BONES Fall Finale Recap: “The Cowboy in the Contest” and “The Doom in the Boom”

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Hey, Bones fans. Get ready for a two-hour extravaganza!

It’s anybody’s guess when Bones will be back, but here is your fall finale.

The show doesn’t start off in the B&B homestead but with Cam and Sebastain Kohl. He’s wearing her robe, if you know what I mean.

With this being the two hour fall finale, I’m going to break with the formula and just give the show the breathing room it deserves.

Now, on with my recap!

Cam and Sebastian
It does not bode well for Cam and her fears, when Sebastian says he wants to see her later, and she looks like he told her he ran over her cat. And even more so, when Sebastian leaves some stuff on Angela’s doorstep, and Angela figures out that “in the area” meant “Cam’s area” and Cam is quick to point out IT MEANS NOTHING.
Oh, Cam. You’re not a teenager. The man is gorgeous, successful, sweet, kind, and has an English accent. Seriously, get with the program.

Sigh, but no. I’m still unclear what her problem is. This charming man wants to take her for a walk around a reflecting pool, and she looks like he just asked her for one of her kidneys. Apparently “a walk” is not under the label “fun” and more under “I’m in a relationship with a kind, generous, wonderful man” so who wants THAT, am I right?

Daisy, of all people, overheard their conversation and offers a little advice about how to deal after a “loss” which…okay. Anyway, the advice is good, and that’s basically if Cam doesn’t open up soon, she’ll shrink a little inside. I’m just glad someone had the guts to tell her what a fickle teenager she’s being.
And in the end she takes that walk with him, so YAY DAISY!

Booth and the Motorcycle
As Booth drives Brennan to the body site, she discovers brochures for a motorcycle. Hmmm…someone is having a certain kind of crisis that used to involve Corvettes. His cries of, “Helmet” do not go over well with the lady who is an expert on bones and how they can be broken.

Angela suggests to Brennan that Booth’s jet ski and motorcycle brochures might have something to do with him needing excitement, what with nobody shooting at him right this second.

And in the end Brennan gets him a bicycle with a helmet. It’s no surprise Booth is disappointed, and it winds up being a gift for Brennan herself.

The Corpse of the Week
Stanley Belridge. He’s an accountant, but everything about him screams Cowboy.

So, Stanley was at a place called Frontier Games, which is a weekend-long role-playing old-west style shooting competition. Too bad Ichabod isn’t there to weigh in on this. The grounds where it takes place is owned by Francine and Luke Nichols. “Slow Burn” Stanley won, and it’s a ten-thousand dollar prize. Makes you want to learn how to shoot vintage guns. Anyway, Stanley died at the LAST competition, which takes place monthly, and as good luck would have it, guess what’s taking place the very next weekend? Yep. And faster than you can say, “Undercover assignment,” Booth wants to go with Wanda and put on their best cowboy/girl gear. Aubrey wants to “hit the trails” with B&B, and he’s got the guitar skills to prove it, but he’s turned down flat.

Brennan can’t go, so Booth volunteers to mosey over there on his own and play cowboy. After hearing about the motorcycle, Angela suggests Brennan go, since they can both use a little fun.

You can refer to Booth from here on out as Big River Buck. He’s surprised to see Brennan shows up and tips her hat to him. Marshal Glen Gold Dust takes time out of his busy day to introduce himself to Brennan’s chest. Or I should say, Wild Card Wanda, fastest draw in all of Bony Ridge.

While Brennan is thrilled with herself for being spontaneous and exciting, Big River Buck is not pleased with them being supposed strangers. They’re introduced to Sweet Rose Sadie, Railroad Heiress, and Kentucky Loco Beau, Red Herring number one, who we immediately find out got to see his kids this month after managing to put a little money together to pay off the child support he owed.

After seeing what a crack shot Wanda is, Marshal asks her to accompany him to the barbeque right in front of Booth.

Stanley’s car is found near the bus stop with all of his guns and stuff inside, including that big check, so no robbery motive. B&B find the murder site and manage to catch Francine skittering away looking all kinds of guilty.

But, surprise, surprise, Francine was just running off to sneak a smoke with Beau, and Booth says they’re innocent. Also, Stanley had been smoking like a chimney while he was there, because he had something stressing him out.

After Stanley was killed, a bunch of documents were deleted from his hard drive by his boss. Turns out they were his boss’s files, because the boss was finishing a book, and Stanley was doing his work for him in exchange for being recommended for a promotion. The files were for Clementine Construction, but the person who owns it doesn’t exist, which means it’s a front. And who is their one client? Frontier Games. Aubrey finds an excuse to go there…wearing a poncho.

But before he can arrive, Wanda and Buck solve the case. Whoever punched Stanley had turpentine on his hands, and Luke painted all of the paintings at FG. Also, his favorite song is My Darling Clementine. But before they can go and arrest him, Marshal punches Booth when he sees Wanda kissing Buck, and if that little doughy guy thinks he can take Buck, he’s in for a rude awakening. Buck slings Marshall across the bar, and this gets everyone involved. Before you know it, it’s a full-on bar brawl. Then Aubrey and his poncho show up to help out, but before it can really get going, Luke tries to break it up and disqualify Buck and Marshal. Only Booth comes out with his badge and arrests Luke. Also, Marshal is dismayed to find out Brennan is the mother of Booth’s children.

But it’s totally not him, right? Of course, not. Was he embezzling? Yes. But he’s not a murderer. Brennan figured out that Stanley was swung over the back of a horse, and the impact of the stirrup on his skull gave him a bunch of repetitive fractures. The horse is Francine’s, but she has a hip injury, so guess who the horse rider was? Sadie. She tied Stanley to the saddle and rode his body out to the park after she’d shot and killed him. She was having an affair with Luke, and the money he embezzled was to give Sadie the money for a ranch and a horse of her own. She killed Stanley because he knew.

Hodgins and Angela
When Angela tells Hodgins they have Hank and Christine for the weekend, Hodgins seems a little worried that Hank doesn’t sleep through the night, and Angela kind of hints he might need practice. Then because Daisy is working through the weekend, they’re also watching Lance, Jr. Angela looks thrilled, while Hodgins looks like he wants to throw up.

Angela is all “Big family” and Hodgins is all “EEP!” He’s not ready. Maybe it’s because Christine found Michael Vincent’s stash of face paint and used it on them.

PART TWO:

Delayed Reaction
While Booth, Brennan, and Angela enjoy date night at the B&B homestead, Aubrey, Hodgins, and Cam go out to the dead body. Angela is still talking about how Hodgins doesn’t want any more kids, and is worried Michael Vincent will be lonely. Hey, you guys! Being an only child is awesome! I should know.

So, I was wondering over this contrivance until a phone rings from the dead man’s pocket, and even I can tell it’s some sort of explosive device, while Hodgins just crouches there holding the wire like, “Well, this is strange.” At least Aubrey is on the ball and tells everyone to clear. But even then, it doesn’t look like Hodgins moves. Dude, what are you smoking that your reflexes are that slow?

