BONES 11×02 Debriefing: “You’re Incredible”

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

Bones picked up right where last week’s intense premiere left off, and answered the questions we asked. What has Miller been hiding? Will Booth make it out? (Spoiler alert: duh) What is going to happen with Arastoo, and his relationship with Cam?

This episode also seemed to hint at possible future storylines and the themes the show will explore this year. But let’s go ahead and discuss what transpired during Bones 11×02…

So, Where is Booth?

BONES:  David Boreanaz in the "The Brother in the Basement" episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Kevin Estrada/FOX

BONES: David Boreanaz in the “The Brother in the Basement” episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kevin Estrada/FOX

Even though it’s never really explicitly stated, Booth is in the basement of O’Donnell’s home, still badly injured. The other guys are hoping he’s a goner, as that would mean more money for them… but Booth’s resourcefulness with photography equipment (including silver nitrate) ultimately buys him some more time. (And makes us cringe, too.)

Back to the Search…

What was Miller hiding? The fact that her partner disappeared recently, as well, and had downloaded a file that contained many agents in deep undercover. Her team searched his home (that he shared with his fiancée, Chloe Robertson) but found nothing. After Miller scoffs at the Jeffersonian, mentioning it hasn’t been the best lab in town (or the country) since Brennan left, Brennan decides it’s time to go back. Along with Aubrey and Miller, she searches Richard’s home once again and finds a severed finger in the fridge. Cam runs the fingerprint, and it matches Chloe’s; meanwhile, Brennan suggests the finger was probably cut with scissors or a hinge tool — wire cutters, like Arastoo later determines. Thanks to the particulates Hodgins analyzes and the scenario Angela puts together (cutting a fence in a nauseous environment, then the finger), it takes them to a facility in Loudon county.

BONES:  L-R:  John Boyd, Emily Deschanel, guest star Patricia Belcher and guest star Kim Raver in the "The Brother in the Basement" episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Patrick McElhenney/FOX

BONES: L-R: John Boyd, Emily Deschanel, guest star Patricia Belcher and guest star Kim Raver in the “The Brother in the Basement” episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Unfortunately, when Miller and Aubrey get there, there are only vultures and two bodies doused in battery acid. Back at the lab, the team determines they are Agent Batterman and Chloe. Ever the pessimists, they think nothing the bodies contain will lead them to Booth as there is no point of intersection. Brennan believes that if they press on, they’ll eventually find the answers they need.

Then, Miller sends a digital forensic scientist from the bureau, Dr. Benjamin Metzger, who wants to work with Angela. He has Batterman’s computer and phone, but there is not much they can get: the hard drives are swiped clean. Dr. Metzger also reacts emotionally when the male body is confirmed to be Batterman — he admits to being close to him. Meanwhile at the FBI, Aubrey and Miller have evidence that possibly points to her partner being followed. Metzger is able to recover some photo and video files from the hard disk, though. One of the video files shows Agent Benerman getting into a fight with Nathan Barlow, from the Aryan brotherhood — which explained those fight indicators in his bones. However, Barlow confesses to being Banerman’s informant and punching him to cover themselves.

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

Furthermore, Hodgins determines that Chloe was poisoned at her apartment, by someone she knew. (Oh, wine and cheese, why must you be so sinful?) Plus, Angela also finds some photos of Miller and Batterman that Batterman deleted after he met Chloe — the agents used to be a couple. When they broke up, Miller and he stopped talking, and she made some threats towards Chloe.

The blunt force trauma to the skull Arastoo reconstructed indicates the killer wasn’t in control, and thus inexperienced. Miller is ruled out, as she is highly trained. The murder weapon is brass knuckles (something Miller wouldn’t use). Whoever did must have fractured their right hand, and based on how Chloe was killed, must have known the couple. Suave Dr. Metzger did it!

BONES:  L-R:  John Boyd, Emily Deschanel and guest star Kim Raver in the "The Brother in the Basement" episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Kevin Estrada/FOX

BONES: L-R: John Boyd, Emily Deschanel and guest star Kim Raver in the “The Brother in the Basement” episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kevin Estrada/FOX

Basement of Terrors update! O’Donnell had received a text saying Booth was untrustworthy and should be killed, if he wanted to keep the deal. O’Donnell might not be an upstanding citizen, but he was decent enough to not kill Booth. Now, the other two guys get suspicious when O’Donnell starts trying to convince them to not take the deal — they revolt, steal his phone and see the messages and… action ensues! It’s an intense scene, mostly due to the limited space they have to hide. At the same time, Metzger is denying the charges against him during his interrogation. Brennan, getting impatient at how long it might take Aubrey and Miller to get the information, decides to take matters into her own hands.

