BONES 11×01 Debriefing: “He’s Not All Bad Like His Reputation”

BONES: Cast L-R: John Boyd, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, Michaela Conlin, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. The 11th season of BONES premieres Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: FOX

After the Bones season finale aired back in June, I had many questions — knowing the show was returning, I was wondering what would bring Booth and Brennan back into the life they had left behind.

The premiere answers that and a bunch of other lingering questions, while posing a few more. Being the first of a two part, the episode takes it time to uncover the different elements of the mystery, which benefit the pace tremendously. But before I say something spoilery, let me jump to recap “The Loyalty in the Lie.”

As previously mentioned, six months have passed since we last saw Booth, Brennan and co., and things have changed. Not unlike any other teaser, we check in on the family (now, with little Hank!) right before Booth goes to work. Thanks to some exposition, we learn that Brennan has already written two books during her “break,” and also seems to be doing some anthropological work from home, while Booth is a freelance instructor for the FBI in Quantico.

BONES:  L-R:  Guest star Sunnie Pelant, David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in the "The Loyalty in the Lie" season premiere of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ray Mickshaw/FOX

BONES: L-R: Guest star Sunnie Pelant, David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in the “The Loyalty in the Lie” season premiere of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

However, through Booth’s answers and mannerisms, we can guess that he has had a few late nights on the job (he’s canceled on Angela and Hodgins’ dinner dates before), and his lingering looks towards Brennan and the kids make it clear he’s not going to the office. Meanwhile, Cam has been unable to find a Brennan-approved replacement for head forensic anthropologist, so Arastoo has been the substitute. (He graduated with highest honors and is the most qualified candidate, but his relationship with Cam makes it tricky.) At the FBI, Aubrey has taken over Booth’s office and is in charge. (Not surprising, considering his own aspirations…)

The day takes a turn when a burnt van is found with a body inside — especially since the gun in the guy’s ankle belongs to Booth, and most of the bone markers match Booth’s sustained injuries throughout the years. Thus, Cam and Aubrey make their way to tell an unaware Brennan, where she finds there are no guns in the safe… but Booth’s wedding ring is there instead. Brennan is obviously quite distraught at finding this, and the situation only gets worse as the evening progresses. She throws herself into what are looking like her husband’s bones to find anything that will prove her wrong. (I am a sucker for any “Brennan looks at bones” montage; couple that with flashbacks acting as memories, and that song… and I was as much of a mess as she was.)

Luckily for us, she finds something Arastoo has missed: one of his prior bullet wounds in his left arm actually nicked his scapula as well — this left scapula is fine. Everyone is relieved to hear this, while Brennan lashes out her frustrations onto the team. We later find out victim had a progressive form of osteoporosis, meaning he was an alcoholic.

BONES: L-R: Tamara Taylor, Michaela Conlin and TJ Thyne in the “The Loyalty in the Lie” season premiere of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Meanwhile, Aubrey and Caroline are going over Booth’s activity that morning when Grace Miller (guest star Kim Raver), from Internal Investigations, shows up. She butts heads with Aubrey and Brennan as she considers Booth the prime suspect. Later, Angela and Aubrey decide they should be looking into the calls Booth had  not picked up — they had a hidden boy-scout code, saying “go.” Thus, Booth wasn’t working alone.

Back in the bone room, Arastoo finds cause of death (the victim was shot; the bullet passed through the external iliac artery), and Brennan identifies the victim by some incision marks: Jared Booth, Booth’s brother, which is why so many markers were similar. (They were both military, suffered childhood abuse, and did many parachute jumps.)

Angela, Aubrey and Cam also determine Booth was working with four other people, as five burner phones were activated (and then discarded) every week. On the other hand, Agent Miller and Brennan pay a visit to Padma, Jared’s wife. She is clearly not happy with Brennan, since she was the one who convinced Booth to cut Jared off. She does reveal that a friend of Jared’s, Kevin O’Donnell, was helping him (and that he was like a brother to him, ouch). Aubrey and Miller pay him a visit, and it doesn’t go well.

Back at the lab, Angela and Brennan share a heartwarming scene over pudding. Brennan is completely certain that Booth is still alive. This cuts to the most chilling scene yet: a visibly wounded Booth trapped in a basement.

