the other case is still unsolved. Booth discovered that Trevor Bartlett bought a car three days after his son went missing.
At Dover Park, Booth, Brennan and Carrie Bartlett wait inside Booth's car. Carrie knows that Logan loved this park. Brennan spies Trevor carrying a small child. Trevor spies Booth and runs. Booth takes him out while Brennan makes sure Logan reunites with his mother.
Angela tells Hodgins they aren't going back to Paris. She wants to have the baby in the States. Hodgins is thrilled. He has never been so happy.
Booth, Brennan and Caroline toast at the Founding Fathers. The team is back and better than ever. Brennan thanks Caroline. She got the team back together and made it so they would stay. Cam calls. She's at the Jeffersonian.
Cam unlocks the doors and everyone files in: Angela, Brennan, Booth, Daisy, Sweets, Wendell, Caroline and Hodgins. Brennan insisted the Jeffersonian reform a forensic unit and their wish has been granted. Cam thanks everyone for coming back to help her. They are her true friends. She turns on the lights. The group finds a giant mastodon exhibit right on the forensic platform. Welcome home.