Bones Season 10 Episode 7 Review: The Money Maker on the Merry-Go-Round

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This week, Bones Season 10 Episode 7 took the time to explore the character of James Aubrey and to challenge the character of Dr. Brennan.

The episode began with the tired concept of random people randomly finding a dead body in the grossest way possible. This is something that I don't mind seeing on occasion, but a skull flying out from underneath a merry-go-round was a bit over the top for me.

What I would have liked to see instead was more of Booth, Brennan, and the oh-so-adorable Christine when they hear Christine curse for the first time. I'm not sure I've seen anything cuter than Sunnie Pelant's character holding a stuffed bunny and sweetly calling him a "jack-ass." But even better were Booth and Brennan's polar opposite reactions, which gave the audience a little more insight into their roles as parents.

The squintern of the week was Oliver Wells, who brought something different to the table than the other squinterns. Wells insisted that he will one day be a better forensic anthropologist than Brennan, and he continued to try to outdo her throughout the episode.

Brennan: Well, I believe the expression is "bring it on over," Dr. Wells.
Wells: No. The expression is "bring it on." There's no over. But, okay.

What I like about their interaction is that it challenges Brennan. Usually, the squinterns are tripping over themselves to try to impress her, while Wells simply insisted that he's a genius. That competitive nature brings something new out of Brennan, and in this episode, it showed when she did a little cursing of her own.

Brennan: Dr. Wells, I often find you to be a real pain in my ass.
Wells: Wow. If I wasn't so shocked, I might be offended.

But the real focus of this episode was on James Aubrey. We're slowly learning a bit more about his character, and were offered background giving Brennan and chance to relate to him.

Booth was concerned about Aubrey's participation in the case this week, since something in Aubrey's past could affect his ability to think clearly. The case involved a successful hedge-fund company, and as it turned out, that brought up something deeply personal for Aubrey. Aubrey's father worked on Wall Street and was arrested for fraud when Aubrey was thirteen years old. He skipped bail and abandoned his family, leaving them bankrupt and leaving Aubrey without a father.

And this did, in fact, affect Aubrey's ability to work on the case when he said some insensitive things to the victim's wife. He realized his mistake and apologized to Booth, who continued to act as a mentor to Aubrey.

I really appreciate the relationship Booth has with Aubrey, and having Booth act as a mentor is a nice way to continue developing Aubrey. Of course, I would still like to see more scenes with Booth and Brennan working together in the field, but Aubrey is turning out to be a great addition to this show.

Aubrey even commented on how much he's been working with Booth. When he apologized for being insensitive to the victim's wife, he said Booth should take Brennan with him to arrest the murder suspect. Aubrey said he'd do paperwork, and that he'd been monopolizing Booth's time.

The case itself offered a some humorous moments that I appreciated. Cam found herself with an intestine on her shoulder, which Hodgins insisted on taking a photo of before helping her. Angela has her own opportunity to compete with the arrogant Dr. Wells when she spotted the murder weapon on The Angelatron before he was able.

So, it was the hooker in the bedroom with the candlestick. Tell me this is not starting to sound like a game of Clue.


At the end of the episode, Brennan visited Aubrey at the Founding Fathers to share her own story of abandonment. Her words were not necessarily encouraging, but they were fundamentally helpful. Since Brennan was also abandoned, she and Aubrey now have a significant way to relate to one another. It's a nice interaction, and I think Aubrey will become good friends with both Booth and Brennan.

And the final scene came full circle with Booth and Brennan getting Christine ready for bed. Christine called her mother a "jack-ass," and Brennan quickly realized she may have to change her stance on cursing. They had a cute moment where Booth held Christine in his lap and said Brennan will explain why she can't use that word. Completely adorable.

Overall, I thought this was a great episode. What did you think, Bones Fanatics? Leave us a comment -- we want to hear your thoughts!

And by the way, you can always catch up with your favorite squinterns when you watch Bones online via TV Fanatic!

The Money Maker on the Merry-Go-Round Review

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Bones Season 10 Episode 7 Quotes

Cam: Those all sound like names of super villains.
Hodgins: Nope. They are brand names for a structural insecticide.

Brennan: Well, I believe the expression is "bring it on over," Dr. Wells.
Wells: No. The expression is "bring it on." There's no over. But, okay.