BONES 10×02 Debriefing: “Beyond the Mind, Beyond Reason”

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The Bones season premiere is still on my mind, even after a week. I want to give props to the show for being bold (in a way I don’t really expect it to be), even though I was heartbroken for days. (I’m still somewhere between denial and bargaining, but tonight’s episode was pretty cathartic.)

“Lance to the Heart” picks up a few hours after the final scene in the premiere, and it is tenfold sadder than anything that happened last week – both for us, and for the characters.

Did the show honor Sweets by finding out who killed him, and finally expose kill the hydra of a conspiracy within the FBI? Find out here!

Before I say anything else, let’s go put the lime in da coconut and drink up to Sweets’ memory.


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I’m going to deal with this upfront: I have only just finished watching this episode and I do not think I have gotten all the details on the whole conspiracy resolution. I’ll try to summarize it as concisely as I can, and then jump in and comment on some of the fabulous scenes in this episode.

Who was the responsible for Sweets’ (John Francis Daley) murder, landing Booth (David Boreanaz) in jail?

Glenn Durant (JD Cullum), the doctor who we thought had been blackmailed in last week’s episode, is the true culprit. The brilliant Jeffersonian team determines that Durant did know prior victim Cooper, despite his claims; later they find out that it was his blood in Cooper’s bone marrow, due to his sloppy work when injecting him with the lethal antacid. I liked the team’s approach to treat this conspiracy as a living organism, and map its “DNA,” because it proved to be effective and it made sense given the scope of the machine.

On the legal side of the things, it turns out Durant was Desmond Wilson’s stepson. Wilson inherited the original blackmail files from J. Edgar Hoover, and he died the same year Cooper did. He passed the files onto his stepson, in the hopes he’d follow in his footsteps. Durant, Wilson and co. were believers of the founding fathers’ supposed original vision for the nation – they had a disdain for democracy, and some people still believe in those principles. After hearing this, which stands against everything he believes in, Booth punches Durant and gets his blood all over his fist – which will ultimately helps confirm it was Durant’s blood in Cooper’s bone marrow.

As to where the files were hiding all this time? It was in plain sight, in J. Edgar Hoover’s old office, now an exhibit in the Jeffersonian museum. How convenient!


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The episode opened with a gut-wrenching scene. Booth and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) are understandably stressed, and are very focused on the case. Emotions are running high. Booth mentions how he feels guilty about all of this, because it should have been him serving the warrant that ultimately got Sweets killed, since he was the senior agent. As he says, “[Sweets] was… family.” Because the show didn’t think that was heartbreaking enough, Christine (newcomer Sunnie Pelant) enters the living room, ready to go to the park with Uncle Sweets and Daisy (Carla Gallo). We cut as Booth is about to tell her why that isn’t happening. Starting the episode this way was hard.

Booth and Brennan’s very heated argument later on in the episode was raw and intense, and so full of worry, anger, pain and more importantly, (tough) love. It escalates so quickly, but Booth needed to hear the harsh truths from his wife. The fight is born out of Sweets’ loss, the stress and pain of the circumstances. It was obvious that they were overwhelmed, and it was hard to not get caught up in everything being said (particularly when Brennan threatened to leave if he kept pursuing his mission of vengeance), but I never doubted for a second that this would seriously harm their relationship. As with last week’s argument, they are stubborn people and can tear each other apart. Yet, you also know Booth can handle this and ultimately appreciated being called out on it. This was such a breaking point for him — Brennan used his values and what she knows he stands for to stop him from doing something he’d regret, showing how much Brennan knows him and how she can bring him back from the darkness. It was such a fantastic scene and David Boreanaz and, especially, Emily Deschanel ran with it. It was so flawlessly executed, I was reeling afterwards.


Daisy is in the lab to help, because “Lance would be here for me.” She’s such a strong woman, and I couldn’t admire her more in that moment. She also made me so sad in this episode. She couldn’t be at the apartment, because she was reminded of him: she didn’t want to stare at the pictures and cry. She held it together when she was helping Hodgins (TJ Thyne) and Angela (Michaela Conlin) with Sweets’ notes on Cooper and Sanderson, but broke when she found the note containing his choices for the baby name in the middle of the pile, “Seeley, Seeley, Seeley.” She was so happy and sad at seeing that, I couldn’t help but I tear up.

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Her scene with Brennan, in which she asks her mentor to stay with her as she examines Sweets’ bones, tugged at my heartstrings, big time. “You’re the only one who can see him like I can. It’s like we can have one more conversation.” Who wouldn’t dissolve into tears at that? Through Sweets’ bones, we learn (or are reminded about) some facts about him. He played soccer as a kid, which Daisy didn’t even know about. He fell out of a treehouse, too. Brennan even comments on how proficient he was at the piano! But the part that got me choked up is when Daisy states that “here, Doctor Brennan. This is my family” after Brennan asks her if she has anyone to help her out through this time.

