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Bones Season Finale Review: Hunted

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It can be a terrible thing when the past comes back to haunt you.

For Brennan, Booth and the rest of the Jeffersonian team, "The Past in the Present" amounted to a whole lot of evidence pointing to Bones as the culprit in the murder of her friend, Ethan Sawyer.

We all knew that Bones would deliver nothing short of an epic, albeit heartbreaking, season finale.

Booth, Brennan and Baby

It all started with tech baddie Christopher Pelant's parole hearing. Booth was right. He was a menace to society and he needed to remain under house arrest.

The unfortunate part about it is that even under house arrest Pelant was a menace to society. If anything, he should have been locked up in solitary confinement without possibility of seeing the light of day.

It scares me what all Pelant can do with a computer, and not even just computers - technology in general! How on earth was he able to hack their cell phones?!?

I think it was particularly creepy when Booth's phone rang and it was the sound of wolves after they had just found Ethan Sawyer dead, apparently gnawed on by wolves. I felt terrible for Brennan, especially when it came out that she had consulted Ethan on the Pelant case the last time.

Then there was all that evidence that just miraculously began to pile up against Brennan, from time-stamped security footage to the samples found in the back of Brennan's car.

Angela, Booth

Things got harder and harder as the episode went on.

Angela just loves Brennan so much that she wouldn't hear anything about the evidence against her and did everything in her power to make sure that Brennan wouldn't got to jail. But I couldn't help wondering if some of the things she was doing, like attempting to give Brennan an alibi for the night the tape was timestamped for, weren't potentially going to make it worse for Brennan.

Then again, Cam really was doing the hardest thing she has likely ever had to do. I don't think we've seen her cry that often, if ever. The fact she bawled over the evidence that really put the final nail in Brennan's coffin almost had me in tears as well. Mr. Julian was right, though: Cam was the hero in all of this. Who knew how bad things could have been if she had withheld that information from the investigation?

Getting Heated

Pelant knew exactly how to push everyone's buttons. And he hit all the right ones. Calling Booth and making it sound like it was Brennan was genius, and it got Booth riled up such that he assaulted Pelant and got himself and Brennan taken off the case.

My favorite moment during that part of the episode was when Flinn came to Brennan's house and tried to execute the search warrant that has the wrong house address on it. Of course, Ms. Julian transposed the numbers! She was buying them more time!

In the midst of all the Pelant drama, there was still a matter of Christine's christening. That was such a great moment for them, as sad as it eventually ended up being, with Brennan leaving Booth to escape her inevitable arrest. I can only begin to imagine the impact this will have on the investigation and her future.

They have made it through worse. The Gravedigger case proved similarly trying for the Jeffersonian team, especially when it came down to being impeached on the stand during the trial and accused of being too close to the case. There's no way they won't find a way to prove her innocent eventually, just as they eventually found a way to convince the jury that Taffet was guilty.

In fact, in the episode's final minutes, that solution, embedded in those strange characters on Sawyer's wall, may give them just that!

Though a truncated season, Bones sure made the most of the episodes they had. It will be a long and painful wait until they return in the fall. Did you love this season finale as much as I did? What do you expect upon the show's return?

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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I hated aspects of this episode--so sad, with Booth desolate and even little Christine sad as Brennan drives them away, but it is an intricate plot and a whale of a story. Max was right--if she got caught into the tentacles of the system, she would never get free. And she doesn't want to be separated from her baby, like Max and her mom were forced to do with her and Russ. She did get to reaffirm her love to Booth, and gave him the joy of knowing his little one is now safely baptized into the Catholic Church--something very important to a devout Catholic like Booth. And Max was able to remind Booth that he was better at dropping out of sight than Booth would be, and that Booth's job is to take Pelant down so his family can safely return. It is a great story! And I think we were given a relatively lighthearted season to help us survive this dark storyline this Summer till we can see the rest of the story play out in the Fall. I, for one, am grateful for that!

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I don't think this season was as good as the previous seasons so I just don't watch much of it anymore. The plots have gotten more and more strange over time. Most of the season finale was just not plausible.

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Well, Dennis, go watch NCIS! You didn't see the part where Angela figured out how Pelant did his computer stuff! He subbed his codes into the spots where libraries scan the book codes into their systems, and that's how he got his codes out there to do his dirty work! Maybe you should watch the whole episode before you make pronouncements. I just watched it again to watch Pelant setting up his clock to replace for the one at B&B's home. But I still can't figure out if it is some kind of explosive device or something that allows him to transmit what is said there--oooh, so Booth be careful! You know, Pelant supposedly didn't know "anatomy", but he's been reading up on LOTS of subjects, and he's very bright, so Angela will help by analyzing the types of materials he read, and now they have the message from Brennan's friend, which I'm sure will help too. And Booth is free to pursue this outside the FBI boundaries, along with the Jeffersonian crew. I hated aspects of this episode--so sad, with Booth desolate and even little Christine sad as Brennan drives them away, but it is an intricate plot and a whale of a story. Max was right--if she got caught into the tentacles of the system, she would never get free. And she doesn't want to be separated from her baby, like Max and her mom were forced to do with her and Russ. She did get to reaffirm her love to Booth, and gave him the joy of knowing his little one is now safely baptized into the Catholic Church--something very important to a devout Catholic like Booth. And Max was able to remind Booth that he was better at dropping out of sight than Booth would be, and that Booth's job is to take Pelant down so his family can safely return. It is a great story! And I think we were given a relatively lighthearted season to help us survive this dark storyline this Summer till we can see the rest of the story play out in the Fall. I, for one, am grateful for that!

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I haven't watched this show much this year. It has some of problems most shows get when they're on for a while - they get crazier and crazier plots. I turned it off half way through this episode. No way it was even remotely possible what that guy was supposed be doing. Changing ring codes?
Changing time stamps? Bones missing a needle punction??

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I turned it off half way through. I know alot of stuff on tv could never happen in real life[ I still like NCIS LA!]

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This was a terrible finale! The best part was Cam crying over the evidence against Brennan but other than that? It was so played up about Booth may or may not be returning and i didn't see anything that would have led to that conclusion. It was so out of character for Brennan to just take off especially with Christine after all she has said and been through because of her Dad and brother doing the same thing! I was expecting so much more.

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i throught this show was great. i almost did not watch it because i did not like the other shows. but i did . it was great, i hope next years show has the same.

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I almost changed channels several times - it was so emotional watching clue after clue point to Bones. Pelant needs to be caught and in an amazing way after all he's done. I agree with others - I WANT ZACK BACK!

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OK, we all know things will work out, I can't wait to see how. If push came to shove I am convinced that Max would kill Palant for his daughter and grandchild. The next season can't come quick enough.

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Thought this was a great season finale, but it was hard to watch because of all the powerful emotions going through the whole cast...very well acted, though, and I thought Angela did a particularly fine job doing her best to keep her friend out of jail. I sincerely hope next season that they rally all the 'squinterns' including Zack, and use their expertise to get Brennan off the hook and nail that bastard Pelant, who needs to be locked away in a padded cell for the rest of his life, if not put on death row. I imagine Booth will be beside himself without his wife and daughter, but I believe he will forgive them when they return after Brennan is proven innocent.

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