BONES 11×05 Debriefing: “I Shall Not Rest Until It Is Solved”

BONES:   L-R:  Tom Mison and Emily Deschanel in the special "The Resurrection in the Remains" BONES/SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Patrick McElhenney/FOX

When I first heard the Bones world would cross with Sleepy Hollow‘s, I was apprehensive as they couldn’t be more different. Bones is grounded in science and reality, while Sleepy Hollow leans towards the historic supernatural. However, the fact it’s a Halloween episode makes it easier to digest — plus, both shows do have some similarities the writers have explored well in tonight’s episode.

And the truth is, the crossover couldn’t have been smoother. Splitting Ichabod and Abbie with their Bones-y counterparts was smart, and allowed for a better flow.

So what happened during “The Resurrection in the Remains,” Bones‘ first Halloween hour in eight years?

THE CASE

SLEEPY HOLLOW: L-R: Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie in the ÒDead Men Tell No Tales" episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (9:00-10PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Tina Rowden/FOX.

SLEEPY HOLLOW: L-R: Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie in the ÒDead Men Tell No Tales” episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (9:00-10PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Tina Rowden/FOX.

A third-year resident student is found dead in a church, next to a pagan-marked coffin containing a headless body. That one belongs to an almost 50 year-old eighteenth century general, with clothes that predate the Industrial revolution.

Aubrey and Booth pay a visit to the hospital where Sarah Lippman was doing her residency — apparently, the change in her appearance (most notably, her magenta hair) wasn’t new. Her boyfriend was also a student and apparently, they were quite the odd couple but they worked. (Remind you of someone?) Aubrey and Booth also find a book with the same pagan rune on the cover the coffin had.

That is when Ichabod and Abbie, from Sleepy Hollow, come in. They want to take the headless body back to Sleepy Hollow but Brennan isn’t having that, as it is part of the ongoing investigation.

BONES:  L-R:  TJ Thyne, guest star Tom Mison, Emily Deschanel and Michaela Conlin in the special "The Resurrection in the Remains" BONES/SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Patrick McElhenney/FOX

BONES: L-R: TJ Thyne, guest star Tom Mison, Emily Deschanel and Michaela Conlin in the special “The Resurrection in the Remains” BONES/SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Their persistence turns out to be a good thing, since both Ichabod and Abbie provide invaluable help to the team. When Angela completes her facial reconstruction of what the headless body would be, Ichabod quickly recognizes him as General William Howe and gives the ladies a quick synopsis of his accomplishments. Yet, some of those facts he names do not match what the women learned in school. Meanwhile, Abbie and Booth find interesting leads: a suspicious note (was Sarah cheating on Joel?) and a fine-tooth saw with some red fabric, the same time that had been used on Howe.

Moreover, the lab team and Crane look into the rune book, which includes some necromancy spells. Hodgins quickly realizes that illuminating the page with candlelight will reveal the hidden ‘message’ — and is the reason why Sarah dug up the skull.

Cam and Wendell also find something interesting: there are no indications of ritualistic murder, but there are some hints that Sarah was clinically dead for a short time two weeks before she actually died, per some dead neurons.  Aubrey doesn’t see any recent hospital visits in her health insurance or any indication of a drug problem. The only thing out of the ordinary is the purchase of a $250 bottle of champagne on a Monday night (two weeks ago) — probably the night she “died.”

BONES:   L-R:  Guest star Tim Mison and Emily Deschanel in the special "The Resurrection in the Remains" BONES/SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Patrick McElhenney/FOX

BONES: L-R: Guest star Tim Mison and Emily Deschanel in the special “The Resurrection in the Remains” BONES/SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick McElhenney/FOX

After a close examination of the bones, Wendell finds indication of blunt force trauma; within the injury, there are fragments of another body’s bones that has been laced with arsenic and mercury (i.e. Howe’s skull, as the other bones were fine). Moreover, Abbie has looked into the champagne celebration; turns out Sarah was celebrating with a dark-haired guy who wasn’t her boyfriend — she was with her gay friend. During his interrogation, he reveals that his friendship with Sarah was born out of close brushes with death (her sister died of cancer when she was young, he was really sick as a kid). Sarah was obsessed with the afterlife. Thus, Martin induced her heart to stop and then brought her back to life. During that ‘transformative’ experience, Sarah saw her dead sister, who encouraged her to let go of her fear — their toast was to science. He did not dig Howe up.

Back at the lab, Hodgins determines the sharp object has a mixture of industrial cleaners with the vermin that is sprayed on the underside of morgue tables. That leads him, Aubrey and Cam to the anatomy room in the tables. While there is nothing on the ground, there is arterial spray on the ceiling (as her heart was still pumping when her artery was severed).

