Bones: The Method in the Madness


by Shawnie Kelly (@DearShawnie)

Bones has returned from its mid-season hiatus, which is just a fancy way of saying post-season baseball was more important than Bones. Hey, to each his own, right?

This week’s murder was especially gruesome; I’m talking chopped-into-several-pieces-and-pulled-apart-slowly gruesome. I’ve always wondered if someone’s face could literally be torn off by something other than, maybe, a gorilla. Turns out the answer is yes, but I’ll move on.

The victim is Jess, the co-owner of an applesauce store — and also a prostitute on the side — obviously. Our first suspect is a psycho, semi-stalker butcher. Of course, we know this can’t be the killer because that would just be entirely too cliché. It’s never who you expect, and we should all feel a little terrible for being afraid of psycho, semi-stalker butchers when we pass them on the street. Profiling, you guys. My favorite part of the butcher encounter is when they ask him if he uses ammonia as a way of preserving his meat.

“Look, you can accuse me of murder, but when you start insulting my craft, that’s where I draw the line!”

Meanwhile, Brennan and Booth invite Sweets to live with them while he’s finding a new place. This presents all sorts of fun problems like Sweets folding laundry and coming across Booth’s Captain America boxers, Sweets in Booth’s bathtub, and Brennan-Sweets dance parties.

Back in the lab, it’s discovered that the murderer mimicked Jack the Ripper with his victim. Booth and Brennan get a lead on a distillery owner who is also into bondage — yeah. They bust in on him as he’s seemingly about to acquire his latest victim. Relax! He’s just role-playing and they are only witnessing a fake murder. The real murderer is Jess’ very sweet and innocent looking co-applesauce producer. They got into a fight, Jess fell into a giant blender, and the rest is history.

This episode was classic Bones, just what we needed to get back into the swing of things. Our in-house couples are happy — Angela and Hodgens are great, and Brennan and Booth are an old married couple, minus the whole married thing. When are you two going to put a ring on it? Is this a Brad and Angelina situation? Married but not married? Listen, I just want you crazy kids to be happy. But we know you’re together forever and always, so let’s make this shindig official already. Also on the romance front, I’m waiting for Agent Olivia to get back in the mix. Sweets was getting pretty sweet on her! I immediately regret writing that last sentence and profusely apologize.

I would like to see more of the parenting dynamic between Booth and Bones this season. It’s the first time we are seeing them in this role together and we are definitely not seeing them in this role together! Christine is basically an imaginary baby and is only around for about ten seconds each episode. More Christine, please. Overall, excellent episode.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


  1. AmyNovember 6th, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I’m so glad that baseball is over and my favorite squints are back in action! Loved this episode- it had just the right balance of ick, funny and love.

  2. atlantaNovember 6th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    It wasn’t my favorite ep, even of this season, it was ok. I did like the compassion Booth & Brennan felt for their baby duck, but Sweets is being demeaned as a character to be so dependent upon them. He needs to grow up.

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