Anyway, Aubrey, in an extreme act of bravery, jumps on top of Hodgins to protect him. And there they lay, motionless. This is a nice way to begin the possibly final episode. Because of Aubrey, Hodgins got out of it with a limp, but Aubrey is rushed to surgery. Also, four cops died.

And Brennan somehow finds a way to bring this back to Booth and his gambling addiction. Like, oh no, if Aubrey dies, he might react like he did when Sweets died and start gambling again. Ooookay? So, Booth reassures her that he doesn’t blame himself for this one. As Brennan kind of hints at, we’ll see how long that lasts. Booth has a tendency to blame himself for everything.

But if you think they’re going to kill Surly Sweets so soon after Sweets, original recipe, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

Of course he doesn’t die, and he awakes to find Hodgins and Caroline standing over him watching him sleep. They inform him Jessica was also there watching him sleep and that seven pieces of shrapnel were pulled from his back. YIKES.

Arastoo Returns
Are you KIDDING me with this? Seriously? I don’t even know what to say. But he’s there for all the right reasons and wants to help out. Cam is all, “Yeah, I’m fine. Buh bye!” But Brennan never called in an intern, and Arastoo is more than happy to be her consultant.

Sorry, Cam.

He immediately finds the victim had an artificial knee, and that convenient serial number should help identify him. This has never been done before on any show, ever.

And why Hodgins thought it was a good idea to point out the obvious awkwardness directly to Cam, will remain a mystery to me. She has MYOB on speed dial.

Brennan talks with Arastoo, and he informs her he has no new job and things have been tough for him since he left. She offers to find him a job, but he declines. Hmmm…

Also, Hodgins, who is the blabbiest blabber to ever blab, winds up spilling to him about Sebastian. That’s just the kind of thing that makes Cam really happy.

It should surprise nobody that Arastoo was lying about having no job prospects. A Berlin facility has been courting him. But he hasn’t taken it because…damn you, Arastoo!…he says he loves Cam and he should have never left.

Yes, but you did, and she met a great guy, so no take backsies! She just got over you!

Corpse of the Week
It’s a cop named Thomas Gallo. So, yeah, an exploding cop used to kill other cops. Caroline to the rescue! As long as she’s not pulling that stuff she did last episode, I’m happy to see her.

She all of a sudden knows a new charac—I mean, a behavioral analyst at the BRIU who specializes in just this kind of case. Too bad she wasn’t around when a certain omniscient nemesis was floating around, whose name will not be mentioned!

So, flying in the face of every behavioral analysts cliché, Leslie Green (Sara Rue) is a breath of fresh air in this downer episode. She’s quirky and flighty. But she’s mighty proud of herself to share the knowledge that the killer has done this before, since killing a cop isn’t easy, and that Gallo was targeted for a specific reason. Booth is unimpressed and dismissive, since he already knew this.

Gallo’s boss thinks it’s a gang. It’s not a gang. But Booth is pissed to find out they’ve been investigating Gallo’s disappearance without notifying anyone and steps on the boss’s toes a bit. And by “a bit” I mean slams his foot down really hard.

Of course, it was an unsophisticated pipe bomb in the dude’s chest, not consistent with something this gang would have done. Surprise!

Leslie barges in to an interrogation Booth is having with the Red Herring, a creepazoid with a police scanner who shows up to film dead bodies and sell the pics to news organizations. He drives an orange Mustang, spotted at the site of the actual murder and the dump site. Way to be unobtrusive with that car, dude. He claims he was at both, because he heard about the shooting and of the body being found, which is true, of course.

Aubrey calls Leslie Clarice Starling, except she’s totally not. And if they’re trying to show she’s competent at her job, they’re failing miserably. They come to her with two suspects, both of whom she thinks are viable options, even though they both aren’t the killer. She just seems to parrot what she’s told.

But once she tells Booth and Aubrey about how it’s not cops but authority figures the killer has a problem with, Booth steps up to go on TV and paint himself as the authority on the case, because like I said earlier, he gets a little antsy when there’s nobody shooting at him.. But good news! As Caroline says, Aubrey does something “severely shaded in stupid” when he beats Booth to the punch. There’s Aubrey, on the TV, talking…like himself during an interrogation and brags that a little bit of shrapnel isn’t going to stop him, and he’s the authority.

Oy.

Then Booth hilariously reads Aubrey the riot act and says, “That’s not how we do things around here.”

But Aubrey isn’t given a chance to be a target. They’ve figured out Gallo was hit with a skateboard, and the kids who “found” him were skateboarders.

One of the kids is named Alex, and his mom wins mother of the year, because he and his friend are making a pipe bomb in his room when Booth and the gang arrives. Alex tries to go for the gun underneath his pillow, but at least this episode isn’t so dark, they had Booth kill a kid.

Leslie diagnoses little Alex as psychopathic. His dad was a cop, and he took out his job frustrations on Alex. Caroline will make sure the kids don’t get the notoriety they so desperately want. Good luck with that, Caroline. Not in this day and age.

Hodgins and Angela, Part Two
Okay, between Angela foreshadowing early in the show how she and Hodgins are “always the lucky ones,” Hodgins pounding aspirin for his aching back, and him coming to Angela to say he’s ready to have more kids, I’m waiting for that shoe to drop. This is the downer episode, after all.

And, yeah…just as Arastoo is pressuring Cam to make a decision about their relationship, there’s a thud, and Angela screams. When they get there, Hodgins is lying on the floor looking catatonic. So, to break it down, the doctor at the hospital informs them that Hodgins suffered localized trauma during the blast, but the swelling around his spinal cord didn’t peak until twenty-four to forty-eight hours later. Since no doctors from the hospital or any of the doctors he works with, said not to take aspirin just in case he had a spinal cord injury, he’d been popping them like candy. This made his blood thin, which resulted in an epidural hematoma that’s compressing his spine. Bottom line: Hodgins is paralyzed.

That’s it! I need to go watch something upbeat now. No way this show is at its end with that many cliffhangers. Here’s hoping I see you next year

BONES: Six Teasers from the Cowboy and Explosion-Filled Winter Finale

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Booth and Brennan are going back undercover in the first half of the two-hour BONES winter finale. But after a lighthearted and fun episode, the mood turns serious. In the second hour, the team tries to find a cop killer. After having watched the two episodes, we have some teasers to share with you.

Giddy-up! The squints are called in to investigate the death of an accountant who liked to participate in the Frontier Games on the weekend, which involve people wearing traditional cowboy garb and participating in shooting and other competitions. Booth is eager to go undercover at the upcoming games in an attempt to find the killer, thinking that it will be fun. But it’s really Aubrey who seems desperate to participate and can’t stop talking about riding horses. Eventually, he has one of the best entrance lines of the episode (“I’m your posse!”)

