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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!

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This ep just backed up for me a niggle I have had since S7....Brennan is a total control freak over Christine. She doesn't own Christine. Booth is apart of that kid as much as she is. Yet she constantly undermines Booth's role or input as a father. I really hope Hart Hanson shows more of Booth and Christine bonding, him making plans for her daddy/daughter bonding time. They need it being 3mths apart.

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The return of Brennan and the baby after 3 month absence took it's toll on both Booth and Brennan last night and as much as it was a downer to hear and watch, I would imagine that being the kind of people and personalities they both are it was bound to happen. I know that their love will keep going and strengthen the relationship to both grow up in some of their self centered ways.

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Booth should just dump Brennan who needs to put up with that self centred jerk day in day out? He deserves better. He really does. He should get custody for Christine too. See how well Brennan likes beinh on her own.

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I don't think I will ever forgive Brennan for saying to Booth she was fine alone, that they were free agents. She hit a new low. Booth should show her the door. How can you live with someone. Love someone who thinks that about your r/ship.

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The way Brennan was so cruel with the Carousel was what made go F.U. Brennan. Booth loves taking his kid Parker to the park, to the Carousel. She knows that. She witnessed that. Yet she couldn't get it through hes thick cruel brain why that would be important to Booth. Why he wanted to be there.

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@kayla Brennan was undermining Booth right from the start. She wanted to cook breakfast. Even though it was Booth's thing. She took over the crime scene even though that's Booth thing. Hence why Booth took over her thing at the crime scene. Every thing Booth did was a reaction to her being an insensitiue jerk to him.

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My son and I both loved David in Angel, but although he gave Bones a chance when it first started because of that, he couldn't watch it after a bit because Brennan is sooo irritating, no one could be so unworldly, unless they've lived in a cave all their lives, she went to university, so obviously she mixed with people, and would not be so ignorant of everything as she pretends to be, tv programs, films, music etc., even if she didn't like them she would have heard people talking about them, so the way she makes out that she doesn't know what people are talking about, unless it's scientific, is unbelievably annoying. She is so conceited, there are other people working at the museum who are just as clever as her, but you wouldn't think so to hear Mrs Big Head talk.

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@kayla also, did you watch the premier it was made quite clear that Brennan was basically being bossed around by Max on the lam. She wasn't alone she had Max to rely on. So her and fans using the excuse of being independent made her into a control freak insensitive bitch is just lame.

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I personally thought this was a good episode. The tension between B-squared seemed right on the mark. Booth says he understands why they left, but he's still hurt, and ends up lashing out as a result. And Brennan... I get why people are angry with her, but come on, people! Have you been watching the show? Tempe has ALWAYS been cold and aloof, but rarely do we see her get really MAD like she was here, which to me says there is a lot more emotion going on with her than she's used to. This can't be explained away with cold logic, which is why she's flipping out! And I thought it was HUGE that she went to talk to Sweets, when for years she's blatantly scoffed at his "profession". Dig a little deeper, people... after all, it's the subtleties that have kept me a fan for so long in the first place! That and all the gory bodies, of course... ;)

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@kayla Wahwah. Yes because so many people are bashing you have to turn it into a conspiracy theory. Grow up. Brennan was a bitch to Booth hence why she is getting called on her crap.

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