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Bones: The Bond in the Boot

Posted on: September 25, 2009

I didn’t really have much of a reaction to last night’s episode of Bones, “The Bond in the Boot.”  I wasn’t terribly disappointed, but I didn’t think it was amazing either.  It was just kind of “eh.”

Bones_BondBoot-Sc8_0107The case of “The Bond in the Boot” was investigating the murder of a CIA analyst who killed a diamond courrier.  Booth and Brennan were trying to figure out what was actually in the briefcase that the diamond courrier had and was stolen by the CIA analyst after he killed him.  And who killed the CIA analyst to get the briefcase.  Honestly, it wasn’t that exciting as the previews made it out to be.

Wendell, one of the interns at the Jeffersonian that we occassionally see, has apparently lost his scholarship (due to financial troubles) so they no longer have the funding to keep him on as an intern.  But by the time he was getting ready to leave at the end of the episode, three donations were miraculously made annonymously for him to be able to keep his scholarship (cough…Brennan, Hodgins, and Cam…cough).

Also, at the end of the episode, Booth is teaching Brennan plumbing.  Their hands touch, they stare into each other’s eyes, cuddle under the sink for a while, and talk about how glad they are that they don’t keep secrets.  How touching.

What I used to love so much about Bones was that Dr. Brennan played such a key part in solving the crimes.  But tonight, she didn’t really.  The FBI stuff focused on Booth — as it usually does, but a little bit more so because they are still examining how his coma has affected him.  The work in the lab seemed to be dominated by Wendel because they were trying to make us feel sad about him leaving after not seen him for a while.  Dr. Brennan just seemed to be along for the ride for most of the episode, but not really contributing a whole lot.

We also got to see some more of Dr. Brennan being inconsiderate and emotionless when she told Wendel that he lost his scholarship.  I’ve grown really tired Dr. Brennan’s hyper-rationality being perceived as emotionless.  At some points it doesn’t even get a chuckle.  I just sit there thinking, “are they really making her seem that mean?”  We have seen Dr. Brennan grow in some areas (like wanting a child — see the this post and the comments), but she seems to be reverting in the sense of her emotions — she just keeps getting more and more emotionless in some areas, while in others (as in her feelings for Booth) the writers are trying to explore her emotions.  They can’t just have her be emotionless in one scene and they have her full of emotion in the next.  It’s not continuous, it doesn’t make sense.

And as much as I’m not sure I necessarily want to see Booth and Brennan together because I’m losing my faith in the ability of the writers to handle that relationship well, I just want them to start the relationship already.  I’m sick and tired of seeing all this foreplay, will they-won’t they crap.  We all know they are going to hook up sometime, so just cut the crap and get to it so we don’t have to see this super awkward stuff anymore.

I really hope that Bones gets its act together and soon.  I love this show and it’s not really living up to its expectations right now.

Also check out meloukhia’s review up at this ain’t livin’.

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3 Responses to "Bones: The Bond in the Boot"

I agree with most of it, but I’m seeing her be a lot more emotional in a lot of places. When she told Wendell about the scholarship she did have a scrunchy-I’m-thinking-about-crying face for a minute. She started off being old emotionless Brennan but you could see things working through her there.
I thought, anyway. I think there’s a lot going on with her and the non-Zach interns, that got demonstrated in the dream sequence episode at the end of the last season.

I think the emotional stuff was less the point. There was so much male/female tension about Dr. Brennan’s recent book success and consequent large fortune. Booth makes several comments about Brennan’s Rolex, traditionally a man’s watch, that she bought herself, maybe he was jealous. Or perhaps they are playing on the idea that Booth will not approach Brennan romantically because she is more financially successful than he is. He is unable to provide for her in a traditional way. So depending on or even appearing to depend on a women would be too much for Booth’s excessive masculinity to take.

This show had so much potential, but there seems to be episode after episode where Brennan’s feminist leanings, rationality, rejection of cultural norms, etc., leads to her being taught some important lesson by booth (or others, but mainly booth). And the lesson is never “you were right, your feminist principles are right, your rejection of cultural norms is right”, it’s always “your rejection of cultural norms? SO WRONG! your feminist principles? SO WRONG! your rationality? SO WRONG! SUBMIT TO THE PATRIARCHY!” This drives me batty.

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