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BONES: 8 Things to Know About ‘The Shot in the Dark’

February 6, 2013 by  

BONES brings the danger close to home with Monday’s brand new episode, “The Shot in the Dark,” as Brennan is shot while working in the Jeffersonian.

When I spoke with BONES creator Hart Hanson last month, he teased that this particular episode “turned out really well” and he was pleased with the results. So with that in mind, after I got a chance to view “The Shot in the Dark,” I figured you guys might like a few teases about what goes down in the hour…

  1. The story is not told in the traditional method. By the time we start out the episode, the body the team is working has been discovered, and they’re already in the early stages of the case.
  2. We see Booth and Brennan at home with Christine, but it’s probably not in the way most fans would like to see them. (Thankfully, they do have some lovely moments later in the hour.)
  3. Speaking of baby Christine, she is certainly in contention to be one of the most expressive tiny actors on television.
  4. One of the team members is in the OR when Brennan is being taken care of.
  5. We learn Clark’s middle name, and another character’s comment about it literally made me laugh out loud.
  6. We’ll get to learn a little bit more about Sweets’ love life.
  7. The weapon and the actual bullet that are used to shoot Brennan are just so freaking cool.
  8. I’m very curious how viewers will react to the highly-publicized scenes of Brennan interacting with her (long-dead) mother. They shed some great insight into Brennan’s character and her life immediately before her parents left — not to mention they’re very sweet — but I could also see it being too much for some viewers. (Much like the alt-reality season 4 finale, “The End in the Beginning,” seemed to please some fans and annoy others.)

But don’t worry — you won’t be left with just this. Check back with Give Me My Remote over the next few days for more “The Shot in the Dark”…


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25 Responses to “BONES: 8 Things to Know About ‘The Shot in the Dark’”

  1. Ellen on February 7th, 2013 12:12 pm

    PLEASE reassure me that they won’t make Brennan find Jesus/God/religion or anything of that kind. Those sneak peeks have left me with a very, very bad feeling that the next “change” Brennan is forced to undergo will concern her atheism and her belief in rationality.

  2. Rita on February 7th, 2013 2:50 pm


    First of all, “her belief in rationality” has nothing to do with atheism. I strongly believe that this episode was NOT meant for her to becomre religious, and I don’t think it will ever be about that on the show. Near-death experiences are real and very common, there are actual studies about them. The only way Brennan’s character will evolve is if she learns to not let her life be ruled by rational choices and science if she ever aims to be completely happy. Seeing her mother will only face her with the fact that there’s an unknown. I think that’s their direction. Trust the writers, they know what they’re doing.

  3. adrienne hobbs on February 7th, 2013 9:24 pm

    Go Rita!!!.

  4. Anita Hendrikx on February 9th, 2013 11:09 am

    Very well said Rita!

  5. Sarah on February 9th, 2013 11:19 am

    well said rita

  6. Nancy Talcott on February 9th, 2013 11:33 am

    I like the fact that Bones has always maintained that religion is a belief in a mythical being that is unseen & unproven. It’s the only show on television that I, personally, have ever seen that presents another side to our countries blind belief in a mythical character who has rules we, as humans, simply cannot nor are we hard wired to be, are threatened with going to “hell” (whatever that might be) by this mythical character becausem for some curious reason, it gets to sit in judgment of us. Ick.

    Bones always presents a very rational & even tempered discourse on why she does not blindly believe in anything. I just love it!!! And THANK YOU WRITERS for having the courage to build the character of Bones with the kind of rational thinking this character has.

  7. Long dong magong on February 9th, 2013 11:59 am

    I don’t know but I’ll watch

  8. samantha on February 9th, 2013 12:08 pm

    just love dis pic with my whole heart felt a little sad when booth got shot but thanks to god dat he is okay. Waiting to see if the two love birds booth and brennan will get married. Just love dem.

  9. Sherry Villanueva on February 9th, 2013 12:12 pm

    I am in love with both Angela and Hodgins, they r so hot! This is my favorite show of all time. Thank u to everyone involved in this show

  10. Marilyn Miller on February 9th, 2013 1:17 pm

    We just love this show. We’ve watched it from the beginning. I like that Bones is showing some feelings, She’s always been so serious. Rita has it right. I hate the thought s of watching her go through this and the previews leave your mind open to all kinds of feelings. But we can’t wait to watch it.

  11. Linda on February 9th, 2013 1:47 pm

    I’m becoming disappointed in the show lately. I dislike Bones as an actor – too stilted and not believable at all. Love the fact that Booth believes and she can’t shake him. Faith is important to me and I’m sorry Bones has none at all. Not a happy future for her. So I occasionally watch now, but mostly am annoyed when I do.

  12. Jean on February 9th, 2013 4:49 pm

    I find in interesting that none of the main characters have interactions with their mother. Hodgin’s parents are gone, we have only seen Angela’s dad, Cam mentioned going to her father’s bday, Sweet’s adoptive parents died, Booth mostly mentions his father, and we see Brennen with her dad Max. Where are all the moms? My mother died when I was 11 years old, so I can relate, but I am curious if Hart Hanson planned to have uninvolved mothers. I am curious how Booth’s mom will be introduced.

    I loved The End in the Beginning. It had everyone in it, even Zach. I would love to see Brennen become more spontaneous. I agree with Booth on that point. Really looking forward to this episode.