Mid-Life Crisis? Booth isn’t really old enough to be having a mid-life crisis, but Brennan is worried when she finds out that he’s interested in buying a motorcycle or a jet ski. She and Angela think that Booth might be trying to insert some excitement into his otherwise-boring life and while Brennan was initially going to stay in the lab, she decides to join the games and surprise Booth.

A Little Friendly Competition. When Booth and Brennan first meet up in the saloon she pretends they don’t know each other, which leads another man there to think she’s available. Booth is also pretending he can’t really shoot when he enters his first competition, so Brennan ends up blowing him out of the water. But Booth is eager to prove his sniper skills when Brennan insists she’s a better shot, leading to a competition between the couple.

A Growing Family? Angela agrees to look after Christine and Hank while Booth and Brennan are away and then agrees to babysit baby Lance when Daisy needs some free time. This prompts her to reiterate to Hodgins that she’s always wanted a big family and they can use the time to “practice”. Will the pair be expanding their own family soon?

Old and New Relationships. We see Cam and Sebastian have begun a relationship, but Cam doesn’t seem eager to properly define it. And when Arastoo returns in the second episode to help with the case, he and Cam seem awkward around each other. But it does seem like we’ll get some resolution to her recent relationship drama by the end of the episodes.

A Problem With Authority. The second episode begins with a case involving the death of a police officer whose dead body was rigged to explode. Aubrey and Hodgins are called to the scene and Hodgins unknowingly triggers the explosive when he pulls out the victim’s ringing phone. Aubrey is a quick thinker and pulls him to safety, shielding him with his own body. But the repercussions of this explosion will reverberate throughout the episode as the team tries to track down a killer who clearly has a problem with authority. And the episode will be ending on a cliffhanger involving one member of the team….

Don’t miss the winter finale of BONES airing on December 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

BONES Redux: Our Top 5 Moments From “High Treason in the Holiday Season”

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Hello, Bones fans! Fall is in the air, and Brennan is a bad liar. Here are your Bones Top Five Moments!

No turkey on Thanksgiving?
Brennan tries to distract Booth from the telephone call she just finished that clearly involved a surprise for Booth, by telling him they will not have turkey on Thanksgiving. First she tries to humanize the bird, and then she tries for the waste of food option, all to no avail. Booth will invite Aubrey, which admittedly is a good option for the wasted food argument, along with Angela, Hodgins, and the whole dang neighborhood if he has to, as long as he gets to eat himself into a coma and watch the game. Of course, he has to cook the dead bird.

Meanwhile, Booth is convinced the surprise is a jet ski, so he’ll be in his footie pajamas on Christmas day, waiting for his new toy.

Corpse of the Week!
Vivian Prince. Per Hodgins, front page, left column of the DC Sentinel and the finest political reporter in the country. She broke an NSA snooping story. Apparently she out-Snowdened, Snowden.

In the car, Booth and Aubrey have an argument about freedom of the press, and afterward it seemed like David looked directly into the camera. Weird.

At the Sentinel offices, they meet with David Pyne, Vivian’s boss, who is sure that an NSA hit squad, Greystream Solutions, got to her. He says he doesn’t know who gave Vivian the documents, a source known only known as “The American.” Then he just loses it and yells, “Kolfax, get in here!” But it turns out he’s all worried he’s going to lose his job if he’s not the first with the story about Vivian getting killed. How compassionate of him. Kate Kolfax is just as upset, in that not at all. I guess Vivian was real popular. And unless Booth has something quotable to tell her, she’ll be off to do her Vivian is Dead story.

Aubrey makes a crack about how Vivian had to get tons of plastic surgery to compete with the younger, prettier, perkier Kolfax. Pyne makes no apologies about putting that pretty face on the front page and video blogs. Booth is dismayed that the news is no longer about telling the story. Because I guess he’s been living under a rock.

A Mr. Gill from the NSA comes into Cam’s office to tell her that he’ll be heading up the Vivian Prince investigation. Cam tells him to go away. She doesn’t want to hand over information to the very agency that may have killed Vivian. She doesn’t work for him, she doesn’t answer to him, and unless Mr. NSA can come up with a court order, she’s not handing over anything. And by the way, she can get security to escort his ass out of there.

B&B have it out about if Greystream is right or wrong on the way there. It’s like a live version of my Facebook feed. Where is the mute button?

The Greystream guy, Cooper Blackthorn, is all “blah blah blah…above your clearance level,” so Brennan figures as long as they’re stonewalling, she might as well cut to the chase and asks if they killed Vivian. To which Blackthorn answers, “Yes, of course we did! I’ll just go get the dudes who did it and be right back.” Or not. What he really does is give them a hypothetical that goes something like, “I’m not saying we killed her, but if we were this totally awesome hit squad she said we were, you wouldn’t have found her.” And then he makes some reference to the evidence that Booth thinks points to a professional, that he considers to be the work of an amateur, even though no evidence was presented to him. So they may or may not have listened in on conversations pertaining to the case. Well, that was productive. And not a little bit scary. If Blackthorn was trying to paint Greystream as this benign organization, I’d say they need another mascot.

And when Hodgins finds out the NSA guy, Gill, came calling, he’s convinced it was all just for show, and he just placed bugs all over the place. Hodgins is worried the NSA is trying to use the Jeffersonian to find The American, so he collects everyone’s phones and basically says all communication will be done by carrier pigeon from here on out.

When B & B get to Vivian’s, they find a glucometer. There’s no laptop, but Booth does find out Vivian was going to cut off alimony payments to her loser ex. He’s a sports writer named Sal Raymond, but he’s not quite as successful as his wife, since he has the high school sports beat. Yikes. But loser ex insists everything was amicable, and that no more payments was his idea.

Then the guy who is NOT an FBI agent makes the logical argument that the NSA couldn’t have killed Vivian, because it just makes them look worse and points them toward Kate Kolfax, our perky and ambitious reporter. Vivian had promised her the front page, until The American stories came out, and she decided she wasn’t going anywhere.

Gill shows up at the F.B.I. right after Aubrey gets done questioning the ex, creepily knows he’s going to interview Kolfax, and says to ask her about the encryption key that decodes the emails between Vivian and The American. He also insists there are some people at the NSA who want them to be better and knows things need to change. He says if somebody “on their side of the fence” killed Vivian, they want this person found, and now I’m beginning to get a clearer picture of Mr. Gill and what he’s about.

Aubrey goes to Kolfax as an interviewee. Then he tells her they got fingerprints on whoever broke into Vivian’s, they know this person is using an encryption key to try and read the emails, and that person is about to be arrested for murder. Kolfax, being a reporter, picks up right away that the interview was a ruse, and I’m trying to figure out why Aubrey took that tack at all, since he didn’t even try. She hands over the laptop and the encryption key: George Orwell. So she just thought it was a passphrase, tried it, and it didn’t work, and that’s what she spent three hours doing? If she didn’t try “1984” she needs to be fired like yesterday.

