BONES 10×08 Debriefing: “Get your crystals and get the hell out”

Tonight’s Bones included a fascinating case with surprising depth, and the emotional birth of a baby who will never get to meet his awesome dad.

Yes, Daisy (Carla Gallo) and Sweets’ (John Francis Daley) child was born tonight, and the whole team was there to support the new mom.

I apologize for the delay, as my affiliate, FOX 35 (serving Orlando/Central FL) aired Obama’s address tonight.

THE CASE || A body found on a fracking site is brought to the lab, and the bureau wants it solved quickly. The victim was a male in his 40s. Interestingly enough, the remains are quickly dissolving due to the hydrochloric acid in the pit water — the body had 20% more tissue in pictures from an hour prior, as determined by Cam (Tamara Taylor). Luckily, Hodgins’ (TJ Thyne) clever idea (pouring baking soda into the reaction) gets good results.

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Angela (Michaela Conlin) is able to ID the victim, partially due to the fact that his boating accident made the national news three years ago. He is Lawrence Brooks, the puzzle master: his impossible puzzles were syndicated in many newspapers. His wife, Emilia (Debbon Ayer), never reported his death.

Booth (David Boreanaz) and Aubrey (John Boyd) call her in for questioning, and she mentions that they never had children (he probably considered the puzzles his kids). She also mentions Lawrence’s assistant, Alexis Sherman (Alison Haislip), and how he never let her write any puzzles on her own.

Angela uses her wonderful skills and her computer to discern the handwriting on the victim’s cast — there were crossword clues in there, and the handwriting is different. (Cam is a big fan of Brooks, and is able to identify his writing thanks to an autographed puzzle she owns.)

Booth and Aubrey go to Brooks’ office to question his assistant Alexis. She considered this to be the best job in the world, and she clues them in to a recent stalker, as well as a menacing-sounding voicemail.

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Thanks to Alexis’ description and Angela’s sketch, they find the stalker: Emory Stewart (Sean Marquette), a model citizen up until two years ago when his parents passed away in a car accident. .And no, he did not speak Yiddish, Brennan. When he is brought in for questioning, he explains he is not a stalker — just someone who considered Brooks a god. He had been researching him for the last two years since he was writing a book about him; he shows the manuscripts he has in his possession, too. Booth asks him who Brooks’ enemies were and he mentions about Donald McKeon (Sam Lloyd), Brooks’ old college roommate, and a puzzler, as well.

Noteworthy: Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Daisy find that Brooks’ bone density was compromised and diminishing before the acid, explaining many of his antimortem fractures: he’d had many remodeled fractures in the last 18 months.

Booth and Aubrey bring McKeon in for interrogation — though he lives in New York, he has been staying at a hotel in DC for the past week. Apparently, Lawrence was stealing some of his puzzles and publishing them as his own. He was just going to pursue legal action for that.

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Daisy also proves instrumental in finding some fractures in the phalanges — the victim was assaulted way before his murder, as his fingers were bent back until they snapped. Additionally, they were able to determine he also punched someone before dying. Cam also brings important information: she found traces of a drug used to treat Alzheimer’s; the massive trauma three years ago might have triggered an early onset. The drug also explains the reduced bone density and the increase in fracturing, which matches why he had so many remodeled fractures as of late. Cam points out that the question remains: how was he able to write such stunning puzzles if he had Alzheimer’s?

Back at the FBI, Aubrey reveals that some of Brooks’ fansites have been commenting on how the puzzles have been different lately. The Alzheimer’s could explain it:  he might have not known he was stealing anyone’s puzzles. It also explains the different handwriting on his cast.

Why didn’t the wife mention this before, though? She promised her husband she would never reveal his disease. It was also hard for her to be married to a man who sometimes looked at her like a stranger. And how was he able to keep making these puzzles? Turns out, he wasn’t. He had always been a perfectionist, so he often discarded those he didn’t deem good enough. His wife took all those she found (including McKeon’s, accidentally) and published them for him. They needed the money, as the treatment was expensive and they were broke.

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As the team determines, he was apparently gambling his money away online, on a website that had local bookies. Aubrey sets up a meeting with him, and the bookie admits to having broken Brooks’ fingers. Yet, Lawrence Brooks was the patsy, as it was his assistant who was doing the gambling. She is brought in for questioning — but apart from taking advantage of a man losing his mind to pay her debts, she did not do it. However, she’s still arrested for stealing the money, even if she was planning to pay it back eventually.

Daisy solves the case while about to give birth (I’ll get to those details in a second), but to keep her distracted, Brennan asks her to go over the case. We know cause of death is a broken neck (as she determined soon before her water broke); he only had offensive wounds on him. Cause of death can be explained because someone pushed him (in his brittle condition, it’d have been enough if the fall was nasty). The blood found on the victim had to be from the killer — since it was a partial match, it meant it was his son.

Which leads us to Emory.

As Aubrey determines, Brooks’ college girlfriend  got pregnant and later gave up that baby for adoption. Those records reveal that was Emory.

Why did he do it? When his parents died, he found the adoption records. He used the book as an excuse to get close to Brooks. One day, he finally found the courage to call him to tell him, and Brooks seemed happy about it. They even set up a meeting at a café– but Brooks never showed up. After an hour, Emory went to his place, and followed Brooks as he was going to take a walk. He confronted him and Brooks (understandably) didn’t recognize him or remember their conversation. He freaked out and started attacking him. Emory pushed him in self-defense, after which Brooks fell in a barrel and died from his broken neck. He didn’t mean to kill him, but he was scared. He left the body in the pit and poured acid to get rid of the it.

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After Aubrey tells him his father had Alzheimer’s, he feels so guilty — it explains it all —because he could’ve helped him.

