BONES Redux: Our Top 5 Moments from “The Monster In The Closet”

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Hey, Bones fans! When last we left our lovely gang, Hodgins was alienating everyone around him. Let’s see what we have in store this week. Here are your Bones Top Five Moments!

Christine and the Monster in the Closet
So, Christine has reached that age when there’s a monster in the closet. While Booth tries to comfort his daughter about how he already scared away the monster, Brennan, ever helpful, reminds them that monsters aren’t real, and therefore whatever Booth did was ineffectual. Even Aubrey weighs in. He says the key is for Christine to go up to her closet and tell the monster to go bye-bye, or her dad is “going to put a cap in his ass.”

In the end, Booth does kind of take Aubrey’s advice, though probably not the cap in the ass part, and she figures out there are no monsters…or are there?

Hodgins is Worse
Well, okay then. Hodgins is still being rude to everyone. Brennan, who can be quite rude to the living herself, demands he have respect for the dead. Angela points out that respect is no longer a part of Hodgins’ vocabulary. But apparently work Hodgins is Happy Hodgins. Again, show, I don’t understand why you’re doing this.

Corpse of the Week
Allison Monroe, 42. Disappeared a week before their tenth anniversary. Yeesh.

Ew, gross. Yuck. Taxidermy was performed on her, and the killer stuck a wire through her skeleton in order to pose her. This is a killer with dedication and work ethic. And he lived with the body for at least six months. But then like all dead bodies do, she mouthed off in some way that made him angry, and he killed her again. Is it Hodgins? Because he’s so angry at everyone right now.

Anyway, she was wearing old-fashioned clothes, and in her purse was an old-fashioned cassette tape with old-fashioned music on it. There’s also a small Bible, with marked passages that have to do with punishment for the wicked. The whole thing is really creepy.

All of this means another visit from Karen the profiler. I think last time she didn’t really profile so well, so I’m hoping there’s an improvement.

Hubby is not at all the grieving widow. He said Allison never went missing, so two hours after she was gone, he knew. Whatever, dude. Sometimes knowing something in theory isn’t the same as receiving confirmation. You’re like the poster boy for stoicism. Anyway, Allison was a social worker who took on the most difficult cases.

Hubby suggests they talk to Neal, her supervisor, since Allison got all kinds of threats from people whose kids are taken away from them, as well as prospective foster parents Allison deemed unfit.

Arastoo is back, and awkwardness ensues. This one is Brennan’s fault. But he’s there, and Cam looks really happy about it. Not.

However, when she gets alone with Angela, who admits she’s plotting to kill her husband, Cam says it’s “really, really great” that he’s there. Ugh. And he turned down the job in Berlin, so this does not look good for Sebastian. Color me unhappy.

But he is useful, in that he realized this isn’t the first time he’s seen someone killed this way. And hilariously, the reason Brennan didn’t know about the other body, is because the bones were cataloged at a time when she and Booth quit their jobs. I won’t go into how the second Brennan returned she would have gone over each cataloging to make sure everything was done correctly. Let’s just go with it.

There’s a serial killer on the loose
So, the other victim is an unidentified dude. Scavengers ate his face, so even Angela’s magical toys couldn’t do a facial reconstruction. Arastoo also did all of the tests he could to figure out who the guy was, but to no avail. Brennan, in her efforts to always not respect the living, tells Arastoo he did all he could and therefore should not feel guilty the killer is still on the loose.

His conscience is clear, but it appears Brennan is feeling all of it for herself, since she wasn’t there.

Karen the profiler has profiled the killer, and no surprise, he’s super-intelligent, because they all are on these shows. He also may have schizophrenia and is “totally cray-cray.” Yeah, if you were the FBI, wouldn’t you have total confidence in this woman? It turns out she’s only using that term because she’s been reading over Sweets’ old notes, and it said Booth would get annoyed by overly complex and officious-sounding language. Look, smarty-pants, there’s a vast chasm between complex language and condescending language that makes it sound like you’re talking to a three year old. “He’s crazy” would have been more than efficient and not made you sound like, as Aubrey says, a thirteen year old.

And if she’s the profiler, why doesn’t she try and read Booth as opposed to looking at Sweets’ notes? Karen, you’re going to need to step up your game.

Allison served as a mother figure. The killer wanted to be punished, which is why he marked up the Bible that way. Allison, in life, fit the bill for what he needed. A strong, but kind, maternal figure. But then his urge grew stronger, so he double-killed her, in order to be free to go out and murder again.

As for the unidentified dude, they’re going to look through missing persons for a guy who was a pillar of the community. Got that? Me, neither.

