BONES Recap: ‘The Truth in the Myth’

April 15, 2011 by  

Hello, BONES pals! It’s time to discuss a new episode, The Truth in the Myth, in which Booth tries to teach Brennan a lesson, Brennan tries to make Booth laugh, and Hodgins’ dream of a free-chupacabra-roaming world is busted.

While I didn’t completely love how it was executed, I liked the interlocking theme between the existence of mythical creatures in the case and Booth and Brennan’s relationship. I love Booth—no denying that. But I’ve ALWAYS loved when Brennan tries to tell jokes. From where I type, it’s also time for Booth to get the Yeti out of the dark side of his moon and laugh at Brennan’s jokes. She’s funny! More on that later, but first, let’s discuss…

THE CASE

* The Scene of the Crime: A man and woman are on a first date after having met online. He’s mega into butterflies, and she’s mega into not being lonely. The date is going as well as you’d imagine with those two facts, and it gets even more exciting when a swarm of butterflies disperses to reveal a rotting corpse. The body wasn’t too gross this week, but I agree with Booth’s feeling that it’s a bummer that beautiful butterflies also like to eat dead things.

* The Victim: Speaking of ‘dead’, the victim was Lee Coleman, famous host of “Kill the Myth”, a television show in which he scathingly and abrasively debunked famous myths. Cocky and condescending, Lee made a career out of making other people look and feel like fools.

* Potential Suspects & Motives: Lee’s body was found near a local lodge in which he was staying, The Pine Tree Manor. The owner, Randy, and his activities coordinator, Melissa, recognize that Lee’s celebrity death means more business for them. Meanwhile, Lee’s television producer leads Sweets to another suspect, a pet psychic whose career Lee maligned. She was in the neighborhood when Lee was murdered, but her animals will back her up, she insists. Lee’s producer also tells Booth about Terry Beamus, Lee’s enemy on the small screen. When Lee put him out of a job, Terry had plenty of motive.

* The Lab Results: Cam and Vincent Nigel Murray examine the skeleton and try to determine how Lee received the types of wounds he did. VNM and Hodgins are pleasantly willing to be convinced that Lee was killed by none other than a chupacabra, which means ‘goat sucker’. But as the case goes on, more and more ‘facts’ disprove the mythical creatures’ existence, leading the team to find out the true killer. Hodgins and Angela find a secret footage camera, and Angela is able to pull all of the surrounding sounds from the night Lee was murdered.

* The Interrogation Room: Sweets did most of the interrogating work in this case—going to the psychic’s home, questioning Terry and later accusing Randy of murder.

* The Verdict: When Hodgins discovers that a taxidermy gel was used on Lee’s body, B&B know just where to look. They head to the Pine Tree Manor and pick Randy up for questioning. He admits to Sweets that while he didn’t shoot Lee, he did the rest—making it look like he’d been attacked by the chupacabra.

* MY Verdict: While I was not surprised that Melissa was the killer, for some reason, I’m still having a hard time pinning down exactly what her motive was. I don’t buy the “he wasn’t wearing his orange vest” scenario, especially because of how Randy dealt with the body afterward. It’s too bad we didn’t actually see B&B question Melissa at all. I would have liked to have actually gotten a better motive. Other than that, I liked the case.

THE SQUINTS:

I love Vincent Nigel- Murray’s normal ridiculousness, and so giving him a reason ( genuine alcoholism?) for his ridiculousness was a bummer to me, especially because he was obviously not really contrite at all. I’m just saying that there was no need to bring AA into it—his already crazy persona would have been enough to carry that storyline of confessing his mis-deeds. Though while we’re on the subject, did you have a favorite forthcoming? I think my fave was when he told Cam he stole three of her coupons.

Speaking of Cam, I liked how she tried to avoid VNM’s confessions as much as possible, and I also liked the scene between her and Angela where the artist stood up for her work. I loved the scene where Hodgins and Angela went to the crime scene to scope out hidden cameras, and I laughed out loud when Hodgins was genuinely bummed about the chupacabra-less world.

The other day, I tweeted that I think Sweets’ character is worthy of a spin-off. He’s the youngest, and his character has the most room to grow and develop, and his work would bring in interesting storylines. This episode convinced me of that all the more. While I don’t need any more Sweets-heavy BONES episodes, if he had his own show, I’d watch it.

