BONES Recap: ‘The Bump in the Road’
April 9, 2012 by Sarah Curtis
Hey, Bones fans! From dirty diapers to competitive couponing to love in the lab, this episode leaves much to be discussed, so let’s get to it.
The Scene of the Crime: A vacationing family is traveling down the highway when they run over something and all their luggage falls off the top of their car. While gathering their things, they discover a mangled body. Brennan, Cam and Booth arrive to the scene and Brennan realizes the victim’s head is not with the body. At the lab, they determine her body was dragged by a semi-truck
The Victim: Barb, an extreme couponer. Her identity is not discovered until halfway through the episode. Known for getting vicious–especially when a good deal was on the line, Barb was competitive and disliked by local Field Market store employees Chad and Crystal.
Potential Suspects and Motives: Genevieve Shaw provides Booth with the information that a weigh station existed a mile past where Barb’s body was found. Considering her body suffered from dragging, they are able to determine which semi-truck she was stuck too. Booth and Brennan question the driver, and Brennan finds Barb’s head beneath the truck. GROSS!!!
Booth talks to Barb’s husband Dale who shows him the ‘spoils’ of Barb’s coupon victories, and he also questions Chad and Crystal, especially when Chad has footage of Crystal attacking Barb. Crystal insists she didn’t kill Barb–but that one of her couponing friends might have.
At the lab, Finn, Cam, Hodgins, Angela and Brennan work together to determine that cause of death occurred by a blow to the head before Barb was caught under the semi-truck. Meanwhile, Booth and Sweets check out the coupon club. They meet Rhonda Fitzsimmons, Barb’s couponing rival. Her coupon box fits the possible murder weapon, but when Booth brings her to the FBI building, she has an alibi in the form of a stack of receipts.
Shaw tells Booth that her alibi checks out and also tells him that while Barb was pinching pennies, Dale was racking up high credit card bills while taking other women out to dinner. Booth questions him, and he admits to cheating but insists he didn’t kill his wife.
The Verdict: When a bit of blood on the skull turns out to be purple ink, Brennan realizes she knows what the murder weapon was. She and Booth arrive to the supermarket, finding Chad with his purple pen and aluminum clipboard. Brennan finds a piece of bone fragment, and Booth arrests him. Remember the end of Passenger in the Oven, where it’s weird that B&B were flirting and bantering while the murdering kid sat a few rows back? This episode felt like that. Booth is carting Chad away, but he and Brennan still bantered about organic wipes and beer nuts. It’s another example of how callous the show has become toward its victims at times, and once again the writers gets away with case hijinks by creating a victim no one actually liked.
Most of the squint action in this episode revolved around Finn ‘keeping company’ with Cam’s daughter Michele. I’m not a Finn fan, though I did like him a lot better in this episode than in “Hot Dog in the Competition”. My favorite Finn line was when he described Baby Christine as “cuter than a junebug in a jumpsuit”. Well, yes, she is cute.
Cam’s character is often written very inconsistently and…well, unattractively, I guess is the right word. Here, she lies for Finn to get Lily off his back, and she is also unprofessional toward Finn when he starts dating Michele. She also is controlling toward Michele and her future, but props to Michele for standing up to Cam about it.
Hodgins and Angela also both had something to say about Finn and Michele, and they are pro-love, it seems. I like that they stood up to Cam about Finn’s ‘past’ (I really hope this is the last episode where THAT is brought up), and while working the case, I laughed when Angela teased Hodgins about pudding conspiracies. Hodgins does like pudding, so it worked.
I also liked the Angela moment with Brennan, when Brennan finds out that Angela has snuck Michael into the lab during the day. It was an honest moment between the two–they didn’t necessarily have the same opinions, but I felt no judgment from either of them.
Sweets was perfectly fine helping Booth with the case, and honorary squint Genevieve Shaw gets a mention here too. I particularly liked her scenes with Booth (as I always do), and it’s interesting to hear that she has a son of her own. I am not sure if that will come up at any other point this season, but it is interesting…that is for sure.
BOOTH & BRENNAN:
The episode began with B&B in their lovely (nice work, set design team!) home, getting ready for Brennan’s first day at work. Booth says that Christine (nice work, baby casting team!) winked at him, but Brennan says she’s not developed enough to do that voluntarily. Booth then suggests that she could be like Brennan, brilliant and crazy about him. Haha! I liked that. Brennan winks at him, and he winks back at her. When Brennan takes Christine, she also thinks the baby winked at her. Very cute all around.
Throughout the episode, we find out that Booth used his FBI powers to do research on the daycare director, and Brennan keeps very close tabs on Christine, insisting on receiving a picture of her baby every hour. And as the episode ended, Brennan is holding her baby once again while she sleeps. Booth suggests putting her in the crib, but Brennan confesses she can’t. She missed Christine too much (very awesome stuff from Emily Deschanel there!) that day. Booth worries that maybe she’s gone back to work too quickly, but Brennan says no–the work she does is important, and she does it for Christine now, too. But she IS going to sneak her into the lab.
I liked when Booth said he was there for Brennan and for Christine too. If it feels too ‘partnerly’, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, I guess. B&B had a lot of fierce affection and protective instincts for one another as partners, so if that is what is happening now, then so be it. And I’m glad that the title of this episode, The Bump in the Road, had nothing to do with B&B.
Okay, enough from me. Thoughts from you? Did you like this case? How do you feel about Finn & Michele? Were you surprised by Shaw’s admission? And what are your thoughts on Brennan’s reaction to Christine, and Booth’s reaction to Brennan? There is more to discuss of course, and the comments are open! Sound off!