Aubrey goes to see Allison’s boss, Neal, who gives up all of her files immediately. Then based on Karen’s recommendation that the killer gave Allison tons of positive attention, Aubrey concentrates on Neal and asks about their relationship. I guess we’re forgetting another guy was murdered the same way. Turns out Neal had strong stalker tendencies, but he’s no killer.

Booth and Brennan head to the home of George Gibbons. Since the picture in the file is Jim Beaver of Supernatural fame (RIP Bobby!), I’m going with him being Mr. Cray-Cray.

He was turned down for being a foster parent due to that pesky kidnapping charge, but though he knew he’d be rejected, he kept going back again for another try, because Allison’s siren song was too beautiful to ignore.

They pull up to a house Criminal Minds would be proud of. Remote location. Broken windows. The smell of possible fetid remains means Booth has probable cause to enter without permission. Cats are everywhere, and it looks like the horror movie version of Hoarders. Brennan finds a necklace belonging to Allison, so I think they’ve wrapped this one up.

There’s a noise that Booth goes upstairs to inspect, and if you didn’t expect a cat scare in a house full of cats, you’d be wrong. But then! A knife to the throat. “Don’t move,” George says. And I think he means it.

Booth takes out his gun and is about to shoot George in the gut, when Brennan comes upstairs. There’s a click, and she tells George it’s a Colt 45 aimed at his head. Only not so much. It’s just a gun noise phone app. WAH WAH.

In and amongst the cockroaches and dirt, Cam finds a high-end watch, which probably belonged to unidentified dude. Angela also finds a video camera.

Only George is not Mr. Cray-Cray, despite his confession. Karen, the worst profiler ever, notices in George’s rambling diary entries that he keeps mentioning blood. She’s confused and wants to know why he had the knife to Booth’s throat and didn’t do the deed. Then she looks at more of his ramblings and deems he has vasovagal syncope. Translation? He faints at the sight of blood. To prove it, Karen SLICES INTO HER PALM. Like, not just a little, tiny cut. But oozing, dripping blood. Seriously. This is a profiler. George promptly faints. So would I, and I don’t have VS. Booth is impressed?

The watch has the initials G.H.S., which stands for Gainesborough High School, where the victim worked as a principal. His name is Douglas Burkhart. His wife is also really calm. She thought he ran off with a student, which, really? Wouldn’t there be some evidence of that? A likely student he ran off with? Fine. He didn’t know George or Allison. But she tells Booth she wants to help.

Angela realizes that the video camera was still transmitting while they were all at the house, so as Angela points out, this “sick individual” knows who they are, and I’m already getting hives, because I smell another Pel*** on the horizon.

Aubrey and Karen put their heads together and figure George is the perfect patsy, and they should ask him who the killer is. Except the killer is holding Charlie hostage. Charlie is, of course, his favorite cat. It seems the real Mr. Cray-Cray has done this before. Like when George brought him the mother figure he asked for, only it wasn’t supposed to trace back to George. And, well, George didn’t follow instructions.

George is afraid to talk, because Cray-Cray, no surprise, is smarter than everybody and will know he talked. Looks like we have another genius, omniscient killer on our hands. More bad news, just as the best lil profiler figures out a way to get the info from him, Aubrey lets her know George hung himself.

Not Solving the Case
Brennan is obsessed. She tells Booth she has to get into the killer’s mind, because they’re very much alike. Booth freaks, but she points out that the dude lived with Allison for six months and didn’t see her as a skeleton. He saw her as a person he could interact with, just as she does. Also no surprise is Brennan’s guilt over Allison’s death and her insistence that, given their track record, she and Booth would have solved Douglas’ murder.

In a scene that’s both horrifying and beautiful, Booth realizes the holes drilled into the skeleton were so he could put screws in there and use string to haul her up and make her into a macabre marionette. He reenacts it, including the bone crunching sounds as they tighten the screws. In a show about dead bodies, this one is particularly weird and unsettling.

In the end, it’s bad news and more bad news. Cam is scared to go home, what with the killer having seen her, and she asks Arastoo to drive her home, right before she admits to breaking up with Sebastian.

And the killer? Once again is nameless and faceless. And Cam has nothing to worry about. He’s focused in on Brennan. Mommy? Is that you?

It’s all coming to a head. See you next episode!