BOOTH & BRENNAN:

If I could choose, I would have called this episode “The Myth in the Truth”, because I think that more aptly describes where B&B are at this stage. They are ‘together’, but they aren’t open enough to see the truth right in front of them. Or are they? ***Cue suspenseful music***

There’s just this…disconnect between them, for lack of a better word. They are both sort of trying too hard, and it’s kind of uncomfortable. On a deeper level, though, it makes perfect sense. If they try to manufacture ‘them’, it won’t succeed. If Booth tries to analyze it, it won’t work. If Brennan tries to make Booth laugh, it falls flat. It’s a tension that I hope will be broken soon when both characters are able to relax with one another. I believe it’s deliberate and part of the character development, so I’m curious to see how it plays out the rest of the season. I keep going back to the elevator scene in Blackout in the Blizzard where Booth and Brennan agree that they need to talk about what happened between them. The tension I felt in this episode leads me to believe that conversation will still occur.

It’s fascinating, because in theory, there should be no walls between them at all. The need to wait or to get over ‘walls’ of anger or imperviousness is a mythical roadblock. What kills me is that there is also an underlying idea that they both know the truth and just aren’t going for it yet. The end scene, while almost blinkingly short, illustrated this. Booth makes a move, comparing them to a confusing thing that makes sense more when not analyzed. Though he’s not making a joke, Brennan laughs at him, and in my opinion is basically saying “No, I’m not having that conversation with you. Not right now; not like this”. And Booth knows that’s what she means and he still smiles and waves at her (after putting her in a cab!), knowing that when the time is right, they will talk. It felt like about 40 minutes of them fighting the thing between them, and then two minutes of them acknowledging they both know it.

What say you? Are B&B testing waters they are already neck deep in? Did you buy the Vincent Nigel-Murray story? Did you like the case? Let’s discuss!

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50 Responses to “BONES Recap: ‘The Truth in the Myth’”

  1. Cake Eater on April 15th, 2011 10:23 am

    What a horrible, horrible episode.

    Retarded Bones who apparently doesn’t know how to act human? check
    Saintly Booth who needs to teach Bones something? check
    Quirky intern undergone bizarre transformation? check
    Potentially interesting case underdeveloped and relegated to afterthought? check

    Seriously, I would rather not have those supposedly sweet, saccharine BB scenes. Just let them be, let them be hyper motivated, super smart, dedicated, sophisticated, nuanced characters on their own. Am proactively vetoing BB together until they regain their equal balance.

    I think this is the first time Hodgins annoyed me too.

  2. JJ on April 15th, 2011 10:30 am

    The “myth” in the episode is that Bones needs to learn the value of faith, specifically faith in Booth. Didn’t we rehash this plot multiple times? I don’t know the episode names, so someone else can help out. But really, it’s an old, old lesson.

    Sometimes, I want to tell Booth to STFU about heart and faith. If he had his way, they’d still be burning witches in Salem based on gut feelings. Why can’t he stop and listen to Bones lecture about the power of Reason to bring humanity together? I want to tell Bones to get a backbones and not indulge every stupid, insecure grievance Booth has.

    I wonder what AA member thought about using alcoholism for cheap laughs. Since I don’t enjoy BB anymore, I would have welcomed seeing so much more of the Lab people. But the VNM plot felt forced and unnecessary.

  3. EL on April 15th, 2011 10:40 am

    Andrew Marlowe hit the nail on the head. There is no more sexual tension here just an affectionate sibling relationship. For Booth the dam broke with another woman and there’s no going back. All of that energy is gone. And as for Brennan — no grown woman who is deeply in love and yearning for the love of her life makes jokes about the guy mooning a mirror. They’ve talked the thing to death and yet said nothing of importance. All the action in the first five seasons that was leading to the consummation of a great love has been deflated by this season and turned into cheap jokes, forgettable cases and banal interaction. The show and the relationship are just sitting there gathering dust. It is so sad.

  4. Parsely on April 15th, 2011 10:40 am

    What an awful mess. If it’s part of the plan, that’s no excuse for how badly individual episodes hold up (see Mad Men for how to finish telling the story of the episode effectively + have continuous development). But of course Bones is a procedural crime drama, in which case, stop the pretentious (lame) storytelling and give us funny lines and good cases.

    But I’m not even being critical. I’m just genuinely confused. It’s ok for Booth to continually question and test Bones on the faith she already has and demonstrated? And it’s Bones’ role this season to take these tests and roll with it? Then how can they avoid the criticism about blaming one character for their current situation? It all seems really passive aggressive toward Brennan and in complete denial mode about Booth’s part in their current situation.

  5. Laura on April 15th, 2011 10:41 am

    Why do people still watch a show when all they have are criticism and complaints?

    Not every episode is going to be stellar, so I don’t see the point of ripping the filler episodes to shreds. Chill out, people.

