BONES Recap: ‘The Archaeologist in the Cocoon’
January 14, 2013 by Sarah Curtis
Hello BONES fans! A long hiatus is not quite so bad when there are two episodes in a row to greet us, right? I liked this one, “The Archaeologist in the Cocoon,” more than “The Diamond in the Rough,” and I’m interested to hear what you think about it too. Let’s discuss!
The Scene of the Crime: A somewhat timid parachuter lands in a tree, and when he calls his wife to assure her that nothing is wrong, he spots a dead body. It appears to be wrapped in some sort of cocoon. Booth, Brennan, Hodgins and Cam arrive to the scene, and while Hodgins his opposed to Brennan cutting open the cocoon, she decides to anyway, causing many bugs to fall on her face. GROSS! Emily Deschanel (Brennan) is a pro.
The Victim: The team quickly identifies the victim as James Sutton, a somewhat wannabe archaeologist who is known for salacious “scientific” books rarely based on facts.
The Case Progression: Booth and Sweets talk with Sutton’s Russian widow Marina, who is pregnant and distraught. She needs the help of her brother to translate, and she gives Booth a key to a storage unit of some sort.
Booth and Brennan investigate and find Sutton’s workspace, including several relics and pieces of bone, dating back to Paleolithic times.
Booth and Brennan then talk to Sutton’s publisher, who is shocked he’s dead. She tells them James always sold his pieces to the same person. Sweets finds this man, Wayne Wilson, a Creationist who owns a museum that would deny Sutton’s claims. Wilson funded Sutton’s trips, presumably in order to destroy any relics that contradicted the Creationist theories.
When Brennan examines the skeleton and suggests James was flogged, Hodgins goes in search of a possible murder weapon. Booth talks with Marina again, who confesses that she shamed her family by marrying James. Booth begins to think that maybe Marina’s family was involved in Sutton’s death, and he accuses her brother of killing Sutton to bring honor back to the family name.
The Verdict: Upon closer examination, Cam and Brennan realize James was murdered by a sharp slice to a major artery. Brennan and Booth go back to the publisher’s house, and ask her about an elephant-shaped bookend that’s gone missing. She hems and haws a bit, but when Booth presses her, she confesses to the murder, stating that James wanted to publish his findings with someone else.
I still think there’s little to no value with Sweets living with B&B, but I did like the later scenes where Booth and Sweets talked about Brennan/Christine and the case. It made me laugh when Sweets figured he was in trouble for telling Booth what he thought. And I really loved the interrogation scene with Sweets and Wayne Wilson.
I’m going to assume that either this is one of Angela’s few hours at the lab or that it’s just an episode order issue that has her working so happily with Clark and not spewing hate for “all things Jeffersonian.”
The whole Clark vs. Brennan competitive storyline was just very unflattering for both of them (until the end), and I was not a fan. It’s one thing for Brennan to have conflict with another character, but it’s also in the way other characters talk about her (Hodgins, Cam, Angela, Sweets etc.) that REALLY shows just how the writers feel about her…and in this episode, it wasn’t very complimentary.
I also thought the whole re-enactment at the end of the lab was kind of awkward. I don’t know if it was the set design or what…it just felt strange. What did you think?
BOOTH & BRENNAN:
Another underlying thread of the episode was Brennan’s desire/expectation that Christine should be advanced in all areas for her age group — specifically in peekaboo. She tries to engage Christine in the game, but it doesn’t work. One main motive is that another child in the day care seems to have mastered it.
I thought it was a nice storyline for Brennan. It didn’t get too over the top, and by the end of the episode, she’d come to terms with her expectations and grew as a person. I liked when she confessed to Booth that she didn’t want to pass her failings on to Christine. That Booth said, “What failings?” but also gave her two thumbs up for self-awareness worked for me. I’m generally opposed to Brennan learning lessons, but this one wasn’t too bad AND the fact that she totally wanted Booth to divulge HIS failings too made me laugh. They are both cocky and hate failing at stuff, and I just thought it worked and was very sweet. And I was glad that the end scene was only between the three of them.
Enough from me — what did you think? Did you like this case, and were you surprised by the killer? Do you think Brennan is more competitive than Booth? And what did you think of the Clark vs. Brennan storyline? The comments are open — let’s discuss!
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