Brennan and Arastoo determine that the fractures in Jared’s bones could be due to a three-story high fall. Since the particulates in his occipital were from lead-based glass, this allows them to narrow the buildings down to the one where he died. Meanwhile, Miller finds that Booth opened a bank account three months ago with debits that went directly to Jared.

BONES:  L-R:  Guest star Kim Raver and John Boyd in the "The Loyalty in the Lie" season premiere of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ray Mickshaw/FOX

BONES: L-R: Guest star Kim Raver and John Boyd in the “The Loyalty in the Lie” season premiere of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Believing Booth might be held captive there, Miller and Aubrey lead a raid team to a home, where they find three bodies and a lot of blood; they also uncover that the safe has no money (supposedly, $2 million has been stolen). Moreover, Caroline has investigated Miller, and has found out that her partner is also missing.  Back at the lab, Cam determines one of the pools of blood is Booth’s, and there was a lot of it — he needs medical attention, pronto.

From Brennan’s worried look, we cut to Booth, cleaning the blood from his wound; clearly in a lot of pain. He is with two of the other team members (who are aware he needs a doctor) and… O’Donnell, who shoots down the idea of getting him anywhere.

Oh Booth. What have you gotten into?


Some other points of contention…

  • Agent Miller
BONES:  Guest star Kim Raver in the "The Loyalty in the Lie" season premiere of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ray Mickshaw/FOX

BONES: Guest star Kim Raver in the “The Loyalty in the Lie” season premiere of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

I love Kim Raver’s guest turn as Agent Grace Miller, and I can’t wait to see more of her next week. As someone who has never worked with Booth, she does not have the bias the team does (they are fiercely protective of him). She strictly goes by the information she has on him from FBI documents. She butts heads with Aubrey and Caroline, but her most interesting interaction of the hour came from her scene with Brennan in the car. These are two very different characters talking about the same people, and only one of them has personal experience with them: Brennan thinks that, for all his flaws, Booth has tried to overcome his weaknesses… whereas Jared did not. Miller, on the other hand, theorizes that this could have created resentment between the brothers, implying Booth might have been the one who killed his brother — which Brennan (and the audience!) know is impossible.

Her perspective on Booth is intriguing because it’s fresh. We have seen Booth evolve over the years, so we are as partial as Brennan and the rest of the team are. While Booth’s past record looks bad on paper (former sniper, PTSD, recently fell off the wagon), Brennan knows there is a lot more to her husband than meets the eye. Considering how high emotions were running in this episode, Miller’s presence was very much needed; plus, it’s interesting to have a dissenting voice from time to time.

  • Cam and Arastoo

Arastoo is planning to propose! Booth’s disappearance puts the plan on pause; Brennan’s berating of his progress with the case also has him thinking he is not good enough for the job, or Cam. (Though, as Hodgins points out, she wouldn’t have hired him if she didn’t know he would be great). Yet, in an unexpected turn of events, Cam accidentally sees the ring before he proposes. It’s an awkward moment, but Cam’s reaction is interesting: while she loves the ring, I am not sure she’s ready for this yet. (Hodgins’ whole reaction to this scene is my favorite thing, especially when he realizes he probably interrupted the actual proposal.)

We will see how that progresses next week!

  • Brennan
BONES:  Emily Deschanel in the "The Loyalty in the Lie" season premiere of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Patrick McEhlenney/FOX

BONES: Emily Deschanel in the “The Loyalty in the Lie” season premiere of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick McEhlenney/FOX

As  expected, given her husband was missing, Brennan had some of the most emotionally gripping scenes tonight. From her deep sadness, to stern determination to quiet rage, she is on quite the rollercoaster right now. Emily Deschanel nailed every emotion — she didn’t even need words, because her eyes reflected the storm happening inside of her. Her scene with Arastoo probably encapsulates this the best: Jared tended to lean on Booth when he was in trouble (we saw this happen back in season four). So what has Booth been keeping from her? While they had discussed this topic many times, cutting ties with one’s sibling is hard, and I think she understands that. However, I really loved this scene because she never truly implied she felt betrayed by his choice; rather, she was baffled as to why he had kept anything from her.