  6. JJ on April 15th, 2011 10:59 am

    Since when are filler episodes allowed to suck? And I’m not basing criticism focused entirely on the BB movement but on the disturbing trend of the show itself. And the filler episodes are exactly when these trends establish the direction of the show.

    I might feel bad about ragging on certain other shows, but the direction of the Bones and all the PR I’ve seen on it doesn’t make me feel bad about being critical. At all. Until I the show improves, I don’t mind watching it for sport the way people watch the Housewives series.

    If the tension and awkwardness were intentional, I think the chemistry between BB would still be palpable. Didn’t seem like it to me. And more importantly, it wouldn’t permeate into the Lab characters- not just VNM but all the other interns who had unexplained personality changes. Now the actors just look tired, and the eyes sex scenes look obligatory.

  7. Laura on April 15th, 2011 11:16 am

    The filler episodes DON’T suck, thats the thing. But the way people react lately is comparable to that of a two year old having a temper-tantrum, when not getting their way.

    I’m a HUGE fan, but even I know that it’s just a show. If I don’t like something about an episode, I suck it up and move on. I don’t come online and nit-pick the situation/characters to pieces, essentially bringing those down who are still enjoying the show.

  8. Nancy on April 15th, 2011 11:43 am

    Laura, I agree chill out is a good way to say it. There are so many negative feelings about the show now. It seemed to me everyone was really hoping for more B&B moments after seeing B&B shooting the Tommy guns. That lasted for a short time then all of a sudden the griping started. Booth hasn’t been able to do anything right since he proposed to Hannah. It’s like Booth before the proposal Good, Booth after the proposal Bad. Booth is still a good guy he”s human give him a break Brennan has. I believe B&B are meant for each other. I’m not going to over analyze every thing about their relationship it’s a TV show it’s not a group therapy session. So about some of the old enthusiasm with B&B’s relationship.

  9. Tiffany on April 15th, 2011 11:48 am

    @Laura, So you don’t come online to nitpick the show…but you DO come online to nitpick the people who are nitpicking the show? Hm…that’s a much more mature approach!

  10. Nancy on April 15th, 2011 11:51 am

    I guess I didn’t proof read what I wrote very well. I left out how, it should have been. So how about some of the old enthusiasm with B&B’s relationship.

  11. Amber on April 15th, 2011 12:04 pm

    Booth does not need to laugh at Brennan’s jokes if he doesn’t find them funny. I didn’t find them funny. It’s called trying to get her to challenge her own perspective. Brennan and Booth are and were absolutely adorable last night. Even if they are trying a little too hard. Last week’s episode was also an enjoyable episode. There is no need to be mean when being critical. Anyway, back to this weeks episode. Booth love and adores Brennan. It shows in the way he has looked at her.

    Thank you for the review. Commenters carry on with your hating while I laugh at it.

  12. Nancy on April 15th, 2011 12:14 pm

    I use to really love coming to this blog to exchange ideas and feelings about Bones. If you are going to critize the show fine but give the people that still love the show a chance to express their feelings without getting so defensive. Touchy Touchy, lighten up. I love Sarah’s reviews but the comments are getting a little over the top.

  13. tati on April 15th, 2011 12:15 pm

    I’m agree with @Laura

    Everytime I read this post there is people complaining and saying all sucks! if people watch it has to be because you like somethings but you can only focus on the bad

    I have to accept this two last episodes haven’t been great but they have been good. Some good lines and scenes.

    About B&B situation, yes, you don’t feel the eyesex thing like before but is due to the current situation between them. It would be weird that in one episode they are distant and in the next they are flirting. I think the end of last night episode was a little step forward in that matter and I’m with the people that think that B&B shouldn’t be together till they gain their chemistry back but I also know it takes time. We all know Booth is not in a good place right now we know that and we want him to be all smiles. Yes he’s testing (a little too much) Brennan but that is because he’s afraid of suffer he knows that if he opens to her again and gets hurt is going to be his end because she is really the person he loves the most. He can deal with Hannah rejection but not with Brennan’s not again. And for that people who critisize Booth all the time let’s remember he stood by Brennan’s side after she reject him he did it for her and now they are in the same situation Brennan has to stand by Booth and learn to accept his broody mood right now.

    I know is our right to expres what we feel but really? everytime is all bad and terrible? We can express all our disagrements but I seems fair to me that we express the good things too. It seems like some people just want to see the bad or look for the bad in everything

  14. ann on April 15th, 2011 12:19 pm

    bones was good last night.

  15. Samantha on April 15th, 2011 12:30 pm

    I liked this episode and didn’t like it, just like the last episode. It had its good moments and other moments I was like “huh?”.

