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BONES Season 10 Premiere Recap: ‘The Conspiracy in the Corpse’

September 25, 2014 by  

Hello BONES fans! Welcome to season 10—and what a premiere it was! What did you think of The Conspiracy in the Corpse? There is a lot to discuss, so let’s get to it.


The episode begins three months after the finale, with Booth in prison and Brennan and the team working hard to get him out. It’s clear Booth is being mistreated, and Brennan fears for his life. She blackmails a federal prosecutor to get him out. It works, but Booth is less than pleased with her methods.

At the lab, Brennan and the team continue to exhume the body of Howard Cooper, and they figure he is a point of origin for the entire conspiracy. Howard had leukemia, but the team figures out that the cancer didn’t reach his bone marrow, and he died from other causes.

Once at home, Booth has information on Hugo Sanderson, and he wants to immediately go to interrogate him. Sanderson owns a large chemicals company. Sweets suggests he’s more out for vengeance vs. justice, but Booth doesn’t seem to care either way — he doesn’t need FBI permission to finish this case. He pays Sanderson a visit and accuses him of killing Cooper in order to get a permit for an estuary. Sanderson tells Booth he’s friends with the Director of the FBI and Booth has made a mistake. We then see a man in a suit following Booth. When Booth takes him down, he quickly admits he’s an FBI Special Agent — James Aubrey. Stark sent him to make sure Booth doesn’t get into trouble.

Brennan and Angela examine the skeleton, and Brennan realized the damage is a result of a car accident, not falling down the stairs, which was originally listed on Cooper’s medical reports. Booth and Brennan visit a Dr. Durant, who was an ER physician and worked on Cooper. Now he is an analyst, and he doesn’t want any trouble. He gets agitated, but agrees to help them in any way he can.

Angela finds out that on the same night Cooper was treated by Dr. Durant, a homeless man was also brought in and died as a result of a car accident. Dr. Durant was the doctor of record there too. Cut to his office, and Booth is there, all dark and menacing. Durant admits he was being blackmailed for selling oxycodone, but he doesn’t know who his blackmailers were. Cam and Angela are able to verify Durant’s story on Foster’s records.
Brennan and Clark examine the bones and Brennan notices an imperfection on a bone, as a result of an IV needle. It seems unintentional, and there wasn’t anything suspicious in Cooper’s tox-report. Clark and Brennan suspect that the killer didn’t mean to stab him in the neck, but did so when Cooper tried to fight back.

Agent Aubrey pays Booth and Brennan a visit at home, letting Booth know that Stark wants him off the case, giving Booth another reason not to trust Stark. Aubrey has information on the head of security when Durant was practicing — Gerald Norsky. He was given a job at Hugo Sanderson’s company a few years later.

The case seems to stall when officials arrive to the lab the next day to re-claim Cooper’s remains, a clear attack from the conspirators. Brennan is visibly upset, but Caroline convinces her that she won’t do anyone any good if she’s arrested for blocking due process. In an interesting twist, Hodgins is one step ahead of the bad guys — he kept some of Cooper’s bones behind. Brennan will be able to analyze them to determine cause of death. She looks at the marrow and finds evidence of an antacid. Seemingly innocuous, it had a lethal effect when combined with chemotherapy, creating a near-perfect murder. When the antacid has a history from Sanderson’s chemical company, all of the signs point in the right direction.

Booth wants to go take him down, but Sweets convinces him to pay Norksy a visit instead. As B&B are questioning the older gentleman, Booth gets a call. He and Brennan rush back to the city, where they find Sweets, bleeding internally. He tells them that he fought back, makes them promise to talk to Daisy, and reminds Booth that the world is a better place than he thinks it is at the moment. Sweets dies, with Brennan and Booth tearfully at his side.

Later, the team begins the autopsy process, and the conspiracy continues.


Very interesting to say the least. I’m holding out judgment until future episodes on the idea of making Daisy pregnant with Sweets’ baby when he was going to be killed off. It seems unnecessarily cruel, and emotional manipulation. I did however really enjoy the Booth, Daisy and Sweets scene at Sweets’ apartment; it felt very natural, and I think it was a wake-up call for Booth that Sweets considered him family.

I really liked all of the Angela and Brennan scenes in this episode, and I thought Cam and Clark were very much in character. Likewise, Hodgins was on point, sharply in tune with the conspiracy. When he revealed he’d been exchanging Cooper’s bones for those in limbo, my immediate reaction was “SO UNETHICAL!,” but…well, no buts about it — that is crazy! I can totally see where he would feel that they are in a war and everything is fair game though.

I thought Agent Aubrey was very awkward, and somewhat unlikeable. We definitely don’t need another “baby duck” so to speak, so hopefully that evens out a little bit more in future episodes. What was with that “I gotta get me one of those” line about Christine? WEIRD!


I’m glad that B&B still are able to communicate honestly with one another. They are both fierce about protecting one another and fierce in their love for one another, and that was evident throughout this entire episode. Like we’ve discussed several times, one of the show’s major strengths is when it’s B&B vs. the world (or enemies or injustice, etc.), and I think that will continue. Brennan called Booth determined and indicated it was one of his core traits. I agree with her, but it’s clear she is just as determined in her way. I liked how she brought him to their new home. I loved, loved, loved how she was able to immediately identify his injuries, and I liked that she took him to bed in an effort to bring him back to himself.