So just as Booth defeats the guy after him (he fools him into thinking he’s escaped, and then hits him when he least expected it) and is able to escape from the basement, Brennan and Aubrey get to the steps of O’Donnell’s home.

After that, Booth and Brennan share a sweet hug as Aubrey look on. (I personally love how Booth starts saying “it’s just a scratch” when he is about to pass out on top of his wife. Never change, Seeley Booth.)

BONES:   Guest star Pej Vahdat in the "The Brother in the Basement" episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Kevin Estrada/FOX

BONES: Guest star Pej Vahdat in the “The Brother in the Basement” episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kevin Estrada/FOX

About that (Jeffersonian) Reputation

As mentioned above, Miller lets Brennan know the Jeffersonian hasn’t been the best lab in town since she left, a fact that upsets her. She lets Arastoo and Cam know about that (the two people she unleashed her frustrations upon) and it makes the newly-minted doctor feel even worse about it. Later, Hodgins does admit there’s been a spike in unsolved cases, but Angela consoles Arastoo by telling him no one (including Brennan) is blaming him, so why should he? I’m not completely sure Brennan has those unsolved cases on her conscience, because Brennan knows quitting was the right decision for her at that time. Yet, she’s a good person and I would not be surprised if it weighed on her somehow. (Nothing she will lose sleep over, though.) So I think Angela’s logic behind that statement was to make Arastoo feel better about his inexperience being the lead forensic anthropologist — the main point of contention Brennan makes later on.

Arastoo is brilliant and the most qualified of the squinterns to take over the role, but it is true he is not ready to take on a first-rate laboratory as his first post-doc job. His experience pales in comparison to Brennan’s and many others; he needs some more ‘real’ work experience and I think that he made the right decision by applying to other places. I have no doubt he is going to find the right fit that furthers his career and makes him even more qualified to one day take over Brennan’s (or any illustrious forensic head) position.

Stay, Stay, Stay

BONES:  L-R:  Guest star Pej Vahdat and Emily Deschanel   in the "The Brother in the Basement" episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Kevin Estrada/FOX

BONES: L-R: Guest star Pej Vahdat and Emily Deschanel in the “The Brother in the Basement” episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kevin Estrada/FOX

Cam and Arastoo’s relationship is on the rocks — in fact, if you assumed they broke up… you probably wouldn’t be wrong, because they did. Feeling more and more inadequate (the fact your girlfriend, quasi-fiancée, didn’t recommend you for the position you’ve temporarily held is a bit of a bummer), Arastoo starts looking at other options outside the lab. As much as they put off the conversation, knowing where it is going to go, they eventually discuss whether Cam would move away with him.

The thing is, Arastoo knows Cam absolutely would… but she would also end up resenting him, as the Jeffersonian is her home. Cam would even accept his proposal were he to pop the question. It’s a hard scene to watch because it feels true to life — some couples make those sacrifices for each other, but end up hating each other as the unhappiness an unwanted move brings settles in.

It’s especially telling this scene is followed by Booth and Brennan’s at the hospital, chatting after Booth’s surgery. While the two of them willingly quit their jobs, Brennan has come to realize that it’s in Booth’s nature to want to protect people. She’s also realized that the Jeffersonian needs her — her reasoning for wanting her position back was having her friends and job as a support system, had Booth not gotten out of that basement alive. The scene accentuates how solid these two are, and particularly, how well Brennan knows her husband and understands why he had to try to save his brother.  to Cam and Arastoo are having a few timing issues but I have no doubt they will come together down the road; after all, Booth and Brennan were the masters of poor timing back in the day.

I know Michael Peterson and Jon Collier (the new showrunners) have mentioned wanting to explore the themes of fate, especially when it comes to their jobs, and that’s quite interesting; this episode did a nice job of highlighting that sense of inevitability, and how they can’t truly escape this past life.

