Bones Review: Last Will And Testament

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Coming off of last week's riveting return of Pelant, I was expecting Bones to move a little more slowly. I was spot-on.

Like Bones Season 3, the Gormogon season, or the Gravedigger arc, not every week can focus on the season's Big Bad. But "The Twist in the Plot" was a strong episode, which provided an avenue for the Booth-Bones discussions so many of us love. Oh, and Daisy returned. 

Exuming Two Bodies

Bones and the team discovered two bodies in a grave, one of a cancer patient and the other that of her "death doula." As far as the procedural aspect of "The Twist in the Plot" goes, I called the whodunit about 30 minutes in. It was plain to me that the husband had killed the doula, though I didn't see the murder coming as a result of her breaking up with him due to her three month policy. 

It's actually been a while since I've been completely surprised by the murderer's reveal or confession on Bones. So it's a good thing that's not why I watch, right? 

I watch for Booth and Bones - and tonight was an episode that reminded me what I like about the two of them together. They balance each other out

For example, Booth's last will and testament fits on a sticky note. Bones' final wishes are 312 pages long. He's simple where she's complex. She's simple where he's complex. Her strengths are his weaknesses and vice versa. She's head. He's heart.

It's all part and parcel of what makes them work. It's what makes them seem like a real relationship. Real partnerships have that sort of balance where one person fills the other person's gaps.

Ultimately, discussing their wishes for after death brought these two closer together, as they were able to bond over their shared love for their daughter, Christine.

Over the seasons we've seen Bones become a more emotional character. Booth has brought that out of her and it's been a great development of her character. Watching her tear up while listening to Booth record his final message to Christine was moving. Booth's words to Christine were touching and so very Booth and made me wonder what words of wisdom I'd leave for my own children. (His final message, in its entirety, can be found on the Bones quotes page.)

Booth has this huge heart, but so does Bones. Her revamped will gave way for Booth and Christine to take a really nice vacation together. Sure, they'd be spreading her ashes on a volcano, but at least they'd be doing it together.

I really like where these two are right now, which is together.  And together is decidedly not where Sweets and Daisy are. 

I wasn't thrilled with Daisy's return, mostly because she's my second least favorite squint next to Fischer, but also because honestly, the show hasn't missed her. Her absence hasn't been noticeable since she brought very little to the show to begin with.

Her conversation with Sweets in the lab, and then later their meeting at the coffee shop, was so awkward and strange and one of those encounters many ex-couples have and it was well-played.

Breakups shake people up. Sweets was visibly insecure in the wake of the brave face Daisy wore to meet him. Daisy held it together by channeling her inner-Brennan and then melted down when she thought no one would see it.

And I felt sad for her when she was sitting in the lab alone at the end of the case, crying and wondering if they had made a mistake in breaking up. Maybe it stirred up some long lost memory of my first serious breakup. I don't know. But a part of me was sad for her. Cam's words to her were sweet, though. So motherly and appropriate.

Cam: Have you ever seen anything come back to life and be as good as it ever was?
Daisy: No.
Cam: So feel sad. Cry. You lost something wonderful, but keep moving forward. It'll get better. I promise. And, uh, stop copying Dr. Brennan. It's a little creepy. | permalink

Overall, tonight was solid. It was a relief from the intensity of the Pelant arc while also allowing Booth and Bones time in the spotlight and developing some of our secondary characters. It felt like old-school Bones from a few seasons ago, actually. Keep 'em coming, writers. You can do it.

What did you think of "The Twist in the Plot?" Did you feel sad for Daisy and Sweets? Whose final wishes most match yours: Booth, Bones, or Hodgins?

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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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Bones Season 8 Episode 13 Quotes

[to Booth and Bones] I'm staying in Parker's room. Kind of hard to bring home a woman when you're sleeping on Wolverine sheets.


Bones: You believe he hasn't yet recovered emotionally because he's incapable of finding an apartment?
Booth: Doesn't take a shrink to know that one.
Sweets: Standing right here, guys.