BONES Recap: The Bod in the Pod
November 20, 2012 by Sarah Curtis
Hello, BONES fans! How did you like “The Bod in the Pod”? While there was no build-up on the show, there has been some hype in the press about a new relationship for Cam, and this episode brought that to light. Between that, Sweets still roosting at B&B’s, and a pretty cool case, there is a lot to discuss, so let’s get to it!
The Scene of the Crime: Booth, Brennan and Hodgins are called to a beach, where there has been a garbage spill, including a mysterious pod housing some human remains. The pod doesn’t appear to have any openings, and it’s a mystery how the body got inside of it. The body and pod are shipped to the Jeffersonian, where Hodgins and Arastoo try to make sense of it all. Arastoo thinks it’s strange, and Hodgins quotes Hamlet with “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio”. Ten points to the first person who can name the OTHER Bones episode that referenced that quote (hint: season two!). Hodgins uses a laser on the pod, and after opening it, he tries to identify (by smell) the situation with the remains and faints.
While Hodgins wakes up, Brennan pulls the skull from the pod and decomposed fluids. The teeth were bashed in, indicating a violent death. There were also wood slivers included with the remains, and Angela is able to piece them together to identify a stamp, one that belongs to a local lumber mill, Lumber for Less.
Charles “Lucky” Milner, a worker at a lumber mill who also worked as a crime scene cleaner-upper. Lucky was married, but also having an affair with a co-worker, Renee.
The Case Progression
Booth and Brennan talk to Renee, who is very upset at Lucky’s death. Renee insists that Lucky was going to leave his wife Lisa and that Lisa was crazy. B&B find this hard to believe.
Booth talks with Lisa, who admits that she is Lucky’s fourth wife, and she was aware that he was probably cheating on her. She is most concerned with how Lucky’s death will affect her son, Davy, who Lucky took under his wing in the crime scene clean-up business. He was looking to make Davy a partner. Booth tells her he’ll have to talk to Davy too.
But it’s Sweets who does that questioning. Davy is troubled but insists he is innocent. He tells Sweets they need to be questioning Melvin Carville, Lucky’s rival, and owner of “Grim Sweeper Cleaning”, a crime scene cleaning company. Excellent, excellent company name.
At the lab, Angela tries to identify possible murder weapons and Hodgins tries to figure out how the pod was made. Angela is able to determine several possibilities, but the tools are common and both Melvin and Davy have sets. Hodgins realizes that Lucky’s body was wrapped in plastic and applied with chemicals to speed decomposition. Heat and other factors hardened the plastic, creating the pod.
Sweets questions Melvin, who insists that he would never kill Lucky–they were about to go into business together. He puts a verbal challenge to Brennan to check Davy’s tools first, after all…Davy would be the one who would lose the most by that business partnership. When the lab examines Davy’s scrubbed clean tools against Melvin’s bloodied tools, Cam figures the lack of blood indicates Davy’s guilt. But Brennan has a hunch (to the horror of the team) that it’s Carville, especially because he challenged her. She goes on a mission to prove herself right.
It doesn’t look good for Brennan when she, Hodgins and a team of FBI techs scour a potential crime scene. But when Brennan uses an old trick she learned in another country, she is able to pull blood up through concrete. There are knee prints in the blood, indicating the killer bent on the ground to cover it all up–also indicating the killer had a knee replacement. When Booth confronts Carville about his artificial knee, it doesn’t look good for him. As Brennan said, “Gotcha”.
What didn’t work for me:
- This episode had a very disjointed feel among the storylines, and there were very awkward day-to-night-to-day transitions
- I actually liked Cam with Arastoo more than I thought I would (LOVED THE POEM!), but it is still weird that she is his employer, and the secrecy with the payroll issues and then subsequent book of poems, etc. also added to the disjointed storyline
- I like Sweets in general, and I do like when he does profiling or interrogations for cases, but it’s just awkward when he is around B&B in their home. I did love the way they ganged up on him, but why is he leaving books in their bathroom?! And what was with him dissing Brennan and saying he found it hard to believe she ever talked about anything besides work? AS IF! Bad writing.
- While I liked Hodgins reading the poem translations to Angela, I thought it was weird that Angela was getting texts from Paul, Cam’s ex. Not a good introduction to that storyline at all
What I loved:
- I actually liked this case idea and I really enjoyed most all of the lab work in this episode. Hodgins’ turkey experiment was cool
- The interactions between Hodgins and Arastoo were terrific–I liked how Arastoo confided in him and how Hodgins kept his secret
- Brennan reading that poem in Farsi was very beautiful
- I laughed out loud when Booth asked Brennan if her shaman story was going to be a dirty story. He was kind of hoping it was going to be, I think! Haha! Booth likes it a little dirty, I’m guessing. Good times.
- Brennan’s first two “Gotchas” were kind of annoying, but the third one had that fierce air that she used to have in earlier seasons, when she was so passionate about hunting down murderers. Loved that one
- Loved, loved, loved the scene in Booth’s office where he and Brennan talk about why they love one another. I liked Brennan’s three reasons and that Booth doesn’t have reasons. Also liked that Brennan liked that about him. A very, very nice scene.
Okay, enough from me. What did you think about this episode? Did you like the case? Are you a fan of Cam/Arastoo? Do you think Booth will find out? And how about Sweets? Is he annoying you, or are you enjoying his turn at the BB Mighty Hut? The comments are open–sound off!