BONES Redux: Our Top 5 Moments From “The Woman in the Whirlpool”

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Hey, Bones fans! So, when we last left B&B, Brennan had kicked Booth out of the house. Let’s see how things are going. Here are your Bones Top Five Moments!

Booth’s in Recovery – sort of
After a meeting, Booth’s sponsor tries to get him to share, but he thinks just showing up is good enough, and please tell Brennan how good I’m doing. Yeah, as his sponsor says, that’s not how it works. Maybe he’s been away so long, he doesn’t remember.

Jessica, who started out less annoying, then goes off the charts when she suggests to Brennan that if the benefits of one mate diminishes, she should hunt for another. Jessica gets a Cam warning but insists on “supporting” Brennan who TOTALLY puts her in her place by stating 1. She doesn’t need her own situation explained to her and 2. Her support will not hasten its resolution. Also, it won’t stop Booth’s incessant calls. I will give her points for later apologizing.

Hodgins totally personalizes the whole situation. I guess this is the second week in a row where after ten years, people suddenly realize they work with dead bodies and murder. Now he thinks the deterioration of the B&B marriage has to do with their line of work, even though B&B met, got into a relationship due to being partnered together, got married, and have a daughter with another one on the way, all while doing the work they do. But Angela agrees, because…I have no idea.

Brennan goes to the diner to pick up her food to go, and of course, JoAnne is nowhere to be found. Neither is their good friend, Frankie. Who is there is Booth. He gets her to make the takeout an eat-in and to sit next to him. But then he proceeds to piss off Brennan by calling what he did a mistake. Yeah, putting your wife, unborn child, and daughter at risk is not a mistake. And not owning up to the propensity of your eff-up is no way to recover or make amends. Aaaaand, it turns back into a to-go order. But before Brennan leaves she does say she loves him.

Corpse of the Week!
Booth is still on the job, but Brennan isn’t at the scene, so the only awkward comes when Aubrey asks how his meeting went. I’m with Booth when he says it’s anonymous for a reason. But that’s all forgotten in the hunt for the corpse’s arm. Hodgins sends one of his fancy gadgets in to the Potomac to find it, but all it finds is junk people have thrown in there, to which Aubrey remarks about maybe people wanting to take care of the only planet we have. No joke, brother. And when it gets caught on some weeds, Hodgins has to fish it out anyway. As he pulls aside the weeds and corpsehand creepily reaches out to him, we both scream.

Through embroidery on the shirt pocket and Angela’s magical computer, they find out the deceased worked at Thompson Hardware and is named Leslie. Thompson says she was his best employee. He tried to promote her, but she was too wrapped up in her grown daughter, Courtney, age twenty, who still lives with her and didn’t report her missing after four days.

Booth and Aubrey go to question Courtney who it turns out has been living in the dorms. She’s at the house cleaning out her stuff when Booth informs her of her mother’s death. She’s devastated but does say their relationship was strained due to mom obsessing over her jars. I’ll admit to some curiosity here. And okay, they’re cookie jars. Really ugly cookie jars. If she wasn’t cleaning them, she was cataloging them or going to collector conventions. Courtney stayed as far away from the jar lunatics as she could. It turns out those old jars could be responsible for her slow poisoning. They apparently weren’t glazed too well. Lead paint. I guess she didn’t think to wear some gloves.

On top of slowly poisoning herself, Leslie also experienced a glancing gunshot to the head twenty years previous. If it weren’t for bad luck, Leslie would have had no luck at all. And OH GOOD, isn’t it convenient how our COTW was able to tie in so well to Booth’s story. Seems where the bullet hit her was where she would decide what is and isn’t worth saving, and Jessica says it’s the source of addiction. My eyes roll of their own volition.

Through some fiberglass insulation in Leslie’s lungs and other clues, it’s assumed Leslie was killed in her creepy, dark attic. For some reason, Aubrey and Jessica are paired up for this adventure. It’s there they find a man clutching a Babe Ruth cookie jar. It turns out that Leslie had a deal with her friend Cheryl, who has an online consignment site, to buy a Babe Ruth jar. But before Leslie could arrive, some dude made a huge offer, and Cheryl accepted. The dude was Mr. Simon who was the one in the attic for an entire day, just waiting for Courtney to leave. And if you think Booth didn’t make a “hand in the cookie jar” remark, you are so wrong. Seems Leslie had figured out where Simon lived and stole the cookie jar. I’ll also mention Simon is a few figs short of a Newton. He also uses air quotes. But Booth doesn’t think he’s a killer.

Also suspicious is that the day Leslie supposedly put her collection up for sale for an entire day while she was out of town. It came from her home computer, so Courtney must have done it. As Courtney explains it, all she wanted was to be as important to her mom as the jars were. But then she realized she wasn’t a kid any more, and it was time to move on.

Solving the Case!
Again, some more, we have the correlation between Booth and Cookie-Jar Leslie. Courtney laments that her mom didn’t love her, so Booth lets Courtney know that her mom was shot in the head during a mugging when Courtney was a baby, He says it wasn’t Courtney’s fault, because her mom was an ADDICT. I don’t know if that point was driven home enough.

But who did it? Thompson! He is a locksmith, and he helped Leslie break into Simon’s house. Apparently he was in love with her, and he thought she felt the same. But the minute Leslie got her grubby hands on The Babe, well, he was of no use to her. So he came over a couple of days later with some champagne to smooth things over. Dude, you should have tried an ugly vintage cookie jar.

So there was Leslie, obsessively cleaning her jars when Thompson lost it and tried to smash the jar. Only Leslie’s jarternal instincts took over, and she put herself in the way. The champagne bottle broke, and the glass cut her throat.

Aubrey and Jessica
Oh crap. What is it with Booth’s partners wanting to hook up with the most annoying interns? If Aubrey hanging around to watch bones get cleaned gets him a date, I guess good for you, dude.

They meet at a bar. Happy Hour was just about over, so Jessica ordered one of everything, which Mr. Garbage Disposal is quite pleased to see. Though they do discuss that this is merely two colleagues getting together to celebrate their first case. But not really. Wink, wink.

If they show these two in bed together, your recapper may pass out.

Booth Shares!
After all of his protestations, Booth gives up an opportunity to tuck Christine in, so he can go to a meeting and share, even if he does wait until the last minute to do it. He admits he betrayed his family and put them in danger, and he wants to better understand himself.

Well, Booth, you’re on the right track.

That’s all, folks! Until next time!

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  • John

    Another good review. Thanks.

    The show was a bit heavy handed with the plot this week.

    Why would Hodgins assume Booth and Bone’s marriage problem is work related when he knows about the gambling problem?

    It is annoying when “best friends” of the lead characters appear to bring emotion to a story and then disappear without a trace.

    The weeds the show kept referring to me looked very fake. I thought they looked like netting.

    Question, if the victim was murdered in the cookie jar room by have an artery slashed there should be blood everywhere and really impossible to totally clean up. Yet none was ever mentioned. The only blood mentioned was on the nail in the attic and that was small.

    The show really has to stop having all the characters pairing off. I think every female regular or recurring character has ended up married to or in a serious relationship with a coworker.

    The victim’s and Booth’s addiction problem the family impact wasn’t very subtle.