BONES Teasers: A Dangerous New Villain is Introduced

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BONES is introducing a new serial killer this week in an episode that seems much spookier than normal for this show. The episode, titled “Monster in the Closet”, has the team investigating a very strange death. Soon, Arastoo realizes the body is similar to one that was brought in during the time Booth and Brennan had quit their jobs, which leaves Brennan wracked with guilt. She believes if she had been at the Jeffersonian at the time she would have solved the murder and the newest victim would not have been killed.

During a recent conference call with reporters, BONES Executive Producer Michael Peterson talked about this upcoming episode. He addressed the fact that Brennan is wracked with guilt, saying that this episode is one “where we see what Brennan is going through [in terms of] really experiencing guilt for not being there at the time of this murder that takes place and having a feeling of responsibility, where she quit her job and bad things happen when she leaves.  And so I think that helps with her arc.  She’s somebody who’s always been able to separate herself and not become as emotionally attached to elements of the job.  But she realizes the responsibility that she has, and so the way that [she and Booth] both handle that situation will definitely be telling.”

Peterson also hinted that this new villain “is pretty much our big bad for the remainder of the season. So, we will be seeing that person again. And I’m glad [if you thought the episode] was a little bit creepy. That was one I wrote, and it was something that the show lends itself [to] because of Brennan obviously dealing with skeletal remains so much. I had been re-watching a lot of old Hitchcock, and Psycho in particular, and thinking about that movie and then Ed Gein and the people it’s based on and how very similar they are to Brennan in a way, where they’re able to live with remains and see them as still alive. I think Brennan sees these remains a very similar way. And it’s a unique perspective. So, we really wanted to look at the flipside of that coin [from the perpetrator's perspective], and to get a little bit of that nice creepy feel.”

Related: Peterson teases the remainder of season 11

“The inspiration also was — and there’s a little homage to it — there was an X-FILES episode called “Home,” which meant a lot to me. It was one of the big reasons why I wanted to do TV. And they do a great job in that episode of juxtaposing happy music with creepiness, so we do a little homage to that in there also. But, yes, that’s going to be our big bad for this season, and maybe a little bit into Season 12. But we’re still playing around with that.”

Sarah Rue will also be returning as Karen Delfs, an FBI profiler. Peterson expressed a lot of admiration for the character and said she’ll also be appearing in episode 15 as well. “She’s just been a breath of fresh air. David [Boreanaz] and John Boyd especially just love having the interaction with her. And we wanted to make her a little bit different obviously. She has some of the same characteristics as Sweets as far as her background goes, but in a way she’s almost Brennan’s version of a psychologist where she’s more of a behavioralist, so it’s a little bit more of a concrete science than what Sweets was dealing with. She’s on another show called IMPASTOR, and so she got shipped off, and we tried to fit her in for a couple more [episodes] but if possible we’d love to get her back for Season 12.”

“We’re delighted to be able to grab her for three episodes of this year, because she brings a lot — not only for the cases, but we think there’s some great opportunities as far as interplay with her and David and her and John Boyd in particular. So knock on wood, hopefully we’ll get her back for Season 12 and be able to do even more with her.”

Don’t miss an all new episode of BONES tonight (April 28) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

BONES Redux: Our Top 5 Moments From “The Murder of the Meninist”

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Hey, Bones fans! When we last left off, Hodgins received some bad news from the worst doctor ever that he probably would never walk again, and he lied to Angela about it. I’m sure only good results will come from this, as lying to your spouse about major issues is always a good idea. Here are your Bones Top Five Moments!

Brennan the Jinx
Booth has finally gotten Brennan to watch Flyers games with him. The only problem is that since she’s been watching, they’ve been on a losing streak. He deems her bad luck, but as Brennan points out, there is no such thing as luck. Also, it seems that Brennan, the smartest woman in the universe who pays attention to all of the fine details, still can’t get the term “hat trick.” Look! Smart people can’t understand simple concepts!

Aubrey doesn’t help when he confirms jinxes are real.

Booth even offers to take Brennan out to a romantic dinner to get her to not watch the game, but she’s insistent upon watching it.

Hodgins the Terrible
Let’s call him Cranky Hodgins. He’s stopped all of his physical therapy ever since the doctor gave him her chipper no hope speech. And Angela, probably suspicious of Hodgins’ new and improved gung-ho behavior, talked to the doctor directly and found out he has no neural connectivity. Hodgins admits he does have feelings. In addition to Cranky, we can add the rest of the dwarves, Anger, Rage, and Biting Sarcasm.

The Royal Diner isn’t helping matters, with people bumping into his wheelchair and spilling Booth’s coffee. Even Brennan tries to say they should go somewhere else, but Hodgins isn’t having it. He can sense coddling when he hears it and rejects Booth’s offer to watch the game, “Just the guys.” Maybe if he knew Brennan was a jinx…

And his face when he realizes he has to use the new special wheelchair lift…not pretty.

