BONES Recap: ‘The Pathos in the Pathogens’
April 23, 2013 by Sarah Curtis
Hey BONES fans! How did you like this episode, “The Pathos in the Pathogens”? It was definitely intense, and I really enjoyed the way Chad Lowe directed this episode, using unique camera angles. It gave the episode a frantic air, which was in line with the case and the subsequent situation at the Jeffersonian.
The Scene of the Crime: We don’t see the scene, but instead, the episode begins at the Jeffersonian, with the team and building preparing for a biohazard lockdown. They have word that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will be bringing a body found at a bio-hazard facility. The CDC arrives, and Dr. Jacobs (played by Mackenzie Astin) assists Brennan, Cam, Hodgins, Angela and Arastoo with examining the remains. They are decomposing rapidly, indicating a possible airborne virus.
The Victim: The victim is Mia Garrett, a blogger who was researching pharmaceuticals. As the team examines her remains, Arastoo is stabbed with a needle, infecting him with the same virus that killed Mia.
The Case Progression: The team must race against the clock to save Arastoo, who insists on staying at the lab for research over going to the hospital for treatment. Jacobs and Brennan agree with Arastoo; only Cam is hesitant. She finally relents and they put together a hospital room of sorts in the bone storage, monitoring Arastoo’s decline from the deadly virus.
Sweets and Booth work the case from outside the lab. Sweets first questions Ben Carr, Mia’s boyfriend. He insists he wouldn’t harm her and that they were to be married, and he also admits that Mia didn’t tell him about her most recent writing project.
Angela is able to access Mia’s computer and finds research from a Dr. Tessa Burke. Sweets questions her and she is shocked at Mia’s death. She is annoyed at Sweets’ questioning and offers her support to the CDC and Jeffersonian.
The team narrows down the virus to the Chikungunya virus (aka CHIKV) and continues to watch Arastoo. Brennan posits that the killer would have an antidote — after all, if they were to accidentally be infected, they would want a cure. They just need to find Mia’s killer to save Arastoo.
Hodgins warns Angela to stay away from him, and she tells him Mia was also working on a story about performance enhancing drugs for horses, the primary suspect being Byron Fuller. To complicate things, Mia and Byron were sleeping together.
Booth questions him, but he lawyers up. Time is running out for Arastoo, and Booth and Sweets feel as if they have nothing to go on. The CDC’s possible anti-serum doesn’t work, so Hodgins begins crafting one of his own. Brennan questions him, but eventually assists him.
Dr. Jacobs is resistant to their “folk” medicine, but Cam overrules and allows Brennan and Hodgins to administer the medicine to Arastoo. It works, but only temporarily. Dr. Jacobs tells Cam that Arastoo likely only has a few hours to live.
When Angela tells Sweets that Mia accidentally sent a message for Byron to Ben, Sweets questions Mia’s boyfriend again. He admits they had some issues, but he would never kill her. He had syringes, but Hodgins later states the gauges aren’t the same as those used to kill Mia. Angela suggests Dr. Burke is to blame, telling Booth she was previously employed at a level-4 facility.
Booth questions her previous employer, Leonard Thorne, who states Tessa was fired because she likely stole some bacteria samples. Tessa filed a lawsuit against the company but lost. Booth interrogates her, and she is horrified to realize Thorne accused her. She insists Thorne set her up to get her research notes.
The Verdict: Booth arrests Thorne, and when he won’t provide the antidote, he takes him to the lab, forcibly showing him Mia’s body and Arastoo’s body. Thorne continues to request only a lawyer, causing Booth to grow angry and Cam to plead with Thorne to help save Arastoo. Knowing it will implicate him, Thorne refuses, until Brennan stabs him in the neck with a needle. Thorne, thinking he has been infected with the virus, agrees to provide the antidote. Brennan reveals later that she did not infect him with any virus — it was a ploy, and it worked!
The Cam/Arastoo storyline really just does nothing for me, something that was confirmed with this episode, in that I really didn’t care what happened. Maybe it’s because Cam has had some awful moments this season; maybe it’s because the show has already killed off an intern in an penultimate episode, or maybe it’s because Cam herself has already been a victim to a very similar scenario in season two. I honestly felt sadder at Hodgins’ reaction to Arastoo’s suffering, even though Tamara Taylor did a great job portraying Cam. I loved Hodgins and how he used stuff around the lab to develop an antidote for Arastoo.
I liked the work Angela did in this episode, especially the way she was confident in her work, but not rude to Brennan, when she assisted with the identification.
Whenever David Boreanaz is directing an episode, there’s a definite lack of Booth scenes in the episode before it. It makes sense that Sweets would do a lot of the interrogations in this episode, and he did a good job questioning Burke and Carr.
BOOTH & BRENNAN:
I liked the way B&B stayed connected throughout this episode, even if they weren’t physically together at all until the very end. It shows how solid they are, and they each also expressed concern for the other. I really enjoyed the way Brennan worked with Dr. Jacobs in the episode. The only moment that bothered me was at the end, when Dr. Jacobs complimented Brennan and then told Booth he was a lucky man.
Something about that just rubbed me the wrong way and as unprofessional…sort of condescending to Brennan, and almost like locker-room talk. It was weird, even if it did lead to the sweet end scene between B&B.
Okay, enough from me. What did you like about this episode, and what frustrated you? The comments are open, so sound off!
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