There was a nice, positive message to Bones Season 9 Episode 15 as well as plug for a good charitable organization. That's not too shabby for a show about murder and kidnapping.
I have a real problem with the consistent trash talk about FBI salaries. My sister was an agent, and it's been years since she left the force. She assures me that at his level and tenure, Booth is making over $100k. The struggle between the two because of the amount she makes from her writing and how they decide to spend it makes for a lovely story, but we have to put a stop to the "low paid agent" misnomer.
The case of the week was standard fare, and less gruesome than usual. Mr. Fisher was back and his appearance played very well to the situation with Hodgins and his new brother. What else is going to happen to Hodgins before the series ends? Maybe I shouldn't ask that question. He sure has lead an interesting life.
I always enjoy when a new family member is introduced and we learn how much they have in common even having never met each other. The Hodgins boys share a love of science fiction and reading thanks to their father. Although they never shared the same space, sharing a family gave them a better start to build a relationship than they could have hoped for.
Angela telling Hodgins he can love Jeffrey now was very sweet, as was Fisher telling him Jeffrey hit the lottery by learning he had a brother and having such a wonderful place to live. While a home might look frightening to an outsider, to those inside, it provides the perfect environment for someone like Jeffrey to thrive and grow.
Hodgins was waiting all his life to see clearly through the static and his brother gave him something to focus on to give him meaning within his own family, meaning he had already found with Angela but was missing without his parents. Jeffrey will be an uncle and have all the family that he's been missing for so long, as well. It's a happy ending all around.
Brennan's anthropological background is so unique and it flows into every aspect of her life, including her finances. She sees no reason Booth shouldn't share her money because they are married and should share everything. If the roles were reversed, a woman would have no problem getting her hands on her husband's money, but Booth feels some sort of role reversal guilt. He always has.
When he finally agreed to merge their accounts and asked if they would also be responsible for making joint decisions regarding the money, I knew he was going to offer the money to Hodgins. Booth is such a caring man. I was kind of surprised that Hodgins turned him down, but also pleased that he was becoming his own man by taking out a loan. They're all taking steps forward in their new lives.
Bones (the series) decision to back The Wounded Warrior Project made sense considering Booth is a veteran and the series takes place in Washington. Booth's decision to donate money rather than invest it shows just how little having money really means to him. He'd rather take care of others than have more for himself. That's also not at all surprising.
As for the case of the week, it was far too easy to try to pin it on the stepmother, but I wouldn't have guessed Lauren was smart enough to plan her own kidnapping so intricately and set it up on the only person in the end who ended up helping her. Too bad she never shared her intimate details with him. It seemed unfair that he should be charged with anything. I hope he pleas down and gets probation. Well, don't you? He loves dogs!
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