His verbal abuse of Angela is noticed by everyone, even Brennan, so you know it’s bad. Squintern Fuentes also gives it to him with both barrels, and though Hodgins claims he doesn’t want coddling, he does pull the paraplegic card to justify his horrible behavior.

Cam tries to get him involved in an experiment involving pig parts, but it’s a no go, and even though Hodgins tells her it’s going to explode, she immediately opens the door to the glass chamber, and Hodgins gets pelted, thus furthering his humiliation.

In the end, Angela discovers he’s joined a support group for people with spinal cord injuries, but rather than it helping to mellow him out, it’s ramping his anger up to eleven, and after verbally abusing her, he challenges Angela to leave him.

Why, show? WHY?

The Corpse of the Week!
Male burn victim of a supposed car crash. They’ve brought his clunker car into the lab, where…rut roh…Hodgins has to get the serial number off the new carburetor and can’t reach it. I think we just got all of the dwarves in one fell swoop.

His name is Emil Bradford, and it will surprise nobody that he didn’t die by auto accident.

So, it seems Emil was involved in domestic violence, perpetrated by his ex-wife, Gail. Booth and Aubrey, in their usual subtle way, come right out and accuse her of it. At this point she and Hodgins should get together, because she’s the female version of every stereotypical male abuser you’ve ever seen. Though she complains about having to put up with her sad sack husband who never held down a job, he was paying her ten grand a month in alimony from his family money, so it’s unclear why she’s so upset. Also, he started a men’s rights club called Men Now. This oughtta be good…

Angela braves the menosphere and digs through the ravings of middle-aged white men whining about how oppressed they are. They call themselves meninists, and Emil has a lovely video about how feminists are “lez-banese men haters” and their real plot is…wait for it… getting rid of the male species.

Booth and Brennan head over to the Men Now offices, where they’re greeted by…Karen? She’s a lovely woman married to Paul, a piece of work who talks to a bunch of potential members about the abolishment of r*pe shield laws. When he gets to the part about it being okay to r*pe women who dress provocatively, Booth is ready to punch him.

The reason Emil, and the other knuckle draggers, drove junkers is because, according to Karen, feminazis were shattering their car windows left and right. Paul suggests Leah Marino of Women for Change might have killed Emil, and Brennan announces she’s been a member since college. Booth is surprised by this. I’m surprised he’s surprised. Karen is also surprised and announces her displeasure by saying it figures a sexist like Brennan would be a member.

So, Leah stages protests at their offices, mean tweets about Emil, and the “b*tch” even hacked their website. Sigh. After Leah assumes the hotel where she’s protesting sent THE FBI to arrest her, Booth winds up having to take her in to get their questions answered.

It seems Leah was only fighting back, because Emil would show up at her home and work, yelling at her through a bullhorn. She was about to get a restraining order, when it stopped a couple of weeks earlier.

The reason why he stopped bothering her? Men Now decided to target Pamela Gould, who performs circumcisions, and they were building a class action lawsuit against her. Turns out she did bash up Emil’s car with her tire iron but didn’t do the same to his head. In addition, she and Emil had a nice talk, and he apologized to her. He said she made him see the error of his ways, and he would disband Men Now. Well, she is the first non-annoying suspect.

It turns out that not only was Emil with Karen the night of his death, but she wrote that stuff about turning over a new leaf, to help members lie in order to not get their face bashed in. During her interrogation, Paul comes barging in with lawyers and tells Karen to keep her damn mouth shut. Up until this point, Brennan was saying Men Now had brought up some valid issues. But when Brennan tells Karen she shouldn’t let her husband speak to her that way, Paul says Booth should put a muzzle on her, because, “All b*tches need to be muzzled some time.”

As Booth gets ready to make good on his threat of hitting Paul, Brennan warns him he could lose his job, so she decks Paul. But she does it in front of lawyers, who immediately bring up filing charges against her for assault. Because yeah, slugging people is still against the law, even if you’re a brilliant scientist.

Solving the Case
It turns out Emil and Karen weren’t having an affair. She worked at a home security company and helped Emil break into his ex-wife’s house.

You see, Gail was having some renovation work done on her house, and Emil was there to find proof she was shacking up with the contractor, so he wouldn’t have to pay alimony. Said contractor comes out of hiding and says he wants to tell them the truth, but Gail suddenly turns into the helpless female and says it was all Mr. Contractor’s fault, and she went along, because she thought he would kill her. Yeah, see, you should have gone with timid from the get-go. Also, the contractor says she hits him, because of course.

