Bones Review: Doppelganger Hijinks

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Maybe the mayor of New York City had a little more in mind than the city's health when he banned super-sized sodas. If there's one thing I know for sure after tonight's episode of Bones, it's that I'll never look at a Big Gulp the same way again.

"The Gunk in the Garage" gave Booth and Brennan a break from the heaviness their relationship has experienced over the past two weeks and provided the show's remaining ensemble with a chance to shine.

Sweets in the Field

The episode opened with a funny scene between Booth and Brennan wherein Brennan tried to sweet talk Booth into an overly expensive baby stroller. She made the sad eyes at him as he lamented the stroller's cost and remarked that she never had this power over him before Christine.

After having declared that all baby-related expenses be split down the middle, despite Brennan's ability to pay for everything herself, Booth, at Caroline's behest, took on the task of creating a budget presentation for the FBI's audit team. This was clearly not his forte, as he threatened and then threatened some more.

If his presentation goes well, he'll have a greater chance at earning a promotion, but that promotion will take him out of the field and put him behind a desk. We all know that's not the place for Seely Booth, but that doesn't mean he can't try.

Because of Booth's preoccupation, Dr. Lance Sweets, the baby-faced shrink we've all come to know and love, took the lead on the case. His partner for the duration was Special Agent Olivia Starling. She's not a fan of his soft science and he's not a fan of her brash attitude.

The case was a fairly interesting one.

A man is blown up in a parking garage. When Sweets and Starling delivered the news to the man's wife, the man himself showed up. Surprise! He had a twin he never knew about and the wrong man was murdered.

This type of case put the focus on Sweets and, despite the title, shifted the emphasis away from the sexy science at the Jeffersonian. I mean, of course Hodgins blew something up. He's Hodgins. And Angela used her fancy computer to do some fancy computing. But Sweets was the star of this installment.

Using his psychological knowledge, he discovered that the dead man and his living twin had eerily similar lives and he used those similarities to determine not only the dead man's identity, but also the wife's motive for wanting her husband dead, all while winning Starling's approval.

Sweets is good at what he does. Starling? She'll get there.

Just moments before his presentation, Booth learned that the killer was planning to go after the living twin and dropped his audit report into Cam's lap to rush out and save the day. Desk work is not his cup of tea.

Booth, Sweets and Starling saved the day, but not before Starling had a chance to shoot Sweets. No worry. It's only a flesh wound!

Sweets told Starling that he's a taken man to which she replied she's known that much already. And then she kissed him. And it was strange.

I don't particularly like feeling like I'm being manipulated into rooting for a couple when no basis for a relationship has really been formed, but I think I was supposed to want Starling and Sweets to be together. Maybe? I'm not sure.

Overall, while it didn't do much in the way of advancing any seasonal story arcs, tonight was a fun episode. Booth and Brennan got to be happy. Angela and Hodgins got to be awesome. We got a healthy dose of Caroline and Sweets got to be the hero.

What did you think of "The Gunk in the Garage?"


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I' d like to point out most of the fandom DOESNT hate Sweets, its just seems like it because only the haters come online and throw bitch fits. The people who like Sweets, or the majority of the fandom that is indifferent towards him, dont really come online and post too much. Personally, I HATE episodes that focus so much on B&B. Give me more Hodgins, Angela, and Sweets!


I love"Bones". I like Sweets, but hey no psychologist acts like him. Why is he even interviewing suspects? I understand profilling, but he gets to go too far. I like the whole cast. Just put Sweets back in his office and let Booth and Bones do the on scean stuff. Still miss Zack and his interaction with Hodgens.


Thirty a, the show is NOT about zbooth and Bones partnering, it's about a forensic pathologist and a detective who solve crimes. Get that straight. I can't stand you people who see romantic relationships with every lead characters. Geez! And for those Sweets haters, you all are horrible. Sweets is a great character. I only hope the producers don't pay attention to these posts and listen to you guys.