BONES:  L-R:  Tamara Taylor, guest star Michael Grant Terry, TJ Thyne and Emily Deschanel in the special "The Resurrection in the Remains" BONES/SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Adam Taylor/FOX

BONES: L-R: Tamara Taylor, guest star Michael Grant Terry, TJ Thyne and Emily Deschanel in the special “The Resurrection in the Remains” BONES/SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Adam Taylor/FOX

Ichabod’s search in the archives was fruitful, as he has dug up an edict from George Washington, requesting Howe’s remains to be brought to Sleepy Hollow and not England. Brennan is suspicious as the signature doesn’t match the handwriting, to which Crane quickly replies Washington dictated his diaries (and this missive) to a trusted captain (himself, but she doesn’t know that). Pending on the authenticity of the letter, Ichabod and Abbie can have their body back.

As Hodgins and co. go through all anatomy room’s medical waste, they not only find some fragments of Howe’s skull, but the skull itself and a broken porcelain mug. Cam also finds some used vials, which shouldn’t be there as anatomy students only deal with cadavers. The vials had some drugs in them, whose prescriptions were signed by Sarah’s chief resident.

Coming back to the edict, Angela uncovers some interesting stuff: it’s definitely from the late 1700s (Dutch hemp, iron gold ink) and that’s Washington’s signature. However, the body’s penmanship belongs to Ichabod (compared to his notes of the Book of Shadows), who as far as our guys are concerned, was born 200 years after those events unfolded.

Aubrey brings Dr. Cruz in for questioning, regarding the meds he prescribed but his patients never got (they never needed them), i.e. the meds Sarah needed to stop and restart her heart. He wasn’t sleeping with Sarah, rather, she was blackmailing him after she smelled alcohol in his breath once (after one of his surgeries): instead of risking his career, he let two students risk their lives.

BONES:  TJ Thyne in the special "The Resurrection in the Remains" BONES/SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Kevin Estrada/FOX

BONES: TJ Thyne in the special “The Resurrection in the Remains” BONES/SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kevin Estrada/FOX

Meanwhile, Brennan questions Ichabod on the paradoxical letter and the matching handwriting. He admits to knowing of the existence of the letter, as if an ancestor of his had written it; he also makes up an excuse saying he has inherited his handwriting. (Brennan has never known it to be a possibility, but it’s the only rational explanation she has.) Thus, once the case is solved, they can take the body back to Sleepy Hollow. Moreover, Ichabod proves to be useful about Howe’s missing tooth — it was a porcelain piece that would’ve shattered on impact while the killer struck Sarah with the skull, possibly scraping the killer’s hand.

Hodgins quickly connects the tooth to the broken cup, saying the fragments could have mixed together… and they have: one of them is a different hue, and has a pointed cusp (like a canine tooth would). It was uncleaned, so it still has the killer’s skin cells: Joel’s, Sarah’s boyfriend.

He lied to them: Sarah hadn’t changed because he had rubbed off on her but because of “the other side,” and she wanted him to experience it too. However, he experienced nothing, which took his faith away.


A Partnership of Opposites

The crossover was much smoother than I expected it to be. It was a great deal of fun, and it worked fine — especially considering the show’s world rejects any idea of the supernatural elements Sleepy Hollow heavily uses. (Even in their hour, Brennan and Booth remain unaware of what is going on.)

SLEEPY HOLLOW: L-R: Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie in the ÒDead Men Tell No Tales" episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (9:00-10PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Tina Rowden/FOX.

SLEEPY HOLLOW: L-R: Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie in the ÒDead Men Tell No Tales” episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (9:00-10PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Tina Rowden/FOX.

As is often the case, the writers tried to introduce some connection between the characters to ease the transition. Turns out that Sheriff August Corbin, Abbie’s mentor, was an acquaintance of Booth’s — he had even talked about how Abbie reminded him of a younger Booth… and it is easy to see why. In actuality, both pairings (Abbie-Booth, Ichabod-Brennan) are what make the crossover episode work so well, as there is great chemistry there: Abbie and Booth just fit, and make me wish she could also recur on the show, while Ichabod and Brennan are so similar they annoy each other.

It is always nice when Booth gets to mentor someone, even if it’s for an episode, and the ease with which he mentored Abbie was refreshing. The two of them carry the weight of the world on their shoulders (Abbie a bit more literally, as she’s a Witness) and believe in their justice. Ichabod and Brennan, on the other hand, are cut from the same cloth to the point that they get on each other’s nerves and it’s delightful. Brennan could not comprehend the man and her facial expressions towards much of what Ichabod said, or the stranger (supernatural-leaning) aspects of the case, were fun.

SLEEPY HOLLOW: L-R: Nicole Beharie and guest star David Boreanaz of BONES in the ÒDead Men Tell No Tales" episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (9:00-10PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Tina Rowden/FOX.

SLEEPY HOLLOW: L-R: Nicole Beharie and guest star David Boreanaz of BONES in the ÒDead Men Tell No Tales” episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (9:00-10PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Tina Rowden/FOX.

This hour was particularly interesting because of the many similarities between the cases and the shows.