Reversing the Jinx
This is love. Brennan prepares snacks all beginning with the letter F and wears a rally hat. She also tells Booth to reverse his shirt and his pants. Booth does none of that, but they do argue as to which F snack he should eat first and Brennan’s level of enthusiasm furthering the jinx.

That’s it! I hope this Hodgins situation doesn’t drag on for much longer, but I have a feeling it will get worse before it gets better, and that he’ll be more reckless and make his situation worse. Next week it looks like they’re introducing another Big Bad. I hope he’s not another Pel—NOPE! Not gonna say it.

BONES Teasers: Seeing the World From Hodgins’ POV & Delving Into the Meninist Movement

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The team delves into the Meninist movement in this week’s BONES and Brennan gets uncharacteristically angry when she learns more about the group’s beliefs.

When the team finds a body in a car crash, they learn that the remains belong to a founder of a men’s rights organization who may have been the victim of domestic abuse. During a recent call with reporters, executive producer Michael Peterson said “if you do anything that’s sensitive [on TV] you’re going to get some kickback. But it was just such an eye opener. When we bring up subject matters we don’t want to go into territory that every other show has done, and so this was one that was pretty fresh feeling to me. And so when I started learning about more the details of it, it was just so right for our show, where we have all these characters who have such opposing points of view, and it opens up a great conversation. And I think good TV should do that. We open up interesting conversations and I just found the whole thing fascinating.”

“As a man I also found it very amusing. By the time we got to the point where people are suing over being circumcised I just couldn’t stop laughing. It just seemed amazing. But I thought that was fascinating, and then also the women who support the Meninist movement. So, you know you have a good episode on your hands with the more research that you do the more fascinating it becomes. It just seemed ripe for a BONES episode, so we just ran towards it. And I’m sure there will be some interesting talkback, but I love a good conversation. We welcome any feedback that comes from it.”

Related: EP Michael Peterson gives teasers for season 11

Peterson also said that episode 12 is a special one “where we really get to see the world through Hodgins’ new point of view, where we see him going through the lab, he’s at a different height, he’s at a different level, he’s looking around the lab, all the things that he cannot do that he used to just take for granted.  And so it was a question that became a wonderful opportunity, and so we built this elevator for him, and Antoine, who directed that, just did a magnificent job.  And we got to understand his new perspective before really seeing him become angry [about his new situation], and I think it gave great empathy for him.” Be prepared for a lot of anger from Hodgins in this episode. He’s overly snappy with people around him, especially Angela, who takes the brunt of her anger because she just wants to help him.

BONES airs on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

BONES Redux: Our Top 5 Moments From “The Death In The Defense”

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Hola, Bones fans! When last we left the gang, a bunch of highly trained doctors forgot to tell Hodgins not to take aspirin in case he had a spinal cord injury after a body exploded all over him, which he did, so he thinned out his blood, got a hematoma, and he’s now paralyzed.

Also, Arastoo came back and told Cam he realized he was in love with her, just as she was getting on with her life with the awesome and handsome Sebastian Kohl.

Let’s get on with it. Here are your Bones Top Five Moments!

Hodgins and his new accessory, a wheelchair.
So, Hodgins is still Hodgins, in that he’s always upbeat, even as he’s being lowered into a wheelchair, ready to leave the hospital. His doc says she will keep an eye on his lumbar nerves for signs of regeneration, and Hodgins swears he felt the tinglies in his feet just that morning.

He’s also told to take it slow, meaning no work, as the hematoma crushed, but did not sever, the nerves in his lower spine, which means that he could cause further damage, like, oh, not being able to move above the waist or breathe on his own.

Of course, Booth is on board with Hodgins going home and how things are getting back to normal, while Brennan is all Debbie Downer, WAH WAH, and predicts it’s likely Hodgins will never walk again. Booth has some experience with this kind of thing, what with his experience with wounded soldiers, and says the emotional recovery is almost as difficult as the physical, so Hodgins needs to have hope.

And even though Aubrey essentially saved Hodgins, he seems to feel guilty, but Caroline puts him in his place. When they have her just be Caroline like that, all mothery and not taking any crap, it warms my heart. And Aubrey’s.

Hodgins manages to get himself a newfangled electronic bike device that moves his legs for him. He’s thrilled that he can work and do physical therapy at the same time, while Cam reminds him her liability doesn’t cover that. And with all of his newfangled contraptions, I’m surprised his wheelchair is manual.

