Thursdays 8:00 PM on FOX
Bones

Bones Review: No Room at the Inn

by at . Comments

Following a brief federal prison riot and a heated debate over religion, mythology, germs and birthing venues, Bones and Booth welcomed a beautiful baby daughter at the end of tonight's watershed installment.

The arrival of Christine Angela Booth was sure to make for a memorable episode, but there was no guarantee it would be outstanding. You can thank show-runners Stephen Nathan and Hart Hanson for that.

"The Prisoner in the Pipe" delivered in every respect, blending laugh-out-loud humor with a heavy dose of heart and the backdrop of a murder case that, while an afterthought, still wasn't phoned in.

Considering that we knew the ending - and many details - in advance, the expectations were exceedingly high for this evening, and Hanson and Nathan deserve even more credit for coming through.

Pregnant Brennan Photo

This may sound like a press release for the show, but it really was that good. Not even Fox's inadvertent sabotaging of the show with repeated schedule changes could take away from this.

Hopefully, with tonight's terrific chapter - its first on Monday night and only the seventh of Season 7 - kicking off the spring run and Bones renewed for Season 8, some normalcy will begin to sink in.

To put it in perspective, we learned Brennan was pregnant last May, yet she gave birth tonight, more than 10 months later! Rarely do things take longer to unfold in the TV universe than they would in real life.

At least it was worth the wait, as "The Prisoner in the Pipe" brought the laughs early and often, starting with B-squared's hospital tour and their repeated squabbling over where she should give birth.

To further her case for having a home birth, Brennan busted out the black light to prove that a hospital, while theoretically the safest venue, is essentially a petri dish of disease and blood stains.

It doesn't get much funnier than Brennan's blunt descriptions of female anatomy, or Booth lashing out against soccer and evil cappuccino makers when he feels like he's losing control of his life.

In a way, little has changed since the old days for the crime-solving tandem, except that she's lost 8-10 IQ points and is enormously pregnant, proving limitless material, both humorous and serious.

These circumstances also manifested themselves during the case, perhaps most memorably when the sea of prisoners parted during a full-on riot to ensure that pregnant Brennan wasn't in harm's way.

That would just be sacrilegious, after all.

Brennan and Booth in Prison

The way Booth and Brennan clash over specific details (where to live, where to have the baby) and broader concepts (science vs. faith) has defined the seven episodes since they became expectant parents.

As such, the show has remained true to itself despite altering the relationship of its two leads in a way that once seemed incomprehensible. A commendable achievement, if you stop and think about it.

It's obvious that Booth and Brennan are going to make this work, and not just for Christine. There will continue to be (hilarious) arguments, but they've both grown significantly as their romance blossoms.

This was clear even before their little angel was born in a manger. Booth's "I love you" outside the prison was as special as any moment in the show's history, and wasn't even a major plot point.

As for the actual birth scene - with no room at the inn near Jamestown, and Brennan forced to deliver in a nearby barn - would've been unacceptably cheesy on any other show, yet was vintage Bones.

The writers have consistently done a wonderful job of tackling increasingly weighty subjects, yet striking the right balance with the show's comedic strengths and not taking things too seriously.

Having said that, could Christine have been introduced any other way?

Welcome, Baby Booth!

The best thing about the sign saying WELCOME STAPES, for the smallest bone in the human body, is that knowing Brennan, you had to wonder for a split second if that were the actual name.

Fortunately, it's not, and after she introduced Christine Angela (named for Temperance's mom, and best friend) to the team, the closing montage was tear-inducing, ending an A-plus hour on a perfect note.

The case of the week, while clearly secondary to everything else playing out, still offered its share of mystery and noteworthy scenes, from paper shivs to acid baths and a poor man's Bernie Madoff.

Besides, as Brennan noted, at least she worked her last case before becoming a parent in an accredited health care facility. Remarkably, this did not do much to assuage Booth.

Next week, we'll begin the next chapter of this saga, with B&B and their new arrival as a family unit. How will that go? I have absolutely no idea, but can't wait to find out.

