BONES Recap: ‘The Doom in the Gloom’
March 19, 2013 by Sarah Curtis
Hello BONES fans! We survived another hiatus, albeit a short one, but still. How did you like this episode, “The Doom in the Gloom”? It had a Triple D attack: Doomsday, Drugs and… Daisy. I have to say it’s not one of my favorites of the season, but there is still a lot to talk about, so let’s get to it.
The Scene of the Crime: The episode begins with a woman waking up in a rundown trailer of sorts. She has a wound on the back of her neck, and she pulls out a gun before walking to a door. But when she opens it, she’s flung backward in a massive explosion. When B&B and Hodgins and Cam arrive to the scene to examine the remains, they find many explosives as well as her skeleton. Eventually they find her skull in a toilet — which is a pretty good indicator of the tone of the episode. At least it wasn’t called “The Head in the Head.”
The Victim: Deanna Barbieri, a former Marine in her mid 30s who was living off the grid. Booth and Sweets talk to her former friend, Carlene, and find out that Deanna was involved with some Doomsday Preppers, led by a Dr. Fred Dumaski.
The Case Progression: Deanna’s medical reports from the VA don’t match up 100% with the historical markings on her skeleton, including syphilis and a rare femur break caused by a cannonball, likely one Deanna created on her own. Hodgins is able to recreate the cannonball composition and successfully performs the experiment in the lab.
As Brennan and the Jeffersonian team examine Deanna’s remains for cause of death beyond the explosion and resulting decapitation, Booth and Sweets investigate into the world of the Doomsday Preppers. Booth takes a SWAT team (which rhymes with hot team, because Booth y’all!) with him to fish out a possible underground bunker. It’s successful, and Dr. Dumaski and several others, including his wife Delores, leave the bunker.
Sweets and Booth question Dumaski at the FBI building and notice a bad bruise on his arm. He tells them that they self-treated Deanna’s cannonball wound, to prove to the group they could be self-sufficient. He also admits he gave himself a shot for venereal disease and confesses candidly that he and Deanna were having an affair — and that his wife understood…after all, it was a new world they were living in. Booth reminds “Dr. Apocalypse” that it’s still very much the current old world.
Angela recreates the Preppers’ bunker, and she and Hodgins try to figure out how a killer could have escaped it in time to kill Deanna and get back to the bunker. It seems impossible until Booth figures that maybe Deanna’s place was booby-trapped. Hodgins attempts to recreate that and is also successful.
Booth questions Milo Mills, a member of the Doomsday group known for his mechanical skills. He admits that he could have created the booby trap but that Delores Dumaski is the better suspect — after all, he didn’t do it. Milo was a very fun, quirky suspect and that scene with Booth was probably my favorite in the episode.
The Verdict: Booth and Brennan question Delores, and Brennan lights her fingernails on fire, able to pull residue that links Delores to the crime of setting the trap. She states she didn’t want Deanna around for the “new world.”
A major B-plot of the episode involved Sweets finally finding an apartment of his own, thereby moving out of Booth and Brennan’s home. B&B were skeptical that he would actually make the move, and it was sweet the way they both were concerned for his well-being. I really don’t need Daisy making any “concerned for Sweets’ well-being” comments at the lab, so hopefully that never happens again!
The lab scenes mostly focused on Hodgins and his experiments, from the cannonball to the recreated booby-trap of goop. I did like how he and Angela had a little friendly competition to corroborate their findings. And it was nice when Angela was able to present Carlene with the letter from Deanna.
BOOTH & BRENNAN:
The Booth and Brennan scenes in this episode had me fluctuating from major enjoyment to annoyance. There were a couple of looks between them, especially at the diner when the Sweets approached, that just were awesome — so much said with no words, you know? At the same time, the very end of the end scene left me a little disappointed. I don’t think B&B need to kiss or more in every episode, but the plot was RIGHT THERE about Booth’s general hotness, and well…some scenes just write themselves! The whole thing with Sweets’ new apartment mates calling B&B “Mr. and Mrs. Sweets” was strange but not completely unfunny. They are only like 10 years older than him!
I liked the Booth and Sweets scenes in the episode. Brennan and Daisy is always a meh for me, so I think that also soured me a bit on the episode. Although, I did like the moment where Brennan admitted that Sweets is the one person she, Booth and Christine all like equally, mainly because I’d like to think Booth doesn’t like Angela as much as I don’t like her. And Max probably, haha.
It did make me laugh/go crazy that Booth had a scene in the lab and Brennan wasn’t even around. It’s like the writers see all of the “GET BOOTH BACK IN THE LAB” complaints and are like “Happy now? No? Oh…you should have been more specific.” Not that the Booth and Hodgins scene wasn’t good, because it was very fun, but still…Brennan could have cleaned Booth up a bit.
Okay, enough from me. What are your thoughts on this episode? Is Sweets gone from the hut for good? Did you like this case? And which of Hodgins’ experiments in the lab was your favorite? The comments are open — speak your mind!
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