It was such a beautifully acted scene, and a heartfelt tribute to Sweets (one of many in this episode). I am glad we are getting more of the relationship between these two. Daisy has matured so much in the last couple of seasons, and tonight’s episode showcased that really well. No longer just the perky girl jumping her boyfriend at work (sniff), she’s a remarkably formidable woman who’s becoming a leader of her own in this time of crisis.

Once the team finds the files in the exhibit, and realizes it’s over, it’s also time to say goodbye to Sweets. The place where the intimate memorial is held is a beautiful hill overlooking DC – the place where Daisy told Sweets he was going to be a father. Brennan spontaneously (without really realizing what she was truly doing) started talking about how Sweets is still there with them (not in the religious sense) because he’s a part of them: they’ve all been shaped by their relationship with Sweets. Even if she hadn’t planned it – it all started as an explanation to Booth- it’s such a beautiful eulogy from her that highlights how much she has grown as a person in the last few years. She comments on how she would not be married to Booth or wouldn’t have had Christine had it not been for him, how Daisy wouldn’t about to become a mother. “Each of us is like a delicate equation, and Sweets is the variable without which we wouldn’t be who we are.”

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Sweets would be so proud, and would definitely smile at his friend’s perfect, beautiful speech. It is very her, but it is just so heartfelt, and a fitting tribute to him. As they get ready to scatter Sweets’ ashes, Booth brings up Sweets’ jam, Harry Nilsson’s “Coconut,” and they start singing it as their way to say goodbye to him.


This was such a good episode.  Bones has always taken pride in the fact it is a lighthearted, darkly humorous procedural (or as they’ve sometimes referred to it, “romantic crimedy”), but this two-parter definitely threw a wrench into that modus operandi. Last week’s episode was intense up until its last couple of minutes and this week’s just built off that – though the calibre here manifested itself mainly in grief (especially in the tense fight), instead showcasing the tragedy of this murder.

Lance Sweets was part of the extended family the show has become,  and a loss that will be felt through the show. He touched their lives (as much as they changed his) and that is not something they will always remember.

Farewell, Sweets. I know that, wherever you are, you are smiling and tearing up at that beautiful goodbye. You will be missed.


Odds and Ends, or things that I should’ve mentioned above:

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    New credits! Last week I was wondering how long it’d be until it was formally announced John Boyd was upped to a regular status, but the credits answered it all for me. Nice new stuff, even if I am so sad John Francis Daley isn’t in them anymore. Sob.

  • Booth is back at the FBI because that’s what Sweets would’ve liked. (Stark is trying to gain his trust, but whatever, Stark.)
  • Aubrey is growing on me. He reminds me a lot of Sweets and Vincent (Ryan Cartwright), and I am not too opposed to that. He proved to be essential as he identified the missing link in the case; he was funny comic relief with his insatiable appetite.
  • I also liked his scenes with Hodgins (the scene in the car was fun; also, hi Hodgins’ Mini Cooper!) and Angela. I look forward to seeing his character develop and slowly become part of the family.
  • “Be nice to the millenials. We’ll be controlling your medicare soon.” Not going to lie, I laughed at his sassy response to Caroline (Patricia Belcher).
  • I loved that Cam planned Sweets’ funeral. The team is truly one big family.
  • Even if I tried to skim through it, I was surprised to see Norsky (Rance Howard) be so lucid in tonight’s episode; for a moment there, I thought he was the person responsible for everything.
  • I talked about how Brennan was last week’s MVP… She was again this week, if only because she was fierce.


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3 Responses to BONES 10×02 Debriefing: “Beyond the Mind, Beyond Reason”

  1. Cassidy says:

    I can’t believe I left out the “What I do know, loving Sweets, loving each other, that’s what makes life worthwhile” quote. I particularly loved that last part since it is not something we would have heard Brennan say a few years ago. It is also such a true-to-life quote.

    And also, I fist pumped at the fact Sweets half-killed his assailant. Yay.

    • Nels Nels says:

      Great recap, Cassidy! Seriously, you’ve gotten the hang of this recapping thing on just your second week out of the gate! 😉

      Oh man, I cheered when we found out Sweets got a good shot in at his assailant. He was so proud of his marksman training, I’m glad he got a good shot in to prove it.

      Brennan’s speech was everything.

      • Cassidy says:

        I can be a quick learner! But thank you, Nels! It means a lot coming from you. 🙂

        I loved that little reveal, yes. He mentioned it last week and he was right! He’d be so proud.

        Brennan rocked the episode, again. She is everything. Daisy was also really good, too!

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