The Corpse of the Week!
Oh, thanks Bones show for bringing Wendell in for this episode. And he has a beard! I can still see your baby face, dude. Sorry.

I’m so glad he’s been studying blow flies, because, ugh, gross. I guess they needed another bug expert with Hodgins in recovery mode. No matter, though, because Hodgins literally rides in to save the day and correct Wendell about time of death.

And so much for recovery, because he’s working the case. Yeah, if anybody thought Hodgins was going to chill at home, you haven’t been watching Bones.

It seems Tropical Storm Bertha has played havoc not only with the time of death determination but has also washed away some of the bones they’ll be needing, and with Hodgins an expert in forensics and earth sciences, it looks like he’s needed on the case. I guess breathing on his own isn’t too important, anyway.

The corpse is Andrea (Drea) Torres, who was an attorney with the public defender’s office.

RE: Hodgins. Here’s how it’s going to go:

Everyone: Hodgins, you’re pushing yourself too much, you need to go home.

Hodgins: Just one more thing…

Everyone: No. Okay.

He can’t get his wheelchair where he says the bones wound up, so Wendell goes to the bones and straps a camera to his hat, while Hodgins remains safely at the lab. Hodgins helps him find the bones, and Wendell says, “King of the Lab” which seems to stab Hodgins right in the gut. Oopsie.

As for the public defender’s office, we’re introduced to Tim Watkins, intern/IT support/investigator, who takes them to Alex Pollack, Senior Public Defender. Booth sees a picture that makes him hint Pollack and Drea may have been closer than employer/employee.

When they find cocaine in Drea’s system, Hodgins sees this as all systems go, until Cam finally tells him he’s off the case. I’m sure Hodgins won’t be affected by that at all. When Angela skypes him while he’s at home with all of his fancy physical therapy equipment and talks about the case, that really doesn’t help, either, if his kicked puppy expression is any indication.

Drea’s boss, Pollack, was totally cool with the cocaine issue. And after some threatening from Aubrey, he admits he knows Drea got the drugs from a DJ.

Instead of cocaine up Drea’s nose, they found part of the scale of a Woma Python. Ew. Conveniently , there’s a DJ Woma, so, ya know, way to make it easy for the investigators. He’s all, “Who?” for three seconds before he admits he knows her. He got pushy, so she sucker punched him, and he said, “Hey, you gotta go.” So, not the he-man sort, this DJ Woma. She walked home in a bad neighborhood where Alex Pollack also lives.

During lunch with Cam, once again Booth and Brennan have an argument over Hodgins having hope versus a misguided sense of optimism, with Booth clearly making the case that it should be Hodgins’ choice as to whether he works or not.

Oh, hey, remember Tim? One of his jobs was IT. And it turns out, Drea had spyware on her computer. She must have suspected her computer wasn’t safe, but rather than getting a program to check for the spyware and remove it, she chose to instead never access social media on it. I suppose those bank account passwords weren’t important. Tim says he did it to protect her, but that’s all he says, because I guess working in a law office taught him something, and he asks for a lawyer.

Whoopsie. They found blood in the dumpster directly under Pollack’s balcony that matches Drea’s. And Pollack told Tim to put that spyware on Drea’s computer. Alex is a lawyer, so he double and triple talks Booth to death.

It also turns out that Wendell has been sneakily skyping with Hodgins, which is how he got the python info. Angela comes home to put the kibosh on that, but all Hodgins has to do is get her to remember why she loves him, which all ties to his work at the lab, so she folds like a cheap card table.

Solving the Case
Pollack tried really hard to stop them, but Booth and Brennan finally make it into his apartment to find he painted the railing. Fortunately, he didn’t paint the nail embedded in there, and that’s where Brennan finds Drea’s blood

Though he’s a lawyer, and he’s been able to block them at every turn, the second Booth turns his steely gaze on Pollack, he’s immediately a five year old caught stealing candy. He cops to telling Drea he loved her, and she didn’t take it too well, what with the boss/employee relationship they had. There was a struggle, there was a wine glass to the head, and over the railing she went.

It’s Good and Bad News for Hodgins
So, Cam goes to see Hodgins and admits she sent him home more for herself than him. Seems she feels guilty for letting Hodgins work immediately after the explosion, even though she knew he was hurt. She feels that if she’d sent him home, he wouldn’t have wound up in the wheelchair. Booth’s talk about choices has paid off, though, as she okays Hodgins to come back.
The bad news? It seems Hodgins is not getting better. The doctor tells him he probably won’t recover, but he totally lies to Angela about it and says she told him everything was great.

