BONES Recap: ‘The Diamond in the Rough’
January 14, 2013 by Sarah Curtis
Hello BONES fans, and welcome to 2013! First of all, congratulations to the show for getting renewed for a ninth season. Good times!
How did you like this episode, “The Diamond in the Rough”? The ‘B&B go undercover’ episodes are historically not my favorites, but I actually thought the Booth & Brennan moments were some of the better parts of this ep, and it was fun to see guest appearances from Fox’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s Mary Murphy and Tyce Diorio. Let’s discuss!
The Scene of the Crime: A television show host illuminating the extraterrestrial stumbles across a skeleton that appears to be covered in sparkling gems. The body is transported to the Jeffersonian, and Brennan determines the victim is a young female. Bone damage to her feet indicate she was a dancer.
The Victim: Katarina Wirz (played by SYTYCD’s season 9 co-winner, Eliana Girard), one part of the dynamic dancing duo “Special K”, on her way to fame through auditions for “Dance to the Top!”.
Potential Suspects and Motives: In the world of competitive dance, there are all kinds of motives, leading to all sorts of suspects like the other “K” in “Special K”, Kendrick (played by Dmitri Chaplin), his new partner Blossom, other competitors Rocco (played by SYTYCD season 9’s co-winner Chehon Wespi-Tschopp) and Leila’s overbearing mother. With Katarina out of the competition, others have a greater opportunity to win.
The Case Progression: While Booth and Brennan go undercover as Buck and Wanda Moosejaw to try to determine why Katarina was killed (and by whom), Hodgins, Cam, and Wendell attempt to figure out how she died. Hodgins tries several experiments to clean the crystals from the skeleton. They also determine that Katarina’s neck was broken.
Brennan and Booth try to keep up in the dance competition auditions while also subtly interrogating possible suspects. Booth talks to Kendrick to see if he had anything to do with Katarina’s death, and Brennan questions Leila about her new chance at success now that Katarina is out of the picture.
Both are verbally accosted by Leila’s mother, and when it’s revealed that Katarina suffered from lead poisoning, Brennan begins to suspect the mother, who used lead-based dye when sewing dance costumes.
Booth and Sweets discuss the murder, and Sweets suggests that the killer tried the lead poisoning but failed and resorted to breaking Katarina’s neck.
The Verdict: After getting pressure from B&B, Leila confesses to poisoning Katarina, and when her mother flips out, Booth realizes that Leila’s boyfriend killed Katarina. He was hoping Leila would make it big and they could escape her mother.
After the (much loved by me) ending of “The Method in the Madness,” where Booth and Brennan affectionately gave Sweets the fun send-off, Hart Hanson mentioned something to the effect that it was just too much fun having Sweets living with B&B and they (the writers) couldn’t quite part with that storyline yet. I was bummed at the time, because I thought it lessened the specialness of the send-off, and I’m still a little bummed. It hasn’t been the worst ever that Sweets is still living with B&B, but there just isn’t a point to it, except for possible ease of staging, which is not a good enough reason. Having the episode open with Sweets just hanging out by himself in B&B’s living room was a turn off for me. And while I thought it was SERIOUSLY odd that Booth mentioned his mother, I liked the conversation with Booth and Sweets about Booth’s possible past as a gigolo.
Wendell is my favorite squintern, so I liked that he was in this episode, and that he participated with Hodgins in the experiment. The gem encrusted skeleton was pretty cool, and it made for some cool lab-work.
On the other hand, Angela is still the worst. I understand having a job crisis, but she is being so immature.
- Was condescending to Brennan (twice) when she tried to help put things into perspective
- LEFT WORK FOR THE DAY, presumably without telling anyone. It was only when Cam stopped her that she said what she was doing, in a very passive aggressive way, as if it’s Cam’s fault Angela has a job. So completely inappropriate.
- Brought Michael Vincent to the lab, and blamed Cam and later complained to Hodgins that she was “called back” to work
- Allowed Hodgins and Cam to finagle her freedom for her, without actually taking any responsibility herself
I get that the Jeffersonian job is very demanding, and yes, we would all like to do whatever we want to do, whenever we want. But what sucks the most is that there are a TON of creative people in real life who are in jobs that aren’t as fulfilling creatively as they’d like. But they don’t whine about them. They figure it out. Presenting Angela’s actions as okay BECAUSE she’s creative and artsy, and “oh, no one at the lab would ever understand TRUE art” is garbage. Moving on.
Loved Hodgins’ experiment, and I while I hated Angela getting everything handed to her, I did like how he went to Cam for help about it. I liked that Cam approached Angela about fewer hours at the Jeffersonian and also how she didn’t lie when Angela told her she knew Hodgins was behind it.
BOOTH & BRENNAN:
Cheers to Emily Deschanel (Brennan)and David Boreanaz (Booth) for their willingness to just go for it, humor wise. The dance competition and rehearsal scenes were over the top, but go big or go home, right? It’s kind of interesting that in every undercover operation they’ve had, Booth is a surprise expert (knife throwing, bowling and now ballroom dancing), and when I say interesting, I mean convenient for the writers.
Speaking of the writing, was anyone else surprised that Brennan mentioned sneaking around in building basements with guys in high school? Based on what we know of her past relationships, that seemed OOC to me. It was very in character for Booth to say backseats were more his style, haha, and I liked their little private moment and it was cute when the janitor left them alone.
The one thing that saved this episode for me was the genuine looks of adoration on Booth and Brennan’s faces at the very end, when they were dancing with one another. I guess the empty room was supposed to symbolize that when they are together, it’s like no one else is there…and not that they kept dancing for hours until everyone left. That was sort of strange. BUT the general vibe was sweet and the scene reminded me of season 4’s “Fire in the Ice” end scene, which is one of my all time faves.
Thoughts from you? Did you like the case? Did you like B&B’s undercover dancing work? What do you think of Angela’s actions and how it turned out at the lab? The comments are open–sound off!
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