BONES Recap: ‘The Corpse in the Canopy’
January 22, 2013 by Sarah Curtis
Hello BONES fans! This episode, “The Corpse in the Canopy,” was intense! And like all episodes involving Christopher Pelant, we’re left with more questions than answers. But I think the Jeffersonian team is getting to him, and hopefully he’ll soon be apprehended. Of course, a bullet wound to the face from Booth is nothing to scoff at either. A lot happened in this episode, so let’s discuss!
The Scene of the Crime: Hodgins and Angela wake up to the sound of Michael crying. They are slightly drugged and then horrified to see a human corpse draped over the canopy of their bed. To make things worse, there are bloodied corpus petals deliberately arranged within Michael’s crib.
Angela calls Brennan and Booth to check it out, and after some disagreements between the couples, they agree to bring the body to the lab for an investigation, albeit one on lockdown.
The Victim: Cam, Angela and Brennan determine the victim was in the special forces, and FBI Agent Flynn tells Booth the victim is Xavier Freeman.
The Case Progression: Booth and Sweets go to Freeman’s apartment, where they see an open safe with non-military guns and weapons. Booth realizes Freeman was working for Serberus, a private army. He and Flynn go to the office and want to look around, but they are denied. When they try to get Caroline to get them a warrant, she tells them they need more proof.
Flynn suggests spamming Pelant, and Angela agrees. It works, and they are able to trace him to a Serberus server.
Hodgins tries to determine what Pelant used to drug him and Angela, and after performing self-inflicted lung biopsies, he traces the material back to a company owned by his family’s business, the Cantilever group.
Meanwhile, Pelant contacts Brennan and chides her for not figuring out the masterpiece he left her to solve. Frustrated, she and Cam continue to look for clues. Cam notices small marks on the victim and then Brennan realizes Pelant flayed Freeman’s body to mirror an ancient Roman corpse. Angela pulls up photos of both corpses. Cam spots a few discrepancies, and after Brennan assumes they are deliberate, they pull up a code MELYCU.
While Booth, Flynn and a SWAT team take over Serberus, Angela, Hodgins, Brennan and Cam try to figure out what Pelant’s motivation is. They realize that MELYCU stands for lyceum, and he is sending a plane to bomb a school in Africa.
Flynn and Booth catch up with Pelant, but Flynn is taken down by a hidden machine gun. Booth drags him out and escapes just fast enough to shoot a couple of bullets at Pelant as he drives away in a getaway car.
The FBI and the Jeffersonian can see the effects of Pelant’s coding, and then Hodgins realizes that Pelant is stealing all of his money. He has to choose — the money, or the school for girls. He chooses the girls, and the plane is deterred, after Angela disengages the bomb.
The Verdict: The tricky thing about Pelant episodes is that there are some loose ends…like how exactly did he kill Freeman? I understand how he dealt with the body afterward, but how did he actually murder him? It’s unanswered. Pelant is also a criminal mastermind, so there are a lot of things unanswered. I think the show gets away with answering the questions they WANT to and leaving the rest to Pelant’s “genius,” which may or may not be a little lazy. I’m not 100% sure.
BUT the end result of this episode is that Pelant is still on the loose, though slightly incapacitated by the wound he received after Booth shot at him. I have to say that the whole “Hodgins losing all of his money” plot and Pelant sewing up his face at the end felt like a scene from a comic book movie. I liked this episode, but those parts both felt kind of contrived.
I liked how the team worked together in this episode, but there were a couple of points that stood out to me. One interesting thing was how Cam bristled against Sweets when he came to the lab to talk to Hodgins. Cam was all, “How dare you talk to my employees,” which is sort of out of nowhere, in my opinion.
One of my favorite parts was when Caroline said “Slow your roll, Seeley Booth.” Good times!
As far as Hodgins and Angela, it was nice to see them work through this together. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future if they really are poor, but for now, they seem good.
BOOTH & BRENNAN:
I actually liked that there weren’t a ton of emotional B&B scenes in this episode. They both knew what they had to do and they were perfectly fine letting the other one do what needed done. I liked the beginning of the ep, where they talked through what happened to Hodgins and Angela, and I liked that Brennan deferred to Booth on how the case should be handled. Loved the subtle flinch on Booth’s face when Hodgins asked him about his “kills” and the way he responded.
It’s my fave when B&B are the emotional core and structure for the rest of the team, so I really liked when Brennan gave Angela good advice and when Booth didn’t let Sweets go into Serberus with him, because he needed him on the outside in case he didn’t make it out.
Enough from me. What did you think about the Hodgins money storyline? Do you think Flynn is a bad guy or a good guy? And how will Pelant strike next? The comments are open — discuss!
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