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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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S8 and me have been at odds. I feel like the writers have ran out of ideas for Booth and Brennan, and were focused too much on coming up with whacky subplots for the supporting characters. And as a fan that doesn't work for me, as B&B are the centre and shouldn't be pushed to background. But then we get an ep like this were the case opens up a story for B&B and we great character growth from it throughout and the supporting characters still get a plot but it doesn't consumme the ep. ....Daisy & Sweets, I hate equally, tho this time Daisy was a fully grown character. Sweets needs to move out ASAP. The story of a grown man being a needy clinger on, living in a kids room, living with a couple who are just starting their family together after a lengthy separation, just cos he just broke up with his girlfriend? is beyond it's ''bore by date'' move it on. ....David rocked this ep throughout, the video tape to Christine was perfect. Kudos to him. Parker would have his own tape I would presumme or Booth would just tell him how he felt in person as the tape for Christine was prolly more for incase he died before she knew her dad...Loved Brennan watching Booth make the tape and being so overwhelmed by his words that she tackled hugged him...Random note; I am sick of Sweets questionìng so many suspects. Sweets is NOT BOOTH writers not by along shot.Give Booth his job back and stick Sweets back in his shrinky office were he belongs, ugh, this is beyond annoying me now, thanks.

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Great revieiw!!!! Pffff at the few fans that get pissy at you for stating that you watch Bones for Booth and Brennan. They *are* the center of the show and the center must hold. The other characters are supporting, the show would still exsist and continue if they were written out or left the show i.e Zack, Dr.Goodman. However Bones could not do the same if David or Emily left. And that is just fact not belittling to other characters and hence why so many fans, imo, so are invested in Booth and Brennan: they are the backbone of the series.

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@Ravie--No, I don't watch for the murder-of-the-week. That's part of the show, yes, but the cases are used as mediums through which the characters are developed, and the characters and their individual stories are what keep me coming back. Not Booth and Bones and their romantic relationship. Not the fancy science. It's all of them and watching them grow and develop over the past 8 seasons that have kept me tuned in. This episode just happened to highlight what it is I like about Booth and Bones.

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So Miranda, you watch Bones for the love connection between Bones and Booth? I thought this was a forensic science mystery murder cop show, not a romance lifetime show. You may be blogging on the wrong show then. I think it's people like you who "ship" characters end up causing problems, because when you lose interest in the romance, you end up critic isn't what the show was really about, the mysteries, and others follow suit and the show gets cancelled. If you're watching Bones for the romance, you're watching for the wrong reason, because it is so much more than that.

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I just started watching Bones this season but have spent the past couple months watching season 1-7. So this episode kind of brought me back to some of the previous seasons I just saw and liked. Booth and Brennan being opposites and balancing each out exactly like the reviewer wrote and adding a bit of funny to what can otherwise be a sad subject. Loved the sticky note will, and how Booth was a little pissed at Brennan’s original wish for her remains and of course loved the ending so overall I was pleased with this episode. I do think however that a small line about his love for her (Christine’s) brother could have been included
And overall I don’t like the Daisy character I liked her in this episode she was calm and not spastic like she usually is so she was very tolerable hopefully if she comes back she’ll be like that always!

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The show was a little messed up. I don't like Dasiy either. She was acting way weird. The scean at the end with Booth telling his little girl about himself and what he wanted her to know was priceless. Even had Bones re-thinking.

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Booth's video to Christine reminded me of Bones getting the video from her mom. That video was just for Brennan not Brennan and Russ. I think it makes it more special when you individualize it. Carla Gallo who plays Daisy, is a really good actor. She was a guest star in the show called Crossing Jordan, and the episode fall from grace if anybody has a chance to get ahold of that you should really watch it she's really good. it's a complete 360 from Daisy

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I'm sorry, I can't stand the character of Daisy. When she reappeared it was like seeing a piece of gum you can't get off your shoe. Let's hope both of them take Cam's advice and move on.

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This is so much more than just another procedural! I knew they could do this well if they just devoted thought and care to it. The writing for this season has been so good on the episodes designed for this season. The bonus episodes were a little bumpy, but the rest has been so good! Daisy is also in a last place tie with me as least favorite squint, so they need to keep she and Sweets apart now. It was fine to resolve their relationship the way they did in this episode, so as Cam said--don't try to fix it; grieve and move on. They did handle it well. This season has just been knocking it out of the park week by week--I'm loving what they are doing--keep it kicking!

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Booth would never leave Parker out--as some others mentioned, he's the type of man who would make some special time or attention for each of his children, and it was VERY touching to hear the things he would want to say to little Christine, and how he would want her to comfort her mom, Bones. He understands how devastated Bones would be to lose him, now that she's opened her heart to him. I loved that last part, and how well the episode set us up to see an inner part of each of the ensemble, in their deepest thoughts about themselves and their lives. The review was just excellent and spot on! I love to see B&B having more of their "talks" in the light of their deeper relationship now. I love what they are doing with the relationship and how it's bringing a whole new dimension to the show. I haven't seen another show with a central couple like them move so well from colleagues to couple and keep the show so well on track. This is so much more than just another procedural! I knew they could do this well if they just devoted thought and care to it. The writing for this season has been so good on the episodes designed for this season. The bonus episodes were a little bumpy, but the rest has been so good! Daisy is also in a last place tie with me as least favorite squint, so they need to keep she and Sweets apart now. It was fine to resolve their relationship the way they did in this episode, so as Cam said--don't try to fix it; grieve and move on. They did handle it well. This season has just been knocking it out of the park week by week--I'm loving what they are doing--keep it kicking!

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.

Sweets

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.

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