BONES Season Premiere: Let’s Discuss ‘The Mastodon in the Room’
September 23, 2010 by Sarah Curtis
Let me ask you this, BONES fans – if we’d known that all the pain we were going to feel about Brennan going to Maluku would result in her using a shovel to kick some butt, we would have been a LOT happier last spring, right?
I’m going to go ahead and assume you are as happy as I am to have BONES back on TV. There is much to discuss, so we’d best take to the ground like fleas and get to it!
While the episode starts with a recap of the goodbyes from last season’s finale, we soon find out that seven months later, our team must come back together to solve a case and keep Cam’s new job in tact. She’s working on a set of small remains, assumed by the media to be that of missing boy, Logan Bartlett, the two-year-old son of the estranged Trevor and Kerri Bartlett. The case has caused media frenzy and it’s up to the team to rally together to make a clear identification of the remains.
Brennan, with the help of Wendell, Hodgins and Angela, quickly identifies that the small skeleton is not that of Logan, but in fact belongs to a young boy, over three years old, presumably of Asian descent. When Hodgins determines that the fibers surrounding the boy’s remains come from an unauthorized North Korean industrial fabric, Booth and Brennan begin to search local shops. They find out the truth — the boy accidentally choked on a loose screw from his crib. After he died, his mother and grandfather buried him with honor.
As for the case of missing Logan Bartlett, he was found alive in the park with his father. Still a bit confused as to why, if this case caused such media speculation, they didn’t think to look for him a little more.
Glad he’s okay though I suppose.
Angela: Eek! Preggers with a little Prince or Princess of the Lab! A few favorite Angela moments to talk about, like when she and Brennan were talking about metaphorical sisterhood. And of course when she admitted she was in love with Booth. Yeah, Ange, we all are! Get in line.
Hodgins: It was sweet how excited he was for the baby. I really hope that Angela’s line about not wanting to tell anyone until she is out of her first trimester is not foreshadowing. My favorite Hodgins moment comes from that scene, when he tells Angela that he’s made for catching bad guys.
Sweets: I really liked Sweets in this episode, and I thought his piano playing was pretty cool. It struck me as interesting he’s the only one Caroline really lied to in order to get him to help. I really liked the way he stood up for himself against Daisy, and if he’d only held on there and not given in outside the elevator, I would have been a lot happier. But Daisy is evil, and he’s kind of in a vulnerable place, so I won’t blame him. And how awesome was his conversation with Booth?
Cam: Ah, Cam. Really did NOT care for the way she sort of attacked Brennan for leaving. Of course, she was left with trying to keep things together, but in my opinion, it was kind of a passive aggressive approach. Was she just stressed about her job?
Daisy: Ugh. What makes me the most crazy is that she continues to spout lies about Brennan, asserting that Brennan never acts with her heart. It’s just not true. Brennan went to Maluku partially for work, but also to clear her head and her heart. Daisy can’t see that. And she was so flippant and aggressive with Sweets. “Truth Zone” moment: I laughed at her Days of the Week undies.
Wendell: It was good to have Wendell around, even if he was the only squintern in the area. Wasn’t it fun to hear what everyone was up to? I suppose we might see them again. I liked when Wendell teased Brennan, “Isn’t your brain supposed to be the smart one?”
Caroline: I love how much she cares for Booth. It’s tough love sometimes, but it is definitely love. And I laughed when she said we all hope Brennan finds her link to humanity. Zing! But she also has this great pearl of wisdom, “You got something magic, you don’t scatter it to the ends of the earth, you concentrate it in one place.” Word.
BOOTH & BRENNAN:
To me it seemed like Brennan made a personal promise to herself to tell people how she really feels, and that includes being honest with herself about her feelings. Didn’t you get that vibe from her? It was in the way she told Angela they were metaphorically sisters and in the way she expressed to Booth that their working together made her feel very good. It was nice to see.
Before we get to formally welcoming Booth back from Afghanistan, can we just talk about Booth in fatigues? Whoa! I mean, he and I both hate war (and he did add to his cosmic balance sheet), but…mercy. He seems more confident than ever.
Booth seems to be struggling with lingering guilt over trying to be a good father to Parker. We see it in his conflict with the mother of the boy he saved, in his conversation over pancakes with Parker, his empathy with the victim’s mother and grandfather, and his inability to forget about Logan Bartlett. He’s got a big heart that Booth.
Booth and Brennan’s friendship seemed strong. I loved Booth quoting her about fleas, and I think Brennan did too. It showed that no matter what, he really cares for her.
I liked his thumbs up, too.
Here’s one question I have for you…when Brennan says she didn’t communicate with anyone, and Booth replies, “Glad to know I’m not the only one,” or something like that, do you think he means he’s glad he’s not the only one who lost touch?Or glad he’s not the only one she didn’t keep in touch with? I need your help with that.
There is no question that their bickering about lynchpins was right on point, though, right?
When I first watched the ep, I tweeted that it was witty, personal and deliciously business as usual and that I found that comforting. I still feel that way. And I’m really excited for season 6 and all the great conversations we’re going to have. From the bottom of my heart and the top of my lungs, I’m saying…I love this show.
So…are you with me?
Talk to me! Let me know what you’ve been up this summer! Oh, and of course, let’s talk about the episode! Remember to keep it as nice and spoiler free as possible!