BONES Season Finale Recap: ‘The Past in the Present’
May 15, 2012 by Sarah Curtis
Hey BONES fans! It’s hard to believe this season is over, and wow — what a finale! I loved “Crack in the Code” earlier in 2012, and this episode “The Past in the Present,” directed so keenly by David Boreanaz, kept it up nicely. There is SO MUCH to discuss, and I know I won’t cover everything. But let’s at least give it a shot!
The Scene of the Crime: At a wildlife refuge, a set of remains is discovered. Male, 30s, the victim appears to have been ravaged by a pack of wolves. When Brennan recognizes an unusual past bone break on the victim, she identifies who it is. After all, she’s the one who set the break.
The Victim: Dr. Ethan Sawyer, a one-time graduate school peer of Brennan’s. Ethan was most recently diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and he made some threats against Christine.
Potential Suspects and Motives: At the crime scene, Brennan suggests that the team’s current nemesis Christopher Pelant is behind Ethan’s death. And eventually, she confesses to Booth that she was conspiring with Ethan to help catch Pelant. Soon all of the signs point toward Brennan herself as the only likely suspect. Pelant manages to doctor footage of Brennan leaving Ethan’s psychiatric ward the night before he disappeared, and he manufactures a call for help to Booth from Brennan, leading Booth to break into Pelant’s home and beat him up. (Quite rightly — well done, Booth!)
When Booth is taken off the case, a Special Agent Flynn is assigned. I’m not sure if he was suspicious because I’m suspicious of ANYONE threatening Booth or Brennan, or if he really doesn’t seem to be trustworthy. Thoughts from you? He also removes Sweets from the case, and when Caroline receives a large sum of money from Brennan’s account, she too is removed from the case. The evidence continues to pile up, including a match of Ethan’s hair in Brennan’s Prius. Cam reports the findings to the FBI, despite her sadness.
Meanwhile, Max arrives and wants Brennan to get off the grid.
The Verdict: As the episode came to a close, the team was no closer to catching Pelant than they were at the beginning of the episode, leaving us with a big cliffhanger. The BONES creators/writers are notorious for using the word “reset” to describe how they treat finales/premiers, and for the first time, I really feel like things will be different when the show comes back.
Each one has a personal battle of loyalty and love and rational, hardworking case solving thought processes. Cam and Wendell seemed focused on solving the case no matter what, while understandably, Angela was more concerned about clearing Brennan’s good name. Mega-friendship points for Angela in this episode, but please don’t think I’m dissing Cam or Wendell or anyone else who was doing what he or she thought was best.
Sweets also shows his hand when he insists Brennan would not have killed Ethan. It reminded me of “The Verdict in the Story,” when Booth stood up for Brennan on the stand. (Without the being in love with Brennan and “That’s a lot of heart” part, haha.)
Hodgins also wanted to skew the evidence toward Pelant, but he also came clean when the facts were that he’d given Brennan a flower that could have been used to extract some poison found on Ethan. Hodgins cares about Brennan, but this is a different reaction than what he’s had in the past with serial killers. With Gormogon, he had the Zack impact, and well…we know his interactions with the Gravedigger.
What are your thoughts on Max’s involvement? I think it was obvious as soon as he knew what was happening what his suggestion would be. I have mixed feelings, but I also appreciated the love he expressed for Brennan, Christine, and even Booth.
BOOTH & BRENNAN:
With the possible leap of Brennan declaring Pelant as Ethan’s murderer and Booth wanting Sweets to frame Pelant in his profile, I thought B&B were both completely in character. Those two moments could also be explained by intense stress, I suppose, but I feel like Booth and Brennan have always held steady. They did all the more as the episode went on, and I loved how each one’s core characteristics began to shine through — Brennan’s rational observation of facts and possible causes/reactions, and Booth’s unfailing trust that his gut KNOWS the difference between right and wrong and true and false. But through all of that, even as they sort of bickered in a softer way, their love for one another prevailed.
I liked the end scene where Brennan told Booth she loved him, not just because of Christine, and I liked the way Booth told her everything would be fine.
I love, love, love, love, love, love, love to infinity that Brennan took Christine with her. Gosh, my heart broke for Booth into about a million pieces, and he’s got to be going crazy. But I think it was really important for Brennan to not allow Max to take Christine with him alone and have her go somewhere else to hide out.
Last week’s ep was the “love letter” to fans, but for me, this one was the true love letter — an awesome episode with hints of past moments, excellent character work, good writing, scary as heck villain and heartbreaking moments of friendship, love and loyalty — both to Brennan as a person and to the rational and logical ideals she has enforced at the lab and instilled to her students and peers! SO GOOD!
Okay, enough from me. There is a lot more to discuss, and I hope you will join in below. What creeped you out most? What did you love most? What are your thoughts on the reactions of each person on the team?
I want to say a quick thanks to each person who has participated in the discussions this season! Once again, the comments are open — so sound off!
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