What happened last episode is that Sweets got beaten to death. Total heartbreak for me and all of the characters. Booth is, of course, particularly torn up and feeling guilty that he should have delivered the warrant.
To make matters worse, Christine comes out in her best dress, because Daisy and Sweets had promised to take her to the park. We’re not privy to the lesson Christine gets about death.
Here are your top five moments!
Too bad it took Sweets dying to make Daisy a likable character. She’s back at work, helping to solve the case.
Brennan shows her the body of the guy who killed Sweets and asks her what she sees It turns out, Sweets’s bullet didn’t kill the guy. A knife did. Sanderson sent someone to retrieve the documents Sweets had from the guy who killed Sweets then killed him. That’s quite a killing train. She’s also invaluable in helping to decipher some notes Lance took about the time he tried to serve the warrant. It ended with him writing “Seeley” a few times.
Daisy tears up and says it’s what Lance wanted to name the baby. Nice moment between her and Brennan, where she says Brennan is the only person who could see him like she can. They go over old fractures to his bones as Daisy gives a history of his life. It’s a beautiful tribute.
Hodgins finds a fiber from Sweets’s shirt that came from the bottom of the killer’s shoe. It’s from a Designo edition Mercedes. And as Hodgins points out, these aren’t exactly Toyotas. It’s found pretty easily, close to the crime scene.
The car is a bust, because it was stolen, but the obvious blood trail from the gunshot wound Sweets gave the bad guy, makes Booth think the killer is alive and still in the area. He spots a nearby building and figures the guy went to the roof, so he and Aubrey hightail it over there.
After some talk between Booth and Aubrey about what great shots they are, it’s all for nothing because…ew…the guy is rat food.
Aubrey immediately recognizes the dead guy as Kenneth Emory. They went to Quantico together before Kenneth left to join the SEALs. A couple of months into training, he was accused of assaulting a female cadet. Of course, just on the verge of prosecution, the whole thing just “went away.”
Booth challenges DD Stark with taking him off the case, but Stark backs down and says Booth doesn’t even need to send reports. Caroline is convinced it’s because Stark wants Booth to trust him. Good luck with that, Stark!
Booth goes and intentionally eggs on Sanderson, so he’ll act irrationally. This time the threat to call his boss doesn’t work.
But he does succeed in blocking a new warrant and threatens to spend all of his money to keep the DOJ off his back.
Explosive scene between Booth and Brennan. And boy is Brennan pissed off at him.
Booth has stockpiled a bunch of guns, and Brennan guesses he’s going to kill Sanderson.But she manages to calm him down by asking what his God would think of that. She talks of his faith in her as well. He listens to reason and backs down. Fine acting by both.
After Hodgins compares the conspiracy to a living organism, Angela gets the idea to “map its DNA.” She’ll use the names on the chip, analyze the behavior, and see if it coincides with the events of the past two decades.
Through her research, she discovers the link between the blackmailed doc, Durant, and Cooper. Booth is furious Durant lied to him about knowing Cooper. Durant gives Booth the info he wants, which is that Gerald Norsky, a security guy who used to work at the hospital where Durant worked and delivered the blackmail video, is the one he dealt with. Norsky is now in a nursing home, but he claimed to have worked for Hoover at the FBI. Durant never met Sanderson. But after Cooper’s death, he can’t feel confident Booth will keep him alive.
Someone got to Norsky. Whereas before he was chatty, now he’s a steel trap.
But it’s too late. Norsky had said he worked for Hoover, so the team looked into Hoover’s secret files. Turned out, he passed them down to someone named Desmond Wilson, who died sixteen years ago.
At Desmond’s place, that’s been abandoned for sixteen years, Aubrey finds a wire from a wire tape recorder from the fifties.
When they play it and hear JFK, it proves the files weren’t destroyed. Indeed, they were in his fallout shelter. But even though the owner of the building is a Sanderson holding company, Caroline doesn’t feel it’s enough to issue a warrant on someone like Sanderson,
But it turns out, Durant was lying the whole time. He was Desmond’s stepson, and Desmond passed the files along to him. He’s the blackmailer and set Sanderson up as the fall guy.
Now Booth has gone nuclear. But Durant doesn’t know a ticking time bomb when he sees one, so he mocks Booth about “his idea of defending the constitution” and gets a bloody nose for his trouble.
As a parting shot, he even mentions Sweets, because this guy can’t learn a lesson.
But Booth only hit the guy to get the blood on his hand for a DNA comparison to a tumor they found in Cooper. Apparently the doc got into a scuffle with Cooper as he tried to kill him and transferred his DNA. But if Durant has the files, he can still walk. They find the DNA match and take Durant into custody. Booth tells Durant he tried to poison everything he loved about his country, but in the end he’s just a pathetic little man who will die in prison. All of Durant’s former cockiness is gone.
But they still need to find the files to keep Durant in custody. Through Sweets’s notes and Brennan’s deductive reasoning, they conclude Durant saw everything he did as a religious mission. The files were the scripture. He’d put them someplace holy, but it’s not the place that’s holy, it’s the man. J. Edgar Hoover. And where is Hoover’s office now? An exhibit at The Jeffersonian. They find the files.
Since Sweets has no family, Camille plans his funeral. I guess he’s chosen to be cremated!
They go to the place where Daisy told Sweets he was going to be a father. It’s beautiful. I love how intimate this is, and they didn’t drag out a big, huge funeral scene. They did right by Sweets, here.
Brennan gives a beautiful speech about how Sweets is a part of them and integral into who they are. How she and Booth wouldn’t have been married or had Christine if it wasn’t for Sweets.
In the end, they sing Sweets’s favorite song, Lime in the Coconut, as Daisy scatters his ashes.