A few other observations and Bones quotes before turning it over to your comments:

  • Any parent attempting to toilet train their toddler after watching this week's opening "body find" may have a hard time doing so with a straight face. 
  • Good to see Daisy back this week, and still as aroused as ever by Sweets. Always fun to see the Sweets-Booth bromance in effect as well.
  • Best line: "She'll do it. She'll squat down right here on the lawn." - Booth, to innkeeper
  • Second place: "You're not getting anywhere near my cervix, Ms. Wick." - Brennan

What did you think of this week's Bones? Sound off below!

Review

Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
  • 5.0 / 5.0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
User Rating:

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (357 Votes)

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

Tags: ,
Avatar

Hodgins with a maggot in his neck? I have watched this show since the beginning. This was the most disgusting thing ever.
Emily, what were you thinking?

Avatar

I absolutely love the series but i follow more closely the Angela-Hodgins affair. But the filming crew needs to be more careful when filming shots, they show bones baby with the umbilical cord attached on bones then in the corner of the camera you see the baby's clean belly button, another instance is when they arrest the guy who killed the coupon lady in the supermarket. Booth cuffed him but when he turned around the guy was holding his hands quite far apart and you could see him holding the cuffs in his hands. This is like the guy who forgot to remove his rolex in the brave heart medieval battle scene!!!!

Avatar

I love the show but this scene was totally inappropriate. I'm sick to my stomach that they would use Christ's birth as a joke for Bones/Booth's baby. Bones criticizes Christianity all the time. I am so offended. They wouldn't do that to Islam or other faiths. I would expect better from Fox. I'm done. That was sick.

Avatar

I've waited for this episode for so long. To be honest, it's a bit disappointing. The actors were great but I found it annoying and stupid as hell for Bones to be running around prisoners who are punching the living daylights out of each other and not get hit. I mean, if you want to punch a guy so bad would you care to look around for a pregnant lady? Geez. The baby in the manger (who ended up being named CHRISTine) plot was "eh" at best. The negative reaction may be from the long break from the last episode but then again...

Solofia

I loved this episode; I wanted to watch it so bad that i stayed up until 1:30 reading live tweets from the episode, couldn't fall asleep until 3 and woke up at seven and waited until 8 for my mom to go to work so i could watch the episode on-line without distractions besides the pack of Pringles and the left over candy from last week which served as breakfast.
I was liking the episode and chuckled a few times and then we got to the last 8 minutes... sooooooooooooooooo sweet! Especially the birth! I wonder how i didn't cry...

Avatar

Loved the Brennen-Booth back and forth, but I had to wonder. Do they really let prisoners clean mailboxes in huge vats of hydrochloric acid? Seems chancy to me.

Avatar

Well I thought they were going to kill this show with the short season, but I see that it was renewed for next season. I did like this episode. I did not find it cheesy. I don't think Brennan always makes sense with her choices, so her not wanting the baby born in a hospital is plausible to me. She is highly intelligent, people who are don't always show common sense in their decisions. There are a lot of germs in a hospital, no matter how clean it looks, people who go there are sick, what do you expect. I do feel that the show is coming to an end, even though they renewed it for next season, perhaps that's the last one. It does usually happen when they get 2 of the leads together, it tends to fizzle out after that. I will still watch, but I do agree to a point that the writing has hit a lull. That's what happens with shows that have been on for so many years.

Avatar

I love this show, but I thought it was cheesy.
Unrealistic she had that baby in an "inn".
I do love how they have managed to keep both characters as themselves with the bantering and arguing. I love it. It felt very organic and real the way they have been able to become a couple.
Good job on the writers and actors. I have been very impressed with how they have done that.

Avatar

Loved it.. Cant wait for next episode

Sue-ann

@ Frank Lee MeiDere No, and I have not been keeping track of the names of the writers of each episode. It would be interesting to see whether any remain from the early years. I miss the show that it used to be.

×