    I don’t get why VNM is all the sudden an alcoholic, like what is the need for that. I miss his totally not related to the case facts and his geeky sincereness that just seemed lost with him being an alcoholic. I guess I wish the writers would have just let the squinterns be squinterns. The only one they left alone is Wendell, which could by why I like him best!

    I thought Angela was funny in the woods, really what pregnant woman wants to do that? I am 15 weeks pregnant and I don’t want to do that and my belly is hardly showing!!

    On to Booth and Brennan, I totally agree with Amber, why should Booth have to laugh at Brennan’s joke? It wasn’t funny. I don’t get why she was trying to make a joke in that moment? I think she is just trying to be light hearted but it isn’t coming across. She just should stop trying and let it be natural! And I have always liked that Booth tries to get Brennan to see that there are things out there that she has never seen, yet still exists. She acknowledged that once in an episode in the 3rd, maybe 4th season. So I liked that he was trying to get her to see something, because I think she has be able to admit that there is a chance something she has never seen exists. However, how that relates to them being together is escaping me.

    Right before I watched the Truth in the Myth, TNT had on the Proof in the Pudding and at the end, Booth tells Brennan that sometimes you have to use your head and not your gut and the Bones taught him that… I think we need a little more of that interjected now. Right now it feels like Booth is all gut and heart and Brennan is all head. Plus, I feel like Bones has to be still teaching him things or this relationship will be so one sided. And right now, it feels like Booth is doing all the teaching.

    As a filler epsidoe it was fine, was it my fave, no, but not everything is going to be awesome as some others have said. Sometimes you just have to take ok and look forward to next weeks episode!!

  16. Eve2 on April 15th, 2011 12:37 pm

    I think the episode was OK. Some laughs. I am not a shipper anymore, but I honestly don’t see the chemistry anymore but I don’t care. What I don’t like is how ridiculous they seem to make Brennan look and how Booth is always preaching. This just gets old to me. I just don’t see the cuteness in their scenes. I feel like they are very forced and I guess I just don’t care enough to look into the psycholgoy behind them.

    Overall, the show is much better than the first half of the season, but not quite what it used to be. I know that shippers hang on to every scene between them, but I just lost interest in that aspect of the show.

  17. @JJ on April 15th, 2011 12:50 pm

    “Sometimes, I want to tell Booth to STFU about heart and faith. If he had his way, they’d still be burning witches in Salem based on gut feelings. ”

    My God, yes.

    I actually remember when Booth was self-aware and confident enough to admit his limitations. Like earlier, he said if he were alive during the colonial days, they’d still be British. He’s admitting his loyalty and faith in authority can be problematic and not logical. Then by the time of Pudding, it was simplified into Booth’s faith in the gov’t is so~wonderful and must be protected. Now he’s apparently too busy teach Brennan how to be human.

    And my memories of Brennan are what I cling to, but I wouldn’t attack or question the many comments I’ve seen on how obnoxious or cringeworthy she was last night. People respond to what they see. No use generalizing or making assumptions. If people still see chemistry, I let that be too. Personally, I’d like a season where each have casual flings and focus on their vocation. That’s the part I found attractive and made me invested in the relationship, not the shoehorned in BB scenes that started at the end of season 4.

  18. MFLuder14 on April 15th, 2011 1:00 pm

    I’m still sorting out my thoughts on B&B in this ep, but I can say that I will always love VNM. While it was a bit of a stretch, I think his story line kind of worked. I am pretty sure he mentioned having a sponsor of some type earlier on this season. Either way… I love him. I think my favorite line (probably in the whole episode) was “I’m clever with ribbon,” when he was describing to Brennan how he made her iguana a hat. I can picture it…and I love it. Haha!

  19. Piper on April 15th, 2011 1:00 pm

    this was clearly meant to be a filler episode, so i really think people need to lower their standards somewhat. not every episode can have a nail-biter murder mystery, intense BB scene, etc., especially after 6 seasons. also, i think people should remember that john francis daley (sweets) wrote this episode, not the regular writing team, and therefore cut it a little slack. overall i thought it was a fun light-hearted episode, and just what a filler ep should be.

  20. AnthroStudent on April 15th, 2011 1:02 pm

    I really liked last nights Episode It was enjoyable to me. It was a light fun episode just like JFD said it would be so going in to it I knew what I was in for. I agree with everyone saying how there is just a lot of negative out there now. I chose to stay in the positive because this is a TV show and its my favorite I am not going to nit pick and tear down everything little thing just because I don’t like it I am going to enjoy the things I did like and the things that make me happy. Last nights end scene with B&B was just what I needed. So all in all I liked it and Haters you can keep on hating, in my opinion if you are just going to complain every week then don’t watch the show, there is no sense in watching just to moan and whine every week when it’s over!