I’m glad they were also together with Sweets at the end, and I like that each one of them had a special moment with Sweets beforehand in this episode; those scenes felt very natural (if not foreshadowing in hindsight!). My favorite B&B moment was actually at the very end, when they squeezed one another’s hand in support at the lab before Brennan went in for the autopsy. To me, that communicated so much.

When I heard that a new FBI agent would be becoming an assistant of sorts to Booth, I figured that meant John Francis Daley wouldn’t be in many episodes because of his successful writing and movie career. I never could have imagined Sweets’ death, though if I have to choose, I think I would rather him die on the good side than be part of the conspiracy and be eliminated that way. I am too shocked to cry at the moment, but I’m sure that the next time I watch Season 3, I’ll be more upset. Sweets’ life brought a lot to the show over the years, and it will be up to the writers to prove his death is just as meaningful.

Enough from me. What did you like or not like about it? The comments are open, and I’m curious to know what you think.

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6 Responses to “BONES Season 10 Premiere Recap: ‘The Conspiracy in the Corpse’”

  1. Linda on September 26th, 2014 8:55 am

    OK, first off: congratulations to John Francis Daley on his upcoming projects. I know he has a past track record as a writer and director. So perhaps we may see his name on a future episode of Bones in one of those capacities
    Now, on to the episode – one of the most compelling and unexpected endings of any in the series previous seasons. I have re-watched the episode twice this morning, thanks to HuluPlus and the impact was not diluted in wither viewing. Tears welled up even though I knew the outcome, although I did a lot more talking to the screen the initial go-round.
    Emily and David’s acting in this episode was extraordinary, and we saw the depth to which Emily’s character has grown over 9 seasons. Taking on the prosecutor as a mama bear would protect her cub (or mate) and her the initiative in the bedroom scene shows the lengths she will go to protect and re-assure someone she loves. The older Brennan was much more analytical.
    Booth’s character has taken a major hit to his core beliefs and that was depicted in David’s portrayal – more angry and yet more vulnerable.
    Kudos and I look forward to the rest of this season!
    One last thought; does anyone besides me think that Agent Aubrey bears a resemblance to Sweets? Same physical build and coloring; a little goofy at first meeting?

  2. bountypeaches on September 26th, 2014 9:03 pm

    I thought it was a great episode! I was totally shocked… it took me a while to accept it. I actually think its a good idea to kill off Sweets. It would be more meaningful to the character than to just have him get another job elsewhere. This guy was part of the family. He wouldn’t have abandoned his family when they needed him. Booth would be struggling with PTSD for a while, for Sweets to put himself first would be out of character. I think the emotional consequences of Sweets death will actually be fascinating to watch.

    I loved Brennan in this episode. She was brilliant. From supporting Booth or contradicting him when needed. Her tenderness with him in bedroom scene was so sweet. The way she was a rock for the team when Sweets body came in was a great scene. I had worried she was going to fall apart– but it seems she has kept it together.

  3. Jules (@Ima_TV_Junkie) on September 26th, 2014 11:28 pm

    first off Kudo’s to Bones cast, crew, writers, everyone. we went out of S9 on a bang and S10 pretty much floored us! Well done! I am so thrilled with the way we had no idea what was coming. It’s always been a bugbear of mine that so much is released/spoiled about TV shows. This was glorious. As far as the episode is concerned? Sublime. Perfection from David and Emily… They play the angsty stuff so beautifully it makes me hold my breath. I’m glad to see someone new in the form of James Aubrey. We have always focussed on the squints, but to have someone from Booth’s world for me is a breath of fresh air.

    I’m sad I guess to see Sweets go, even though honestly, he was never my favourite character recently. I loved young, geeky shrinky Sweets who Booth would mock. FBI Sweets, not so much. But I can understand why he’s gone. A young, incredibly talented writer and aspiring director, he needed to move on and spread his wings and good on him for that. I wish John F Daley all the luck in the world and look forward to seeing his work on the big screen in the future.

    So well done, and I have a feeling we’re in for an absolute cracker of a season!!

  4. Jo on September 27th, 2014 3:34 pm

    This was a blockbuster episode. Exciting from begininng to end. I was dumb struck to see Sweets die. I’ve watched it twice. What a shocker. Not fair to get Daisy pregnant and then Bam he dies. Hopefully Daisey will be back, bad story telling if we never see her again.
    The important part to me was B&B. I’ve waited all summer to find out how Brennan gets Booth out of jail and how they work together to clear his name. I loved Brennan blackmailing the Prosecuting Attorney. She’s determined to protect her mate come hell or high water. Booth has lost his faith in the system he’s not sure if he wants justice or revenge. I’m sure Brennan will help him find his way back to his core beliefs of truth and justice. I love this couple they are so loving and protective of each other. Their intimate love scene was tender and done with taste. Nice to see a little skin between them. WOW DB is in fantastic shape he is so HOT. looking forward to next weeks episode.
    I love this show.

  5. jackie on September 27th, 2014 6:47 pm

    This is the perfect example of a show that gets better with age.B&B are superb.every scene carefully selected and greatly executed.
    This show is too good to end.
    This show is making history. There are so many ways this show can go after the finale and the premiere.The possibilities are exponential. OMG! Bones growth and boldeness when you mess with her family is fabulous. David is turning into one of the greatest. Hodgens, s conspiracy theory are coming to life tastefully.
    Bravo! Sweet, you will be missed.

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