Some Other Relevant Moments

BONES:   Emily Deschanel in the "The Brother in the Basement" episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Patrick McElhenney/FOX

BONES: Emily Deschanel in the “The Brother in the Basement” episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick McElhenney/FOX

As mentioned, there was a bit of table setting in this episode, without being too much.

  • Dr. Metzger’s presence makes Hodgins act hilariously jealous (I mean, that voice!); as their anniversary is coming up, Dr. Metzger assumes that there is fear of the seven-year inch. Could this be some foreshadowing? (Once again, Hodgins provided some great comic relief.)
  • More kids for Angela and Hodgins? After it’s confirmed Booth is out of surgery, Angela suggests they pick up Christine and little Hank and host a sleepover. Hodgins enthusiastically says that ‘the more kids, the merrier’ to which Angela adorably replies to be careful, as he might be giving her some ideas. Hm.
  • The cheap whiskey deserves some mention. I love that it was Aubrey’s favorite. I liked Miller a lot last week, as she offered a fresh take on Booth; if anything, she became more interesting to me this week as we learnt a couple more things about her. I also ended up liking her chemistry with Aubrey. Here’s hoping she comes back to collaborate in some other case soon!
  • On that note, there were a few mentions of it last season, but it seems more obvious now: Aubrey has big dreams. After Caroline comments how Miller knows who to be nice to, Aubrey replies he is a “nobody.” However, Caroline points out that people are talking. It should be an interesting storyline to explore, as I believe it will shade Aubrey’s character even more.
  • I might have not mentioned her as much, but Caroline continues to be a national treasure and the cautious voice of reason.
  • We never got to see a lot of Booth and Jared’s dynamic (especially the recent one) but both the first scene and the moment when Brennan gives him the picture of the two of them made me tear up. They might have not been the best of brothers, but they had good times.
  • The last scene reminded me of the end of “Two Bodies in the Lab” from season 1. It just needed more pudding. (The photos of their family was also a big difference, and their delightful banter had added history to it.) As I mentioned above, it showed how much Brennan gets her husband and his selfless nature. In fact, I’d argue their hug when they reunite also reminded me of Brennan’s rescue in that episode.

BONES:  L-R:  John Boyd, Emily Deschanel, guest star Patricia Belcher and guest star Kim Raver in the "The Brother in the Basement" episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Patrick McElhenney/FOX

BONES: L-R: John Boyd, Emily Deschanel, guest star Patricia Belcher and guest star Kim Raver in the “The Brother in the Basement” episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick McElhenney/FOX

This was truly another solid episode and, much like the first part, it went by quickly. It might have not been as intense or action-packed as the premiere — in a sense, it was a more traditional episode with higher stakes — but it was still quite solid. Alongside the premiere, both episodes make for a promising start to this season: we have a few storylines that are setting the stage for interesting character stories.  My favorite part was probably how true to life the personal storylines felt, especially that breakup. It was just fantastic and the episode was better for it. Moreover, and needless to say, the acting continues to be great: Pej Vahdat did some nice work with his scenes tonight; David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel shone in that last scene, etc.


Odds and Ends

  • Loved that the show called back to Cam and Booth’s romantic relationship, and thus, the fact that she was also pretty close with Jared.
  • It amuses me that the basement where Booth was is where McLaren’s (from HIMYM) was, once upon a time. Heh.
  • “Oh, I’m not hungry… okay, that’s a lie.” I laughed.
  • O’Donnell needs to work on that poker face. His reaction when he got those messages telling him to kill Booth was pretty telling.
  • Even though we didn’t hear Christine’s side of the call, watching Brennan fighting tears while reassuring her about Booth was a punch to the gut.
  • Another reason why the whiskey scene amused me: the bottle. The name (and I’m pretty sure the picture too) is that of one of the long-time writers of the show, Keith Foglesong.
  • Another thing that made me laugh? Metzger studied Computer Science at Stanford. I’ll give you one guess at to what previous (big) baddie on the show studied the same thing there.
  • I know Michael Peterson also mentioned this on twitter, but Brennan should make motivational posters — some of her statements make you feel so inadequate you want to change for the better.
  • Jon Collier and Michael Peterson have mentioned a few times that they have rewatched the earlier seasons (as David Boreanaz suggested to them) and it’s paying off already (I’m loving the callbacks and parallels!). Can’t wait to see more of that influence over the season.
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