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Bones Review: No Room at the Inn

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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!

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I just hate this show it got so dumb and stupid just like dumb and dumber.they should combine this with csi miami then it will be really dumb...

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Brennan is a character (meaning like So-and-so's a real character). That's much of the fun of the show. Remember how she watched the "documentary" series on the Guido tribe and tried to deal with Jersey people in anthopology terms? Or how she listens to what Booth tells her (like about how young adults have to do dumb things in order to grow regarding his brother going to India) and applies what he says as if he's a life professor? I'm not so sure she'd care too much about being "cool," but I had no trouble with her wanting to have the baby in private where she had complete control and could experience child birth scientifically without anyone else butting in -- or her total reliance on her "truth" that she could walk through a prison riot safely. Brennan has to be Brennan -- or the show isn't any fun.

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I have been searching the schedules since January waiting for this episode, and it was worth waiting for. (Although Bones threatened to squat and give birth on the front lawn, I noticed that she didn't use an upright position to give birth. Surely she knows she should have.) I almost wished she had given the baby Avalon as a middle name, since her prediction came true. (Must have been a coincidence, right?) But "Angela" makes sense, just as Angela would have given a daughter the middle name of "Temperance." This is one of my favorite series, and it lives up to its promise.

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I honestly loved the episode, but I have to admit I was looking forward to more hugs and kisses between booth and bones. It was funny and the ep. Was well written but there were some disappointing moments. But over all I thought it did great!

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WOW I don't know what you were watching but I thought this was one of the best Bones Shows I seen yet it had everything you wanted from start to finish great acting the crime plot was very good deep for some people Iwill watch it again because I taped it and see what I missed that always good. And the party at the end was great what more do you want? Crime danger Love and they act just like any couple argue. Good job to the writers theydid a great job. bring on the next Show!!!!!!!!!!!!

Symph2001

Finally caved and got Netflix and re-watched the Pilot of Bones. The show now is nothing like what I enjoyed in the beginning. They've become caricatures of themselves. I was SO looking forward to Bones coming back and found myself doing anything and everything to not watch it last night. Dishes, laundry, dusting...... I was bored with Bones. A sentence I never thought I'd type........

Frank-lee-meidere

Bones has changed so slowly from a smart, funny forensics show into a cartoon parody that I never even noticed. Oh, wait. Yes I did. Seriously -- she endangers the baby by tearing through a crowd of prisoners, assuming she's completely safe because criminals don't hurt children or pregnant women? A woman dedicated to science would rather have the baby at home, where a simple thing like a breech birth can result in death, rather than trust hospitals -- which are responsible fro bringing down the incidence of infant mortality hundreds of percent? A group of wine connoisseurs is so snobby that they refuse to help a woman going through labour, and don't even bother calling the hospital after shoving her into the horse stall? Please tell me this is the last season and that this show won't embarrass itself even further.

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I don't know. I still don't see the real chemistry between Brennan and Booth. I was so disappointed when they didn't show any real romantic interludes before she was pregnant. Where were the soul searching kisses, hugs, etc. Just that one scene in the bed that was lukewarm at best.
Even after the baby was born, no real emotion was shown between them as far as I saw. Maybe I am a romantic, but PLEASE show some real emotion if we are to believe this.

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Loved everything but prison riot scene, had to roll my eyes on that one...Where were the guards? Anyway fantastic to see Bones again and Christine Angela is adorable!!! :o)

Farsia2010

on an off note i did get a little pissed that Brennan risked walking through all the prisoners on a vague belief that they have a code, she risked her baby and i don't find it entertaining though the result was. there is a line between fearlessness and stupidity. what about the criminals who are rapists or murderers of children, they wouldn't think twice about hitting a woman even if pregnant, plus sb could have hit her accidentally.

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