Bones Season 10 Episode 12 Review: The Teacher in the Books

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I'm not sure what makes me happier, getting to see more of Caroline, or the fact that Brennan is on Twitter!

That's right, on Bones Season 10 Episode 12 Brennan gives in to her publisher's suggestion that she join Twitter and connect with her fans. It's the perfect way for her character to shine.

I love this side of Temperance Brennan. She's always been brilliant with science but a little behind on pop-culture, as I was reminded even more this week from re-watching part of Bones Season 1.

Rarely does Brennan get a movie reference or understand the most recent slang. Giving her the opportunity to interact with social media reminds us a lot of the character we initially fell in love with.

Brennan opens herself up to learning from one of her interns, who knows all about hashtags and selfies, and it's really fun to see how excited she gets when she starts catching on and gaining more followers.

She even learns the art of the selfie.

Too bad it would jeopardize the case, or I'd selfie with a skull.


Yes, Brennan is extremely competitive, but she's also excited to learn something new. It gives her character a new energy. Plus, it's funny when she uses the term "selfie" incorrectly.

In addition to all of the Twitter excitement, there's also a case to solve. This one involves a murdered teacher, Mia, who was passionate about her students. The case is especially significant to Caroline this week, who feels strongly for the education program Mia was a part of.

The students are the suspects, which is kind of sends chills up my spine. Thankfully, the show doesn't go there. It offers up the cliche possibility of the boyfriend, but we all know that has to be too easy, right? And it isn't the one student's brother, either – he's actually telling the truth about Mia cutting herself and going ballistic.

It turns out that the killer is another one of the teachers, and his motive is heartbreaking. I have a lot of thoughts about the problems with standardized testing in schools, and this teacher, Shane Gentry, is so motivated by good test scores for his students (and how those scores reflect on him) that he kills Mia when she catches him altering the scores.

Kudos to Brenden Robinson, who plays the teacher, for sending chills up my spine with his absolute creepiness as he confesses to the murder – and to the fact that he has no faith in his students.

When it's all said and done, Caroline takes Marcellus and his brother, Keith, for a meal. She's concerned for their well-being, and insists that she'll take over as Marcellus' teacher. She also tells Keith he has to go get his GED, and I have no problem believing he will do exactly what she says. Who can say no to Caroline?

Then, she asks if they want anything else to eat. They are both gracious and say no, but she insists the waitress bring them pie, which turns out to be a really touching moment.

A great episode, overall.

By the way, if you like to livetweet, I hope you got the chance to do so with @DrBrennan during this episode. If not, go back and take a look. It's hilarious, and there are even a few hidden gems if you look closely enough.

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The Teacher in the Books Review

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Bones Season 10 Episode 12 Quotes

Brennan: Oh my God!
Booth: What? Did you get bitten?
Brennan: No, it's my book! It's in the clearance section.

Yes, because who doesn't like huffing a good book?