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BONES: The Critic in the Cabernet

May 8, 2009 by  

First of all, a big shout out to everyone who participated in GMMR’s first ever Live BONES Chat on Thursday night. It was a great time! You can check out a replay of our chat here.

But after watching the episode, there is still a lot to say, so let’s get it on!


Sometimes I think the BONES writers are like, “Hey, we can do whatever we want, but if we give people an amazing B+B episode ender, they will love the episode no matter what!”. They probably don’t say that, but I have to admit that a good ending will make me overlook just about anything. Like, in this instance…they didn’t even SOLVE the case hardly! But because I’m easy, I’m not really going to say much more about it either. A wine critic is found in a barrel of cabernet, and suspects include the winery’s owner, his rival, his wife and the rival’s wife.


Fischer: The most optimistic we’ve seen him. His “would I waste our time” line was funny. And that he thinks he’s quite a catch with little emotional baggage is classic.

Cam: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I like Cam’s friendship with Booth, and that she calls him on stuff. He’s in denial (more on that later), but she still gives him the WTH convo. But she’ll still support him, too, which I like.

Hodgins: I loved Hodgins’ reaction to Brennan’s announcement, but I really loved the way he was honest with Angela in the hospital waiting room. Very hopeful and truthful.

Angela: I really loved Angela’s reaction to Brennan. I like that she told Brennan that she really wanted Booth, and ‘a real family’. Not sure if her buying a onesie was really a sign of support of this whole baby idea, or if it was just the power that is baby clothes. Raise your hand if you’ve ever walked by those cute outfits and thought “I don’t have a baby, or even want a baby, but…I want to buy that outfit.”

Sweets: He’s for sure growing on me, and I totally appreciated the way he called the baby makers to the carpet about their true motivations. And I think his own anxiety at the end stems from guilt. Guilt that he didn’t dig deeper with Booth about the Teddy thing, and the Luc Robitaille thing, all of that.

Stewie: Meh. I am neutral toward this. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it. I nothing it. What about you?


Like I said earlier, Booth and Brennan were both in major denial here. In Booth’s case, I think he subconsciously wants something that is going to bind Brennan to him for life, and a baby would certainly do that. But he wanted to claim that he was doing it for her, because it’s what she wanted. But Cam, Sweets, Stewie, and all of us know that when it comes to Booth and fatherhood, uninvolved is not an option. Which is why this whole thing is what puts him over the edge. And it’s why he agrees to it at the end, because if it can’t be him with Brennan, he wants it to be a part of him. And likewise, in the end, that’s why Brennan is just as quick to say forget about the baby. It is really Booth she wants in her life (although she doesn’t admit it). Not just a part of him, not just yet. So, I guess we’re just where we started on this whole baby thing, not really sure if it is going to happen or not. I do like how it’s now not a matter of whether or not Brennan is capable, emotionally, but whether or not she wants a child. And I am sure of this: Booth and Brennan have a special relationship that words cannot describe. I’m just glad I get to watch it week after week.

Thoughts from you? Did the episode play out the way you thought it would? Were you a Stewie fan? Can you even freaking wait till next week?!?


8 Responses to “BONES: The Critic in the Cabernet”

  1. John on May 8th, 2009 10:06 am

    It was just a so-so episode.

    To me it seems giving Brennan a baby would constitute child abuse.

    Minor quibbles: Don’t they shave your head for brain surgery?

    Aren’t you laid up for a bit after having a brain tumor removed? So how come Booth appears all better next week’s preview?

  2. Patty on May 8th, 2009 10:07 am

    [raising hand] I don’t like kids and don’t want any (much like Brennan) but I LOVE children’s clothes. Go figure.

    I agree that Sweets is feeling guilt becuase he didn’t catch that Booth was having a recurring issue with seeing things and Brennan figured it out pretty quickly. As soon as he mentioned seeing Stewie, she just KNEW.

    I would love it if Angela and Hodgins got back together. Why are they wasting time? They belong together.

    Cam is not nearly as annoying as she used to be.

    B&B – loved the word association – what was it? Whoa = horse? LOL. I am hoping the baby doesn’t come to be (I hate children used as a plot device to move a story) but that wht happened in this episode makes B&B realize that they actually care about each other and need to do something about it before they lose the chance.