This is so not good.

Love and Faith
Brennan once again learns some lessons about love and faith. Her “I’m going to hug you now” to Angela, was pretty great, because she picked up that Angela was hurting and wanted to comfort her. I love remembering how these guys are besties, despite their radically different personalities.

Also, she and Booth find a picture Christine drew of a skeleton that has a definite Jack Skellington feel to it. Brennan says she wants Christine to grow up to have faith, which is nice, but Brennan is still Brennan, and she wants to make the picture anatomically accurate before Booth displays it at work.

BONES: EP Michael Peterson on Hodgins & Angela’s Marriage, Special Episodes & the Rest of Season 11

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BONES is returning with all new episodes after an extended hiatus and Hodgins’ paralysis after an explosion in the mid-season finale will be a big focus of the return episode, as well as the remainder of the season. The show will also be doing a documentary-style episode, bringing back a guest star for the finale and showing upcoming trials and tribulations for Hodgins and Angela.

During a recent call with reporters, Executive Producer Michael Peterson doled out teasers for the remainder of season 11.

The Impact of Hodgins’ Paralysis. “We really wanted to make sure that this was something that, it wasn’t like Matthew on DOWNTON ABBEY where it was very quick and done.  And we really wanted to make sure it affected everybody.  So, I’m glad that that radiated when you were watching it. It’s such a wonderful, and I always thank Hart for [this] — we call it the DNA that he put into this show — of making such dynamic characters with such opposing points of view, and I think this really brought it out. From the first episode it’s really about the different viewpoints. Booth is much more about the hope [about Hodgins' diagnosis], and Brennan is looking strictly at the science of the situation, which is not so hopeful. And then it really from there takes off because we want to make sure Hodgins, he gets to feel every different emotion that comes when you have this sort of tragedy. So, a little bit in denial at the beginning and then we see some anger coming out later on. I think he did a tremendous job. But, yes we didn’t want to shortchange it. If we were going to go for this, we wanted to go for it full hog.”

Hodgins and Angela’s Growing Family. The couple decided they wanted to try and have another child before Hodgins ended up paralyzed, but has the situation derailed their plans? “We’re definitely going to be exploring that. I think the first thing that Hodgins has to do is he has to go to a place of acceptance before he can move forward in any other capacity for his relationship with Angela, moving on with having additional children, and anything else in his life he just has to get to a place where he is accepting of this injury and the new limitations. And so that I think is his biggest journey, is to get there.”

Will Angela Be Tempted? “[Episode] 14 is also going to be a big episode as far as Hodgins and Angela, and where they’re going. Because with everything that’s going on with him it’s also this Crucible moment for Angela, where we’ve introduced this character at the beginning of the season [Sebastian Kohl], who’s her photographer/mentor and it’s this glimpse into another life that she could have had if she had taken off and been more [of] the artist. And so it’s going to be tough on everybody. There’s going to be temptations for Angela, temptations for Hodgins, and hopefully we’ll do it all in the correct way, so still showing restraint. But it’s not an issue that’s going to be resolved easily.”

Related: Michael Peterson teases season 12 and the series finale

Mid-Life Crisis. We saw Booth going through a bit of a mid-life crisis earlier this season, but overall that seems to have been dealt with. “Booth’s going to have some other little crises that are worse than a midlife crisis.  We have one episode coming up where he almost finds himself becoming something of a squint, and nothing more horrifying to Booth than to find himself behaving in a squint-like manner.  So, we’re going to give him some little tests, as far as that kind of stuff goes.  But I do think an injury, when you see somebody else suffering in a real life way, it helps put everything in perspective.  So, definitely Hodgins’ injury is going to help Booth as far as that goes.”

Undercover Episodes. “There won’t be for the rest of [season 11], but absolutely for season 12.  We love doing them and we just think we’ve found a good one for season 12.  But we’re going to hold off to do that.  We usually do about one a year, so, yes, we’ll save one more for season 12.”

Documentary-Style Episode. “Another episode that we’re very excited about is episode 18 that’s coming up.  It’s more of a documentary style one.  It’s our cross between MODERN FAMILY and MAKING OF A MURDERER.  And what’s fun there is we do get to lift up the curtain and see behind the scenes, so a big reason why I wanted to do is to be able to get into some of this relationship stuff as far as our leads go.  And we get to learn a little bit more about their past.  It’s not a standard episode and we really wanted to do it as a tribute to the fans, of just saying, there are some things people wanted to know about our characters, and here’s our opportunity to do a documentary style episode where we can tell you a little bit more than usual.”