  21. Tester on April 15th, 2011 1:23 pm

    Well, maybe the wonderful positive fans should practice what they preach and stop picking on comments they don’t approve of.

    It’s sad but apart from some sparks at the Jeffersonian, I like the show MORE when there’s less of the drama surrounding BB. In fact, I liked the case, even if it was another cop out non-murder. And even though the murderer was telegraphed from the beginning, the process was fun.

    I’ll join the chorus of criticism about BB’s current imbalance. And it is not about impatience regarding BB. I wholeheartedly agree, and think it’s really perceptive, but it’s during these filler episodes that shows establish their philosophy, tone, direction. So saying filler episodes shouldn’t be critiqued makes no sense to me. So to follow last week’s episode with yet another repetition where the writers make Brennan out to be less human and making it seem as if her faith in logic were something that needed apologizing or fixing was deplorable to me.

    Taken in isolation or in an earlier season, I’d have been fine with Booth intentionally testing Bones with the stupid Yeti story. But not at this point. I would love to see Bones devise a lesson for Booth too, and maybe have the Lab remember they too respected Bones for her scientifically, rationally grounded empathy for victims.

  22. Ays on April 15th, 2011 1:30 pm

    Personally, I liked the episode. Aside from the B & B scenes which actually detracted from the episode, it was fun. There has been too little focus on the lab and the ensemble in it this season, preferring to show us Booth and Hannah in bed, kissing, etc. or Booth and Brennan both being completely awkward as they both seem to have left their personalities behind somewhere.

    VNM stated in an earlier episode that he’d had a stint in rehab after spending all of his Jeopardy winnings so the AA thing tied into that. It might have been a bit insensitive to take it in such a tongue-in-cheek way, but it seemed to fit with VNM’s general quirkiness. It’s an interesting juxtaposition to have him spreading the rumor that he’s having an affair with Brennan while in earlier episodes Wendell is terrified that Brennan might be hitting on him!

  23. Maggie on April 15th, 2011 1:44 pm

    While I do understand there are “off episodes,” this one hit the nail on the donkey (so to speak). Someone commented about how Booth has lost his yearning for Brennan and I couldn’t agree more. It seems that once annoying blondy (her voice killed me) entered the scene, the writers/directors/actors made a poor decision for Booth to really fall for her without presenting some cognitive dissonance. The click happened and it’s hard to go back from there. Sure she was lame and “not the marrying kind,” but unfortunately there were not other little fumbles that made us feel safe knowing that Booth would find his way back to Bones, unscathed. Is our vicarious love affair with Booth and Brennen and Bones over? I don’t think so. But the writers room should be heating up right about now and shooting some last-minute footage to splice into next weeks to keep us alive and well. I think a good save would be Booth taking a trip to do a little post heartbroken soul searching and have an epiphany that doesn’t come from an external source or a dream but rather something more solid that makes him realize that Brennon is his one and only and he will play the game until she is ready and wait for it. I’d also like to see them on some vacation together where they are forced to explore without exploring remains. Pfew, now i feel better. I will try to forget that tonight ever happened. And if someone up there is reading this from the team and wants to send a thank you for these careful and genius thoughts. you can direct your appreciation to jbsbj@earthlink.net Oh and one more thing. David, stop wishing everyone and their mother happy birthday on twitter. you are not a clown. you are a fantastic and smart actor who can be giving great motivational booth-like isims via twitter. We know you have it in you!

  24. Chris on April 15th, 2011 2:51 pm

    It was a filler episode, meant to be light and fun. And I enjoyed it. Also last week we had a filler episode, but it was badly written in my opinion. While I hated it last week, I found myself pleasantly entertained this week.
    So I give my congrats to John F Daley, because all the charachters have been wisely used, it was a very balanced episode, a fun case, and a good B&B interaction. The animal psychic was particularly hilarious!!

    Overall I believe it is indeed a very weak season, and I also find myself a bit confused to where these charachters are going, as individuals and as a couple. I don’t recognize them anymore, and while I liked the episode this week, I am struggling to understand what is really going on between B&B.
    So i perfectly understand the negative comments, this show used to be so much higher quality in the past, I don’t think it’s fair to blame fans who are just seeing that and commenting it. And it’s also unfair to just say it’s because fans want B&B their way (read hookup) because that’s not the problem. Bad scripts and SL are such even with B&B getting together.
    I also did not seen any disrespect here, so I would just let anyone express their opinion when no-one is entitled to decide what comments should be here and who should just shut up.

