Bones Review: Three's Company

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Doomsday Preppers. Cannon balls. Gelatin facials. Daisy. And now that Sweets is moving out, Booth gets his tub back! Tonight's Sweets-centric episode of Bones was a step up from previous weeks.

"The Doom in the Gloom" was an entertaining hour in what has otherwise been an uneven season. 

The Doomsday Bunker

The case of the week was the story of a Doomsday Prepper who was killed by a member of her group. Thankfully, what we didn't see was the team all deciding they needed to prepare for the end of the world. The case was just a case and there weren't forced parallels between the victim's life and theirs.

This was a welcome departure from all of the "after school special" cases we've had this season and made this episode enjoyable. Nothing felt preachy or loaded with pathos. It simply let our team do what they do best: solve crimes while being witty and awesome.

Hodgins and his experiments were great. Of course he knew that Angela's math was correct, but who doesn't want to take the opportunity to fire a cannon when said opportunity is presented, right?

It was also a different turn to see Booth in the lab working an experiment of his own to determine how the booby trap used to kill the victim worked. I can't decide if Hodgins and Cam set Booth up or if Cam's opening the door at just the right time to splatter Booth in the face with the goo was circumstantial. Either way, it was fun.

I didn't even find Daisy to be half as obnoxious as she usually is. Perhaps she took Cam's advice to stop copying Brennan to heart after all. She was just there as a background squint and champion for Sweets and it made her bearable somehow. And yet I fear that her defense of Sweets and their shared moment in the bone room is leading somewhere I would personally rather the writers didn't go--a reunion between Sweets and Daisy and a rekindling of their romance.

Hopefully their conversation was just another nail in that coffin. Their ship has sailed. What's done is done. Insert another cliche' for breaking up here! 

And besides, Sweets is moving in with Janet and Chrissie, two hot psychiatrists, Three's Company-style anyway. Since four's a crowd, there's no room for Daisy anyway.

It was funny to watch Booth and Bones have trouble kicking Sweets out of the nest. They really did seem like concerned parents so the "Mr. and Mrs. Sweets" at the end was fitting, and Booth and Bones took it in stride. Even though they know his moving out is good for all of them, they've grown attached to having him there, as has Christine. 

But, fly the coop Sweets must, and so he did. Their cohabitation was fun while it lasted.

What did you think of "The Doom in the Gloom?" Did you find this to be a less cumbersome episode than those we've had recently? 


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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I'm honestly surprised this episode was given 4.5 stars. I felt it to be another weak filler episode, and the way the characters were written once again felt like caricatures. Usually, Hodgins experiments, goofy and as outlandish as they may be, have some significance to the solving of the case. But in this episode, the scenes with Hodgins's experiments served absolutely no purpose except to act as sight gags, since Angela, who now suddenly is an expert in physics, out-Hodginsed Hodgins before he even did his first experiment. No matter though. Cannon!! and, to appease the portion of the audience who complains endlessly that Booth never comes in the lab anymore, Booth gets shot in the face with gelatin! If you turn the way-too-often uttered line "Then it has to be one of the preppers!" into a drinking game, then you won't think too hard about all of the things that served absolutely no purpose in the episode. Just laugh at the hilarity that is David Boreanaz getting slimed. I'm sure that's what the writers were counting on anyway. As for the scene with Sweets and Daisy, I'm one of the few who think that Sweets and Daisy actually belong together (ducks the tomatoes), but if the writers are intent to keep them apart, then let them stay apart. The lingering glances and hints that maybe they both want to find a way to make it work out is drama for the sake of manufacturing drama. The former Bones writers beat that horse to ground years ago. The new writers don't need to be doing it too. The end scene - Sweets moving in with Janet and Chrissie - another obvious gag for the sake of comedy is obvious. Come on, writers. Bones is supposed to be more clever than this.

Miranda wicker

@Lurker--"A goat and a chicken go into a bunker..." is the start of a great joke, don't you think?


I miss the chemistry between Bones and Booth. The reason I am such a big fan is the chemistry and the cases. Episode 19 portrayed them as if they don't like each other.


Three of the best moments from this episode:
1) The goat coming out of the bunker.
2) Animated Hodgins on the Angela-tron.
3) "Mr. and Mrs. Sweets"
A very entertaining episode!


A good episode overall and definitely the better on of the season. Seeing Booth and Brennan letting their baby duck go was hilarious. As always, Hodgins stole my heart. :) Hopefully, the writers will let us see how their dynamic changes now with Sweets out of the picture. I agree re Daisy. I really hope they don't put them back together. Like immortalfrieza said though, it looks like the writers might just go there (again, for the 392740th time). Gotta say though, one of the reasons why this episode was better was probably because we DIDN'T get that many scenes with just B&B, and the one we did get with just the two of them in the end was still as awkward as ever. Am looking forward to next week's ep though The promo looked interesting.


"And yet I fear that her defense of Sweets and their shared moment in the bone room is leading somewhere I would personally rather the writers didn't go--a reunion between Sweets and Daisy and a rekindling of their romance." Miranda, we all know that's precisely where this is going, whether we like it or not. Pretty much every episode that Daisy has been in since the break up has had at least one scene with Sweets and Daisy that makes it obvious the writers are trying to ease them back together, and for the most part the two of them can't shut up about each other whenever both are in the episode. In fact, that's pretty much Daisy's purpose since the break up, she probably would have been kicked off the show entirely if weren't for this "will they or won't they?" dynamic Sweets and Daisy have.


So who will watch the baby now?


good episodeby far the best. There was not much for Hodgens and Cam. Would there be a Hodgens centirc episode?
cam entric episdoe?

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Bones Season 8 Episode 19 Quotes

Bones: Certain is an absolute, Ms. Wick. You can't be mostly certain.
Cam: Mostly certain's good for me.

Cam: Found the head! In the toilet.
Booth: Okay, that's a rough way to be remembered.