  3. Nicole on May 8th, 2009 12:38 pm

    First off, I was so completely disgusted by the body and ooey gooey Cabernet that I think I will forever be scared to taste wine straight from the barrel (not that I do very often, okay once, lol). I’m not usually too grossed out by the dead bodies on tv, but this for some reason just completely freaked me out. It was the thickness of the wine – how did they not notice that texture when they were putting it in the glasses????

    Moving on, B+B were fab. I also nothing the Stewie thing. Whatevs – it’s over now and I don’t really think I’ll be giving it a second thought. Sweets is great – I love him on this show and what he contributes to the group dynamic and the B+B relationship. Angela and Hodgins get back together already. Cam is good too, but I think they need to flesh her out a bit more outside of the office for me to really start caring about her. I also loved the convo with Brennan and Angela where B was trying to explain why Booth was a better candidate than Fisher by using scienc-y language like cranio-facial topography or something, and Angela laid it out: Booth is better because he’s hot. Ha!

    I was really taken by how vulnerable Booth seemed when he was looking around for Brennan in the hospital bed. I’m really glad she asked to be in the operating room since it was obviously important to him. I’ve always really believed the affection they feel for each other but now I really buy that it’s genuine love. I’m extra psyched for next week now!

  4. foggymoontour aka lifeofmytime on May 8th, 2009 1:56 pm

    So many holes with the actual murder storyline. Not only would they have noticed the thickness of the wine when pouring it as Nicole mentioned, but they also would have smelled how rank it was well before tasting it. Wine drinkers take in the bouquet by sniffing first.

    I too was kind of meh about Stewie. It was kinda sorta funny, but so bizarre. I’m glad that it ended up being an actual problem (brain tumor) and not just a random weird hallucination.

    I enjoyed Sweets in this ep too. He is so vulnerable sometimes. That moment near the end when he said he just needed a moment… you know what he really needed was a pat on the back or a hug or something that would let him know that, “hey – you’re one of us. We’re here for you too.”

    But the moments where we saw Booth so vulnerable – looking like a little boy – were really moving. And telling. He needs Brennan. Not that we didn’t already know that 🙂

  5. tessa on May 8th, 2009 11:26 pm

    Aw, I am sorry I missed the chat. I had all sorts of intentions, but the interwebz at my house decided to crap out at 7:30, and there were brownouts all over the place the whole night. Not fun. Thank goodness that the DVR was not affected. :).

    I agree that the case was not a strong point in this episode – it seemed more like filler, and not necessarily well thought out filler, either. But the purpose of the episode was clearly the Bones/Booth stuff, so I gave the case a pass (although the plot holes got to me).

    I didn’t mind Stewie, as they were clearly trying to indicate that the hallucinations were getting more ridiculous, and that Booth was taking even something that ridiculous seriously (that is, as a true hallucination). I thought they did a good job of building the hallucination throughout the season so that there was some amount of surprise involved. And, Stewing being a baby (and a Fox property) made it a logical choice.

    Booth looking for Brennan was both adorable and telling, and him wanting to have a private moment with her before he went in – that is something that you do with your family. Which made me happy, because they are already family. 🙂

  6. Ashley on May 10th, 2009 9:43 pm

    Hmm… okay, I absolutely loved the episode myself! I mean, I find the cases to be interesting, but they are totally secondary to me in the viewing of this show.

    As far as your review of everybody else, I can honestly say that I felt exactly the same way about pretty much everything. I completely agree that Sweets was feeling major guilt over not questioning Booth further about the hallucinations. I felt so bad for him in the hospital scenes. I also enjoy Cam & Booth’s friendship, and how she’s not afraid to play hardball with him.

    The Stewie thing was definitely not as bad as I had imagined, but I still could have done without it. I was shocked that Booth actually had something as dramatic as a brain tumor… so I’m interested to see if we supposedly have a time lapse between the next episode or what…

    Angela and Hodgins… sigh. Thank you for the mere hopeful suggestion that they will get back together. I miss their relationship, but I’m also enjoying seeing the nuances of their friendship come back together.

    Booth & Brennan in this episode… there are simply no words. His vulnerability in the hospital… HER vulnerability in the hospital… the way he is almost crying when he asks her to go into surgery with him, and then the way she is almost crying when he tells her that she is enough for him. Ahhhh! Then there is the scene where he tells her that he wants her to still have his baby and it’s so obvious that she would give anything in that moment just for HIM…

    Clearly, I could go on forever, so I guess I should just make myself stop! Haha!

  7. Brian on May 13th, 2009 1:53 pm

    Honestly I think Bones jumped the shark.

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