    I personally believe that this season has suffered from some unwise decisions of the authors and some extra burden on their desks (the spin off) which has taken away time and attention from Bones. So overall the result is a bit messy.
    On the other hand it has given some remarkable episodes too, and I am very very hopeful that next season the producers will clear up their minds and write consistent, solid and entertaining scripts with the charachters the way they have been created.
    Last but not least: I agree with who says that the chemistry between the lead actors is gone. It might be me, but I do fail to see it anymore. I also don’t see any UST anymore, it’s evaporated. Whether it’s intentional, or just poor writing, or tired and bored actors I don’t know.
    But I beg Hanson & C. to please pay extra focus on that, because it used to be the best chemistry and UST on TV, and it’s a shame it’s fading even without the consummation, just too much of a waste.

    Sarah, your reviews are always gold, Thank you.

  25. Cheryl on April 15th, 2011 4:57 pm

    I guess I must be easily entertained! I don’t watch many shows or DVR if I am not going to be home and BONES is one of them. In this episode I actually laughed out loud a few times – that doesn’t happen usually on this show. I am not a writer or an actor so who I am to critique them? I know I have enjoyed other episodes more but I look forward to visiting their world and leaving mine for an hour a week! I like the characters on the show and will continue to watch and see where they end up. Simple for me!

  26. Maggie on April 15th, 2011 5:31 pm

    one more comment here. I absolutely love bones and think it is the smartest most balanced show on television. i also think the actors and characters are wonderful. This is the reason I am even compelled to comment. I have never commented in public about anything related to film or tv but it is so darn good that I want to provide my feedback with the hopes that someone up there is reading. I do not think that one episode a bad show makes. On the contrary, i think everyone is allowed and off night. And i love sweets. good for him that he’s getting a piece of the writing action. Agree, the dog thing was funny as were some other pieces. It’s just the love that is lost between bones n brennon. we need that back. for the love of true love, bring a little spark back and allow these two unlikely gems to find one another organically again, somehow.

  27. Kayla on April 15th, 2011 5:34 pm

    What happened to the random facts spewed forth from VNM’s lovely british mouth? While I loved his confessions, especially the iguana one, and also Bones’ reaction, why AA? He didn’t need an excuse for his nutty behavior, he needed to continue it. I don’t like these changes to the squints, they used to be funny, and now they’re just pitiful. Except for Daisy, she was always pitiful.

    The case was completely obvious. I had the killer pinned from the moment they introduced her and knew it was for business. I did love Hodgin’s excitement however, and his disappointment was like a kid finding out there’s no Santa Claus.

    I liked the interaction between Booth and Bones, to me it seemed much warmer than the past few bland weeks, even with the hidden allusions. The show still seems to be full of gray matter however, and there’s no fun in the relationship as past seasons. It’s not even that the fans are tired of the back and forth, it’s like the writers are.

  28. Maggie on April 15th, 2011 6:15 pm

    now that is genius. it’s like the writers are tired of the back and forth. Don’t be tired, writers. take a nap! we aren’t tired of it!

  29. tjpml11 on April 16th, 2011 12:18 am

    @MFLuder14, I just have to say that I 100% agree with your favorite line! I LOVED it! VNM says it in such a way that makes it even that much better. I am glad I am not the only one who finds these quirky little things funny!

    I was having a conversation with another Bones fan about the changes in the characters, more specifically the way they are being written this season. She brought up an interesting opinion in regards to the sudden Booth is the most moral man on TV and he is perfect, almost saintly. She thought that there might be some correlation between Booth’s saintliness and David’s person trangressions. That for whatever reason the writers felt the need to make sure that Booth remained untainted by the possible crossover. It really made sense to me. I definitely think that (without making any personal judgement on his behavior) it could be plausable for them to believe that they needed to make clear that Booth is not the kind of guy to cheat or be unmoral. We have seen were what an actor does in his personal life affects his role or show on tv. And while we all can say how his life is seperate and private (because we will be the typical hypocritical fans and defend him because we love Booth, I am guilty of this too) we know that the truth is much less kind. Many people don’t see it that way. I can see where it is plausable that instead of spinning the stories and doing damage control they just took a much clearer holier then thou approach with Booth to disassociate any immoral behavior on David’s part. It makes as much sense to me as anything else I have tried to come up with for the drastic change in his character. It is so obvious when watching the other seasons compared to this one. Anyway it was just a thought as to why this new and saintly Booth has appeared in Session 6.
    I have a lot of problems with season 6 and there have been A LOT of episodes I could barely watch once and will not replay over and over. I hate the chop sho job they have done to the characters and relationships I love and have become an important part of my guilty TV pleasures. BUT even on the worst episode day Bones is still such a better show then 90% of the ones on now. I have a huge list of complaints and find many critques of recent story telling and the direction of the show. Most of those are because this show has been so brilliant in the past and provides such a high level when they are firing on all cylinders that when they are off (especially for fans) it is easy to see it and tear it apart. But even with all that I will always want more Bones, always want Thursday nights to hurry and get here, and always want it to get better and tell the story they built years having me invest in!

