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Bones Review: You Slept Under a Bridge?

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Bones and Booth investigated the death of a divorce lawyer this week. What a coincidence.

In the hands of lesser writers or actors, the obvious parallels between the murder investigation central to "The Partners in the Divorce" and the couple's personal turmoil would've quickly grown tiresome.

Thanks to the perennially terrific Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, though, it was anything but.

Down the Hole

Bones certainly hasn't shied away from challenging its two stars since the end of Season 6, has it? Ever since Brennan got pregnant, it's been a turbulent ride for its two leads, and for the fans who adore them.

Their relationship has been in overdrive since, and while the changing circumstances and obstacles altered things more than some would like, B&B haven't lost the spark that make them arguably TV's most dynamic duo.

With Brennan back home safe and sound after last Monday's season premiere, tonight's episode was self-contained in terms of the case's procedural elements, but anything but from a relationship standpoint.

The aftereffects of her months on the lam were palpable from the opening moments and throughout the night, as Booth struggled to reconnect with his partner in crime solving and life. Booth-Brennan interplay ran the gamut:

  • Awkwardness. Their initial attempts to kiss one another in the kitchen were nothing if not cringe-worthy, as were numerous other exchanges where lingering resentment manifested itself in ways they didn't understand (or at least didn't communicate). It takes a strong pair of actors to sell such nuance with dialogue or without.
  • Sadness. Hearing that she's glad they're not married and that perhaps she was more suited to life on her own - even on the run from the law - was a real stomach punch. Does she wish she were still out there? The disconnect runs far deeper than bickering over who makes breakfast or whether they go to the carousel.
  • Hilariousness. Booth's disbelief at Brennan's recounting of her various fugitive exploits was priceless, but his tirade punctuated by yelling "ANGRY FBI!" to the foreman at the construction site took the cake. A close second? Her likening an estranged couple's reconciliation to time travel, which is also "theoretically" possible.
  • Happiness. With the help of Sweets (as always), Brennan realized she's rebelling against the fact that her happiness is intertwined with Booth's, and he knows he's angrier about being ditched than he lets on. Once they stopped trying to be polite, they made progress. Plus, the look he shot her at the lab spoke volumes:
Booth's Look

Getting back on the same page emotionally isn't like flipping a switch, especially for people as inherently different as B-squared. As Angela said, three months changes a person ... even if a person isn't using an alias and a blonde wig, sleeping under a bridge and working as a fry cook in middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania.

Don't worry, Booth, I can't picture that either.

This was, in a sense, the real Season 8 premiere, with Pelant gone (for now) and order restored at the Jeffersonian. Well, mostly. The tension between Booth and Brennan dominated the episode, however, so we're still a ways from any sort of equilibrium. How long will this go on? Will things start to settle down next week?

Brennan is, at her core, a fiercely-independent person whose trust issues are shaped by fear of abandonment and betrayal. Spending months on the run will only exacerbate these things, and as such, her behavior this week, while often over the top, was very much in character. The question is: How long will it continue?

More importantly, will Sweets pack heat for a third consecutive episode, will we see Hodgins' and Angela's baby again and what squintern will be front and center? Burning questions to tide us over until next Monday.

Some particularly memorable Bones quotes from this evening:

  • "Congratulations Mr. Abernathy, you have successfully recreated the death of Wile E. Coyote." - Brennan
  • "That's the secret seal of the Priory of Sion!" "Or a mark left by a fountain pen." - Hodgins/Angela
  • "We can take Christine to the carousel, even though I know the outcome." - Brennan to Booth
  • "We don't normally kiss in front of people, but we had a disagreement." - Brennan to Finn
  • "To be fair, 2000 was a questionable year for Merlot." - Sweets

What did you think of tonight's Bones? Comment below!

Review

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After watchin the ep. I have decided for me, that Brennan and Booth's relationship is unhealthy......Brennan is borderline abusive to Booth. And he just takes it or has the patience of a saint. This Ep highlighted that for me. It would be better if they broke up. Esp for Booth and Christine they can have a normal, healthy life away from someone who doesn't understand how human beings with feelings operates. There is something wrong with her she got that right.

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OMG. My Bones friend told me about this review/comment section. So glad that fans are speaking out on how horrid Brennan was AND not drinking the Hart Hanson kool aide butt kissing that has been going! Yes!

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Yep put me in the I HATE BRENNAN TRAIN too. She was a total bitch to Booth the entire ep. She tried to push him out of Christine's life, his job at the crime scene, his role in the house. And for what? cos she's a total egotisical, self centred controlling bitch that had issues after being on the lam, and instead of dealing with them she lashes out on the man she's suppose to love. Really? Booth deserves better than that. Than her. So does Christine.

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People are hating on Brennan because she deserved it. Fans give Brennan the pity party of being abandoned as a forever excuse to treat people like crap. Well she abandoned Booth. Booth was abandoned too by her and his own dad. Yet she doesn't give a crap to how he coped being apart from her and Christine. Or how he felt being left behind. I throughly hated Brennan in this episode.

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@al Don't be so ridic. What do you live in the 19th century? People have babies out of wedlock all the time. It's not a crime or hateful. What a narrow minded 'insert your own cuss word' you are. Wow.

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Brennan being Brennan is what this show is all about -- that and her relationship with Booth. Booth is in love with Brennan not just knowing the way she is, but by how interesting that makes her. And she's always trusted him when he's said something was a certain way -- except, and because of how much humanity Booth has brought to her view of the world, she is getting her own experience (like, besides seeing cartoons because she has a kid, since she learned how to make pancakes, wanting to make pancakes for Booth -- not to take his job, but for his praise). What's Brennan-like is not thinking of anyone else's feelings because she relies entirely on logic (except it's not entirely true now). I think it was a fun episode and look forward to more fireworks in the future!

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People who are mad at Brennan: her personality is rooted in abandonment and fear. The writers are doing a great job of carrying that forward to her current life with Booth and Christine. She has severe trust issues which forced her into independence as a child, she crushed painful emotions with logic, and those tools have worked very well for her. Her own abandonment makes her a control freak mom, and cuts Booth out. Again, the writers have done a great job. And Booth, for whatever reason, keeps having babies with women he isn't married to. You want to be angry, hate on that.

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A predictable but necessary episode... The scenes between Bones and Booth were very well written and acted and all the tension has well played and well resolved... Everything else, however, seemed to cut and dry and perfect... Everything fell into place in the case with hardly a hiccup... Glad to see Finn back in the lab... He was my favorite squint intern last season and still upholds the title (although Clark did have a nice run last week)... Also, my man Sweets was perfectly on point this week... Its always great to know that he's gonna be solid every episode... (7/10)

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I am surprised that so many of you hated Brennan so much this episode.
Yes she wasn't the nicest person but neither was Booth. They were fighting and in fights you say things you don't really mean. Brennan asking Sweets for help was a great thing in my opinion. That and the comment that she is willing to do irrational things to prove her love shows how much she cares about their relationship. I thought it was a great episode and I will definitely be watching next monday. I hope you guys will too.

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Who the would want to be in a relationship with Brennan who thinks they are free agents, meaning she can bolt whenever she takes her fancy? No comittment to Booth expect being a continuing control freak biatch it would seem #FREEBooth

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