But okay, if I have this straight, the glucometer they found at Vivian’s is a dual access system. Essentially you need an access code plus the biometric encryption in order to read the files. The verification code was drawn from her blood. Vivian’s blood has her genetic markers. Without her blood, they can’t read the encryption. And though you can’t draw blood from a stone, you can from a bone, and voila, an email from The American about meeting at the Riverbanks Inn, room 43.

But the Riverbanks Inn can’t provide any records, because they cater to Washington insiders who want to conduct their affairs off the grid. No security footage. No TV. No phone. No wifi. Jammers on the property. Not a hotel I’d wanna stay at, that’s for sure. Then the front desk dude mentions their “associate,” and Booth busts down the door, gun drawn, to find the lovely Mr. Gill already snooping.

Brennan finds blood all over the curtains and conveniently catches the room service guy and his sterling silver plate covers with a nice spike on top, and identifies it as the murder weapon. Room service guy is extra helpful and says Vivian stayed there six months ago, was cheating on her ex, and the ex nearly killed her. The ex still insists they were totally fine, mentions the guy she was cheating with wore Ferragamo shoes, and says he had an interview at another paper in Tallahassee the night Vivian was killed. Though how this guy would know Ferragamo shoes from Payless will remain a mystery.

When Hodgins does a fingerprint analysis on the room, he discovers Gill pretty much touched every available surface and comes to the accurate conclusion that an NSA guy wouldn’t be that stupid and had to touch everything on purpose to cover up that he’d been there before wearing his Ferragamo shoes. Then he says something I figured out when Gill talked with Aubrey. He is The American. Essentially Vivian lied to hubby about having an affair. She ruined her marriage to protect her source.

Hodgins, Booth, and Brennan talk at the Royal. Hodgins wants to protect Gill’s identity, while Booth is all for exposing him. He tells Hodgins off, and for good measure his wife as well for her secrets, even though he’d deduced that secret had to do with a jet ski, but whatever.

Parker Returns!
Parker, Booth’s son who we haven’t seen in…forever, shows up from London. And of course, he looks a hell of a lot older. When he said, “Hey, Dad,” it actually took me a moment to remember Booth had a son. That was the secret Brennan had been keeping. And she got them tickets for the Flyers/Predators game. Booth does not apologize for throwing a tantrum.

Vivian’s No-good, Very Bad Day!
It turns out Vivian was tortured. Lucky for everyone, the squintern this week is Rodolfo, who is familiar with torture. He not only knows it’s called palmatoria, he also happens to know the exact region of West Africa it comes from And remember creepy Cooper Blackthorne, the head of Greystream? He was stationed in West Africa for five years.

Solving the Case!
I guess Parker and some Flyers tickets softened up Booth, because he meets with Gill at the Riverbank and manages not to scream at him.

After Booth spells out to Gill what he did wrong, like he doesn’t know, he tells Booth the drive he gave Vivian had thousands of documents. The first story was only the tip of the iceberg. She was going to keep hammering at Greystream. And I guess the sweep for bugs at the Jeffersonian wasn’t effective, because he knows they figured out Blackthorn was the one who tortured Vivian.

Now that Booth knows they’re going to take Blackthorn in for the murder of Vivian, he wrongly figures Gill’s life is no longer in danger, and he arrests Gill for treason. I guess he skipped the part about proving Blackthorn did it and putting him away first. But it’s too late now. Gill is on the front page already.

The NSA has thrown Blackthorn to the wolves, so he’s cooperating. Apparently he was operating on their orders to use “enhanced interrogation techniques” on Vivian to retrieve the documents. But Vivian took the torture and kept on ticking, so he just walked away. He tortured, but didn’t kill, Vivian.

And guess what? Vivian was actually killed with a metal detector. And who did we see with one of those? Gill. It seems he didn’t like the way Vivian ran the story about Greystream to where she put innocent lives in danger. Dude, she’s a reporter. Anyway, he just wanted his jump drive back. He figured out she was just using the documents to keep her job because of Kolfax. How naïve could this guy be? So, he was using the wand to find the drive, they scuffled, he hit her, and she fell into the room service cart.

He never found the drive, but when Hodgins takes a late-night snoop in Vivian’s office, he finds it in a pen holder with a quote from Orwell at the bottom of it. Instead of broadcasting everything that’s on it, he gives it to Booth who still doesn’t apologize for his tantrum. Ah, well.

That’s it! It ends at the B&B house for a lovely Thanksgiving dinner, with Angela thinking of having another kid. We won’t be seeing our Bones crew for three weeks, and it looks like that may be the season, if not series, finale. Stay tuned!

BONES Sneak Peeks: Holidays and the NSA

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The team wades into hot water in this week’s Thanksgiving episode of BONES.

Booth, Brennan, Aubrey and the squinterns are called in to investigate the death of a political journalist whose body was found on the grounds of an exclusive golf club. As it turns out, this journalist had recently published an article exposing corruption within the NSA. Once the NSA starts sniffing around in the investigation, Hodgins’ paranoia takes over and the team realize they’re being watched.

Meanwhile, back at home, Brennan is secretly planning a surprise for Booth and the team gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving together.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BONES on November 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

BONES Redux: Our Top 5 Moments From “The Promise in the Palace”

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Hey, Bones fans! Today’s episode theme is, do you believe in magic? Let’s get into the Bones Top Five Moments!

Sebastian is back!
Do you remember that Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Sebastian Kohl who purchased one of Angela’s pictures? Well, here he is again, and they look quite chummy. Did I mention he’s handsome and dashing? With an awesome English accent? Anyway, he’s supposed to be Angela’s mentor, but Cam and I both think he’s interested in more than just Angela’s pictures.

Cam and I are both wrong. He has the hots for Cam. Girlfriend, whatever perfume you’re buying, please clue me in. Arastoo and Sebastian? Those are some serious pheromones. But she turns him down, because of her recent breakup. Oh, don’t let this gorgeous ship pass you by, Cam. She does go to Angela and come clean. She also admits she’s not over Arastoo and is worried she won’t get back what she had with him. Angela says she might not, but she definitely won’t if she doesn’t try.

Yes, Cam. TRY! LOOK AT HIM!

Somehow Brennan found out about Cam and says she’d want Booth to move on if anything happened with them. Her listing things that could go wrong does not help anyone. Of course, Booth does not want Brennan to move on.

In the end, Cam does come to her senses and calls him. So, yay! More Sebastian to come!

Corpse of the Week!
Klarissa Mott, age twenty seven. She’s a bit of a question mark. She has clear signs of abuse but no restraining orders or domestic violence calls. Nobody has filed a missing person report on her, and she has no relatives in the DC area.