Cam and Arastoo. “I think we’ll see a lot more with what’s going on with her and Arastoo as the season progresses.  And hopefully she won’t always be unlucky [in love].  We’re going to see some movements.  But Cam, she definitely marches to the beat of her own drum, and I don’t think her relationship with Arastoo is going to follow the model of Brennan, or Hodgins and Angela.  It’s going to move its own way.  There are a couple more twists and turns as far as that goes, but we’re going to see a lot more.  At the beginning of the season it looked like Arastoo might be gone, but his relationship with Cam is more important than anything else for him.”

Guest Stars for Season 11. They’re currently getting ready to shoot the finale (with star David Boreanaz directing) and Ryan O’Neal will reprise his role as Brennan’s father. Peterson also said “I think the one that most excited David Boreanaz was we have an episode with some hockey elements to it, so Jeremy Roenick is going to be in that one. He’s beyond thrilled about that. We also have Parker coming back [in episode 16] so it’s more of a family affair here of getting Parker back, Max’s back, and people like that.”

The Season 11 Finale. “At the end of the season we’re going to be leaning towards a cliffhanger that’s obviously going to be a big effect on Booth and Brennan and it’s going to lead us strongly into season 12.”

BONES airs on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

BONES Sneak Peeks: Hodgins’ New Reality

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After 8 weeks in a rehab hospital, Hodgins is ready to go home when BONES returns this week. He believes he’s felt tingling in his feet and has hope for a more complete recovery, but his doctor is cautious and wants him to take things slow.

Booth and Brennan, meanwhile, disagree on Hodgins’ overall situation. Booth is happy he’s being released and also has hope that Hodgins’ situation could improve, but Brennan is looking at the science of the situation and believes that Hodgins doesn’t have much hope of recovering his mobility.

The team is presented with a new case involving the death of a public defender and Hodgins asks to come back to work to help. Both Angela and Cam are cautious about him following his doctor’s orders, but Hodgins wants to continue to feel useful. And when he comes up against his limitiations in terms of going back in to the field, he still needs to help however he can.

Don’t miss the return of BONES on April 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

BONES: Executive Producer Michael Peterson Looks Ahead to the Final Season

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The BONES writers are already talking about the end of the series. Fox renewed the show for a shortened, 12-episode twelfth season and the writers are starting to break episodes for the final run. During a recent call with reporters, executive producer Michael Peterson talked about looking ahead to season 12.

“We really want this to be a grand ride-off into the sunset for the final 12 episodes for next season. And we will want to bring back as many guest cast as humanly possible and whoever is available. We’d love to get Cyndi [Lauper] back. We don’t have Betty [White] coming back for the second half of this season but we would love to have her come back next season. We have one episode in particular that we’re getting ready for for season 12 — we’re already starting to look at how we would break season 12 and we’d love her back for that. I think it’s going to be episode 3 next year. But we’re leaving it wide open.”

In terms of the actual series finale, Peterson said that “[he], Jon Collier, Stephen Nathan and Hart Hanson, we’re going to have breakfast soon. We have sort of the broad strokes of what we’re going to do for next season, but [creator] Hart is going to write the finale for the series, is what it looks like right now. So we’re really excited about that. He has a vision for how he wants the whole thing to end, which I am not privy to yet. So I can’t wait to sit down and see how we can incorporate it with everything else we have planned.”

BONES returns with all new episodes on Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

BONES Renewed for Final Shortened Season

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BONES is currently on an extended hiatus until April 14, but Fox has renewed the show for a 12th and final season. Here’s the twist though: there will only be 12 episodes instead of the usual 22+.

Stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel’s contracts were up at the end of this season, but the pair have agreed to return for a shortened final season.

Showrunners Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson (who took over the show this season) will also be returning for the final season.

“In times like these, marked by instability and doubt, it’s comforting to know the world can count on at least one dependable beacon of stability. Apparently, that beacon is BONES,” said creator and executive producer Hart Hanson. “It just shows what you can do with an amalgam of genius cast, amazing crew, cunning writers, stalwart studio, sweat, a tough economy, a mercurial network, determination, luck, magic, miracles and the most loyal audience in the world.”

“This is for the fans! Thank you to everyone at Fox and, of course, Dana and Gary – for all your support,” said series star and producer David Boreanaz. “Thank you to Hart, Stephen, Ian [Toynton], Michael and Jonathan. Also to the crew and cast for their countless support along the way! And I couldn’t have done it without you, Emily!”

“I am thrilled the show will have the ending it deserves for all of our amazing, loyal fans!,” added series star and producer Emily Deschanel.

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