  30. ann on April 16th, 2011 7:29 am

    IF they would admit the mistakes of hannah introduction,fans would accept her as booth girlfriend/and not have anything more to said/they are in letting booth talk to her in the way he did at the table for a reasons for bones to take personal timed

  31. ann on April 16th, 2011 8:39 am

    marisa, why do you feel the need to rewrite my comments? trying to make it seemed I CAN’T spelled/you did me that way last week.

  32. Tester on April 16th, 2011 10:20 am

    @tjpml11, I think I heard that theory earlier in the season but I wasn’t convinced because when in the history of PR has being a man-slut ever really hurt the actor with the audience? (I don’t know whether to put a smiley or sad face there. :))Besides, I thought DB’s sleaziness was open secret while Booth is such a wish fulfillment character. But even if it’s true, I think it was a particularly bad decision this season. – Because making one main character saintly, especially when they were determined to bring the other character down so much, just raises ire. – Because as many have pointed out, Booth’s character has always walked the fine line between morally upstanding and morally judgmental. So this season really pushed it for me, and many it seems.

    I think the idea that Bones and Booth are awkward intentionally makes sense for their relationship, but I don’t think it makes sense for a clearly episodic procedural that’s written for random syndication more than continuity (so, so many examples, not just the TV or Brennan’s on/off Aspergers). Plus, as someone mentioned, the chemistry should still be there even in the tension. And even the recapper’s review seems forced, like a “fake it till you make it” front. The actors look old and tired and bored.

    I have to wonder if this will be like Grey’s Anatomy last one when the show really started to show fatigue last season, but then are facing a surprising rejuvenation this season by going back to what worked. Grey’s has always embraced the soap opera, so it’s different, but with Grey’s too, there were lots of complaints about making the females pathetic. Then the team really took the criticisms to heart and now the show is stronger, with fans and critics who noticed. Or, Bones could go the way of Desperate Housewives and straggle along on its last legs with actors who don’t care and a show that’s completely different from what it started out as. Either way, this season sets me up for loving the show again or letting it go, not even waiting around for closure.

  33. lishka9 on April 16th, 2011 11:56 am

    I really enjoyed the episode. It was a light and teasing episode after the dreck of the first half of the season. I like where the characters are and where they are going. There isn’t a sense of manufactured drama and I for one like that. I like that they aren’t actively trying to keep apart from each other, just waiting until it feels right and this episode gave the supporting cast an excellent chance to shine. My only complaint was that I would have loved a scene between Jo Ann Worley and the goat. I think that would have been hysterical.

    I believe the season is going to end with Booth getting into the cab with her. Either she will ask or he will but that is what I expect. We have just had too much foreshadowing for it to be otherwise.

  34. CleverWithRibbon on April 16th, 2011 6:21 pm

    I loved the nod to Episode 100 when Booth put Brennan in a cab at the very end and she drove off all smiley. I’ve been seeing B&B lately as having lost chemistry, yes, but Brennan seems to be really trying to get Booth’s attention again (all the lame jokes, for example), and Booth is just trying to recover from Hannah, so the chemistry has been one-sided (all on Brennan’s side … and she’s acting almost desperate, it seems, to get the “them-ness” back). I saw the ending with the cab as a nod to Booth maybe starting to pick up his end of the chemistry again and maybe we’ll get it back in upcoming episodes.

    Also, while I was watching, I was THRILLED to see Sweets actually carrying some weight in this episode! I’ve missed him, and I thought his scenes in this episode were some of his best all season. It was only after I watched the episode that I learned JFD had cowritten it. It’s clear he knows his character!

  35. AnnG on April 16th, 2011 7:31 pm

    Well, good signs for shippers, I hated this episode and the general trend that everyone has been pointing out about BB’s balance. (Can I just say, hallelujah! thank you, it’s been going on for so long, but been cranked up to unbearable degrees this year.)

    But I still think the season finale will be BB getting together, and think the cab theory is a good one, since they seemed to have abandoned the coffee date idea. Maybe they will combine both theories. At least someone should be happy with the show then. Seriously, I’m not being sarcastic, I think the shippers will be rewarded.