Booth and Aubrey go to see her roommate, Anna. They do that thing where they take an entire ride over in the car and don’t speak about the case until they get all the way to their destination and are just about to knock on the door. It happens again later.

Anyway, Anna is there with her boyfriend, Victor, and they’re just started a catering business. Also, Aubrey and food. Get your head in the game, dude, and stop eyeing the truffle oil. I’m sure the big deal they’re making over that won’t be important later.

So, the reason Anna didn’t report Klarissa missing is because they didn’t really know each other. Klarissa kept to herself and was into “some weird stuff.” You might ask what that weird stuff is. Well, in her bedroom she has straitjackets and handcuffs, and while my mind went in a different direction, Aubrey guesses Magician. But Anna says that according to Klarissa, the correct term is Escape Artist. She did shows at the Magic Palace. Her stage name was Klarissa Bilbao.

I’m going to try to ignore the blatant car commercial as Bones and Booth head to the Magic Palace. My eyes rolled by themselves.

Lenny Jay is there, played by Jay Thomas. He says he gave Klarissa her start when he saw her doing street magic in the National Mall. He says her act was ground breaking. She took more risks than most Escapologists. She’d just been given the Friday night main stage, replacing Big Phil, who’s not very big at all. He plays with fire, and they found second-degree burns on Klarissa. It turns out he played a prank on her all of the time, where she opens a box, and a flame comes out. She usually catches it but has been distracted lately. This makes no sense to me, playing the same trick over and over again, but I’m no Escapologist.

A physical therapist who illegally sold prescription drugs, and she paid in cash for flexibility training, is a dead end. Though she was getting a bunch of emails threatening her because she poached tricks

It turns out Lenny Jay Jr. is the one who sent the emails to Klarissa. Lenny Sr. had given her his best trick, The Drunken Monkey, an escapist move where he’s locked in a vat of scotch. Junior was not at all happy with this, since daddy promised to hand that trick down to him. Junior found this out by following Klarissa around and as a result of the stalking saw her dropped off by some guy who kissed her.

Aaaaand, guess what? Klarissa is allergic to fungus. And you know what truffles are. Oh, Victor, you have some ‘splaining to do…except you totally know it wasn’t him, right? Sure, they were smooching and some of the oil got onto her neck, but he didn’t kill her. He dropped her off at the Palace and was supposed to meet up with her later that night, but she never showed up.

Someone sent Klarissa flowers, but it wasn’t Victor. Anna, his girlfriend, did snoop through his phone, but her awesome boyfriend is “careful about this stuff” and left no incriminating evidence. What a prize this Victor is, huh? Anna did know about the affair, but she stayed quiet for the sake of the business. She seems to feel Victor is not worth killing over.

Solving the Case!
Turns out the flowers were sent by the Golden Pearl Casino in Vegas. Guess who got a new job? And guess which Escapologist who just gave Klarissa his best trick over his own son, wouldn’t be happy about that?

Klarissa had the key in her mouth to unlock the padlock for the Drunken Monkey trick. Unfortunately for Lenny, he strangled her, and the key went down her throat, so he couldn’t clean out the inside of the padlock. Brennan gives him some mumbo jumbo story about the stuff inside matching the frequency of luminescence in order to make Lenny confess, which he does. Broken promises. They could kill you.

The Magical Mr. Edison!
After Clark expresses a love of magic, in a show of humanity Brennan asks him why he has such an interest in it. He explains it got him through a rough patch in middle school and makes the HUGE error of showing Brennan a trick, which she figures out and belittles him with it. So much for the brief show of humanity. His second magic trick doesn’t fare any better, even when Hodgins supplied him with a disappearing spoon.

Their attempt at showing her the awesome history of magic stored at the Jeffersonian brings about another bout of condescension. Seriously, I get whiplash whenever they do this with Brennan. One minute she’s aware of how she can be and the next she isn’t.

The Tooth Fairy is a Fraud!
It should surprise nobody that when Christine loses a tooth, Mr. Booth is all for the Tooth Fairy making an appearance, while Brennan thinks it’s a pastiche of minor myths that lack thought or substance. And contrary to Booth’s belief that it’s tradition and can’t hurt anyone, Brennan says she doesn’t want her daughter to think it’s okay to have someone break into her room and steal discarded body parts. Wow, that’s…wow. And Brennan’s idea to simply explain to Christine about the scientific reasons behind tooth loss doesn’t sound near as good as money under the pillow.

Besides, Hodgins has been leaving tons of cash for Michael Vincent, and surprisingly the six year old isn’t mad at his parents for perpetrating a fraud.

However, after Brennan fooled Lenny, she realizes deception can sometimes be a good thing, so she came home and slipped the cash under Christine’s pillow.

Then Booth does a magic trick with her paperwork Brennan doesn’t understand how he accomplished. At last. A Trick she can’t figure out.

That’s it! So, what do you guys think of Cam’s new love interest, Sebastian? Was the Tooth Fairy good to you when you were a kid?

BONES Sneak Peeks: Magic vs Science

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It’s Brennan versus the deceptive nature of magic in this week’s BONES.

The team investigates the murder of an escape artist whose body was found in the woods. When they discover that the victim worked at the Magic Palace, Brennan reveals her thoughts on magic. They also learn that the victim had secret activities in the works that may have made them some enemies in the magic community.

Meanwhile, Booth and Brennan argue about whether to introduce Christine to the tooth fairy when their daughter looses her first tooth, leading them to poll their friends. And Angela gets a visit from Sebastian Kohl, who is acting as her mentor. But is Cam right about him wanting more from Angela?

Don’t miss an all new episode of BONES on November 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

BONES Redux: Our Top 5 Moments From “The Senator in the Street Sweeper”

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Hey, Bones fans! Let’s skip over the disgusting opening where a street sweeper licks blood off his finger from some corpse’s shredded remains, and get right to it, shall we? Here are your Bones Top Five Moments!

A Television in the bedroom?
Booth wants a TV in the bedroom to watch the game, due to the kids monopolizing the other one, while Brennan points out how couples with a TV in their bedroom have sex half as often. And not only that, but what if the Philadelphia Whosits have a losing season? Booth will be all depressed and not in the mood. Well, Booth has a solution. He’ll be making some “extra” time for them. Parents of newborns everywhere wonder if this means they’ll be shipping off the baby off to Angela’s house.

But I think the biggest impediment to their alone time might be that their bedroom doesn’t look like it has walls or doors.

In the end, Brennan winds up leasing a fifty-six inch television, and while she makes it clear Booth had better keep up with the number of sexytimes of her choosing or the TV goes back, she rejects said sexytimes in favor of her interview about the case, a documentary, and a James Cagney film.

Corpse of the Week!
Rick O’Malley, a first-term senator from Virginia. Wonder how he’d feel about his remains getting scavenged by a raccoon and ground up by a street sweeper. Caroline, for reasons obvious reasons, doesn’t want Brennan going along for such a delicate death notification.

