BONES Recap: ‘The Twist in the Plot’
January 29, 2013 by Sarah Curtis
Hello BONES fans! I liked this episode, “The Twist in the Plot.” How about you? While the surroundings of the murder investigation were a little kooky, the suspects and plot never turned to cartoon characters or hijinks, which created a nice balance, and also allowed for some good character work, especially for Booth and Brennan. AND it’s nice when the case organically inspires B&B BOTH to think about their personal lives — versus one of them learning a lesson, you know? The good eps have the right balance between case/B&B personal lives, and I think this one had that balance. There’s a lot to discuss, so let’s get to it!
The Scene of the Crime: A group of people on Segways are on a tour. One woman veers from the path and is followed by her video-taping husband. She falls from her scooter and onto a skeleton.
Booth, Brennan, Hodgins and Cam arrive and scope out the area. Brennan quickly determines that the victim was a female in her 30s. But when she brushes away some additional dirt, she is shocked to discover a second skeleton.
The Victim: The team identifies the first victim as Rachel Knox, a “death doula,” whose body was buried with one of her patients, Monica Craig. Monica suffered from lung cancer, and Rachel was helping her through the process as part of Special Passages, an all-natural green death and body disposal/ preparation company.
The Case Progression: Booth and Brennan talk with Rachel’s co-worker and Special Passages business partner, Mizrah (played by CHUCK’s Vik Sahay). He is devastated over Rachel’s death and over the course of the investigation, B&B find out he previously had a tantric affair with Rachel. He insists it was over, and he was fine with their working-only relationship. He understood the terms — Rachel had a three month rule when it came to relationships with men, and his time was up.
Sweets talks to Dr. Craig, trying to determine if he had any insight into why Rachel would be killed. Meanwhile, Daisy figures out that Monica’s official cause of death wasn’t lung cancer;she and Hodgins find evidence of illegal bath salt recreational drug use. When Sweets confronts Dr. Craig about this, he insists that he didn’t kill his wife — he only did nothing when she chose to kill herself.
This put Monica’s death to rest, but still left the question of Rachel’s murderer unsolved.
The Verdict: When Booth realizes that Dr. Craig called Rachel for three months leading up to Monica’s death, he figures they had an affair and questions him. Dr. Craig confesses to it and also then admits he killed Rachel at the gravesite, contributing to all of his guilt.
I’m not a Daisy fan (Booth and I agree, which has to mean something), so I dreaded this episode. But it wasn’t so bad, in the Sweets/Daisy department. I found that I didn’t really care at all about their relationship, but I’m also relieved that they didn’t get back together and that it wasn’t full of unnecessary drama. It will be interesting to see if Sweets really does get his own place because of this. (Though I LOVED the scene in Booth’s office where Booth told him not to make any decisions for two weeks and a really drunk night!)
Hodgins and Angela were great, and since they were concentrating mostly on the case, it really worked. I liked Hodgins’ scenes with Daisy, and I liked Angela’s scenes with Brennan — up until the point where Brennan awkwardly explained Angela’s death joke, and Angela told her that normal people would just laugh, causing Brennan to apologize. Ugh. Not so much that Angela reacted that way but that the writers make Brennan act weird about jokes, just to make her a punchline for Angela’s sarcasm. Watch season one’s “The Man in the Wall” and get back with us, writers.
I was back and forth with Cam in this episode. On the one hand, it was nice that she consoled Daisy at the end of the ep, and her advice was really great. BUT she also brought it up unnecessarily, and since she was the one who chewed Sweets out in the last ep for coming around the Jeffersonian, it was weird that she was in favor of that in this one.
BOOTH & BRENNAN:
I really loved B&B in this episode, and not just the end scene. I liked their candid conversations about their own burial wishes and last will and testament stuff. It was refreshing that the dialogue didn’t stray too far down the over-trodden “Brennan has so much more money than Booth” plot path, and I really liked how, in the end, they both made changes for the other one.
My favorite B&B moment was actually when they were at Special Passages, and Mizrah was holding Brennan’s hand. She gave him advice on how not to hyperventilate, and after he said pain was just part of the process, Brennan & Booth shared a “is this guy serious?” look that completely cracked me up and is a good example of what I love about their partnership.
Loved Brennan’s cute braids and PJs at the end of the ep, and I loved the way she and Booth affectionately ganged up on Sweets at the beginning of it.
I don’t spend as much time as I used to analyzing every moment of a BONES ep, BUT one that stuck out to me in this episode was, during Booth’s heartfelt video speech, when he said that he would be lucky in life to have been able to spend time he did with Brennan and Christine, even if he died then or in fifty years. It reminded me of the 100th episode (which I loved), when Booth had the goal of being with someone for thirty, forty, fifty years (which I also loved). I think he still does have that goal, but now it’s more about being with Brennan, and not just the idea of her. I genuinely believed that Booth loved Brennan then and way before, and he does now…I’m not one to say that he was only in love with the idea of her — just that now, all the more, he’s able to be more comfortable with himself and their relationship, and I like that. Brennan likes it too, which is why she tackle-hugged him. The best!
- I agree with those on Twitter who said the ep would have been epic with a Jeffster reunion!
- I liked that Brennan’s new last resting place was a volcano, harkening back to Booth’s description of her that she is Iceland.
- It’s fun that Sweets makes really good coffee, and that it would be a reason why B&B want to keep him around.
- As a literary nerd, I liked the title of the episode and the “Hamlet” references, even if I’m not 100% sure how they fit into the actual plot.
Okay, enough from me. Thoughts from you? Did you like the case? Do you think Sweets and Daisy have officially moved on? And what about B&B’s last wishes? The comments are open — sound off!
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