BONES Season 9 Premiere Recap: ‘The Secrets in the Proposal’
September 16, 2013 by Sarah Curtis
Hello, BONES fans! Season 9 is here, and this premiere, “The Secret in the Proposal,” alleviated some trepidation I felt after last season’s finale’s two main conflicts of:
- Pelant on the loose after giving Booth an ultimatum to turn down Brennan’s marriage proposal (without giving her the reason) or see several people be murdered.
- Booth doing as Pelant says, leaving Brennan hurt and confused and Booth frustrated.
We saw resolution for #2, the introduction of at least one new character, some intense B&B moments, squint opinions on the state of affairs, and a case thrown in for good measure. Let’s discuss!
The Scene of the Crime:
While Sweets and Caroline “interrogate” Booth on his relationship with Brennan, he gets called about a case. He meets Cam and Brennan at a hotel, where a body was murdered, dragged, and thrown off the roof.
Sweets and Booth talk to the hotel manager. There are no security cameras, as the hotel is known for its “discretion,” but there is one guest who was supposed to check out and hadn’t.
The Victim: An artificial stapes indicates the victim is Jonas Siddell, an employee of a transportation accountancy group. Booth and Sweets talk to his manager, Ted. Siddell’s phone shows he received several calls from another employee of the group. Angela calls the number, and it’s answered by Lily — one of Jonas’s coworkers at the agency.
Sweets and Booth investigate Siddell’s apartment, and Sweets triggers an explosion of sorts. Booth goes on the chase, only to find CIA agent, and former Army colleague, Danny Beck. Booth later tells Caroline and Sweets that Beck’s (guest star Freddie Prinze Jr.) presence means Jonas was with the CIA and working undercover at the transportation agency.
Brennan and Daisy determine cause of death to be a blow to the head.
- Lily: Jonas’s co-worker. She claims no sexual relationship between Jonas and herself, but the team is surprised when Angela is able to pull a picture from Jonas’s printer of her in bed with a man.
- Marianne: Lily’s mother and lawyer. She blocks Booth’s attempts to question Lily, and is shocked to find out Lily was involved with the CIA. She assumed Lily was actually an escort. Marianne’s presence at the hotel on the night Jonas was killed causes suspicion.
- Heinrich Gloeckner: The man in bed with Lily in the photo. He admits to Booth and Sweets that he slept with Lily, and that she and Jonas, as the CIA, showed him the photo as collateral, and he agreed to their terms. He insists he is innocent and hopes the FBI will keep him out of their investigation.
The Verdict: With the three suspects declared innocent, Booth and Brennan discuss the case further. Booth remembers Ted being very protective of Lily. Brennan tests and object in Ted’s office, finds traces of blood on it and declares it compatible with cause of death. He confesses he thought Jonas was taking advantage of Lily by pimping her out as an escort. He loved her, and so he snapped and killed Jonas.
Each character’s reaction to Booth and Brennan’s situation was realistic. I loved Sweets and Caroline pressuring Booth (and him calling them Mom and Dad, haha!), and Cam’s individual questions to Booth and subsequent encouragement to Brennan. I believe Cam showing Brennan the “fact” that Booth was miserable helped Brennan analyze the situation better. Daisy was ridiculous as always, but it made me laugh, especially when no one really took her seriously. Yay for Hodgins giving Booth the benefit of the doubt.
Regarding Angela, I get that she’s upset and on Brennan’s side in all of this, but I think she was a little over the top. There are ways to be supportive without spewing vitriol to all involved — and her hateful attitude did little to help the situation. In my opinion, it’s more about Angela’s constant need to get credit for BEING the best friend vs. actually being a good friend. Then again, it’s been three months, and unlike her, we know why Booth is doing what he’s doing, so…I can see it both ways. Thoughts from you?
Booth and Brennan:
I admit I don’t like longstanding strife between B&B. This episode was hard to watch, seeing them miserable, frustrated and so… disconnected. I also wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Booth’s friend/ex-priest/bartender, but I am totally on board with the character of Aldo. He has the context of Booth’s past and the much needed opportunity to be a friend/sounding board for Booth. It was terrific when Brennan came to see him, and he realized who she was. I wouldn’t say Aldo knows Booth better than Brennan does, but instead, like Cam, he was able to remind Brennan of how Booth is motivated, giving her more to think about.
I thought Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz were excellent at really showing B&B’s struggle. Out of many good moments, my favorite scene was at the diner when Booth tells her they will get past it, and she confesses she doesn’t even know “what all of this is”. I loved her edge and when she told Booth that while he wants her trust on faith, she sees life in patterns and knows that if they continue in their same pattern, it won’t work.
If I have another complaint about the episode, it occurred here when Brennan told Booth that the truth was important; he taught her that. Um, no. Writers, if anything, Brennan taught Booth about the truth (vs. intuition or gut instinct). Please see many early episodes for examples.
The end scene worked for me, because it was Brennan choosing to believe Booth — based on what she knows about him and about herself. While she still has questions, she trusts him and knows that he loves them. She knows he’s doing what he thinks is best and will tell her when he can. It’s important to me that she came to this conclusion on her own, thereby having control of her decision.
I loved Booth’s grateful reaction, and that she tells him he’s the one who must propose next time.
- More Freddie Prinze Jr, please! His parting comment to Booth about a job with the CIA is intriguing, and I’m curious where it will lead!
- I’m not sure how I feel about the final moment, where the clock shows 4:47 for a flash. If the writers had this plot in mind in the season four finale, then yay for them, but it also feels like maybe they are shoving it in as a red herring when they want to. Thoughts?
- The Brennan/Angela/Daisy diner scene was fun!
- Loved Hodgins’ experiment with the parachute and the hotel fan. Effective!
- Like Marisa teased in her YAIA, it was very cute when Hodgins/the show gave a fun nod to SLEEPY HOLLOW!
Okay, enough from me. What did you think of this premiere? Were you surprised by the killer? Did you agree with how Angela acted? Are you satisfied with how things are between Booth and Brennan at this point? The comments are open, and it’s been a long hiatus, so sound off!
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