Aubrey and Booth talk about O’Malley on the way to the notification. Aubrey seems to revere O’Malley, since he used to be a blue-collar worker. He was the general manager for a coal mining company. Aubrey waxes poetic about how O’Malley wasn’t just a career politician and cared about his constituents. Compares him to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and surprises Booth and the rest of us when he admits he has political aspirations. He says there’s a senate seat opening in 2020 that has his name on it.

Aaaand that notification they were going to make? Not necessary with the large amount of reporters gathered like vultures on the O’Malley front lawn. Booth talks about a leak at the F.B.I. Will this be important later?

I’m immediately suspicious of the little guy opening the door. He’s talking on the phone about no press statements and how he doesn’t care if it’s Diane Sawyer, blah blah blah. After he lets in Booth and Aubrey, he walks away.

Mrs. M. isn’t all that flustered about finding out about her husband from the press. It’s pretty much been her whole life. But she says living their lives in the public eye was worth it. One of the reason Mr. M went into politics was to save local jobs, aka coal mining jobs. Two mentions of coal mines in five minutes. Hmmm…that’s not significant, right?

The little guy is Eric Morales, O’Malley’s Chief of Staff. He calls O’Malley a revelation.

Mrs. M says Mr. M had recently been aloof and receiving calls at all hours from the party’s majority whip, Senator Hayley Winters. As a result, she was suspicious he was having an affair with Hayley. And the night before, they were at a fundraiser together.

I’m no expert, but if they’re having an affair, shouldn’t it be more…secret?

As Caroline says, there’s no way in H-E-double hockey sticks she’s going to let Booth haul the senate majority whip into the F.B.I. without any evidence she was involved in anything, But they catch a break. Aubrey comes to say Hayley called and wants Booth to come to her office, so she can brief him. Caroline is thrilled she doesn’t have to take any antacid. But not so fast! She’ll need the whole bottle, since Hayley, being a former doctor, requested Dr. Brennan’s presence.

On the way to talk to Hayley, Brennan tries to assure Booth she’ll be on her best behavior, but Booth doesn’t want that. As a matter of fact, he wants her to be as Brennan as she can be, including saying stuff that can be misconstrued as offensive. I don’t think there’s any misconstruing where Brennan is concerned. Anyway, Booth wants to get a read on Hayley, so if she’s clutching her pearls as Brennan insults her, so be it.

Squintern Jessica and the Background Check!
Caroline tells Aubrey that Justice wants a background check on Squintern Jessica to make sure she’s cleared to work on the body SHE’S ALREADY WORKING ON. Aubrey assures Caroline he knows Jessica and won’t find anything. I don’t know Jessica, and I’m sure he’ll find something, so his blind faith is more than a little naïve.

Sure enough, she was involved in Greenpeace in college. There’s a lovely picture of her in the crowd of a demonstration in front of what looks like an animal research facility. Someone is throwing fake blood on a guy with glasses, while another guy holds up a “SCIENCE GONE MAD” sign and another a “Free the Animals” sign. As if it couldn’t get any worse, a pipe bomb exploded outside of the building five minutes later. But Greenpeace was cleared. Hey, the word peace is right there in the title.

But wait! There’s more! Jessica…went on the road with the band Fish? And at the time she took drugs. Then in a bout of honesty, Jessica tells Aubrey she doesn’t currently do drugs anymore but can’t guarantee she won’t do them again.

Jessica is a lot of things, but she’s not stupid and can see Aubrey’s disappointment written all over his face. He does have a moral decision to make as to whether to report all of the information back to Caroline. Jessica insists she’s not the same person, in the same way Aubrey isn’t the same kid who watched his dad hauled away to prison. Except the difference here is that Aubrey didn’t do anything illegal. But honestly, I expected a lot worse.

All of this is taking place as a friendship has developed between Aubrey and Jessica that appears to be heading toward something more than watching Battlestar Galactica together.

Aubrey does tell Caroline there are some skeletons in Jessica’s closet but nothing to create a mistrial, which is good, because again, it’s probably too late at this point. Aubrey believes Caroline knew what he’d find. And here’s where Caroline goes off the rails a bit for me. It seems more like she made the request. I guess she knows of Aubrey’s aspirations and wanted to make sure he was with “the right kind of woman.” Caroline, you’re one of my favorites, but I hate that you’re making me side with Jessica. This was manipulative of Caroline, and she doesn’t strike me as that kind of character.

Jessica goes to Angela for romantic advice and hints there was the potential for the relationship to go somewhere, so she’s upset by the latest developments.

Rounding up the Suspects!
Hayley, played by Brenda Strong, seems friendly and efficient. She’s also the most famous of the suspects, so I have my eye on her. Hayley’s aides are preparing a bill to increase the debt ceiling, so the government doesn’t shut down again. And Brennan is being extra-Brennan. She’s insulting and belittling at every turn. She also insinuates that possibly Hayley was the killer. No dummy, our Hayley, she decides to make their discussion private.

The first zinger Brennan hits her with is the affair. Hayley is flattered anyone thinks she has the stamina. The fundraiser the night before is brought up, and in typical fashion for all suspects, she’s all, “Nope! Everything is hunky dory!” Then she appears to think a moment, and whenever the suspect says, “Wait, now that I think of it….” you always know what follows is not an incident that would just slip someone’s mind.

Turns out there had been a handful of protesters, and it got O’Malley unnerved. He left shortly after. Yeah. That’s totally not important at all. A man runs out of a fundraiser right after being unnerved by protesters, he’s murdered that night, and it’s an afterthought?

Anyway, surprise, surprise, the protests were there because of an amendment to the debt ceiling bill about reducing coal emissions. Ding ding ding! And though O’Malley’s whole platform was in support of coal miners, he was going to vote in favor of the bill. Booth nails Hayley on being the one to persuade O’Malley, and Hayley talks about how sometimes you have to make sacrifices for the sake of the party.

Some grainy footage is scraped together of a guy accosting O’Malley at the fundraiser. Though for the first time ever, Angela is unable to do facial rec, Caroline has it handled. He’s Frankie Cesari, the unofficial president of the coal mining lobby in Virginia. Caroline has a history with him, since he “disappeared” her witness to Frankie’s embezzling. I’m going with Frankie as a total red herring, so let’s move on.

Aubrey discovers O’Malley is clean except for a monthly withdrawal of $2,000. His last meal was pigeon (EWWW!). After the fundraiser, a cab driver dropped him off at an Indonesian restaurant where he was spotted embracing a young woman, who of course winds up being his biological daughter, Anissa. O’Malley and her mom had a one-night stand, and she was the result. While B&B accost her about that measly two-thousand bucks and how she blackmailed daddy for it, she insists he was just helping her with college, which makes way more sense. I mean, seriously. That’s not a lot of money.

Anyway, O’Malley talked with Anissa about that vote he didn’t want to make. She told him to follow his heart.

