Fighting with the Sky

Bones: The Plain in the Prodigy

Posted on: October 2, 2009

e115f1943eb6e99ca78eeea64299ca5aThe case that Bones and Booth were investigating in “The Plain in the Prodigy” was the death of an Amish teenage boy who was on his Rumspringa (the time period where Amish teenagers leave the community to determine if they want to enter general society or become baptized as an adult into the Amish church).  The team discovers that Levy, the teenager who was killed, was a piano prodigy when playing musical instruments is forbidden in the Amish community and he was using his Rumspringa to determine if his love of music was strong enough to consider leaving his faith.

The main side-story in this episode revolved around Cam and her adoptive teenage (I think 16) daughter, Michelle.  Cam believes that Michelle is having sex with her boyfriend and doesn’t really know what to do about it.  Cam doesn’t think that Michelle should be having sex but doesn’t know how to talk to Michelle about it.  Angela tells her that it’s completely natural for teenagers to be having sex.  Cam eventually tells Michelle that she doesn’t think that she should be having sex and Michelle gets mad and says that Cam isn’t her mom so she can’t tell her what to do.  But of course, they make up by the end of the episode.  And they have a good discussion about what it means to wait and what it means to have sex.  I was really glad they had this conversation.  Michelle talked about how her boyfriend wants to have sex but isn’t pressuring her and that she’s scared and Cam does a great job at having a healthy discussion rather than just saying “don’t have sex.”  Bones and Booth also have a discussion about it in which Booth brings up a double standard about boys having sex at 16 and girls having sex at 16.  I was not surprised that Booth had this opinion.  Bones of course calls him out on the double standard.

I really liked how this episode was all about teenage exploration and experimentation.  We saw two examples of an Amish Rumspringa, that of Levi and another Amish boy.  Levi was using his Rumspringa to explore his love of music while the other boy was using it to experiment with alcohol, drugs, and sex.  And then we see Michelle who is experimenting with her sexuality.  I really appreciated seeing these different aspects of teenage lives and approaching these issues in a realistic and healthy way.

Can I just say how much I love Angela.  Not only does she promote a healthy view of sexuality, especially teenage sexuality, she talks about how women want sex just as much as men so they shouldn’t assume that Michelle’s boyfriend is pressuring her into it.  She talks about how the only really important things in this situation is that having sex is something that Michelle wants to do (and her boyfriend wants to do) and that they are safe.  Right on.  And I really have liked seeing more of Angela’s talents this season.  More responsibility has been given to her in terms of figuring out the evidence on computers, video, pictures, etc. and it’s great to see some of her actual skills in this arena.

I also appreciated that the representation of the Amish in the episode did not turn into a joke.  There are so many jokes about the Amish and about their lifestyle because people don’t really understand it.  But Bones being the person that she is approached the Amish as a culture of their own (which they are) and honored their culture and tradition.  I did not feel as if they took the Amish culture lightly and that the show actually tried to accurately represent their culture (not that I know a lot about their culture, but I am just guessing).

I have mixed feelings about Booth’s tendency towards over-protectiveness.  On the one hand, I think that it’s nice that he cares so much about the people in his life.  On the other hand, they can take care of themselves.  He definitely threatened Michelle’s boyfriend at the end of the episode with the whole “I’m a sniper.  If you hurt Michelle, I’ll hurt you” thing.  I thought it was kind of amusing though when he said “Michelle’s like family.  I’m her favorite uncle.” and he boyfriend says, “really? She’s never mentioned you.”  It definitely spoke to how overprotective he is and how he brings himself into the lives of those around him.  I just didn’t really think that scene was necessary.

And bonus, there wasn’t a whole lot of awkwardness between Bones and Booth this episode as the writers try to figure out how to handle their relationship, which was very welcome.

This episode was a lot better than last week‘s for me, which I was very happy about.  I feel like it was back in form last night.  Also check out meloukhia’s review/analysis up at this ain’t livin’.

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