  13. Chloe on February 9th, 2013 5:31 pm

    I think this won’t make Brennan all of a sudden “get religion” but like with anyone who faces death and has a near death experience, it DOES change you and it WILL change Brennan, especially because she is now a mom herself. I think it will also give her more an understanding of others’ reigious beliefs, especially Booth’s.

    As far as Ellen above, it is sad that people have nothing to believe in and that believing in a higher power is nonexistent. You absolutely cannot explain certain things with “rationality”. Obviously, Ellen has never faced anything serious enough where even rationality doesn’t make sense. And if she does ever face anything like that, rationality won’t mean a damn thing; where her rationality is will be a big empty hole.

    And Cam is the one in the operating room. She is the only medical doctor on the staff.

  14. Nikki on February 9th, 2013 6:47 pm

    I just love this show. I just started re-watching from the very beginning and it’s fun to see how the characters have evolved. Of course I would watch almost anything with David Boreanez in it, but I truly enjoy the whole cast. My son (14) and I love to watch it (usually at different times) and then get together and talk about it afterwords. It saddens me to know that the show won’t go on much longer. At the end it’s always like loosing a friend (or rather a lot all at once) which is why I am so glad I can go back any time (I own all the seasons) and see them again whenever I want. I would love to see Zack come back and help them bag this latest “bad guy”. But overall the writers, directors, and actors have all done a great job with this series, so I guess I have to trust them to finish it off right. Thank you for providing me with such great entertainment over the last 8+ years!

  15. stephanie on February 10th, 2013 7:25 am

    i think it is not fair that bones has to go to the hospital because she never did anything to were she would fall because in the PREVIOUS she fell for no reason! SO THAT IS GONNA HURT EVERYONE’S FEELINGS THAT WATCHES BONES SO THAT IS REALLY MESSED UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Zoe on February 10th, 2013 10:58 am

    Yes, I do agree with most people who have commented on this. Even though I, personally, strongly believe in God, I do not believe Bones is going to start believing in God after her near-death experience. Like some people said, she might not believe in God after this episode, but I predict she will be changed in some way. I think she may just be more open to faith instead of having scientific facts control her life. Again, I’m not saying she will right away be completely open to the idea of believing in God. Although I believe Bones would be more happy in general if she believed in God, (learning from experience) I still love how developed her character is, and how much she has changed, because in a good story, characters change and develop just like real people do throughout their lives.

  19. Cindy on February 11th, 2013 3:08 pm

    Please please tell me booth and brennen aren’t breaking up?!??

  20. tammy on February 11th, 2013 3:48 pm

    I hope bones and booth finally get married. They have a child together.

  21. Cecilia on February 11th, 2013 6:20 pm

    OMG I love this show so much! <3 Please tell me Brennan doesnt die?!?! PLEASE respond if you know whether she does or not! Thanks!!

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    si ya vi las imagenes y quiero saber cuando empieza la nueva temporada de bones es mi serie favorita y me encanta david boreanaz

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  25. Jenny on February 10th, 2015 7:22 pm

    I agree completely with Nancy. I also arrogantly smile a bit overbearingly (and then I get slightly annoyed) at those who are “sorry” of people without a religion – science, and the explanations it gives, the way it makes us look beyond ourselves, into a vast universe, one of many, the way it makes us always question, always go deeper – it is so completely, utterly beautiful, and flabbergasting, and mind-awing, that I’d rather feel sorry for those who close their minds to those doubts, those questions, those wonderful discoveries, and instead say there are certain things we’re not meant to know/understand. I recommend reading some Dawkins, and then watching some Cosmos (both the original Carl Sagan ones and the revamped Neil Degrasse Tyson ones) to see just how fantastic, amazing, expanding, beautiful and awe-inspiring a scientific world view is. I consider myself lucky to have one, and trust me when I say I am not at all sorry I don’t have a religious faith. I believe in myself, I believe in humanity, I believe in love and friendship, I believe in curiousty, I believe in the human race’s unique ability to understand and analyze this world, to keep growing, learning, knowing. It is wonderful. I find I also rather much enjoy life, when I know this is all I’ve got – I don’t buy into the idea that the contents of our brains survive that same brain’s death, and while that thought might scare some people I just see it as a clear indication of how precious life is, how extremely lucky I am to have it while it lasts, and to make the best of it.

    That is also one of the things I always liked about Bones. I hate how they’re trying to make her – and the viewers – question her views, making some moral of how there’s “more to life” and “okay to be a little crazy” and praising unfounded belief in irrationality, the complete opposite of what Bones is about. It is as though they’re saying it is unnatural to NOT have a faith, and that Bones’ life is poorer for not having one. Besides, I find the whole point of God “saving” some people appalling – that is the same as saying he lets the others die, as if they’re unworthy, their families withering in grief and pain, and it never stops baffling me that religious people don’t react to this, for instance Booth. Like all the injustice of the world is somehow justified, with children dying. Either way, my point is that I do hope the writers stay true to the premise of the show, which is important for a lot of people. I don’t think they would “turn” her completely religious, but it annoys me that they even try – like faithlessness is something that needs to be “fixed”, or repaired. That view is way too prevalent in society and this far the show has been very successful at challenging that notion.

    And yes, I know I am far behind on the show – Netflix binge watching.