A needle mark is found behind O’Malley’s ear. The killer thought they could poison O’Malley and make it look like natural causes, but O’Malley fought back, thus how he wound up beaten to death. The first most natural suspect is the doc, Hayley, but upon closer inspection of the wife’s alibi, it falls apart, and she’s a diabetic with access to needles. I have another theory. We’re told multiple times about how poison is a woman’s method for murdering, so immediately I suspect a dude.

When Booth and Aubrey get to the O’Malley house, there’s even more reporters. Hayley is there, and they’re gearing up for a press conference Mrs. M is about to give, but it’s not about her husband. It’s about the Widow’s Mandate. When a senator dies while in office, the governor must find a replacement for the remainder of the term. The logical choice is the widow, who is most likely to share the spouse’s ideology.
Though Booth told Aubrey to keep quiet once they got to the house due to his political aspirations and it not being a good idea if he rocked the boat, Aubrey does just the opposite. He’s like a male Brennan, so I don’t know why anybody thinks he’s more diplomatic. He’s rude and condescending. He insinuates people are guilty before he checks out alibis. And he makes people shut down rather than creating an environment where they’ll confess.

And Brennan gets a gut feeling I’m sure a week from now she’ll forget she ever had.

Virginia is the Murder Weapon!
A petrified coal statue of the state of Virginia is the murder weapon, and since coal turns organic tissue blue, Booth just has to look for the suspect with a blue cut on their hand.

Would it surprise you to find out Morales is the one with the blue cut on his hand? Not only was he having an affair with Mrs. M., but Mr. M was going to vote against the party, so yay for more coal emissions? And is anyone surprised by this outcome? So, Morales knew about the Widow’s Mandate and they could have made a difference together and she understood about making sacrifices for the good of the party, and blah blah blah…murderer.

It all ends with Aubrey on what looks like a date with Jessica. He’s now jaded about politicians, even though his hero voted his conscience instead of with his party. And ugh, I hate to admit it, but they’re actually kind of cute together, and they make each other more likable.

So, that’s it. What do you think of the Aubrey/Jessica relationship? Do you agree they kind of work as a couple? Do you have a television in your bedroom?

BONES Sneak Peeks: Political Aspirations

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Two amusing sanitation workers (guest stars Sal Vulcano and James Murray; “Impractical Jokers”)  discover a body on this week’s BONES. The pair are surprised when they discover the remains of a U.S. Senator in a street sweeper, which leads the team to Capitol Hill. There they meet with the Senate’s majority whip, Hayley Winters (guest star Brenda Strong), and the victim’s chief of staff to try and figure out who orchestrated this political murder.

Elsewhere in the episode, Aubrey reveals his dream of a future in politics to Booth. And when he starts dating squintern Jessica, he digs in to her past to ensure nothing there can hurt his political aspirations.

Meanwhile, Booth wants to get a new TV for their bedroom, but Brennan warns him that TVs in bedrooms typically lead to less sex between couples.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BONES on November 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

BONES Redux: Our Top 5 Moments From “The Resurrection in the Remains”

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Hello, Bones fans! It’s Halloween at the B&B house, and Booth is prepared with fifteen pounds of candy, no matter how bad it is for a child’s endocrine system. And it’s Sleepy Hollow crossover time! It’s a good thing your recapper watches both shows. Here are your Bones Top Five Moments!

Halloween Fun!
Brennan fires the first shot, when she makes Booth think he’s eating real brain.

Of course, there’s Hodgins’s demon eyes. He only has one pair of contact lenses, as all contact lens wearers do. Michael Vincent flushed them down the toilet, so all he had were the demon eye ones. Yes, he took the time to make sure those were on hand but not an extra pair of regular ones. Happens all of the time.

Booth does get Brennan back when he pretends to be a reanimated corpse.

The Corpse of the Week with a Halloween Twist!
Next to the corpse the gang finds a mortsafe, or an iron safe that was used to prevent grave robbing. I don’t know how effective it was, since somebody has already opened it. I guess they didn’t get the memo about not opening up old coffins with a weird symbol on it. Bad juju. Baaaaaaad juju. And look! Inside is an eighteenth century soldier in full Redcoat regalia! And he has no head! I wonder how that fits into the whole Sleepy Hollow thing…and you know what kind of episode this is going to be when a carved pumpkin rolls into the coffin and lines up nicely with where Redcoat guy’s head should have been. Cam: “Happy Halloween.” WAH WAH. Never mind that it’s a corpse from the EIGHTEENTH CENTURY and maybe you would want to get that pumpkin out of there, no?

Back to the more current COTW, she’s Sarah Lippman, a third-year medical student. She’s usually all magenta-haired and pierced goth girl, but she was found with Mary Sunshine’s pink dress, pink shoes, and blonde hair. Her boss, Chief Resident John Cruz, explains she was trying to look the part of a doctor and points out her boyfriend, Joel Brown, in the anatomy lab. A bearded guy who was standing next to Joel and digging through a dead body with him, seems overly interested in what’s going on and watches the door longingly after Joel leaves with Booth and Aubrey.

Joel insists that even though people thought they were an odd couple, because he’s a good Catholic boy, they were good together, and she was happier than she’d ever been. The new appearance, he insists, is because he’d rubbed off on her. But inside Sarah’s locker, there’s an old witchcraft book with the same weird symbol on the cover that was on the mortsafe.

Abbie and Ichabod!
The Redcoat COTW was a high-ranking British officer, so it’s odd that he was buried under a church in the middle of nowhere.

Just as Hodgins says there’s something otherworldly going on with the corpse and the symbol, etc., Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane show up. I don’t care how ridiculous it is that they’re standing in the middle of the lab. I’m just happy to see them.

Ichabod explains he’s from the historical society, and he helps F.B.I. agent Mills. Brennan’s not about to give up the bones, and Abbie says she’s not leaving without them, so this forces Abbie and Ichie to stick around the lab.

Hodgins immediately mancrushes hard, when after he makes fun of Crane’s garb, Crane goes off on one of his famous rants. And a guy names Seeley takes it a little personal when Aubrey makes fun of Ichabod’s name.

Anyway, Crane and Abbie believe that the Redcoat COTW is Abraham Van Brunt, aka Mr. Headless Horseman, born in 1749 and decapitated on the battlefield in 1781. Angela is immediately charmed by Crane. Because she’s human. She’s also done facial reconstruction on the faceless dude and begins the facial recognition process.

While they wait for the results and Crane’s big head blocks the screen, Brennan says she finds Crane’s and Abbie’s persistence both irritating and impressive. Crane says, “We are a partnership of opposites, yet our affinity for one another bears the ripest of fruit.”

Brennan rightly assumes they’re sexual partners. Crane, of course, is highly offended by this accusation and insists they’re not. Brennan says, “Then I would suggest you consider it” and talks about how rewarding it was to take her relaysh with Booth into the personal realm. For once, Crane is speechless. That’s quite a feat.