Not going to lie: the case went to places I wasn’t expecting to. When I read in the press release a couple of weeks ago about the mental illness, I was definitely intrigued and that delivered. I didn’t really see the son reveal coming and I just really liked how the case flowed.

While the recap above is detailed, I’ve also missed a lot. Yet, I liked all the subplots within this story.


 

SQUINTERN OF THE WEEK || Daisy is back, and she is calmer than ever. She also reassures Cam and Angela that she has two weeks until she gives birth. (Sure.)

Meanwhile, at Chez Booth and Brennan, Brennan is packing up baby toys around to give to Daisy — this is after all Sweets’ baby and, as aunt and uncle, they are going to be there for everything (graduations, school plays, hockey games et al.).

Daisy’s main storyline is mainly about her doula (Mindy Cohn) and spiritual enlightenment she is undergoing as she prepares to welcome the baby. Yet, Angela feels like Daisy is having a nervous breakdown, deep down. She later goes with Daisy to her doctor appointment.

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In a very heartfelt scene in the midst of the investigation, Hodgins inquires about the new age stuff she seems to have embraced. His concern is very sincere: he does not want her to push them all away because she’s afraid she might lose someone else. As they mention, Sweets’ death changes them all (and they continue to change, everyday, too).

Brennan, trying to follow what Angela suggested she do, insults the doula and admits she was harsh. But in another great moment, Daisy just heartbreakingly states how it is just her and the baby, and how she has to find a way to make that work for her – to connect to him without Lance there. “I’m doing the best I can.” And after that, she leaves a visibly upset Brennan behind.

At the appointment, we meet Valentina, Daisy’s doula. She clashes with Angela quite a bit, and you can sense Valentina is not really fond of scientists (just as they are not fond of her) and doesn’t let Angela come in with Daisy. This scene also has a nice moment between Angela and Daisy, in which Angela reassures her she’s not an inconvenience for any of them — they love her.

Towards the end of the episode, Daisy is having what she thought where Braxton Hicks contractions (yeah, right). And just as she determines cause of death, her water breaks. (And apologizes for it – endearing.)

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Cut to the birthing suite, with Daisy about to get in a bathtub, with candles and warm water. Valentina keeps telling her she should tell the team to leave, as they are distractions. Meanwhile, Brennan offers to walk with Daisy while she squeezes her hand (as we know, Brennan did that when she was in labor, and found great comfort in the fact Booth was in pain, too) — and Daisy says Booth should be there too, as he is the godfather.

Valentina disapproves of all of this: the distractions (Daisy’s friends), her shrieking because of the contractions, and everything… which ends in Daisy rebelling and kicking her out and deciding for go for a natural birth.

I loved that to keep her mind off the birth pains (since it’s too late for her to get an epidural), Brennan makes her go through the case. As detailed above, Daisy proved to be essential to closing the case — and I particularly liked this scene.

Finally, she gives birth to their newest family member (because as she says when Booth gets to the room, they’re family): Seeley Lance Wick-Sweets, and Booth gets to hold him first — just as Sweets would’ve wanted to.

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I can’t really express how much I liked Daisy in this episode: she has come so far since we first met her, and she seems even more grounded this year. I really liked how she was essential to solving the case.  For me, it made sense she’d plan to use a doula, as she got certified herself (for Brennan, before realizing she’d overstepped a lot of boundaries). Yet, I love that, in the end, she would finally embrace the whole team’s help and love — especially, Brennan’s, when she offered her hand so that she’d be comforted. While Daisy didn’t get to help Brennan when Christine was born, Brennan was there for Daisy.


Odds and Ends

  • Really liked finding out Cam was such a big fan of Brooks — to the point that she had his autograph.
  • Also: Booth was solving a crossword at home and it tickled me. I loved seeing him his childlike joy at all those baby toys. (I have ideas as to how they can find uses for those he wants to keep. Cough.)
  • Their answering the phones at the same time amused me, too. I’m so easy.
  • Now we know Aubrey’s gramps suffered from dementia. Personal anecdote time: that connection (his handwriting changed as he got worse) reminded me of something my mom told me recently about my own grandpa (who didn’t suffer dementia) — I guess that this is a byproduct as the pain gets worse and your condition worsens.
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    We also know that Aubrey has read Booth’s file (and that Sweets was very thorough) and he knew about his gambling addiction. I’m glad the show didn’t go there with Booth, though. (The poker chip in his hands was a really nice touch.)

  • The stills had pretty much spoiled that the doula wasn’t going to be around for the birth, but I still enjoyed seeing Daisy get to the point she dismissed her.
  • Angela’s eyerolls towards the doula were fantastic, but my favorite reactions during that whole scene were Booth’s faces during the birth. The scene was making me emotional, but he cracked me up many times with his discomfort.
  • Brennan’s speaking Yiddish was also pretty awesome.
  • I had so many quotes I could’ve used, but I really liked Daisy’s dismissal of her doula. But Hodgins’ “baking soda: just not for cooking anymore!” was a close runner up. Or, Angela’s “Cut her some slack, Valentina. A human being is trying to escape from her vagina.”
  • I really enjoyed tonight’s episode; it was such a beautiful and heartfelt hour. It was really solid — it was a good case, and Daisy’s storyline was just great. Sweets’ presence was really felt.
  • Not from this episode, but I guess it is relevant: How about that first look at the 200th episode? Wasn’t it awesome? (Don’t hold me to this but we might talk about it later this week.)

 

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One Response to BONES 10×08 Debriefing: “Get your crystals and get the hell out”

  1. Amy feightner says:

    Outfit on Angela in the birthing suite, camel skirt print blouse

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