BONES Recap: ‘The Gunk in the Garage’
October 2, 2012 by Sarah Curtis
Hey, BONES fans! How did you like this episode, “The Gunk in the Garage”? I’m no squint, but Brennan wearing that trenchcoat again leads me to believe this is one of our four bonus episodes of the season. I thought it was more filler than bonus, but I did like a lot about the ep, and there is a lot to talk about. But first, please tell me I’m not the only one who got a little nervous seeing Brennan and Hodgins alone together in the parking garage. Right? It’s a good thing the Gravedigger is dead…that’s all I’m saying!
The Scene of the Crime: It’s rare we see the murders take place (which is a good thing about BONES, in my opinion!), but this week, that is what happened, as the episode began with a man walking to his car in a hotel parking garage. He spots a random Big Gulp cup on the roof of his car and sheepishly reaches for it. But as his fingers wrap around the plastic, a bomb explodes, completely eviscerating his body throughout the parking garage. Ew!
The Victim: After Angela runs a report on the DMV data base, she thinks the victim is Robert Carlson, but when Sweets and new FBI agent Olivia Sparling arrive at his home to tell his wife, Gina, Robert shows up at his own home, alive. Later, Angela and Brennan realize Robert has a twin brother. Robert was not aware of this, but Angela (with Sweets’ help) narrows the search down to Jerry Langella as Robert’s long lost twin and the victim of the car bombing.
Potential Suspects/Motives: Sweets and Sparling visit a hotel manager, Drew Franklin. He denies involvement, but also refuses to give Sweets and Sparling the hotel’s camera footage. Sweets and Sparling also talk to Lisa, Jerry’s wife. She’s less than sad that Jerry is dead and automatically assumes someone killed him. But her alibi checks out.
Booth, who’s out of the field game because he got roped in to making a presentation of the department’s budget, encourages S&S to watch the security tapes and see if they notice anything else. Meanwhile, Brennan and Hodgins visit a manufacturing plant and meet Steve Keneally, who reports they had a recent break-in and some explosives are missing.
Lab Results: Brennan and Cam examine Jerry’s body and find bone breakage not synonymous with the explosion—suggesting was in trouble with a bookie or some other sort of mean person. Hodgins is able to use a cockroach egg from the detonator wire to determine how the explosive was made. Angela uses the hotel footage and notices Carlson and Langella were at the hotel at the same time. They were both there for a self-actualization seminar promising personal freedom.
The Verdict: Sweets and Sparling talk to Robert, asking him why he lied about being at the hotel. He admits he didn’t want Gina to know, because he was going to give the synergy leader all of his money and move to their compound in Colorado. S&S then talk to Gina, who admits she was furious with Robert for giving their money away and she paid someone to kill Robert. She claims it’s not her fault the hitman made a mistake. When she confesses that Robert isn’t dead “yet,” they know the hitman is still on the loose.
Brennan realizes Keneally has access to the missing explosives. She calls Booth, who abandons the budgetary presentation to take to the streets with Sparling and Sweets. They apprehend Keneally and arrest him for murder, keeping Robert alive.
I really liked all of the Jeffersonian squint action and LOVED the Brennan and Hodgins experiment in the lab. I like when Cam knows what she’s talking about (i.e. how a person’s bones might have been broken in the past), and I like when Cam and Booth’s friendship shows up in episodes. I’m not sure how I feel about Booth wanting Cam to make the budgetary presentation for him, but I guess as head of the lab, it sort of makes sense.
I thought Angela was at her best both professionally, with the work she did and personally with all of the intuitive work she did on Sweets re: Olivia.
Sweets — I don’t know sometimes. I liked that he had the lead on this case, and I thought that really worked. I also liked that he was pitted up against/with someone who is not in the regular J-team. I think Booth, etc. all care about Sweets and so they put up with his personality quirks. He’s not like a pet project or anything…he puts up with their quirks, too. I’m just saying it’s always interesting to put someone else in the mix and pairing that person with Sweets was a cool combo. BUT, for someone who is SO COMMITTED to Daisy (his words, my worst nightmare), he sure is easily swayed…that’s all. I loved when Booth said he was overcompensating and defensive, and I laughed when Angela said he was getting flustered, but I didn’t love that he *was*…does that make sense?
BOOTH and BRENNAN:
The beginning BB scene about the stroller made me laugh and reminded me of season four’s “The Princess and the Pear” when Brennan succumbed to Booth’s charm, and they both knew it. “You want some more?” Booth asked then, and it feels only fair that he now succumbs to Brennan’s pouty face. That Brennan USES a pouty face…well, that is sort of up for debate, I guess. I do think Brennan is normally above emotional manipulation, but she also likes winning, so…I guess it could go either way. What do you think?
What didn’t work for me:
- Starling’s character was just so over the top, which stinks. If it had been developed more, it might have really, really worked. And while I do hate Daisy, I also don’t really like women who go around kissing other women’s boyfriends. At work. After they shoot them. So… mixed feelings there.
- We only get a few episodes per season with Caroline, and this one felt a bit wasted. For the record though, I love when she comes on to Booth in her sassy way and how Booth just can’t deal, haha!
- Booth has been behind the desk for different reasons over the years and thankfully it’s usually only for one episode or so. I didn’t care much for that, but I did like that he got pretty anxious about it — that was in character. Crabby Booth is fun Booth!
What I loved:
- I liked this case and the way the story developed through the episode
- As much as I liked the stroller discussion in the SUV, I loved the end of the episode when Brennan got her way again and can buy stuff for Booth, including a grill for Christine. I hope that ends the money bickering between them once and for all. Not holding my breath, but I still hope!
- Loved, loved, loved Hodgins bragging about blowing up the multi-purpose room in the middle school science fair and being so proud that it put him on his first “watch list.” Hahahaha!
Enough from me — what did you think? Did you like Olivia Sparling? Did you like this case? How about the Booth and Brennan interactions? Thoughts? The comments are open — sound off!
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