At this moment, she has more questions than answers and she doesn’t like it, as someone who likes to be as much in control of the situation as she can — I can understand that.


BONES:  L-R:  TJ Thyne and Emily Deschanel in the "The Loyalty in the Lie" season premiere of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Patrick McElhenney/FOX

BONES: L-R: TJ Thyne and Emily Deschanel in the “The Loyalty in the Lie” season premiere of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick McElhenney/FOX

I really, really liked this episode; it was a very solid start to the season. That hour (er, 42 minutes) went by so quickly and it left me wanting more  — I need the answer to the hanging threads right now. The fact that it is a two-parter allowed them to take their time with certain beats that could’ve been implied otherwise, and it works . Brennan’s grief-induced memories, when she thinks that is her husband on the table? It felt like a punch in the stomach, in the best way. I’d have probably taken a whole hour of it.

Speaking of… RIP, Jared. I never really liked you but you were an interesting foil to Booth. I don’t know what you got your brother into, but thanks. In all seriousness, family is a very valid reason for Booth and Brennan to go back to this world. Hearing that Jared had gotten into trouble wasn’t surprising, but learning all about that family dynamic (and Padma’s bitterness towards Brennan) was intriguing. For the record, I found Brennan’s comparison of the two Booth brothers to be on point, and she probably made the right decision for her family. (Which makes Christine saying “Uncle Aubrey” and Padma’s remark about how O’Donnell was a true brother to Jared the more affecting.)

BONES:  L-R:  John Boyd and Tamara Taylor in the "The Loyalty in the Lie" season premiere of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Kevin Estrada/FOX

BONES: L-R: John Boyd and Tamara Taylor in the “The Loyalty in the Lie” season premiere of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kevin Estrada/FOX

I imagine this is something that we will be dealing with more in-depth next week, once we know why this happened, ditto all the thematic stuff, so I don’t want to get ahead of myself. It is hard to discuss an episode that flowed so organically. I am not even surprised by Booth’s actions — even if he wanted out of this life, it’s in his nature to be protective of his loved ones (that White Knight Syndrome)… and even others. It is what he is cut out for.

Everyone (actors, writers, et al) brought their A-game tonight. For an episode that had to reboot  a pretty final finale, this was a great episode. With that said, I’d very much like to watch the next one now, thanks.


Odds and Ends

  • I know this is shorter than what I’m used to, but there are many things that I feel I’ll be able to discuss better once I have seen next week’s episode.
  • Even though Hank was probably the obvious choice to name their kid, I’m not disappointed at all. Christine was also the obvious choice back in the day, but they both feel right. As Michael Peterson has mentioned, it is their way to pay homage to and acknowledge Pops’ (Ralph Waite) passing last year.
  • That homemade “beer” Hodgins brewed for their dinner party: I loved his excitement, but I’m pretty sure I’d react like Angela did. Speaking of, I’d love to see one of those dinners, please and thank you.
  • I liked how Aubrey and Caroline mobilized FBI peeps that owed “something” to Booth. Miller might have the cold hard facts in her documents, but that right there showed Booth is actually respected.
  • Forever admire how the writers handled David Boreanaz’s health scare. Booth’s very much present throughout the episode, and the plot manages to be relevant for everyone. Plus, it allowed for many unexpected callbacks, which I love. His scenes in the episode were relevant, and in the case of the two basement ones, they were pretty chilling to watch.
  • My favorite thing about team-centric episodes is how it highlights how far many of the relationships (friendships) in the show have come. (For example, Brennan and Cam’s interactions were subtle but so poignant.) It also allows everyone to shine. Win/win.
  • Thanks Hodgins for all the comic relief in this episode. I really needed it.
  • Pretty sure I’ll be writing some more next week. So stay tuned for that?

 

… is a young graduate student that has been way too passionate about television ever since she was little. While she insists she doesn’t have a specific type of show, they all usually have strong but flawed lady characters, some derivation of the stubborn friends-in-love/friends-to-lovers trope, and they all make her yell at her tv a lot. She just wishes she had more hours in the day so she could actually write about this.
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