If around this time you heard great, heaving gasps and squealing, that would be Ichabbie shippers everywhere.

Anyway, I guess they’re saved by the facial reconstruction, and the result is surprising and ominous for Crane. It’s not Abraham but General William Howe, Commander of the British Forces during the War for Independence. Dude was a cruel bastard, apparently. Crane throws around phrases like “mystery of the highest magnitude,” and he will not rest until it’s solved. Brennan gives him a look like, “Whatever, you intense weirdo.”

And it’s kind of cool, because Booth and Abbie have teamed up to scour Sarah’s apartment. Booth finds a note that reads, Last night was insane. XX. and we all guess it wasn’t written by her good, Catholic boyfriend.

Anyway, they find a hammer next to a fine-tooth saw with some red threads in it, so this must be the way he became Headless Howe.

Crane identifies the book found in Sarah’s locker to be Librum Sub Umbras, which Brennan translates to Treatise on the Subject of Shadows. It’s filled with Alchemical recipes, blood rituals, druid rites, and necromancy. Then Brennan makes the humongous error of calling it a book of nonsense. Crane tries not to go on a rant while he explains it’s a book of spells, and the key to unlock it is a mystery to all but the most learned scholars. They’re replicas of an illuminated manuscript first painted by Bavarian monastic scholars.

The word “illuminated” sparks an idea in Hodgins. He says they need to illuminate the text with candlelight, and I kid you not… Angela puts a burning candle onto the Angelatron. And y’all? It totally works. This episode is insane in the best way. Crane reads the hidden text. It says the text is the guide by which the Witness will procure the skull and give him the power to raise the dead.

Rut roh. I guess Sarah missed the part about the Witness. Which she isn’t, but Abbie and Crane totally are, in the biblical sense.

Crane gives shifty eyes as he says he wishes he had the resources to delve a little deeper. HINT, HINT. Brennan gives him free rein of the Jeffersonian archives. That’s like Disneyland for Crane.

To add to all of the strangeness, it appears Sarah’s brain neurons had been dead for two weeks, which would have made her clinically dead two weeks before she died. Wendell helpfully explains that maybe the person Sarah brought back from the dead was herself. DUN DUN DUN!

Aubrey figures out that Sarah died and was resuscitated two weeks ago, but according to her insurance, there’s no record of it. Aubrey also discovers Sarah went to a bar and spent $250 on a bottle of champagne. And, ew. She was beaten to death with Howe’s skull.

Would it surprise you to find out that Booth knew Corbin, Abbie’s mentor? Corbin said Abbie was a lot like Booth back in the day, and I laugh when Booth chastises Abbie for wanting to save the world overnight. Pot, meet kettle.

I was right to suspect bearded guy, since he was the one sharing that expensive bottle of champagne with Sarah. He wrote the “insane” note. However, he’s gay, so there goes that theory. He tells Aubrey he and Sarah became friends, because they both were close to death. He was really sick as a kid, and Sarah had a sister who died young. Not exactly the same thing. Sarah became obsessed with finding out what happens after you die.

And oh my goodness, we’re now dropped into the movie Flatliners, where he induced Sarah’s heart to stop and brought her back. Sarah said it was transforming. I wonder if she was visited by people she’d harmed in her past…Well, I guess not. She saw her sister, who told her to let go of all of her fear. That’s what they were celebrating.

After swabbing Sarah’s injury, Hodgins comes up with stuff you spray on the underside of morgue tables, so off they go to the anatomy lab to sift through the corpses and find some recent blood spatter. It’s on the ceiling. `

In the archives, Crane finds an edict from George Washington that says not to bury Howe in England but in the colonies. Crane pushes it further and says he meant preferably in Sleepy Hollow. Brennan notices the signature is off from the handwriting, and Crane can’t hold back his pride when he says the letter was dictated to a trusted captain. But Brennan being Brennan, she’s wants to wait for proof the letter is authentic, which must be aggravating to the guy who wrote it. So, the bones are still hers.

Angela analyzes the note, and she states what we all know. That the handwriting in the letter is Crane’s. But when confronted, Crane has an easy explanation. His ancestor, also named Ichabod, wrote it. Brennan accepts this explanation but still won’t give up the bones until the case is solved.

Solving the Case!
Howe’s skull is found in the medical waste from the anatomy lab, along with two empty vials. The prescriptions were filled the night Sarah died by the Chief Resident of her program, Dr. John Cruz, who we met for two minutes at the beginning of the show.

Anyway, long story short, John not only knew about the experiments, but he supplied her with the drugs to do it. After his wife left him, he drank too much, and Sarah smelled it on his breath. Rather than report John, she blackmailed him for the drugs.

Howe’s canine tooth is missing, and when Brennan finds out from Crane it was porcelain, she realizes it must have injured the killer’s hand as he was, you know, using the skull to bash Sarah. The tooth was found in and among some coffee cup debris, and voila, skin cells. Who do they belong to?

The boyfriend, Joel. He admits to touching the skull, as he was there when Sarah dug up Howe. This is a fact that if he wasn’t guilty, he probably should have copped to earlier. Sarah’s new goody-two-shoes persona wasn’t so much a result of him rubbing off on her, but her Flatliners experience. She wanted Joel to experience as well. The couple that dies together…

Except Joel, the guy with all of the faith, saw nothing when he went to the other side. Sarah took his faith away. So when he came to and saw her holding the skull, he snapped and killed her with it.

Fondled in the Forest!
Anyway, case solved, B & B and Crane and Abbie head to The Founding Fathers for a drink. Except Brennan and Booth bead a hasty retreat, in order to give Abbie and Crane some alone time. Maybe after Crane finishes his Sex on the Beach, or as he says Benjamin Franklin referred to it, Fondled in the Forest, he’ll be in the mood.

That’s it, folks! How did you like the crossover? As a fan of both shows, I have to say, I didn’t know how they’d pull it together, but I think because they went for fun and lighthearted, it worked. Did you watch the continuation on Sleepy Hollow?

BONES Sneak Peeks: Booth and Brennan Meet the SLEEPY HOLLOW Stars

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Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills take a trip to BONES in this week’s episode in the first of a two-part Halloween BONES/SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover, which also sees Booth and Brennan head to the other series.

It’s Halloween at the Jeffersonian and the squints get a surprise visit from new FBI Agent Mills and Crane, who have come to Washington, D.C. from Sleepy Hollow to claim a headless body that is being investigated by Brennan and her team. Mills and Crane team up with Booth and Brennan to try and figure out who the 200-year-old headless corpse actually is and how the body is linked to a contemporary murder victim.

Meanwhile, Booth and Brennan try to one-up each other with the ultimate Halloween pranks (starting with Brennan tricking Booth into believing he had eaten a real brain — gross!)

Don’t miss part 1 of the BONES-SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover airing on October 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.