Bones: The Twist in the Plot
by Shawnie Kelly (@DearShawnie)
Bones gets interesting this week when not one, but two bodies are found on the scene. The original burial place belongs to Monica Craig, a woman whose sickness led her to hire a “death doula.” What, you’ve never heard of a death doula? Okay, neither had I. Traditionally, we know the doula is used for expectant mothers, sort of like a birthing coach, or even emotional support. The death doula is similar, apparently. They take on “clients” — normally sick people who know their days are numbered — and lead them “back into the universe”… a.k.a. into their grave. It’s all very new age and modern, you guys! Also super creepy!
The second body on top of Monica’s happens to be Rachel Knox, the death doula herself. Rachel’s death is a mystery to all who knew her as she had tons of friends and zero enemies; you know, the usual scenario for victims of mysterious murder. We soon find out that Rachel was tied to her work partner in a sort of “friends with benefits” kind of way. He’s obviously a suspect. Further research shows that Monica’s body wasn’t resting peacefully after all. Her cancer wasn’t developed enough to kill her, thus introducing the possibility of more foul play. The two deaths are clearly connected.
Aside from the case, the storyline this week lets us see a little more of Sweets and where he is at after the breakup with Daisy. Also, Daisy is back at the lab! Let the awkward-fest ensue. Sweets is vulnerable and lonely, as indicated by continuing to live with Brennan and Booth. It’s an interesting dynamic to see Daisy as the strong one and Sweets questioning their decision to end things. It’s a role reversal I wasn’t expecting and it didn’t give me that warm fuzzy feeling of closure! I need closure, people. I guess it’s good that things aren’t tied up in a nice little bow at the end of their relationship. Things are rarely neat and tidy with regards to heartbreak. Camille is so great in her scene with Daisy, reassuring her that nothing is ever as good as it once was when you “bring it back to life.”
One surprisingly not strange aspect to this episode is hearing everyone’s post-death plans. Camille wants to be cremated, due to an unfortunate case she was working on with a not-so-dead person being declared dead. Booth doesn’t get into details, but we know he wrote his will on a sticky note and locked it in his desk; this is somehow more fitting to his character than anything else he could have said. Brennan’s will is hundreds of pages long, which is also fitting. Hodgens wants to be shot out of a rocket into the sun. I don’t know if this is scientifically possible, but they’re all smarty-pants, so we sort of have to trust them. Even though they’re discussing morbid circumstances, they always have the ability to make things light-hearted. I appreciate this aspect of the show, as it’s literally the only reason I can watch something about death week after week.
Back on the case, it comes to light that Monica’s husband had an affair with Rachel the death specialist. That’s right, a dying woman was cheated on by her husband with the woman helping her die… or something like that.
The theme of grief was consistently used throughout the episode with Daisy and Sweets grieving their relationship and Monica’s husband grieving her death. His grief even led him to murder. Luckily, Daisy and Sweets held their murderous tendencies at bay. Bones is interesting because it has to balance the weekly cases alongside the personal lives of the characters, and it does a good job overall. Sometimes I want less case, and more of our favorite characters. But that’s just me being selfish and impatient.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars