Bones Review: "The Body in the Bag"

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Bones returned for its first episode of 2011 last night, but my reaction to "The Body in the Bag" was somewhat mixed. To be honest, it was somewhat of a letdown.

This isn't to say it was a bad episode, or that I can even pinpoint one exact reason for coming away with that sentiment. Sometimes you just expect a little better.

Perhaps some of the blame lies with all the Bones spoilers about proposals, deaths, lingering sexual tension, etc. Last night didn't really get any of that rolling.

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EASTERN MEDICINE AND FAUX FASHION: B-squared explored the worlds of both.

The primary personal plot line was the awkwardness between Booth and Hannah, and between Brennan and Hannah, over what Bones revealed in "The Doctor in the Photo."

Brennan still has feelings for Booth, who told Hannah in the interest of full disclosure, but left her understandably unhappy as a result. Talk about a rock and a hard place.

After Angela alerted Brennan to the statistical impossibility of Hannah's string of excuses being legit, Bones confronted her partner's girlfriend and asked what was wrong.

Most of this story was handled very well. Just not the end.

I like the idea of Brennan and Hannah trying to be friends and act like mature adults, and I like that there is awkwardness and that it isn't always easy. It feels very real.

But the last scene with Bones and Hannah at the bar, drinking and laughing, just felt forced. Bones concluded it's time she moved on. Hannah agreed. Problem solved!

Quite an about-face for both parties. We don't expect Brennan to fight Hannah or deliver some impassioned speech about how she intends to fight for Booth, but still.

We get it, they're trying to be friends and this is a complex, non-cliche love triangle. But giggling like lifelong BFFs when some guy tries to pick them both up? Really?

What do you think? Would you like to see this handled differently? Should Bones fight for her man or really try to move on - and will she and Booth even get together?

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JENNY'S A SWEET GIRL: Or so we're told.

As for the murder victim this week, the case offered some serious twists, some very cool science and a body find that was easily a 8.0-8.5 on the Bones grossness scale.

The decaying corpse was pretty standard, but Hodgins' excavation of the shower and the stream of debris sent flying onto Booth and Brennan was delightfully disgusting.

Interestingly, the victim was not actually the girl who lived in the apartment, but a girl who sold her fake purses. A camera caught her on top of the likely killer. Sexually.

For Booth and Sweets, there was definitely an overlap between porn and work as they searched for clues. Naturally, the guys were distracted and more or less useless.

Angela saved the day by collecting different pieces of images, if you will, from various reflections in the room on the tape. With that, she made a composite of the killer.

It was neither socialite Paisley, nor her boyfriend, but the agent investigating Jenny and her little contraband purse-selling ring. The Prada Police ... who'd have guessed.

Speaking of Angela, she and Hodgins had some terrific scenes this week, just the kind of normal interaction we've grown to love from them, but a treat just the same.

They really are going to make bizarre, but splendid parents, as Dr. Clark Edison said. It's good to see Clark 2.0 trying to forge human relationships, however awkwardly.

Overall, it was a fine episode, even if it felt lacking for some of the laughs and drama we've come to expect. It's great to have Bones back, and I look forward to next week.

What did you think of last night's Bones? In particular, do you like how the Booth-Brennnan story line is playing out? What would you like to see happen going forward?

Leave us a comment below and discuss!

The Body in the Bag Review

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