    Unfortunately, I’m a long time viewer so my shipper love has been dying in slow stages- first the anvils started (BB find out Sweets and Daisy are together and go all, “opposites never work”) then once it got to the mummy “what’s between us is ours” it got ridiculous how contrived not putting them together was. Then this season, I think the chemistry just died. I don’t think it’s awkward tension. And if you’re not invested in the main couple, this season had just sucked without payoff.

  36. AnnG on April 16th, 2011 7:39 pm

    Oh, and I thought this episode was bad because it had the same problem with the other light episodes this season. It just tries too hard to be wacky. It’s like shouting out the jokes non-stop. The whole VNM plot, like the other times they changed the interns’ whole personalities, was done without rhyme or reason. It just seems like cheap jokes, like the uptight then TMI intern plot. I miss the dry humor. Even Brennan could do the dry with w/o doing the weird laugh that have people cringing. (Seriously, if you think comments here are bad….)

    And other comments have been spot on why the more dramatic episodes have been bad as well. Even Broadsky hasn’t grabbed people’s attention the way Epps or Gravedigger did, because there’s no true tension or drama there. It’s all “Booth is a good, moral man” and the rest of the team are bridesmaids.

    Agree with Tester. Bones can do a Grey’s and improve. Or, it will just die such a slow embarrassing death that not even a hardcore fan like me will wait for closure.

  37. Eve2 on April 17th, 2011 12:50 pm

    Ann G, for me who is no longer invested in the main couple, yes this season has sucked. I watch for Brennan and her character has been done such a disservice. Too much of her becoming the comedic entertaiment has really turned me off. In the early days, there was always humor as to what she was like, but his season has gone over the top.

    I,too, am sick of the alway moral and saintly Booth. IMO he and Angela have been the most screwed up in their relationships over the seasons. As for Angela this season, I miss her as Brennan’s friend. She is just too sweet this season. But she can’t be Brennan’s friends, because this season’s Brennan is too cold and lacks empathy to have any friends. Therefore, Brennan now just sits back and waits for Booth to throw her some crumbs.

    I watch after it has aired (only since January). It still cannot hold my interest like it used to. Honestly, I am not sure if the showrunners are even trying anymore. The ratings are good and that is all they care about. I think producing a quality show is not a big concern anymore. Gimmicks and attracting a younger audience to incease ratings is all I think they care about.

  38. Delph on April 20th, 2011 4:37 am

    “I love Vincent Nigel- Murray’s normal ridiculousness, and so giving him a reason ( genuine alcoholism?) for his ridiculousness was a bummer to me,”

    It seems they have decided that behind every quirk there is an issue, that of course has to be overcome…
    You know, like Brennan is supposedly a brain person because of her trauma and not because of her true nature that otherwise is a heart person that she is only deep inside now…

  39. Amber on April 20th, 2011 5:29 am

    Just wanted to add: Thank you all for your entertainment. Your unhappy comments really do make me laugh. I look forward to the lovely people making me laugh after this weeks episode. I do want to say that I find Brennan neither cold nor lacking empathy this season. Oh and also, that I started out not watching the show on a consistent basis ( I just waited for the DVD and watched most of it then)and now, I must watch every Thursday right through the preview for the next week. If you think I am being sarcastic with my first comments you are dead wrong. :)

  40. Amber on April 20th, 2011 6:41 am

    So, I wasn’t trying to be mean. It’s just the only way I can get through some of the comments. The other option for me is to be upset about the comments but that’s not what I really want to do. We all have differing opinions on the show and on the progression (or lack thereof) of Booth and Bones. I am happy that I don’t see the show the way that so many of you do.

    I don’t think that she’s a brain person because of trauma. She has/does use logic and rationale to explain away some events, feelings etc in life because of said trauma. I am not sure that’s clear. Rephrase: Brennan is a brain person yes, good. But she utilizes it to shield herself as well some of the time. Science has its own complications but emotions and relationships are messy and extremely complicated. Just saying it’s easier to deal in hard facts. Just saying.

    I am afraid I’ve run into some kind of block. There’s more I want to say but I can’t think how to say it. I will say I am sorry the show isn’t satisfying or good for some of you any more.

    (side note on Grey’s: I love it but I’ve never ever been able to watch that show consistently during the season. I’ve attempted but other shows take over (CSI, Supernatural and now Bones). Not sure why that is.)

  41. Bear Man Fan on October 26th, 2012 7:11 pm

    I would like to know more about Brennan’s iguana. He is a very underused character. Does he even have a name?!

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