The King of the Lab had a difficult time transitioning on Bones Season 11 Episode 11, mostly because his new throne might be permanent.
There were no right or wrong answers where Hodgins was concerned; only a lot of people who cared about him and hopefully a compromise that would allow him to work while still concentrating on his recovery.
Was Hodgins ready to return to work? Depends upon who you ask. His doctor, Cam, Angela and Brennan wanted him to stay home and rest, while Wendell was happy to have his friend and mentor back at the lab.
But Wendall made a valid point in this Bones quote…
Wendell: What if it's more detrimental for him to stay at home thinking about everything he can't do?
Brennan: There is no quantitative method for evaluating such an question.
I have little doubt that if Hodgins was banned from the Jeffersonian that depression would set in, and that certainly won’t help his recovery.
Will he recover is the ultimate question. The test results certainly didn’t leave a lot of hope, and as Booth said, hope is vital for Hodgins right now. At what point does having hope become living in denial of the truth?
I suppose it depends how he handles the hope of recovery, but lying to Angela about his test results was the wrong way to go and will only make both of their lives more difficult.
There was plenty of guilt to go around, too. Cam felt guilty for allowing Hodgins to come back the first time because it led to his eventual paralysis. Aubrey felt guilty because he was up and walking around, and Hodgins was in a wheelchair, but Caroline was right.
Aubrey saved Hodgins life, and as difficult as life in a wheelchair will be, he’ll still be around to watch his little boy grow up, and that’s huge.
The case of the week was merely a backdrop for what the Jeffersonian team was going through. Drea had her issues. She was a crusader for people who had no one else in the legal system, but the stress of the job led her to drugs and relationships with the wrong men.
Her story was sad more than anything else. Her boss was an arrogant ass, and I was thrilled when Brennan found a way to take him down even though he seemed unstoppable.
Everyone at the Jeffersonian was under stress, and I don’t see that ending any time soon. Hodgins and Angela will have to come to terms with his situation and what that means for their present and future. It won’t be easy on anyone.
And you know things must be rough when Brennan starts offering hugs…
Brennan: I'm going to hug you.
Angela: Thanks for the heads up.
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