Terrible episode. Although the beginning showed promise with the garage explosion, which was pretty cool and the BB conversation about the stroller was cute, the rest of the episode was awful. What's up with Booth not being in the field with Brennan. Stupid idea to put Booth on desk duty and assign him with some inventory audit. Why is Sweets all of a sudden the big star with a gun and now he is being considered an agent when all he is is a second rate psychologist. The program is supposed to be about Brennan and Booth, not some minion faux FBI agent and blondie newbie agent. Someone commented that they don't understand the vitriol towards the character of Sweets. Sweets is very unprofessional, in first meddling into the personal relationship of co workers, in particular Booth. Sweets is responsible for the fiasco that was the end of the 100th episode and also the season six episode, The Daredevil in the Mould,where Sweets basically tells Booth that he doesn't want to be old and alone like him when he's Booth's age. Sweets preys on Booth's emotional insecuritiess and set him up for the huge with Booth proposing to Hannah (what a bitch - he must have been out of his mind thinking of proposing marriage this woman.) Perhaps HH has had another one of his mental setbacks in elevating Sweets to an agent and then giving him more time in the field than Booth. This is a really stupid idea. The only thing I can say is I'm thankful this was one of the four stand alone episodes. Totally agree with Macey. Too much annoying Sweets and not enough Booth and Brennan. I personally find both Sweets and Saroyan superfluous characters. I wouldn't miss either of them if they were dropped from the program.


But I digress... I do think it needs to get back in the lab with the core people, and maybe one of the less-annoying squinterns. THAT would be refreshing!!


I actually liked this episode - it was cute and funny, and just lighthearted. I actually like Sweets. I think Sweets is, well, sweet! Though he's finally growing up a bit (been a giant kid who's extremely naive!). Maybe this thing with Starling is him realizing that he doesn't have to be with the first girl he loved, and that there are other possibilities for him? I sure hope so, because I'm in the "Daisy-is-the-most-annoying-character-EVER" group. I mean really - who plays one-upmanship with their BOSS on a regular basis??? Anyway, I think Sweets has more layers to him (remember the scars, people?), and this ep was a way to flesh some of those out (excuse the pun). BUT - I'm also with some of the others on here - BRING BACK GORDON GORDON!!! HE was genius!!! And WHY does every character on a show have to be 20-30 and gorgeous?? I kind of miss the old TV shows where characters looked like real PEOPLE!! But I digress... I do think it needs to get back in the lab with the core people, and maybe one of the less-annoying squinterns. THAT would be refreshing!!


I really don't think "most" Bones fans hate Sweets. Those who do hate him REALLY hate him -- that's obvious -- but has TV Fanatic considered doing a survey? I also think (my lowly opinion) something those who dislike him might consider is that Sweets actually seems to be Booth's only living friend and I don't see Brennan is closer to even Amgela than she is to Sweets. Of course that doesn't mean a show called "Sweets" would be a hit or anything, but I think he fits right intoi the ensemble.


Meh ep. Bored. Why Hart thinks it's ok to have an unknown charactes, Starling, come on Bones and get more scenes than the main cast I will never know. Plus an ep around Sweets, who most Bones fans hate....If people hate it it's your own fault Hanson.


sweets cheats. Kisses other woman and he's too good for Daisy? Oh plz. If it anything its Daisy who should kick him under a bus..


Loved the stories and tonight's cast of characters. Especially applaud the hope that we might get rid of Daisy. I've never warmed up to her and Sweets certainly deserves better.

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Bones Season 8 Episode 3 Quotes

Hodgins: I've loved combustion variables ever since I blew up the multipurpose room for my middle school science fair project. First time I made it onto a watch list.
Cam: Yeah, that's a lot less creepy.

Booth: Don't do that. Not that look. Please. Don't give me the sad eyes.
Brennan: Please?
Booth: Ah, come on! No, I'm not looking. I'm driving.
Brennan: Come on.
Booth: Oh, you were never able to do this look before the baby! What did the baby do to you?