Who has clinically died and come back all changed by it? Ichabod Crane! He is the friend Abbie mentions at the end. (Also, in a way, Brennan.)

Who is part of an odd couple situation? You guessed it — Ichabod and Abbie! Booth and Brennan!

In a way, it is very interesting how many winks to the “Ichabbie” ‘shippers there were in this episode, as our characters clearly saw much of Booth and Brennan in the Witnesses. (Hodgins was the only one who didn’t notice it, but he still liked them.) It remains to be seen if it will ever be like that on their show, but it was nice to see some other couple being teased about their relationship on the show.

Despite belonging to a fantastical universe, the Bones hour managed to stay within the realm of science and reality (remaining blissfully unaware of the rest) — though the case itself dealt with subjects the show has delved into before (spiritualism, afterlife) that kind of fit the episode well. Ultimately, this is a show that has dealt with some “weird” experiences that aren’t rooted in science at all (psychics, ghosts, those hallucinations) in the past so it is fitting that the show tackled them once again for this episode.


All Pranksters’ Eve

BONES: L-R:  Tamara Taylor, Emily Deschanel and TJ Thyne in the special "The Resurrection in the Remains" BONES/SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Kevin Estrada/FOX

BONES: L-R: Tamara Taylor, Emily Deschanel and TJ Thyne in the special “The Resurrection in the Remains” BONES/SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kevin Estrada/FOX

There might have been a lot of things going on but Booth and Brennan still found ways to prank each other. Surprisingly, it all starts with Brennan after she decides to make some fake gelatinous brains for Christine’s school. Booth tries a spoonful of one just as his wife tells him it’s actually the model she has been using— so he does what any other person who is not a zombie would do, and spits it out. It’s a testament to how much Brennan’s acting skills have improved that she is able to fool Booth with that straight-face.

And of course, there is going to be retribution on his part.

Brennan is quite proud of this accomplishment, which annoys Booth even more. Thus, Aubrey tries to help Booth with suggestions on how to get back to Brennan (he suggests making her eat soy cheese; however,  Brennan already eats it), but Booth already has an idea.

As we later witness, he gets his revenge. His prank: pretending to be Howe’s remains (which had already been shipped) on an autopsy table, under a sheet. When she least expects it (as she uncovers the body for a close examination), he scares her off. She tries to explain her reaction through science but it’s clear Booth has successfully pranked her as well. Wendell was in on it, and as such, Brennan tries to prank Booth into thinking she’s going to fire him for a year. Their walking out of the lab somehow reminded me of their bad date (that wasn’t one) after season three’s “Mummy in the Maze” — the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Bonus:

  • Hodgins’ demon eyes. Michael Vincent flushed his lenses down the toilet and those were the only ones he had. Because we all obviously have red-colored lenses around. It is a shame he didn’t have them on when he met Ichabod and Abbie.
  • As we also learn in the Sleepy half of Hollow Bones, Christine is dressing up as Jane Goodall while Hank will be a chimp. Could they be more adorable?

Odds and Ends

  • BONES:  L-R:  Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin and guest star Tim Mison in the special "The Resurrection in the Remains" BONES/SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Patrick McElhenney/FOX

    BONES: L-R: Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin and guest star Tim Mison in the special “The Resurrection in the Remains” BONES/SLEEPY HOLLOW crossover episode of BONES airing Thursday, Oct. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Patrick McElhenney/FOX

    That was writer Emily Silver as Sarah Lippman. Her next episode airs next week!

  • The team’s positions on the afterlife: Cam takes a pragmatic approach to it, Hodgins is curious. Brennan thinks it is fiction
  • So the Sleepy Hollow series premiere Angela and Hodgins recorded back in the season nine premiere was another show under that name, then? (I am kidding. No one had any idea this would be happening.)
  • Again, another infinitely quotable episode. One of my favorites? Hodgins’ “Please, I’m a conspiracy theorist, not a supernatural nut.”
  • “I know Crane is annoying, but what would you like me to do, huh? Deport him? Relax, okay? I’ll take care of it. Don’t worry, I got it. Just go… look at a dead body, or something.” This is not only a great example of Booth and Brennan’s marriage, but one of the current sideplots on Sleepy makes it funnier.
  • I don’t know what was more delightful to me: how much the team seemed to “ship” Ichabbie or the overall fascination with Ichabod’s coat.
  • The scene at the Founding Fathers was pretty adorable in its own right, even if it lasted two seconds. Ichabod’s goodbye curtsy to Brennan! Benjamin Franklin created Sex on the Beach (Fondle in the Forest)!
  • Aubrey’s comment on how weird a name Ichabod is (and how he must have felt, etc) was a beautiful piece of meta and Brennan, Booth and Angela would like to say something.
  • It should be noted, this wasn’t the first time Ichabod has been mistaken to be a cosplayer. (His Vulcan quip was pretty fun, though.)
  • All in all: pleasantly surprised by how well this crossover worked out. It was a really fun outing.
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